Whether you have a budding family to tote around town or you just like the convenience of seating up to eight passengers comfortably, a minivan makes a lot of sense. It’s hard to beat the overall practicality, fuel efficiency, and ease of drivability that a minivan can provide, which is why many consumers continue to buy them. But reliability is important as well, so here are the most reliable minivans according to Consumer Reports for 2021.
The 2021 Kia Sedona is at the bottom of this list for reliability
While the 2021 Kia Sedona does sit at the bottom of this list, it doesn’t mean that it’s a bad minivan by any means. In fact, Consumer Reports gave Sedona a three out of five ratings when it comes to “predicted reliability,” which is based on past reliability history as well as owner reports taken from a survey given every year.
Taking all of this information into account, CR gave the 2021 Sedona the score that it did due to “trouble spots” in the engine, body integrity, and power equipment categories that were rated as “worse” for the 2016 model year Sedona. Otherwise, it scored well in every other category.
However, JD Power did give the 2021 Sedona a reliability score of 81 out of 100, which is a very respectable score. Additionally, the Sedona received a five out of five for “rear seat comfort” and Consumer Reports mentioned that its posh interior makes it a “better mobile lounge than it does a road machine,” which is most likely what you really want out of a minivan.
Surprisingly, the 2021 Honda Odyssey is in the middle
We were surprised to see the 2021 Honda Odyssey in the middle of the pack since the Japanese automaker is well-known for building reliable products. But again, just because Consumer Reports gave it a score of two out of five on the “predicted reliability” index, it doesn’t mean that the newest Odyssey will be any less reliable. It turns out that the Odyssey received low marks on the 2011-2013 model years for engine issues and problems with the electrical system. Also, there is currently one recall for the 2021 model year.
However, JD Power rated the 2021 Honda Odyssey a 76 out of 100 when it comes to overall reliability. So you can rest assured that this Honda still carries the renowned reputation for reliability like it always has.
Additionally, Consumer Reports praised the Odyssey for its comfortable interior and noted that its ride is very quiet and the powertrain is smooth. They were also able to average 22 mpg out of it in combined driving, which is pretty good, considering it’s powered by a 280-hp V6 engine.
The most reliable minivan for 2021 might surprise you
The most reliable minivan for 2021, according to Consumer Reports, is the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica. Interestingly, the Pacifica was given a score of two out of five for “predicted reliability,” mainly due to low marks for reliability from the minivan’s previous generation. However, CR did give the current generation Pacifica high marks in every other category including ride comfort, noise, and even acceleration.
Consumer Reports also praised the Pacifica for its roomy and versatile interior thanks to its Stow ‘n Go seating configuration, availability of all-wheel-drive, and also its hybrid variant, which can be driven for up to 30 miles on electric propulsion only.
What about the Toyota Sienna?
Consumer Reports hasn’t given the 2021 Toyota Sienna a full test yet, however, it did note its “predicted reliability” in the midrange of the scale. Also, other honorable minivan mentions are the Ford Transit Connect and Chrysler Voyager, both of which have not been rated yet as well.