white 2021 Sienna minivan diving on a dirt road
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Wisely and Slow the Minivan Doth Go

Back in the 1980s, Chrysler wasn’t doing so hot. Enter the first American minivan. In 1983 the Dodge Caravan and the Plymouth Voyager “transformed mobility for the suburban American family,” according to Business Insider. The minivan quickly became a nationwide family favorite. Even though they’ve taken a luxurious stowable back seat to crossover SUVs as …

Dark gray 2021 Chrysler Pacifica with AWD drifting through the snow
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Chrysler Pacifica Wins Good Housekeeping Award

Mention a minivan, and many people roll their eyes. But the truth is that minivans are great people-haulers. In many cases, they even achieve better fuel efficiency when compared to popular SUVs. So, they can move the family and do well at the gas pump. It is not a surprise then the minivans often get evaluated against each other.  Manufacturers …

2020 Subaru Outback
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How the U.S. Station Wagon Grew Up

Station wagons used to be a popular family hauler in the United States. Over time, however, they progressively started to disappear. Or, have they? Large Station Wagons Are Gone It is true that right now, in the US, one can not buy a full-size station wagon from the mainline automotive manufacturers. The last ones ceased …

burgundy 2020 Honda Odyssey driving along a shoreside roadway
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Are Minivans Cool Now?

As the technology and style of other vehicles surge forward, the basic minivan has retained its general look and function for decades. But, more and more moms are trading their cute crossovers and sparkly SUV’s for the ultimate family car: a minivan. There were, at a time, so many moms who felt frumpy or old …

2007 Mercedes R63 AMG
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Mercedes Once Offered a 500-HP Minivan

Mercedes is no stranger to oddball ideas. This is the automaker that grafted an extra axle and pickup bed onto a G-Class, after all. There’s also been E-Class pickups, G-Wagon pickups, and a luxury Unimog. But for although the German company can do luxury well, there’s one type of vehicle that doesn’t appear in its …

1991 Mitsubishi Delica Super Exceed 4WD diesel
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Do #Vanlife Right With a Japanese Van

Overlanding usually features trucks and SUVs, prepped for off-roading and loaded with roof tents or bed campers. Or, if you’re really going off-grid, a specially-prepped Unimog. Equally as popular, though, is “van life”, which sometimes gets reduced—courtesy of Instagram—to be just about decorating an old VW van and sticking to “paved roads and parking lots,” …

burgundy 2020 Honda Odyssey driving along a shoreside roadway
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Minivans Are Surprisingly the Most-Driven Vehicle Type

Americans are known for driving a lot. While current buying trends are toward SUVs, a study by iSeeCars.com found that minivans are the vehicle body-type that is driven the most miles each year. The study found that the average 10-year-old vehicle is driven 11,987 miles per year. Minivans come in 10.4 percent higher, with 13,235 …