Shopping for the best minivan for the money can be a complicated task, as each automaker seems to offer a long list of trim levels and options packages that can be added to each of the most popular people movers on the market. Deciding which is the best minivan for the money can be boiled down to getting a vehicle that offers you the features you can truly use without making you pay for luxuries that might be nice to have, but aren't really necessities.
Let's take a quick look at 7 of the best minivans for the money and what makes them stand out in their respective model lineups.
Best Minivan For The Money - 01 - 2013 Nissan Quest SV - MSRP $29,740
The 2013 Nissan Quest SV represents the second trim level available with this stylish minivan. The Nissan Quest SV comes with the keyless entry, power windows and door locks, and trip computer that are featured on the base model, but it also adds items such as power sliding side doors, Bluetooth connectivity, a color display for the stereo system, three zones of automatic climate control, fog lights, alloy rims to replace the least-expensive Quest's steel wheels, and a rearview camera.
Like all Nissan minivans, the Quest SV is motivated by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that generates 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque, and a continuously-variable automatic transmission is on hand to help the vehicle deliver fuel mileage of 19-mpg city and 35-mpg highway. The seven-passenger Quest can haul up to 108 cubic feet of cargo.
Best Minivan For The Money - 02 - 2013 Mazda MAZDA5 Touring - MSRP $22,070
The 2013 Mazda MAZDA5 Touring is the smallest vehicle on our list of the best minivans for the money, but it more than makes up for its size deficit via its excellent handling, strong fuel mileage, and ease-of-use in a city environment. The Mazda MAZDA5 Touring trim includes all of the modern conveniences that one expects out of a minivan, including parking assistance, fog lights, 17-inch rims, power windows and door locks, automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, a trip computer, and keyless entry.
Under the hood, the MAZDA5 benefits from a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder motor capable of producing 157 horses and 163 lb-ft of twist. Managed by a five-speed automatic transmission the Mazda returns fuel efficiency figures of 21-mpg around town and 28-mpg on the highway. A six-seater, with the rear rows folded forward the MAZDA5 is capable of transporting as much as 97.7 cubic feet of cargo.
Best Minivan For The Money - 03 - 2013 Toyota Sienna LE - MSRP $30,135
The 2013 Toyota Sienna LE hits the sweet spot in the manufacturer's minivan lineup, right before a slew of premium-style trim levels inflate the van's price past the point where it could be considered a bargain. The Toyota Sienna LE is an eight-passenger vehicle at this particular price (and can haul up to 150 cubic feet of cargo), and it comes with three zones of automatic climate control, power adjustments for the front seats (and power sliding side doors), an LCD display for the vehicle's backup camera, Bluetooth connectivity, a power tailgate, tinted windows to keep the kids cool on a hot day, and heated side mirrors.
The Toyota Sienna LE comes exclusively with a 266 horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine. Also capable of putting out 245 lb-ft of torque, the six-cylinder mill is matched with a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel mileage for the Toyota minivan is listed at 18-mpg in stop and go driving and 25-mpg during highway cruising.
Best Minivan For The Money - 04 - 2013 Chrysler Town & Country Touring - MSRP $30,620
The 2013 Chrysler Town & Country Touring is actually the entry-level edition of this luxury-oriented minivan, but don't let that fool you: it's packed with useful features that compare well against the competition. The Chrysler Town & Country Touring offers a power driver's seat, three zones of automatic climate control, leather upholstery, power sliding doors, a power tailgate, a roof rack, power-adjustable pedals, a backup camera, power windows and door locks, a DVD entertainment system for those riding in the second row of the seven-seat van, a touchscreen interface for the dash-mounted entertainment system, and Bluetooth connectivity. Folding the vehicle's standard Stow 'n Go second and third row seats flat into the floor opens up 143.8 cubic feet of total cargo space.
The 2013 Chrysler Town & Country Touring is outfitted with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that has been tuned to produce 283 horsepower. The front-wheel drive minivan is shifted via a six-speed automatic transmission, and fuel mileage for the Pentastar motor checks in at 17-mpg in city driving and 25-mpg on the highway.
Best Minivan For The Money - 05 - 2014 Honda Odyssey EX - MSRP $32,125
The 2013 Honda Odyssey EX represents the cut-off right before the Japanese brand starts to add numerous extras to the minivan's equipment list (and dollar signs to its bottom line). For a reasonable asking price, the Honda Odyssey EX offers tinted windows, 17-inch alloy wheels, power sliding side doors, three zones of automatic climate control, sunshades for those riding in the second row, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, a seven-inch touchscreen display up front, power windows and door locks, a sliding second row bench, a blind-sport monitoring system, and heated mirrors. The vehicle can be loaded up with eight passengers, or instead filled with 148 cubic feet of luggage with its rear rows out of the picture.
The 2013 Honda Odyssey EX holds its own on the road thanks to the inclusion of a 248 horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine that also generates a healthy 250 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is also standard with the Odyssey, and the minivan's fuel mileage is rated at 19-mpg around town and 28-mpg on the highway.
Best Minivan For The Money - 06 - 2014 Kia Sedona EX - MSRP $30,900
The 2014 Kia Sedona EX is the top trim level of this value-focused minivan, and while it might not be as advanced as some of its competitors it still has a lot to offer budget-conscious buyers who want a decent helping of equipment. The seven-passenger Kia Sedona EX offers tinted windows, parking assistance, Bluetooth connectivity, 17-inch rims, power sliding side doors, a rearview camera, a power liftgate, dual automatic climate control, heated leather seats, a trip computer, heated mirrors, keyless entry, and fog lights. It can also swallow up to 141.5 cubic feet of cargo with the rear rows folded forward.
The 2014 Kia Sedona EX joins the 3.5-liter V-6 party that sees so many of its rivals already in attendance, and 269 horsepower and 246 lb-ft of torque help the miles pass by quickly and with authority. The Sedona offers a six-speed automatic transmission along with fuel economy of 17-mpg in stop and go driving and 24-mpg on the highway.
Best Minivan For The Money - 07 - 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew - MSRP $28,795
The 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew represents one step down from the top-of-the-line for the seven-passenger vehicle, but it price remains quite reasonable in the company of other models on this list of the best minivans for the money. The Dodge Grand Caravan Crew comes with three zones of automatic climate control, power adjustments for the driver's seat, a touchscreen interface for interacting with the minivan's entertainment system, a hard drive for storing digital music files, fig lights, a remote starter, a power liftgate, power sliding side doors, and power adjustable pedals. Like the Town & Country, the Grand Caravan offers the convenience of the Stow 'n Go seating system to access its 143.8 cubic feet of total interior storage space.
Mechanically, the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew also matches its Chrysler sibling. This means that the vehicle comes with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that generates 283 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission available with the Dodge, and fuel mileage shows as 17-mpg in city driving and 25-mpg on the highway.