If you’re buying a large family car, you’ve likely heard one of two familiar tropes — or both: “Nothing beats a minivan” and “Today’s SUVs are basically minivans with more style.” While there is some truth to both statements, neither tells the whole story.
To help you choose your next car, we’re going to break down the important pros and cons to these dominant family haulers. We’ll focus on SUVs with three rows of seats, which are closer rivals to minivans than smaller five-passenger models. Both SUVs and minivans have notable advantages over the other, so there’s no easy answer for everyone. But we hope this article will help you understand which is best for you — minivan or SUV.