Autotrader: Looking for a minivan? Here are 5 great ones for under $40k

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When it comes to hauling a lot of people and their stuff, you simply can’t beat the practicality of a minivan. Some 3-row crossovers and full-size SUVs might come close, but they’ll never be as family-friendly as a good old-fashioned minivan with sliding doors, a huge interior and third-row seating that is actually easy to access and has enough room to comfortably seat up to three adults.

Here are five of the best minivans you can get for less than $40,000 in 2020.

2020 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L

The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica is a thoroughly modern minivan with a sharp aesthetic, a nice, family-friendly interior and one of the best infotainment systems in this segment. It also has a smooth, refined ride that makes it great for long road trips. With a budget of $40,000, you can get the Touring L trim, which includes perforated leather seats that are heated in front, a heated steering wheel, a chrome roof rack and Stow ‘n Go seating, which allows you to fold the second- and third-row seats flat into the floor, with no tools required. 

2020 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT

That’s right, the Dodge Grand Caravan is still around for the 2020 model year as a value proposition in new vans. The nicest 2020 Grand Caravan you can get is the SXT trim, which comes in well under the $40,000 mark. Like its more modern cousin, the Chrysler Pacifica, the Grand Caravan also offers Stow ‘n Go seating, which can turn your minivan into a cargo van in a snap. Other features in the SXT model include suede seat inserts, a memory driver’s seat, dual power sliding doors and a power lift gate. 

2020 Honda Odyssey EX-L

The Honda Odyssey

The Honda Odyssey is an old favorite in the minivan world, and the current Odyssey that was redesigned in 2018 is the best Honda minivan yet. It has a look that can’t be accused of being boring, and it has a ton of available family-friendly features, such as the CabinWatch system, which lets you see what’s going on in the back via the infotainment system, and the CabinTalk intercom, which lets you easily yell at your kids with the push of a button. For the 2020 Odyssey, the trim to get in the sub-$40K range is the EX-L, which has leather seating, Honda Sensing driver assistance tech and Honda’s HMC, +1.13%   Magic Slide second-row seats, which allow you to configure the second-row seats by sliding them sideways. 

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2020 Kia Sedona EX Premium

The Kia Sedona

The 2020 Kia Sedona is another strong, value-conscious choice in new vans. The Sedona is a little different in the sense that it feels more like a nice sedan from the front seats than a minivan. It also has an exterior that’s a bit SUV-like in its styling, but it still has all of the exterior practicality of a minivan, with sliding doors and a huge rear hatch opening. For $40,000, you can get the EX trim, which gives you the excellent 7-in UVO infotainment system, leather seating which is heated in front — and wireless charging. Plus, you can add the EX Premium Package, which includes a power moonroof, a slew of modern safety tech, tri-zone automatic climate control and much more.

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2020 Toyota Sienna LE AWD

The Toyota Sienna hasn’t been redesigned in a while, but it remains an excellent offering in new minivans. It has all of the safety and reliability you’d expect from a Toyota, TM, +0.06%   and it’s the only new minivan on the market with available all-wheel drive, making it ideal for families in snowy climates who want some extra traction when the roads get nasty. It’s no off-roader, but it can handle just about any road condition you’ll encounter. Below the $40,000 mark, you can get the midrange 2020 Toyota Sienna in the LE trim if you want to add AWD. But if you’re content with front-wheel drive, you can upgrade to the sporty SE or luxurious XLE model while keeping it under $40K. 

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