Minivans cater to specific needs, but some perform better than others in important ways.
The Chrysler Town & Country leads with its reconfigurable interior, its high-tech safety and infotainment features, and in its excellent safety scores--but so does the Dodge Grand Caravan, which offers almost everything you'll find in the Chrysler, at a lower price.
The VW Routan is related to the Chryslers, but it doesn't have the cutting-edge features or the fold-away second-row seat, putting it at a disadvantage.
Both the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey have great crash-test scores and big-screen DVD entertainment systems, but they tend to be as expensive or more than the Chryslers--especially now that the four-cylinder Sienna has gone away.
Neither has a fold-away second-row seat, either, though the Sienna has lounge-like second-row chairs.
The Odyssey, meanwhile, has the best gas mileage ratings in the class, though only on its most expensive, six-speed-automatic versions.
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|17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas/Ethanol V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas/Ethanol V6|
|2WD Minivan||2WD Minivan||2WD Minivan||2WD Minivans||2WD Minivan||2WD Minivan|
|4-Door Wagon Touring||4-Door Wagon SE||5-Door LX||4-Door S||5-Door 7-Pass Van V6 L FWD (GS)||4-Door Wagon SEL Premium|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front-Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Passenger Van||Passenger Van||Passenger Van||4 Door Minivan||Minivan||Minivan|
|Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic||Automatic||Continuously variable ratio||Automatic||Automatic w/manual shift|