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2018 Honda Odyssey

2018 Honda Odyssey

2017 Detroit Auto ShowDETROIT—Honda unveiled the next-generation of its Odyssey minivan at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The all-new 2018 Odyssey is fortified with a host of new family-friendly features that should help it do battle in the suddenly-more-competitive minivan market.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid in Silver Teal

Consumer Guide First Spin When it goes on sale early next year, Chrysler will break new ground by offering the first hybrid minivan to be sold in the U.S.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring-L

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring-L   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Minivan

Miles Driven: 302

Fuel Used: 15.8

2017 Dodge Charger, What's new for Dodge

Dodge focuses on performance and passengers for ’17, with the Charger SRT Hellcat–shown above–managing both.

With the demise last year of the midsize Avenger and this year of the compact Dart, Dodge has few mainstream cars in its lineup for 2017. What it does have, however, are some fire-breathing performance cars, a pair of 3-row SUVs, and the most popular minivan of all time.

2017 Chrysler 300

The Chrysler 300 adds two new — and unusual — paint colors for 2017, including the stealthy Ceramic Grey shown above.

There are only three vehicles that wear the winged Chrysler badge, and while two carry over with few changes for 2017, one is all new – and though it was introduced some months ago, it gains a significant new version this fall.

2016 Ram ProMaster City

Ram’s ProMaster City competes with the popular Ford Transit Connect, the first of the modern compact commercial vans. Like others in the class, ProMaster City is front-wheel drive. It starts at $24,440 including destination.

2015 Audi Q52016 Ram ProMaster City

Class: Minivan

Miles Driven: 369

Fuel Used: 14.7

2016 Toyota Sienna

Although a base Sienna starts at less than $30,000, our test all-wheel drive Sienna XLE Premium listed for $42,761 with destination and about $1000 worth of options.

2015 Audi Q52016 Toyota Sienna XLE Premium AWD

Class: Minivan

Miles Driven: 895

Fuel Used: 44.6 gallons

Wolrds largest truck stop

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica proved to be an excellent vehicle for my family’s first-ever serious road trip.

It was the summer of 1974. Having spent the day at the amusement park then known as Six Flags over Middle America, my family and I hit the swimming pool at the Safari Camp Ground at which we were staying for the week.

It was during a rather spirited session of Marco Polo involving several families that someone’s mother—not mine—interrupted the aquatic merriment. She had brought a radio poolside, and yelled for everyone to shut up and listen.

1987 Volkswagen Vanagon

1987 Volkswagen Vanagon

Fun minivan-history fact: The 1984 Toyota Van actually reached the U.S. market a few months before the first Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager did. That would be the only way in which the quirky mid-engine Japanese van would trump Chrysler’s family-friendly duo, as the media and public vastly preferred the latter.

R-Tuned Sienna Minivan

The green flag drops on Toyota’s “R-Tuned” Sienna minivan at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois.

Two Toyota minivans. A 3500-mile whirlwind racing tour across 12 states that includes road-course racing, autocrossing, drag racing, and skidpad competition. Hard to imagine that these, uh, twain should ever meet, but this year they did. Toyota recently fielded a pair of Sienna minivans—a mostly stock “SE+ Concept” and a more seriously race-modified “R-Tuned” van—in the 2016 One Lap of America competition.

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