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Time for minivans to trend, maybe

Time for minivans to trend, maybe
  • It’s not just any Kardashian getting publicity over a luxury Maybach Metris raising the profile of the ever-uncool minivan; there’s a little thing going on out there in the market.
  • The Toyota Sienna, currently the best-selling minivan in the US, more than doubled its sales in 2021 than in 2020. Minivans from other automakers are also popular, as are the Wall Street Journal noted this week.
  • However, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Despite an increase in attention, only 5 percent of car buyers considered buying a minivan last quarter, according to KBB. The good news? It used to be 4 percent.

    Car trends alternate and exchange, and what isn’t cool at all can bring in a lot of money Bring a trailer next decade. Many try, but no one can fully predict which features and styles will catch people’s attention. When minivans hit the US in the early 1980s, they quickly catapulted themselves to the top of the list of contenders for families. Their rule as family carriers was ended by the SUV/CUV attack that followed, but we’re seeing signs that a return to popularity could be brewing.

    That’s what the Wall Street Journal follows anyway, pointing to a new generation of drivers who see the boxy minivan as an excellent compromise between practicality and unruly style. It’s an extreme thing to suggest that minivans could be poised for a return to serious popularity, but nevertheless, something real is happening with minivans.

    The best-selling minivan in the US in 2021 was the Toyota Sienna (top photo), which sold 107,990 units last year. That’s more than twice as many as the 42,885 Siennas Toyota sold in 2020 (which, admittedly, was an odd year for car sales) and ahead of the Honda Odyssey (bottom right) with 76,125. Toyota seems to appreciate the Sienna’s new role as what it calls the “trend-setting Sienna,” highlighting the ways the hybrid minivan is ready for outdoor pursuits with a 1500-watt inverter, roof rack and available tow bar up to 3,500 pounds. .

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    Honda Odyssey 2021

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    Minivans from other car manufacturers are also doing well. Edmunds.com found that prices for the three-year-old Dodge Grand Caravans were up 64 percent in the quarter compared to the beginning of 2021. And the Kia Carnival (top left) — which the automaker consistently calls a multi-purpose vehicle, or MPV, instead of a minivan, it sold nearly 25,000 units last year, despite production problems. The previous Kia minivan, the Sedona, sold 13,190 units in 2020.

    Despite this increase in the popularity of minivans, don’t expect them to overtake SUVs anytime soon. According to the Kelley Blue Book Brand Watch consumer perception survey for the first quarter of 2022, it remains true that minivan shoppers make up only a small fraction of the car buying public. While 66 percent of non-luxury vehicle buyers in the first three months of this year considered an SUV and 35 percent considered pickup trucks, only five percent considered a minivan. The good news? That is an increase compared to the 4 percent who shopped for a minivan at the end of 2021. So progress.

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