Family van 2016

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So, you’re in the market for a used minivan for your family. Congratulations! But which minivans are the best for your family? And how can you research used minivans, if that’s what you’re looking for? US News and World Report extensively reviews many vehicles, including minivans for families. The news outlet uses a range of sources to establish their rankings and scores vehicles according to various criteria.

(Please note, this category doesn’t list finalists for 2013 and older.)

1. The Honda Odyssey: Best Used Minivan for Families 2011-2018

Best Van for family: 2012 Honda Odyssey

Based on US News’s rankings, the Honda Odyssey minivan is hands-down the best van for families. For its 2017 review, the news outlet wrote, “It received excellent safety scores and is expected to be more reliable than the average used car.” Reviewers reported that the 2016 model “has solid performance paired with a well-built interior that’s loaded with family-friendly features.”

2. The Toyota Sienna: Best Used Minivan for Families Finalist 2014-2016

Best Van for family: 2015 Toyota Sienna

All three years of the Toyota Sienna boast all-wheel drive, a useful feature in Canadian winters. US News also liked the models’ spacious, high-quality interior. However, it notes that the 2014 model “doesn’t handle as well as some rivals.”

3. The Kia Sedona: Best Used Minivan for Families Finalist 2015 & 2016

Best Van for family: 2015 Kia Sedona

US News said that both years of the Kia Sedona have a beautiful, quiet interior and high safety rating. The 2015 model received “the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s highest score of Good in all crashworthiness categories and was named a 2015 Top Safety Pick,” US News says. The Sedona kept its title in 2016.

Unfortunately, the 2016 model “has a lower predicted reliability rating [than] the average used minivan.” For both models, US News relies on a report from J.D. Power that rated both 2.5/5 on reliability. A score of 3 is average. In addition, both models only have forward wheel drive.

4. The Chrysler Town & Country: Best Used Minivan for Families Finalist 2014

Best Van for family: 2014 Chrysler Town & Country

The Chrysler Town & Country has Chrysler’s Stow ‘n Go system for both rows of back seats. This makes it easy for you to maximize the cargo space of the van. A rearview camera helps with backing up, and tri-zone automatic climate control makes sure that your kids can enjoy their preferred temperature. US News didn’t comment on the minivan’s safety features (except for the camera) but gives the vehicle a safety rating of 8.5/10.

Best Used Minivan to Keep an Eye Out For

According to US News’s rankings, the Chrysler Pacifica and its hybrid model were the two finalists for best used minivan for families in 2017 and 2018. Chances are slim you’ll find these at a used car dealer this year, but if you’re planning ahead, stay in touch with your local used car dealer about it.

You can sift through the US News ratings, visit our minivan listings, or contact your local used car dealer to find the right minivan for your family.

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2016 Chrysler Town & Country

Retail Price

$29,995 - $40,645MSRP / Window Sticker Price

Engine3.6L V-6
MPG17 City / 25 Hwy
Seating7 Passengers
Transmission6-spd w/OD
Power283 @ 6400 rpm
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Top 10 Best 2016 Family Minivans in the United States

That said, some shoppers don't see three-row SUVs as an alternative for their (large) family needs, and this is exactly the group of people targeted by automakers with spacious, practical and versatile minivans. The minivan scene in the U.S. is far less populated than in Europe, but buyers have enough options. Scroll down for our top 10 best family minivans offered in the United States for the 2016 model year.

10. 2016 Fiat 500L

If your family is not very big, you may want to consider the Fiat 500L. It's a five-seat compact minivan (Europe also gets it as 500L Living with seven seats) that combines iconic design cues from the 500 city car with the practicality given by two added doors and a bigger body. The 500L offers plenty of room for all five passengers, but it is let down by the small 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. When filled with passengers and cargo, the 160 hp engine struggles with the additional weight.

9. Ram ProMaster City Wagon

In Wagon configuration, the Ram ProMaster City is a combination of a commercial van and a minivan – including from a design point of view. Sold in Europe as the Fiat Doblo, the ProMaster City Wagon has five seats and plenty of cargo space for a compact van. Therefore, it is suitable both as a workhorse for small business owners and as a family car. Being essentially a commercial van, the Ram ProMaster City Wagon lacks the refinement and quality of assembly of conventional minivans but compensates for that with a lower price. The only engine offered is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder unit rated at 178 hp.

8. 2016 Ford Transit Connect Wagon

Based on the Transit Connect Van light-commercial vehicle, the seven-seat Transit Connect Wagon is less refined than traditional minivans. The second-row seat doesn't recline or slide, and folding the second- and third-row seats is harder than in most minivans. Furthermore, the quality of plastics is below other Ford passenger cars. Despite all these drawbacks, the Transit Connect Wagon does the job for a significantly lower price than traditional minivans. It comes with a standard 169 hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or an optional 178 hp 1.6-liter turbo.

