The Top 7 Best MPG Minivans (Fuel Efficient)

The Top 7 Best MPG Minivans (Fuel Efficient)

Gone are the days of minivans being just basic boxy shuttles for carting the kids to soccer practice or hauling home the groceries. These days, automakers are churning out a new, more modern wave of passenger vans that prove that safety, fuel efficiency and adaptability needn’t necessarily compromise a vehicle’s style. 

Just as the trend of crossover SUVs are ever more competing with their full- and mid-size sedan counterparts, minivans these days are increasingly taking their cue  – in terms of aesthetics, specifically – from SUVs.

The result is a blending of the best of both worlds, making for a minivan that’s enjoyable to drive and just as easy on the eyes as it is on the wallet at the pumps.

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Best MPG Minivans

Kia Sedona

Kia Sedona

First available in the United States in 2005, the Kia Sedona lands itself on this list of best minivans first and foremost in terms of its overall value and also for its stellar safety ratings. In 2006, just a year after its debut, the Institute of Highway Safety crowned the Sedona as a gold top safety pick. Equipped with front-wheel drive, a 6-cylinder engine and 8-speed automatic transmission that makes for a fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the freeway, the Sedona is considered, generally speaking, a well-designed van for its price. Kia offers the Sedona in three trim options: the LX, the EX and the SX. New models of each start at $30,400, $33,700 and $41,500, respectively. And with seating space for up to eight, there's room to stretch, too. Depending on the trim, used Kia Sedonas can be found for as little as $19,950.

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Kia Sedona

First available in the United States in 2005, the Kia Sedona lands itself on this list of best minivans first and foremost in terms of its overall value and also for its stellar safety ratings. In 2006, just a year after its debut, the Institute of Highway Safety crowned the Sedona as a gold top safety pick. Equipped with front-wheel drive, a 6-cylinder engine and 8-speed automatic transmission that makes for a fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the freeway, the Sedona is considered, generally speaking, a well-designed van for its price. Kia offers the Sedona in three trim options: the LX, the EX and the SX. New models of each start at $30,400, $33,700 and $41,500, respectively. And with seating space for up to eight, there's room to stretch, too. Depending on the trim, used Kia Sedonas can be found for as little as $19,950.

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Honda Odyssey

Honda Odyssey

The Honda Odyssey is a great addition to any family, be it for cross-country treks on the road or simply running errands around town. With a cabin that's roomy and versatile with room for seven or eight, it's ideal for transporting the kids to school or practice or hauling home the groceries. A smooth but strong V-6 engine delivers 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, making the Honda Odyssey hands down a champion minivan. All models come standard with plenty of driver-assistance features geared at adding another line of defense between the Odyssey's priceless cargo and any potential mishaps that may go down in the adjacent lane. New Honda Odysseys start at $31,790, but used models can be found for as little as $16,750.

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Honda Odyssey

The Honda Odyssey is a great addition to any family, be it for cross-country treks on the road or simply running errands around town. With a cabin that's roomy and versatile with room for seven or eight, it's ideal for transporting the kids to school or practice or hauling home the groceries. A smooth but strong V-6 engine delivers 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, making the Honda Odyssey hands down a champion minivan. All models come standard with plenty of driver-assistance features geared at adding another line of defense between the Odyssey's priceless cargo and any potential mishaps that may go down in the adjacent lane. New Honda Odysseys start at $31,790, but used models can be found for as little as $16,750.

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Toyota Sienna

Toyota Sienna

With an all-new look for the 2021 Sienna, Toyota ditches the stodgy appearance of yesteryear's versions of the minivan, and an entirely hybrid roster of trim levels makes it an especially attractive alternative among its competitors. What's more, the Toyota Sienna stands as the lone hybrid contender on this list, banking 35 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the freeway. It's also the only minivan on this rundown that offers an all-wheel drive option, too. The more modern-looking body, wider grille, and thinner, more angular headlight lamps of the new Sienna take their cue from the 2020 Toyota Highlander, lending the van a more SUV-like look and feel. The Sienna's interior has also undergone a drastic redesign but it still prioritizes utility and sensibility. While the V-6 engine from earlier years is no longer available, the van's basic hybrid powertrain is equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and twin electric motors, allowing the Toyota Sienna to top its class in terms of fuel efficiency. While new Siennas start at $34,460, used late-year models go for around $20,000.

