The Final List: The 4 Best Minivans of 2017/2018
After years and years of automakers adding high-tech features and pushing the boundaries of their vehicles all with the intent of getting top ratings in customer surveys, the insurance industry’s safety arm switched focus to what many drivers will consider one of the most basic aspects of their cars: headlights.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety stiffened the criteria for its highest safety honors, the Top Safety Pick Plus label, toughening standards for headlight performance amongst other aspects of vehicles.
Consequently, only 38 models from the 2017 model year achieved the top safety rating score, down from 79 2016 models. But that shouldn’t leave anyone worried.
A New Era of Innovation and Style
So what does this mean for car owners? That even some of the highly-trusted vehicles no longer qualify at the highest level of safety standards they once did.
On the other hand, it means there are a handful of vehicles that still made the cut, which can reassure you that your vehicle of choice will continue protecting you and your loved ones year over year.
While SUVs make up for over 30% of car sales in the US, and minivan sales saw a mere 600,000 sales in 2016, there is affirmable reason manufacturers like Chrysler, Honda, and Toyota continue to focus on the innovation and safety behind their van models. These amongst a few others are the crowd favorites and manage to leave little to be desired by any minivan owner, no matter the needs.
So, you’re considering the idea of a van? Here are the ones that will never disappoint.
The Safest Vans Out There
2017 Toyota Sienna
At one point, the Toyota Sienna was the only minivan to earn the Top Safety Pick+ rating. That is no longer the case, but this can still manages to pack in a lot – from innovation in safety to utter comfort for every passenger.
The Toyota Sienna was the top-selling minivan in America for 2016, and it’s still the only minivan available with all-wheel drive. Its continued sales performance is impressive, given that it is getting late in its current product cycle. A refreshed Sienna is due for 2018.
2018 Honda Odyssey
While there is not enough information released for the IIHS to make final determinations on this expected release, Kelly Blue Book has already deemed it “the best family car in the world.”
If that doesn’t convince you, I’m not sure what will.
The Honda Odyssey was doubted to disappoint in both the technology field or the safety field, but it surpassed all expectations. With the driving comfort of a sedan and a long list amenities that make this the most practical vehicle of the year, people are flocking to Honda dealerships to test drive this ride.
Advanced sensing, magic sliding seats, a smartphone-guided infotainment system, cabin video monitoring, and an app that can control the audio and climate within the vehicle are just some of the offerings worth noting.
2017 Chrysler Pacifica
In 2017, the Toyota Sienna falls only slightly behind two vehicles only – the Kia Sedona and this highly popular vehicle. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica ranks number 2 out of 6 Minivans and is considered “the best of both worlds” by Autoweek.
Once an SUV, now a top-rated minivan, the Chrysler Pacifica is spacious, gets good gas mileage, and is pleasant to drive. It’s stylish looks and clever features make it a top pick for the year. Additionally, hybrid options are available. It’s one of the best options in the class and most minivan enthusiasts don’t disagree.
2017 Kia Sedona
The 2017 Kia Sedona has one of the lowest starting prices in the minivan segment, but it’s also one of the safest, with a comfortable interior lined with quality finishes. So if you’re looking for a safety-forward vehicle on a budget, this is your best bet.
There’s a host of advanced driver assistance features and advanced safety aids, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and rear cross traffic alert as optional features. You’ll have to go to the top trim-level SXL to get them standard. They are available as option packages on the midrange LX, EX, and SX trims.
So whether you need a van for your next big road trip or to haul your little ones around, make sure you get all of the add-ons to make it a luxurious ride for everyone. No matter what make or model of van you’re considering, each automaker offers its own add-ons and features that make comfort and luxury a priority.