7. 2016 Nissan Quest

The Nissan Quest is the least known of the Japanese trio of minivans available in the United States – the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna are clearly ahead. That doesn't mean that the quirky Quest is not worth considering, though. It offers loads of space for passengers, as well as versatility. However, maximum seating capacity is seven – one less than its more successful rivals. Cargo volume is also slightly below competition because of the high load floor and non-removable cargo covers. Power comes from a 3.5-liter V6 that delivers 260 hp.

6. 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan

Although based on an aging platform, the Grand Caravan still has adepts in the minivan segment. Essentially a more budget-oriented sibling of the Chrysler Town & Country, the Grand Caravan offers a less luxurious cabin but the same interior space and versatility (with a maximum seating capacity of seven, though). Its biggest advantage is the competitive pricing, which makes it impossible to ignore by shoppers who need an affordable minivan. The second-row "Stow'n Go" seats which fold into the floor for a flat load area are a unique feature of the Grand Caravan (and Town & Country). The 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan is offered with a single engine option, a 3.6-liter V6 that delivers 283 hp.

5. 2016 Chrysler Town & Country

2016 is the last model year for the Town & Country, which will be replaced by the recently-unveiled 2017 Pacifica. Chrysler's minivan offers a more refined ride and more luxurious interior than Dodge's version, but it clearly shows its age compared to newer rivals such as the Honda Odyssey and Kia Sedona. The fact that it only offers seven seats is another drawback compared to the competition. Still, if you want a massively improved minivan from Chrysler, you can skip the 2016 model year and wait for the 2017 Pacifica. The 2016 Town & Country comes with the same 283 hp 3.6-liter V6 as the Grand Caravan.

4. 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris

Sold in Europe as the Mercedes-Benz Vito, the all-new 2016 Metris is a van that combines space (up to eight seats) and versatility in an attractive package. Although similarly-sized to the 2016 Honda Odyssey and 2016 Kia Sedona, the Metris differs from these models as it's a commercial van offered with a passenger version too. Based on the Vito commercial vehicle, the Metris lacks luxuries and high-quality materials one would expect from the Mercedes-Benz brand but makes up for that with a competitive price and a fuel-efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 208 hp.

3. 2016 Kia Sedona

With the all-new 2015 Sedona, Kia proves that it's serious about taking on the segment's leaders, the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. The redesigned Sedona combines styling elements typical to SUVs/crossovers with a spacious interior (up to eight seats), and the versatility people expect from a minivan. The Korean model boasts a high-quality cabin and is priced more competitively than Japanese rivals. An interesting feature is the fact that second-row seats collapse upright behind the front row to maximize cargo capacity and access to the third row of seats. Range-topping SX-L models offer lounge-style second-row seats. All Sedonas get a 3.3-liter V6 rated at 276 hp.

2. 2016 Toyota Sienna

Launched in 2010 as a 2011 model, the current-generation Toyota Sienna still offers probably an attractive package in the minivan segment. With eight seats and optional all-wheel drive (exclusive in the segment), the Sienna is an ideal choice for large families. Toyota gave its minivan discreet styling and equipment updates for the 2015 model year, as well as better quality materials. The spacious and versatile interior is the car's main selling point, but the Sienna also feels fun to drive. The only engine available is a 3.5-liter V6 that delivers 266 hp.

1. 2016 Honda Odyssey

The Honda Odyssey wins the battle with the Sienna, but only by a small margin. Launched in 2010 as a 2011 model, the Sienna has received a significant refresh for the 2014 model year that has improved its appeal. Well-equipped even in its base form, the 2016 Odyssey has a roomy cabin that ensures adult occupants in the second- and third-row seats are very comfortable. It is also the only vehicle we know that offers an integrated vacuum cleaner (on the SE grade). Although the 248 hp 3.5-liter V6 engine is less powerful than what rivals offer, the Odyssey is fun to drive for a minivan, with an agile chassis that doesn't affect comfort, though. It is also the safest model in its class.


The 5 Best Family Vans and Why

It’s no surprise to see the Toyota Sienna at the top of this list; dubbed “the Original Swagger Wagon,” it's truly one of the benchmarks by which all minivans are judged. Sienna combines functionality, comfort, style, and most importantly, reliability. It’s also still the only minivan available with all-wheel drive.

The rear-seat entertainment system allows for both video and gaming, and should your backseat passengers not agree on the activity, the available Dual-View Blu-ray Disc™ Entertainment Center can display up to two separate sources on one 16.4" extra wide screen at the same time. Parents no longer have to yell back at the third row, either; the Easy Speak system in the Sienna can amplify your voice through the rear speakers with the touch of one button. And, if you are killing time at the soccer field in-between games, you can easily head back to the van to kick your feet up on the second-row captains chairs with extendable footrests (available in 7-passenger models).


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