Looking for the best minivans for 2011? The good news is that there are some excellent choices available for families who need a bit more in the way of space to accommodate passengers and gear but don’t want an SUV or a wagon. With these 2011 minivans, consumers can have comfort and style along with convenience.

  • Toyota SiennaRedesigned for 2011, the Toyota Sienna now doesn’t have to take a back seat to perennial class

    leader Honda Odyssey. This third-generation Sienna minivan is the only one in the market to offer an all-wheel drive option. Dramatic exterior styling, lots of options, and available powerful and fuel-efficient V-6 engine are all strong plusses in Sienna’s favor.  Autoweek says: “This is the best minivan out there.”

  • Honda OdysseyAlso all-new for 2011 is the Honda Odyssey. Practical interior, strong performance and Honda’s

    legendary reputation for quality are high points. Cars.com observes: “If you have more kids than you can fit in a sedan, it’s likely you’re considering a minivan or three-row crossover. If you’re not turned off by the minivan stigma, the Odyssey should be your first stop when shopping…[leave] the kids at home, though, because once they hear that surround-sound system in the Touring Elite, they will not let you buy a lesser trim.”

  • Kia SedonaWith its low starting price of $24,595, all-new 3.5-liter V-6 engine, lots of standard features and Kia’s impressive warranty, the 2011 Kia Sedona is another attractive consideration for a family minivan. Fuel economy is compelling as well, with EPA-estimated 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway. Edmunds comments: “The 2011 Kia Sedona delivers most of the features, comfort and safety of its more popular rivals without breaking the bank.”
  • Chrysler Town & Country/Dodge Grand CaravanBased on the same platform, the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan have similar design but different pricing and trims. Power comes from a 283-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Car and Driver observes: “But appealing it is, and not a moment too soon…Although three Japanese minivans [Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, and Nissan Quest] have…more adventurous styling than the American mainstays, the continued success of the Chrysler/Dodge twins suggests that perhaps the minivan market isn’t the place to explore styling concepts.”
  • Nissan QuestNissan also debuts a new minivan for 2011, the redesigned Nissan Quest. Consumer Guide observes: “A strong engine, inviting interior, and easy controls are Quest strong points.” But loss of optional comfort and convenience features, less cargo space and flexibility than competitors “make it fall short of class-leading Chrysler minivans.”
  • Mazda Mazda5Okay, it’s a 2012 model, but the Mazda Mazda5 is all-new and coming soon, so it’s worth mentioning here. The front-wheel drive minivan seats six in three rows, features extra-wide sliding rear doors, and is powered by a 157-horsepower 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine with six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmissions. Mazda5 is available in Sport, Touring and Grand Touring models with starting prices ranging from $19,185 to $23,875. Car and Driver says: “Based on the Mazda 3 architecture, the 5 is a practical, comfortable, well-appointed, and fuel-efficient minivan – as well as being sporty and fun to drive.”

Another consideration is the 2011 Volkswagen Routan, which, despite rumors that it would be discontinued is back again for yet another model year. Be sure to check out all the available products in any search for the best minivans for 2011.

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