With the Kia Sedona discontinued and the Toyota Sienna losing its four-cylinder option, the minivan market's a little shaken up this year--almost as much as in 2011, when every model on the market saw some major change.
The Grand Caravan's pricier cousin is the Town & Country--it's worth a look if your budget factors in a little luxury and more bells and whistles.
The Honda Odyssey is the gas-mileage, safety and handling leader in the segment, but its gets quite expensive when configured with Bluetooth and the six-speed automatic needed for top fuel-economy figures.
The Sienna no longer has a thrifty four on order, but it still offers all-wheel drive--it's alone in the segment--and has an option for aircraft-style second-row chairs.
The Mazda 5 is a more compact offering than any of these other minivans, which explains why it handles so much better.
Finally, the Nissan Quest is now the smallest, least flexible minivan on the market, though it has good road manners and an interesting look, as well as competitive gas mileage.
Roof-strength scores, though, are lower than the rest of the pack.
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|2013 Dodge Grand CaravanBrowse Used Listings||2013 Chrysler Town & CountryBrowse Used Listings||2013 Honda OdysseyBrowse Used Listings||2013 Mazda MAZDA5Browse Used Listings||2013 Nissan QuestBrowse Used Listings||2013 Toyota SiennaBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Ethanol V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas I4||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|2WD Minivan||2WD Minivan||2WD Minivan||2WD Minivan||2WD Minivans||2WD Minivan|
|4-Door Wagon SE||4-Door Wagon Touring||5-Door LX||4-Door Wagon Manual Sport||4-Door S||5-Door 7-Pass Van V6 L FWD (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front-Wheel Drive|
|Passenger Van||Passenger Van||Passenger Van||Minivan||4 Door Minivan||Minivan|
|Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic||Manual||Continuously variable ratio||Automatic|
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|2013 Dodge Grand Caravan vs. 2013 Chrysler Town & Country||2013 Dodge Grand Caravan vs. 2013 Honda Odyssey||2013 Dodge Grand Caravan vs. 2013 Mazda MAZDA5||2013 Dodge Grand Caravan vs. 2013 Nissan Quest||2013 Dodge Grand Caravan vs. 2013 Toyota Sienna|