Most Minivan for Your Money
May 29, 2011
The best-looking minivans ever built were the 96-00 Chryslers - sleek, stylish, lots of glass/visibility. Most newer minivans (especially Chrysler) have fallen into the trap of trying to look and act like a sport ute - blocky styling, sqared-off edges, limited visibility. Looking for a replacement for my 99 T&C Limited, the closest replacement I could find is the 2011 Kia Sedona EX. This is a trim, sleek minivan that doesn't try to pretend it's a sport ute. It didn't hurt that when you factor in the much better warranty, this Kia comes in four to five thousand below a comparably-equipped Chrysler, which in turn represents a better value than a Honda or Toyota van. This car's sticker is actually about two grand under my 99 T&C's sticker - not bad, considering over twelve years has passed and the Kia has tons of features the T&C lacks - power doors and gate, fold-flat rear seat, sunroof, satellite radio with USB input, 6 speed auto, and 91 more horsepower, delivering an average of 21 mpg for mixed city and country driving over 1400 miles thus far. Some reviews of this van would lead you to believe that it lacks refinement - not so! This is one quiet, smooth vehicle, probably the smoothest car we've owned since our 88 Prelude. Roomy, economical, quiet, and... did I mention FAST? Nothing beats a minivan for inconspicuous transportation; add 271 hp for probably the best power-to-weight ratio of any minivan, and you have the perfect Q-ship!