Posts from ‘Minivans’

Sep
01
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.

Aug
29
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

Aug
19
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

Aug
09
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.

Jul
11
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.

Jun
07
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.

Mar
22
2017 Chrysler Pacifica

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

Consumer Guide First Spin Just a few short months ago, Chrysler took the wraps off its long-anticipated all-new minivan at the 2016 North American International Auto Show… and revived a dormant name from its recent past in the process. Gone is the Town & Country moniker; Chrysler is calling its redesigned minivan Pacifica, a name last used on Chrysler’s not-very-popular midsize crossover SUV that was sold from 2004 to 2008.

Jan
11
2017 Chrysler Pacifica

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

2016 Detroit Auto Show logoStrangely, Chrysler is abandoning the long-running Town & Country name for its minivan’s redesigned replacement due in late spring as a 2017 model. Instead, the company is going with “Pacifica” … odd, because the last vehicle to bear that badge – a sport-luxury 3-row crossover sold from 2004 to 2008 – was not exactly a resounding success.

Dec
07
2015 Chrysler Platinum

2015 Chrysler Town & Country Platinum

2015 Chrysler Town & Country Platinum   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Minivan

Dates tested: 9/14/2015 – 9/21/2015

Miles Driven: 119

Fuel Used: 6.8 gallons

Nov
23
Mobility Ventures MV-1

Mobility Ventures MV-1

Steve Martin once famously said, “Comedy is not pretty.” Nevertheless, Martin’s album bearing that title would go on to be a smash commercial success—proof that ugliness is a relative thing. And so it goes in the world of taxicabs—well, at least one cab in particular.

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