7 Passenger Minivan

American Families Still Love The 7 Passenger Minivan

The 7 passenger minivan has been around for a long time, and families still love the versatility and comfort of these vehicles. The minivan image has changed considerably over the years, as has the number of minivans being offered by the automobile industry. Just about all automakers have a minivan in their model lineup. The three most popular minivans are the Kia Sedona, the Toyota Sienna, and the Honda Odyssey.

Comparison And Overview Of The 7 Passenger Minivan

The Kia Sedona offers a competitive package in comparison to more established automakers. Even though this minivan was not vamped up as the other Kia models, the Sedona still offers features, convenience and warranty that aren’t available for a similar price from other brands. While other minivans from Chrysler, Dodge, and Honda were redesigned, the Kia only received only minor upgrades.

The 7 passenger Kia Sedona is available in two trim levels, the LX and the EX. Key features of the LX include:

7 Passenger Minivan - Kia Sedona

• Full power accessories
• Keyless entry
• Fold down table
• Tilt steering with audio controls
• Parking sensors
• Front and rear air conditioning

The EX adds fog lamps, heated outside mirrors, power – adjustable front seats and a trip computer. Luxury packages are available on the EX, like the Premium Entertainment package or the Navigation package.

Technical specs and special features:

• 3.5-liter, V-6 with 271 hp
• Six-speed automatic with manual shift control
• ABS, stability control, full-length side curtain airbags
• 142 cubic feet of maximum cargo space
• 18 mpg/city and 25 mpg/hwy
• LS available for $24,900, EX available for $29,190.

The Kia Sedona offers an excellent value, an exceptional warranty, as well as a comfortable, quiet ride with many amenities.

The 7 Passenger Minivan By Toyota

7 Passenger Minivan - Toyota Sienna

The Sienna is Toyota’s 7 seat minivan. The boxy shape maximizes the passenger and cargo room. The redesigned Sienna remains the same size as the previous models and can seat up to 8 passengers. The available all-wheel drive is exclusive to Sienna minivans. Other changes include the debut of a four-cylinder engine, a new six-speed automatic transmission, and a split-screen video monitor for the rear seat entertainment system.

The Sienna is available in a base model, LE, SE, XLE, and Limited. The key features of the Sienna 7 passenger minivan include:

• Dual sliding rear doors with power down windows
• Triple zone air conditioning
• Full power accessories
• 17 inch alloy wheels
• Steering wheel mounted audio controls

Other trim levels add features like privacy glass, floor and overhead consoles, second and third row sunshades, Bluetooth and many more amenities. The Limited trim level adds a satin chrome grill, power folding side mirrors, leather seating, and a JBL surround-sound audio system.

Technical specs and special features:

• 2.7-L, 4 cylinders with 187 hp or 3.5-L, V-6 with 265 hp.
• Six-speed automatic transmission
• Available all-wheel drive for select trim levels
• ABS, stability control, traction control
• Full length curtain airbags
• Rear view camera
• Cargo space: max. 150 cubic feet
• 19 mpg/city and 26 mpg/hwy for the 4 cylinder
• 18 mpg/city and 24 mpg/hwy for the V-6
• Base model: $25,060 and up to $39,300 for the Limited

The 7 passenger Toyota Sienna offers a smooth and powerful ride with many features. It is roomy, well built, and an excellent choice for larger families.

The 7 Passenger Minivan By Honda – The Odyssey

7 Passenger Minivan - Honda Odyssey

The 7 passenger Honda Odyssey is a top pick among minivans. It offers great versatility, an seemingly endless list of features, and responsive handling. The 2011 Honda Odyssey has been completely redesigned. The sleeker look, improved fuel economy, and features like a high definition rear entertainment system let the Odyssey stand out among competitors. Honda has included a chilled storage box as one of the new features, which will make moms all over the U.S. extremely happy. The Honda minivan is available in 5 different trim levels, the LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite.

Highlights of the 2011 Honda Odyssey include:

• Higher quality interior materials
• New dash design
• More legroom for second-and third-row passengers
• Sliding center section in the second row

Depending on the trim level, a navigation system, satellite radio, DVD player, and Bluetooth are available.

Technical specs and special features of this 7 passenger minivan include:

• 3.5-L, V-6, 248 hp
• New five or six-speed automatic transmission
• Smoother suspension
• Full power accessories
• Key-less ignition/entry
• Power lift gate
• ABS, traction control, stability control, curtain airbags
• Cargo: 148 cubic feet
• 18 mpg/city and 27 mpg/hwy for the 5-speed automatic
• 19 mpg/city and 28 mpg/hwy for the 6-speed automatic
• LS starts at $28,075 up to $43.525 for the Touring Elite

This 7 passenger minivan offers a long list of features in a quiet ride. The high quality interior adds to the overall value of this minivan, making it one of the most sought after used minivan among competitors.

7 Passenger Minivan – Honda Odyssey Review Video

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Image Source Kia Sedona By IFCAR (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Image Source Toyota Sienna By IFCAR (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Image Source Honda Odyssey By IFCAR (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons