Today’s minivans are loaded with the latest in convenience and safety features. Some act as wireless hotspots, most allow for in-car gaming, and many come with several of the creature comforts usually reserved for the luxury set. They get better gas mileage than they used to, they are packed with technology and in-car apps, and they’re also more stylish ever before. With so many improvements across the segment and lots of overlap when it comes to available options, how can you decide which are the best?
We took the challenge and came up with our list of the 5 best minivans you can buy today, and what sets them apart from each other.
1. Toyota Sienna
It’s no surprise to see the Toyota Sienna at the top of this list; dubbed “the Original Swagger Wagon,” it's truly one of the benchmarks by which all minivans are judged. Sienna combines functionality, comfort, style, and most importantly, reliability. It’s also still the only minivan available with all-wheel drive.
The rear-seat entertainment system allows for both video and gaming, and should your backseat passengers not agree on the activity, the available Dual-View Blu-ray Disc™ Entertainment Center can display up to two separate sources on one 16.4" extra wide screen at the same time. Parents no longer have to yell back at the third row, either; the Easy Speak system in the Sienna can amplify your voice through the rear speakers with the touch of one button. And, if you are killing time at the soccer field in-between games, you can easily head back to the van to kick your feet up on the second-row captains chairs with extendable footrests (available in 7-passenger models).
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The latest upgraded multi-media improvements to the Sienna elevate its interior to something both adults and kids love - especially if they own Apple iPhones. Sienna now offers a new Connected Navigation Scouut GPS App Line for Entune Audio Plus, which uses your smartphone to provide navigation functionality. Integrated Siri Eyes Free is also now available for iPhone users.
Toyota’s Entune telematics system is one of the most convenient as well; busy parents can plan and get directions to their destination before even getting into the van. All that’s needed is a quick search on your mobile device to locate the address, and then you can save the destination in Entune. Once you get into the vehicle, Entune will sync your saved destinations to the van and you’re off and running. Entune also comes to the rescue when you need gas; the driver will get an alert when the fuel is low and Entune can locate filling stations near your current location, near your destination, or along your route.
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