If you have a large family or are considering growing your family, it may be time to upgrade your vehicle. Chances are you’ve considered a minivan or an SUV, but which one is the best option for your driving needs? You probably think of cargo and passenger space, safety features and advanced technological equipment.
What is the difference between minivans and SUVs?
First, let’s discuss the differences between a minivan and an SUV. While both options excel in several areas, you can only pick one.
For starters, minivans usually have more seating space, unless you opt for a full-size SUV. More interior space usually means more cargo space. As with the Chrysler Pacifica, the rear seats can be folded into the floor on some models.
Speaking of the Pacifica, it offers 140.5 cubic feet of cargo volume, with a total interior volume of 197.3 cubic feet. In comparison, the Ford Expedition MAX SUV offers just 121.5 cubic feet of cargo space.
For accessibility, the rear doors of a minivan slide open, while SUVs usually have rear doors (and shutters) that swing open.
If your family goes on regular camping adventures or road trips, SUVs offer four-wheel or four-wheel drive and increased ground clearance.
Are minivans or SUVs cheaper?
According to US news and world report“The cheapest minivan on sale today is the Chrysler Voyager, which starts at just over $27,000. The cheapest three-row SUV is the Volkswagen Tiguan, which costs a few hundred dollars less. That’s all well and good, but remember that the Tiguan is a compact SUV that offers conservative passenger space at best.”
If you’re looking for the best value for money, you’ll want to take a minibus.
Compare car safety features and technology
If we take US News’ average safety scores, minivans had an average score of 9.7 compared to 9.53. Keep in mind that these are both excellent ratings, but the SUV segment has more vehicles in its segment.
Minivan vs SUV: Interior Technology and Features
Parents, you should enjoy yourself too. The good news is that both minivans and SUVs typically come with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, rear-view cameras, enhanced audio systems and large touchscreen displays. Kia and Hyundai are two brands that offer excellent standard features and even better upgrades.
Fuel Economy and Gasoline Considerations
Both the minivan and SUV segments have options for fuel-efficient engines and performance. They have even introduced efficient hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. However, minibuses can cost a bit more to run as they are larger and weigh more.
Should I choose a minivan or SUV?
By now you know that minivans offer more than enough space for cargo and passengers compared to SUVs. The downside is that they are more likely to get stuck in challenging road conditions. An SUV is your best option if you want a vehicle that focuses on performance, off-roading and towing. Of course, you can test drive your favorite models for a more hands-on experience.
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