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

    • No Name
      No Name

      Here in Australia Kia and Hyundai have overtaken US and most of Japan makes in brand perception. Chrysler = unreliable. Toyota = reliable but bland. Kia/Hyundai offer both reliability and features.

      about 2 days ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to No Name

      We've been saying it for years now, Kia and Hyundai have seriously stepped up their game when it comes to reliability, build quality, and overall design & features.

      about 1 day ago
    • Kaye Hatsuimono
      Kaye Hatsuimono

      I have a Kia and I love love love it!

      about 11 days ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Kaye Hatsuimono

      We're glad to hear that!

      about 11 days ago
    • Manuel Silva
      Manuel Silva

      Chrysler is a waaay better van.

      about 13 days ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Manuel Silva

      We like the Pacifica quite a bit, it made our Best of 2018 list and we recently took the Hybrid version on a road-trip.

      about 12 days ago
    • Edward Giver
      Edward Giver

      I've always loved minivans. They're just so dang practical. 7 passenger van and can also be a cargo van. My Chrysler is now 6 years old with 100,000 + miles but has taken a lot of service maintenance repairs to get there. My next minivan WILL BE a Kia., they have the best build quality and warranty in the industry.

      about 20 days ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Edward Giver

      Glad to hear it! We see a lot of both vehicles on the road out here, we're predicting a resurgence in minivan sales, so hopefully the competition for them will get even better giving buyers more choice/options!

      about 18 days ago
    • My Channel
      My Channel

      If they make an awd Sedona I'll buy it

      about 25 days ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to My Channel

      I think that will have to be the way the minivan market goes to stay competitive. I'm surprised Chrysler dropped the AWD option from their vans after the 4th generation. Right now only Toyota offers an AWD version of their Sienna in Canada.

      about 25 days ago
    • A K
      A K

      Honda Odyssey is by far the best minivan out there. However it’s also the most expensive.

      about 26 days ago
    • A K
      A K In reply to A K

      PRN_TestDrive AWD is virtually pointless on a minivan. It’s optional in about 10-15% of Siennas sold. When minivans offer AWD they have to be raised higher and it compromises interior options like stow and go seating, or interior vacuums etc.

      Just like this autotrader article states, unless you really want AWD , the odyssey is by far the more configurable, better interior and more stylish choice.

      But like you said everyone has preferences, and if you really need your AWD In your minivan then your options can be limited.

      https://www.google.com/amp/s/content.autotrader.com/content/autotrader/ampArticle./car-reviews/2019-honda-odyssey-vs-2019-toyota-sienna-which-bet-281474979888142

      about 18 days ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to A K

      Best is relative. Something like the Toyota Sienna could be considered the best also as it's the only one in Canada sold with AWD.

      about 25 days ago
    • Jack Hunt
      Jack Hunt

      sedona wins

      about 28 days ago
    • Edward G
      Edward G

      Sedona hands down. Stow and go seats are not comfortable and have less leg room. Second row leg room is achieved by tilting the seat base back. Your knees are high and bent more than 90 degrees. Had to put my knees on either side of the seat in front of me. In the Sedona, there is a gap to the front seats and knees are less than 90 degrees. Sold our 2011 Caravan and kept the 2007 Sedona. Sedona more solid, doors do not rattle, zero rust, much better paint finish, better plastics, better suspension components, transmission smoother and it was 4 years older. I suspect the Pacifica would age like the Caravan.

      about 28 days ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Edward G

      That's a good point about the Pacifica's second row. We recently took the Pacifica Hybrid on a road trip, the second row doesn't get the Stow 'N Go due to the battery packs, but the legroom was moderate. The Sedona's movable seats are a really good feature especially if you aren't using the third row all the time.

      about 28 days ago
    • Cajun Rabbit
      Cajun Rabbit

      Kia a no brainer choice

      about 1 month ago
    • nukestrom
      nukestrom

      Pacifica is a lemon in my opinion with so many recalls and complaints about engine stalling (read at carcomplaints.com) and it's low used price says it all. I would go with Honda, Toyota or Kia but Kia has poor mpg compared to former two.

      about 1 month ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to nukestrom

      We've seen a few comments about Chrysler/FCA reliability. It seems that they're on top of any isolated issues customers are experiencing. We just took the Pacifica PHEV on a 2,400km week-long trip and had zero problems.

      about 1 month ago
    • SexyBulldozerMan
      SexyBulldozerMan

      you are a clown if you buy a suv instead of a van. huge fail. Sedona is a great van, also i've got a toyota sienna and its great also. chrysler is a bit unreliable though.

      about 1 month ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to SexyBulldozerMan

      We also had a chance to drive the Sienna, 2016 model year I believe. It was just before we started filming episodes of TestDrive. We're in the 2019 Pacifica PHEV this week, specifically booked it for a road trip and testing we've got planned.

      about 1 month ago
    • Groove Master
      Groove Master

      I don't know WTF you people are talking about. I learned first hand that if you put a chick in that minivan she'll fuck your brains out. Honest to God truth. Especially when they see those automatic sliding doors. Or the DVD player. Shiiiiiittttttt!!!!!!

      about 1 month ago
    • Groove Master
      Groove Master

      The Pacifica and all that extra stuff is good. But how about put a decent transmission in that mfkr ok. Thats the reason people aren't buying minivans anymore. You people are putting shitty transmissions in them and costing customers alot of extra money for either a new car or a new transmission. THAT SUCKS.

      about 1 month ago
    • Groove Master
      Groove Master

      Where the fuck does that come from that minivans are dying. Dude if Im driving driving a minivan Im walking. That is the best and most practical automobile ever invented. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THEM. I own a Sienna and an Odyessy. I will always own one. Im think of a Sedona maybe next but being that the 2 that I have are so reliabale I won't ever get a chance to own a Sedona.

