At the end of the day, the Honda Odyssey 2016 model was indeed one of the best choices. However, it wasn’t a slam dunk for the company’s venerable family hauler. Whereas no Odyssey customer will ever be unhappy with their selection, they would do themselves a big harm if they did not check out the Odyssey’s major competitors. The 2016 Kia Sedona, for instance, is simply the best looking minivan of it’s class, both inside and out. Then there is the Toyota Sienna that remains the only available minivan with all-wheel drive. There are so many options to choose from but people tend to go to the vehicle which they’ve seen most of as it seems most trustworthy. But take a look at this list of the 10 best minivans in the 2016 market and you may find an alternative that suits your requirements even better than the Odyssey.
10. 2016 Ford Transit Connect XL Wagon
The Ford Transit Connect starts at a price of $29,099. The passenger-friendly wagon can accommodate 5-7 people, depending on the wheelbase. Additionally there are two rear door configurations. North American users have double engine choices in this Ford Transit Connect. There is a naturally aspirated 2.5 liter, four-cylinder unit sampled as well as a 1.6-liter back-up Eco Boost option. The first puts out about 169 hp plus 171 lb-ft of torque, while the latter slightly more in every category. The turbot’s amount totals 178 horsepower plus 184 lb torque. The controls allow you to keep the heating/ AC at different levels in front and back so if you’re carting a lot of kids somewhere you can keep them happy in the back.
9. 2016 Kia Sedona
The 2016 Kia Sedona minivan has earned itself a unique place in our minds. The interior isn’t just quiet and comfortable, but functional and stylish. The infotainment unit, for instance, offers a wide blend of hard buttons and touchscreen functions that doesn’t rely heavily on either of them. Kia is offering its highly advanced technology in its 8-passenger SX version, including both active cruise control as well as an around-view camera unit that makes minivan parking in small quarters a snap.
Plus, this van is amazing to drive; with a comfortable suspension and a good steering wheel that is stiff enough to make sure it behaves itself well in corners. A downside for some customers is size. The Sedona model is notably much smaller inside than the Honda and Toyota models, particularly in the last row. To keep your kids happy though, there is optional surround sound available to blast their favorite songs in the back while you can concentrate on the road up front. And starting at only $26,400 it’s a steal!
8. 2016 Toyota Sienna
Toyota always makes the grade with the Sienna. The basic LE version - the best-selling van by margin—offers all the comforts of home. The XLE adds extra luxury, while the SE Premium and Sienna SE add a few more sport features to the van with special styling cues in and out. Plus, there is the major fact that the Toyota Sienna model is the only van on the current market to incorporate an all-wheel drive feature, albeit only in the 7-passenger models.
Those looking long term will be glad to know that Sienna not only betters the Sedona and Odyssey in 5-year total cost-to-own calculations, it is the latest Best Resale Value Award victor in the minivan class. Unfortunately, the Sienna also is the loudest minivan on the road, whether at full speed or simply cruising on the highway. Additionally, its interior offers none of the flexibility of the Odyssey or the Sedona, despite a last year’s refresh that included new dash panels and various other upgraded trims. The starting RRP for the Sienna is $31,675.
7. 2016 Mazda5
After the success of earlier Mazda CX models, all eyes are currently set upon the upcoming Mazda5. The Japanese company is preparing another model; the 2017 Mazda5. This new model is expected to come with a wide variety of improvements as well as enhancements. This will include changes in the interior and exterior design. The engine is also expected to be updated which will improve the fuel economy and also increase the performance of this minivan. It’s expected that the mid-size minivan will become a bigger competitor on the market and it will attract even more attention of the new potential customers.
For now, the 2016 model starts at only $21,995, it is excessively safe, has great fuel efficiency - even before the design overhaul takes place - and puts your comfort and convenience as a driver and passenger at the fore front. The spacious wagon boasts back up sensors, stability and traction control, and maximum breaking power so you know your entire brood is safe in the back of this minivan.
6. 2016 Chrysler Town & Country
In 2015, Chrysler recreated and redesigned entirely its minivans from zero, for the first in a long time. The Chrysler Town and Country 2015 will had independent rear and front suspensions, and hybrid options. 2016 has seen Chrysler enhance these redesigns even further to bring a minivan to the market that is fresh, and new. While there are several models in the 2016 range, the Town and Country LX is the cheapest starting at $29,995.
