Minivans at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show
As recently as 2009, the minivan was thought to be on the endangered species list, but we’re happy to report the practical family hauler is back with a vengeance.
In fact, last year, automakers recentlly introduced five newly minted minivans. New for the 2011 model year are the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Honda Odyssey (which made its world debut at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show), Nissan Quest and Toyota Sienna. Throw into that mix the recently redesigned Kia Sedona and you have a grouping of newly designed vans that is unmatched in any other vehicle class.
Minivans make sense for families on the go. They offer seating for seven or eight passengers, easy-access sliding doors, ample cargo room and plenty of in-flight entertainment options. Oh, and they also carry the "soccer-mom curse," meaning that many thumb their noses at the mere thought of getting behind the wheel.
That’s unfortunate; minivans are relaxing and comfortable to drive. They afford great visibility and have so many seating and cargo configurations that they are often compared to Legos with wheels.
If you’re in the market for a minivan there’s never been a better time to buy as the rebates are strong as the competitors square off in a fight for market share.
You can find the following minivans on display at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show or at the Vehicles on Display section of the auto show Web site.