Are minivans still relevant? I sure hope so, since we've spent a lot of time driving them over the past few weeks!

We had the unique opportunity to have two fully loaded minivans in our TestDrive Garage, allowing us to film a great Showdown on these two vehicles, but also get to really appreciate the minivan for what it is. We took the 2018 Kia Sedona SXL+ and 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Limited to see what each van has to offer families being tempted by larger crossover SUVs.

Both vehicles are about as fully loaded as it comes, though their MSRPs are off because of it. The Kia Sedona is equipped with it's top trim but doesn't offer any additional features or options on top. The Chrysler Pacifica on the other hand also comes configured with it's top trim, but also adds on another $7,000 worth of options, such as the rear Uconnect® theatre, 20-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system, Safetytec enhanced safety package, and 20" rims.

We take both vehicles on a comprehensive road test to talk about the differences for the interiors and exteriors, along with the centre row experience for adults and children, since most buyers likely have larger families that need the added space from a minivan. There's a lot of overlap between these two, but each has a unique set of features not found on the other.

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Comments

    • eric cartman
      eric cartman

      i need that sedona...

      about 1 day ago
    • David Cho
      David Cho

      Wow, when you compare the trim level of the Pacifica to match the price of the fully loaded Sedona, you really see the dozen diminished key features which pretty much strips down the Pacifica to a much inferior vehicle. And don’t forget Kia comes with an unrivaled 10 year/10,000 mile warranty, while Chysler has had a history of engine problems.

      about 6 days ago
    • Perpetual Radio Networks
      Perpetual Radio Networks In reply to David Cho

      It's definitely true, the Pacifica is considerably more expensive overall, but Chrysler has been trying to position itself as a luxury-ish brand ever since it's marriage with Daimler. For the price, the Kia is exceptional, and we wouldn't bother with a similar priced Pacifica.

      about 4 days ago
    • *!.: Italy :.!* ! Paw !
      *!.: Italy :.!* ! Paw !

      These two models are popular in the U.S. so the minivan market has not died out just yet

      about 7 days ago
    • *!.: Italy :.!* ! Paw !
      *!.: Italy :.!* ! Paw ! In reply to *!.: Italy :.!* ! Paw !

      Same here, lol. I had a Kia Sorento before I switched to a Kia Sedona to fit the size of my family.

      about 4 days ago
    • Perpetual Radio Networks
      Perpetual Radio Networks In reply to *!.: Italy :.!* ! Paw !

      Glad to hear it! We see both of these on the roads up here too, but they're each in a sea of crossovers.

      about 4 days ago
    • DIAMLER
      DIAMLER

      Chrysler’s about to be history 😢

      about 17 days ago
    • Perpetual Radio Networks
      Perpetual Radio Networks In reply to DIAMLER

      Seems like it doesn't it. They're down to two vehicles, even though they're trying to make the Pacifica PHEV seem like a third separate vehicle. Something needs to be done with the brand or else it's going to disappear completely.

      about 16 days ago
    • Audiwan Kenobi
      Audiwan Kenobi

      This was/is a great production,your commentary was soo pleasing to listen to despite you being under the weather.....seriously, I loved the spontaneous feeling delivery!
      I typically keep my vehicle choices simple and just go with the most HP but I'm a Hyundai/Kia fan + I dont have Pacifica money anyways.

      about 17 days ago
    • Perpetual Radio Networks
      Perpetual Radio Networks In reply to Audiwan Kenobi

      Definitely a bit better than when we went to record the audio for the Sedona on Sunday. I'm still not 100%, but I'm really hoping to be by this Sunday. We've got two cars to film that need to go back on Monday, so I need to be back to normal.

      about 16 days ago
    • Audiwan Kenobi
      Audiwan Kenobi In reply to Audiwan Kenobi

      Perpetual Radio Networks I'm looking in thru a foggy window but I think (as of this video) you sounded/looked real good.

      about 16 days ago
    • Perpetual Radio Networks
      Perpetual Radio Networks In reply to Audiwan Kenobi

      Glad you liked it, thanks! I was really hoping my voice would be back to normal by now, but I'm starting to get worried about filming the current cars we have. We've got a few more Kias lined up, including the Stinger which we're picking up next week!

      about 16 days ago
    • Tony x
      Tony x

      Minivan maxifun 😂

      about 17 days ago
    • Perpetual Radio Networks
      Perpetual Radio Networks In reply to Tony x

      Almost! We were hoping to squeeze an Odyssey into the mix :P

      about 16 days ago