Minivans are the epitome of family and passenger hauling, and used minivans offer you a smart way to get more space for less money.
Used Minivan Buying Guide
Minivans are the stereotypical family car, and these "swagger wagons" get a tough rap for being without style and anti-fun. While you can probably find a more stylish vehicle elsewhere, it's hard to find a vehicle that can do as much as a minivan and do it so well. If you are looking to regularly transport five or more people but are not worried about towing, a minivan is the perfect fit.
Minivans are characterized by their sliding side doors, three rows of seats, and a hatch to the cargo area. The typical seating capacity for a minivan is seven passengers because the second row is either two bucket seats or a shorter bench seat to allow easier access to the back.
Unlike other segments, minivans don't have multiple body options. While you can find additional options by extending your search to smaller commercial vans like the Ford Transit Connect and the Ram Promaster City, you'll really find only one size for minivans. Some of the best examples are the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, Dodge Grand Caravan, the Kia Sedona, and the Chrysler Town and Country.
While minivans cost about the same as smaller SUVs, they have far more interior space. Minivans also offer adaptable cargo space because of their flexible interiors. For the most part, the back rows of a minivan can be either removed, or folded flat to create a large amount of storage. Because the interior is somewhat customizable, you can also remove/stow the second row and leave a big gap in the center of the car along with the storage in the cargo area. Minivans are obviously great for families of four to six. They are also great if you want to be the party bus for your group of friends.