Minivans are not like SUVs. They are designed to make occupants feel as safe and comfortable as possible. These family vehicles are well-known for being popular with soccer moms due to their large available space. Minivans can accommodate between 7 and 8 people and their belongings. They are also very modular.
Unfortunately, this year’s four new minivans are not available in North America, despite being extremely popular with families in the nineties. If SUV fever isn’t yet catching up to you, these four minivans are worth looking at if you are looking for a family vehicle.
2022 TOYOTA SIENNA
The 2022 Toyota Sienna minivan is still available. It underwent a total redesign last year with new styling, technology and driver aids. The hybrid engine is now available exclusively.
The Sienna offers a practical and fuel-efficient alternative for many popular SUVs. The hybrid powertrain is also very economical for this vehicle. It combines a gasoline and an electric 4-cylinder with 245 horsepower, along with a continuously variable auto transmission.
The 2022 Sienna is available in 7- or 8-passenger configurations. It has a flexible interior that features an excellent design and makes good use of small items.
The interior contains captain’s seats with black fabric and stitching, up to the second row. All models have three rows of heated seats, except for the base trim. There are also USB ports and sliding doors.
All trims include ten airbags and LATCH connectors for child seat in the outer rear seats. (Plus a fifth on the eight passenger trims).
2022 HONDA DYSSEY
For some, the 2022 Honda Odyssey minivan is the best on the market. The Honda Pilot-inspired Honda Odyssey design is reflected in its modern form. It is more dynamic than the other options in this category and shows less conservatism.
The seats are comfortable and make long road trips easier. Multiple power driver adjustments allow for a more comfortable driving position. It also has memory programming for the driver’s chair, cup holders in all rows and automatic one-touch opening and closing functions for all four doors.
The 8-inch touchscreen and Handsfreelink platform are part of the infotainment system, which is compatible with Android Auto and Apple Car Play as well as Cabin Control and Premium Audio with 11 speakers.
This minivan comes standard with front-row, curtain-type and knee-type front airbags. It also includes safety features such as vehicle stability assist and Honda LaneWatch (lane changing monitoring system), immobilizer and hill start assistance, among others.
2022 Odyssey features a 3.5-liter V6 motor with 280 horsepower, 262 lbft of torque and a ten speed automatic transmission.
2022 KIA CARNIVAL
Minivans’ appearance is a major complaint. Minivans don’t seem to impose, aren’t aggressive, don’t look costly, and can often appear dull. KIA therefore decided to give Carnival a look that was inspired by its SUVs, particularly the Telluride.
The Carnival’s modern design has all the traditional advantages of a minivan like its large interior space for passengers and cargo.
We highlight the new steering wheel and large digital instrument panel. The infotainment screen can be as big as 8.25 inches in the base trim and as high at 10.25 inches in higher trims.
You will find comfort and technology features such as wireless charging, navigation, ambient lighting and a Bose premium audio system. There are also up to 9 USB ports throughout your cabin.
The engine is a 3.5-liter V6 with 290 horsepower, 262 lbft of torque and paired with an 8-speed front-wheel-drive automatic. KIA claims the Carnival can tow up 3,500 pounds.
2022 CHRYSLER PACIFICA
The 2022 Chrysler Pacifica is not a best-selling minivan. However, it aims to be the best option to transport more people with the highest level of comfort and safety.
The 2022 Pacifica has a more elegant, muscular appearance thanks to its rounder headlights and a more proportioned grille. The Pacifica is a more sophisticated interior than the Odyssey and Sienna thanks to the excellent choice of materials used for the upper trims.
It has a blind spot monitor and lane-keeping assistant.
It also includes UConnect 5 connectivity with a 10.1″ display and an interface wirelessly compatible to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
It also features a 13-speaker Alpine soundsystem, three-zone automatic climate controls, remote start, heated steering wheels, power-adjustable front chairs with memory for driver, hands-free side doors and heated front and back seats.