Best Minivan 2021 - Cars.com
1. 2022 Kia Carnival SX, 3.3-liter FWD - As-tested Price: $42,770
2. 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Limited, 3.6-liter AWD - As tested Price: $55,265
3. 2021 Honda Odyssey Elite, 3.5-liter FWD - As tested Price: $49,335
4. 2021 Toyota Sienna Platinum, 2.5-liter AWD - As tested Price: $54,582
Whenever purchasing a vehicle, keep in mind your intentions for the car. Are you planning on keeping this vehicle for 10+ years or five years and before paying it off?
From a mechanic's standpoint and as someone who keeps vehicles for the long term, these would be my picks;
I would ultimately pass on the Kia Carnival and the Chrysler Pacifica.
I pass on the Kia, given it's the first-year model. I would purchase it, though, if I were planning on keeping the vehicle for a short number of years. Kia has been stepping up their game in recent years on initial pricing. They provide a lot of bang for the buck for the consumer extras. However, it can be pretty expensive to repair when something breaks, and I do not see the same quality on parts as the Honda or Toyota products.
The Chrysler Pacifica was nothing short of a nightmare back in the day. I think I have seen too many problems to trust them or any Chrysler product at this point.
Between the Toyota and the Odyssey, I would pick the Toyota if my budget allows. I would rather get less options and still purchase a Toyota than a fully loaded Odyssey. In the long run I don't see too many issues with the Toyota with the exception of their infotainment systems here and there. I feel like Honda's air conditioning system is behind the Toyota's in terms of system longetivity, reliability and overall efficiency. I should probably conduct a solid experiment to test my theory, but in my experience at the shop, getting in and out of these hot cars in the Houston heat, the Toyota's a/c is better in my opinion especially in their SUVs, trucks and vans.