Minivans are known for being a family friendly form of travel. Though their popularity tends to fluctuate, the minivan category has managed to weather a lot of storms in automotive trends. They’re configured a lot like modern camper vans would be, enabling comfort and togetherness and a happy vibe of adventure, yet their car-based chassis and drivetrains mean they’re a lot more reliable than the hippie buses of the past. The minivan category has evolved a lot over the past few years, adding more amenities while trying to overcome the awkward aesthetics that might have inadvertently lent an edge to competing types of vehicles, such as the station wagon.
In addition to reliability, new minivans have a lot of other benefits and features that will provide convenience for a busy family. Lots of new minivans on the market offer flexible seating configurations, to make long trips more comfortable. And when needed, vans with these features allow the seats to be rearranged to fit more stuff inside the van. Well known for their boxy, sometimes awkward shape, minivans use their proportions to their advantage when maximizing interior carrying space for both passengers and cargo. The tall roof enables the occupants to move around a little bit and get comfortable, and a liftgate in the back allows luggage and other necessities to be stacked high. Minivans are usually more comfortable for the driver, too. Modern cabins put everything the driver needs within close reach, and since minivans have a car-like perspective (as opposed to, say, a truck or sport utility vehicle) the driver can look straight ahead, instead of having to look down. So, though new minivans aren’t usually the most attractive new vehicles on the market, they’re often among the most practical, especially for active families that spend a lot of time on the road.