With a 3.6 liter engine and six-speed automatic transmission with auto-stick, it delivers 283 horsepower and a 260 lb-ft of torque with great fuel efficiency ratings, so you know you are getting the most from this engine. There is a touch screen display unit that is enabled to take hands-free calls, and Bluetooth audio streaming as standard so you can concentrate on staying safe on the road and still being in touch with whoever you need to be.
5. 2016 Honda Odyssey
The Japanese car industry is very influential in the western world, comprising of various high-ranking car manufacturers such as the Honda Motor Company. Well, Honda has not being doing very well in the minivan segment but has turned the tables with the 2016 Honda Odyssey. To make this happen, the 2016 model of the Honda Odyssey has undergone a complete overhaul to better its exterior, interior and engine performance.
The most promising alteration in the odyssey is the introduction of a new platform that is copied slightly from the ACURA MDX minivan. This means that the 2016 Odyssey has a lighter body as well as an innovative MDX-based suspension. With an inbuilt vacuum that will mean you never have to worry about your kids leaving crumbs around, seat heating, and easy-to-use technology upfront with Bluetooth, MP3,and surround sound capabilities you can’t go wrong with the Odyssey. Starting at $30,790 the 3.5 liter engine with 248 horsepower will make your life a whole lot easier.
4. 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan
Anyone who knows the Dodge Grand Caravan can testify to the fact that they manufacture stylish cars with enviable off-road prowess. This famous Chrysler-owned vehicle production unit has done a massive overhaul on one of their most commercially successful minivans, the Dodge Grand Caravan. With a startoff price of just over $22,000, the 3.6 liter engine is guaranteed to get you where you need to go, in style.
Expect this affordable minivan to have improved on the 2015 model’s performance capabilities, with more comfortable front seats as well as new flip-down tailgate speakers which are optional. There are blue-ray and DVD options to keep your kids entertained in the back as well as 143 cubic feet of cargo space if you own a dog, or need space for baggage or transporting bigger objects, this minivan will get the job done, hassle free.
3. 2016 Nissan Quest SV
The Nissan Quest starts out at $26, 580 with engine capabilities of 260 horsepower, and 20/27 mpg. As standard, the model comes equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system, foldable 2nd and 3rd row seats, push button ignition and permanent rear storage. And this is just the basic model. With seating for 7 people and 4 doors, there is plenty of space for your entire family plus some!
In terms of safety, the 2016 Nissan Quest does not fall short. With an advance and roof mounted side-impact air bag systems, as well as dynamic control and traction control systems as standard, the car cannot go much further in the protection and safety of its driver and passengers. The 2016 model has been streamlined in its exterior and looks more luxurious than previous models. This minivan is definitely worth your consideration if you’re in the market for a new car.
2. Nissan NV200
Nissan NV200 has been producing some of the most wanted crossover minivans in the world. One of the most notable minivans coming from the Nissan Automobile Company is Nissan NV200. This new model was initially produced in 2006. Since then, Nissan Nv200 has been one of minivans dominating the world of the mid-size minivans.
Each new release of this model has proven to meet all the specific requirement of luxury car lovers.While this is not a people carrier, and is more of a transit van, research and driving tests have put this minivan at the peak of the market. Starting at the low price of only $20, 870, it comes with a warranty of 5 years or 100,000 miles! It’s equipped with a 2 liter engine, a standard airbag system, 15inch wheels, and reinforced mounting points within the back area. If you’re running a plumbing or electrical, or moving company, this is the perfect van to get you started.
1. 2016 Chevrolet City Express
Solid fuel economy and value pricing put the Chevy City Express among the best minivans. More than just basic transportation, the minivan is economical and also fun to drive. In addition, it sports some decent exterior design lines. While again, this is more a commercial vehicle rather than a passenger carrier, the makeup of this van far exceeds the rest on the market.
Under the hood, there is a 156-horsepower, 2-liter, 4-cylinder engine that normally sends its production to the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission. It also has more minivan cargo space behind the second-row seats. Among the list of standard features in this minivan are Bluetooth connectivity, trip computer, key less entry and the 6-speaker audio system that has iPod interface. Starting at $21,955, this can double up as both a work van and a family transport if needed.
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