Mini Vans, a Dying Breed

Category: New Cars, News. Written by Cameron Wong 

dThe classic mini van is going the way of the dinosaur and free coffee at a rest stop, they are dying out. While these larger family vehicles will never truly go extinct, they are harder to find in auto show rooms across the country.

Recently at the Seattle Autoshow, mini vans made a small and brief impression. Maybe it’s just the sign of the times and what local car buyers are looking for.

“They just seem past their prime,” explains Dan Wheeler who was looking at an American made mini van with his two sons. “They put a lot of stuff into them, but most of it is unnecessary and I wouldn’t want to spend that kinda money on something like this. I don’t like the way it looks. I like the Ford Flex or the Volvo(XC90) better.”

Automakers like Volvo, Ford, and Mazda have other family vehicle options these days. Considering the price and fuel efficiency, the mini vans are not the first option for many family buyers anymore, there’s just more to choose from.

A list of mini vans at the Seattle Autoshow

  • Volkswagen Routan SEL 17/25 MPG-Approximately $39,000
  • Toyota Sienna 17/23 MPG-Approximately $29,000
  • Chrysler Grand Caravan 17/25MPG-Approximately $38,000
  • Chrysler Town and Country 17/25 MPG-Approximately $43,000
  • Chevy Traverse AWD 16/23 MPG-Approximately $45,000
  • Honda Odyssey 17/25-Approximately $29,000

These were just the mini vans observed at the Seattle Autoshow. Some had more bells and whistles than others, thus the price differences. However they all received attention, people still looked at them, but the consumer observations were eye opening.

“It just seems like they’re trying to cram a motor home into these,” says a mother of three from Bellevue. “If I were buying today, it would be something else.”

A list of popular mini van alternatives

  • Ford Flex
  • Volvo XC90
  • Mazda CX9
  • Honda Passport
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2 Responses to “Mini Vans, a Dying Breed”

  1. william hayes on September 2nd, 2016 6:35 pm

    The Chevy traverse isn’t a minivan, its an SUV, a minivan has a sliding door. correct me if i’m wrong.

  2. william hayes on September 2nd, 2016 6:35 pm

    the traverse is a crossover, an SUV and a minivan together, I think.

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