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The minivan is a pretty simple vehicle, in design, but that isn’t a bad thing. The basic breadbox shape hasn’t evolved much, so automotive designers have focused their time and energy into making the top 10 minivans exceed the expectations of the modern family. Of course, a lot of people still shop for the top 10 vans for a reason that hasn’t changed. The most valuable feature of the minivan is the sliding door. Or perhaps that’s the most distinctive feature. In either case, that’s what makes the minivan so popular for family travels. It’s easy to slide the door open, exposing the entire interior of the vehicle, to sweep the kids inside. Even though there are plenty of other family oriented vehicles that challenge the minivan on size and utility, the sliding door is what keeps the top minivans so accessible. The hatch also makes the passenger and cargo areas easy to use. It serves as a loading dock of sorts, of course, but some minivans have seating arrangements that are easy to reconfigure, and sometimes this task is easiest to accomplish through the hatch. Once that’s done, it’s time to load up and go.

The top vans are all about convenience, because additional distractions are the last thing you need on a family road trip vacation. The best new minivans are loaded with the latest and best safety features. Buyers have a lot of options when shopping for a new minivan; the modest vans will still get the job done, but it’s easy to cushion and cocoon the family with lots of additional airbags, monitoring cameras, parking and lane assist features, and other sensors that monitor vehicle systems to alert the driver if anything goes wrong. New minivans might still be breadboxes, but they persist as one of the most comfortable ways to travel as a family.