      about 1 month ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Groove Master

      We named the 2018 Pacifica one of our top 6 vehicles for the 2018 season of TestDrive, and we've got the 2019 PHEV this week for some extensive testing. We've seen a major increase in traffic on the episodes we've published on both of these minivans over the last 6 months, we're expecting to see more sales for the segment as a whole.

      about 1 month ago
    • Sneaker Freak 92
      Sneaker Freak 92

      Easier to directly flush your money down the toilet.

      about 1 month ago
    • knox2613
      knox2613

      My kids are grown but if I could afford it I would get a Sedona for my daily driver.

      about 1 month ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to knox2613

      Minivans don't have to be just for kids! Great for adults going on a road trip, especially with those reclining centre-row seats.

      about 1 month ago
    • Brennen Halloran
      Brennen Halloran

      This is extremely Biased to the Pacifica, lmfao

      about 1 month ago
    • Jose Miranda
      Jose Miranda

      How set. The. Remote on Pacifica 2019

      about 1 month ago
    • Jaime Estevez
      Jaime Estevez

      I have two Kia's, one is sedona 2006 I bought it new now has 245k miles running with the original spark plugs, I changed the alternator once but otherwise I have not had any problem since then, after the good experience with the sedona I bought in 2013 an optima now has 140k miles, equally without problems.

      about 2 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Jaime Estevez

      That’s awesome! Very impressive mileage from the Sedona. I hope other viewers will see your comment as they scroll through, a lot of people complain that South Korean vehicles aren’t reliable, which isn’t true.

      about 2 months ago
    • G H
      G H

      Those Chrysler minivans are like incandescent lightbulbs. You use it until it quits working, then you throw it away and buy another one. The Kia on the other hand, I have a 2015 Sedona with 145,000 miles and it still runs like new, shifts like a dream, and has freezing cold air-conditioning.

      about 2 months ago
    • G H
      G H In reply to G H

      David M Yeah and?

      about 1 month ago
    • David M
      David M In reply to G H

      Lol thats like 4 years old...

      about 1 month ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to G H

      Glad to hear you’re enjoying the Sedona! We’re seeing a lot of them on the road out here, the minivan is far from forgotten!

      about 2 months ago
    • Robbie Weiland
      Robbie Weiland

      Can someone explain to me why he mentioned that “halogen fog lamps are technically safer than LED?

      about 2 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Robbie Weiland

      Yellow-tinted light cuts through fog more efficiently than LED. Ever been in a heavy snow storm with LED headlights? They reflect off the snow too much, making it almost safer to drive without lights on completely. The yellow tint of a fog light ends up working better as a fog light, which isn’t necessarily to illuminate the road for the driver, but rather to help oncoming traffic spot you sooner.

      about 2 months ago
    • Patty Miller
      Patty Miller

      I didn't want a minivan either but I've had mine now for 103000 miles loved it...

      about 2 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Patty Miller

      Glad to hear it! We keep saying that we're expecting to see a resurgence in interest for minivans, they offer something unique over a mid-size crossover and pricing tends to be very competitive also.

      about 2 months ago
    • Ameer Mauri
      Ameer Mauri

      The Chrysler Pacifica is king, no other minivan even comes close .

      about 2 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Ameer Mauri

      We have a family road trip coming up and the first vehicle we wanted to use for it was the Pacifica PHEV. Looking forward to some long distance testing with it!

      about 2 months ago
    • NotGreatAtGaming
      NotGreatAtGaming

      its called the KIA Carnival where i lived :)

      about 2 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to NotGreatAtGaming

      I'm always fascinated with regional naming for vehicles!

      about 2 months ago
    • james crown
      james crown

      Politics

      about 2 months ago
    • Stephen Lister
      Stephen Lister

      Lost all credibility within the frist min as you missquoted how the FCW works on the Chrysler. It's RADAR and Vision! Not just vision. If your going to do reviews, get your facts right

      about 3 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Stephen Lister

      Cool, guess you've never made a mistake ever in your life, congratulations!

      about 3 months ago
    • Артем Елоев
      Артем Елоев

      Ебать он худой😂

      about 3 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Артем Елоев

      And you're ignorant. At least I can lose weight, it's harder to lose the stupid mentality you have.

      about 3 months ago
    • Dan Pitre
      Dan Pitre

      I'll admit that the Pacifica is really pricy, I wanted one but I couldn't pass up 30% off of a brand new Grand Caravan GT. I got the Dodge GC GT for 36K out the door while the Pacifica touring L I test drove was 48k plus tax! Ouch!

      about 3 months ago
    • Dan Pitre
      Dan Pitre In reply to Dan Pitre

      PRN_TestDrive I think FCA is playing it safe by keeping the current GC, it's the best bang for your buck. Although they should move the Grand Caravan to the Pacifica body style to keep it relevant in this segment. I absolutely love my GC but I enjoyed the Pacifica even more. I might trade it in once the dealer has some big discounts and incentives. They currently have some for about $6000 off but it's not enough to consider it.

      about 3 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Dan Pitre

      The Dodge is still a seriously good deal, it’s no wonder FCA hasn’t killed it off like they promised when the Pacifica was first launched.

      about 3 months ago
    • Eddie Blake
      Eddie Blake

      Is anyone else getting annoyed with his lame pronouncing of Chrysler

      about 3 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Eddie Blake

      Clearly not. I'm sure you'll love our videos on Mazdas if you get hung up on regional pronunciation.

      about 3 months ago
    • Sylvio Fleurant
      Sylvio Fleurant

      Pacific is the true king

      about 3 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Sylvio Fleurant

      We don't disagree! The Minivan is back!

      about 3 months ago