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Toyota Sienna

With an all-new look for the 2021 Sienna, Toyota ditches the stodgy appearance of yesteryear's versions of the minivan, and an entirely hybrid roster of trim levels makes it an especially attractive alternative among its competitors. What's more, the Toyota Sienna stands as the lone hybrid contender on this list, banking 35 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the freeway. It's also the only minivan on this rundown that offers an all-wheel drive option, too. The more modern-looking body, wider grille, and thinner, more angular headlight lamps of the new Sienna take their cue from the 2020 Toyota Highlander, lending the van a more SUV-like look and feel. The Sienna's interior has also undergone a drastic redesign but it still prioritizes utility and sensibility. While the V-6 engine from earlier years is no longer available, the van's basic hybrid powertrain is equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and twin electric motors, allowing the Toyota Sienna to top its class in terms of fuel efficiency. While new Siennas start at $34,460, used late-year models go for around $20,000.

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Dodge Grand Caravan

Dodge Grand Caravan

If you're in the market for a minivan that will have you feeling nostalgic for the good old days when you were the one strapped in the car seat, the Dodge Grand Caravan is the way to go. And now it's officially a collector's item, having been retired in 2020 after an impressive 36-year run. While it lacks many of the driver-assistance features that come standard on its competitors these days, what the Dodge Grand Caravan does tout is a practical and sturdy interior with room for up to eight, standard Stow 'n Go second-row seats, a fuel efficiency of 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the freeway and a price that can't be beat. One of the least costly options in the world of minivans, used Grand Caravans are priced as low as $14,000.

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Dodge Grand Caravan

If you're in the market for a minivan that will have you feeling nostalgic for the good old days when you were the one strapped in the car seat, the Dodge Grand Caravan is the way to go. And now it's officially a collector's item, having been retired in 2020 after an impressive 36-year run. While it lacks many of the driver-assistance features that come standard on its competitors these days, what the Dodge Grand Caravan does tout is a practical and sturdy interior with room for up to eight, standard Stow 'n Go second-row seats, a fuel efficiency of 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the freeway and a price that can't be beat. One of the least costly options in the world of minivans, used Grand Caravans are priced as low as $14,000.

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Chrysler Pacifica

Chrysler Pacifica

As the line between minivans and SUVs becomes increasingly blurred with each new model year of vehicles like the Chrysler Pacifica, with the former pulling inspiration from the other and vice versa, these days it's less about having to choose one over the other and more about having your cake and eating it too. More and more, automakers are sending the blasé minivan driving experience out to pasture and reconfiguring what was once upon a time the standard grocery getter into sleek, stylish vehicles that are just as practical as their predecessors. The Pacifica sports an updated appearance both inside and out, with a 10.1-inch infotainment display with Amazon Alexa, a wireless connection for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an interior camera system to keep an eye on whatever's going down in the back seats, and depending on the trim, up to a dozen USB ports. As far as fuel economy is concerned, the 6-cylinder engine allows for up to 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg in the city. New Pacificas start at $37,315, but used models can be found for around $20,000.

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As the line between minivans and SUVs becomes increasingly blurred with each new model year of vehicles like the Chrysler Pacifica, with the former pulling inspiration from the other and vice versa, these days it's less about having to choose one over the other and more about having your cake and eating it too. More and more, automakers are sending the blasé minivan driving experience out to pasture and reconfiguring what was once upon a time the standard grocery getter into sleek, stylish vehicles that are just as practical as their predecessors. The Pacifica sports an updated appearance both inside and out, with a 10.1-inch infotainment display with Amazon Alexa, a wireless connection for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an interior camera system to keep an eye on whatever's going down in the back seats, and depending on the trim, up to a dozen USB ports. As far as fuel economy is concerned, the 6-cylinder engine allows for up to 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg in the city. New Pacificas start at $37,315, but used models can be found for around $20,000.

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Volkswagen Routan

Volkswagen Routan

Crafters of iconic minivans ever since the arrival of the VW bus in the 1950s, Volkswagen surprisingly sought a lending hand from Chrysler when designing the Routan, which was in production from 2008 to 2013. Essentially a repackaging, repurposing and rebranding of the classic front-wheel-drive Dodge Grand Caravan, at first glance the Routan embodies all the aesthetics of a Volkswagen. But under the surface, it's all Chrysler, including the 283-hp V-6 engine that gets 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the freeway. Discontinued in 2014, the original MSRP for 2013 models was between $27,020 and $44,280, depending on the trim. These days used Routans go for as little as $13,000.

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Volkswagen Routan

Crafters of iconic minivans ever since the arrival of the VW bus in the 1950s, Volkswagen surprisingly sought a lending hand from Chrysler when designing the Routan, which was in production from 2008 to 2013. Essentially a repackaging, repurposing and rebranding of the classic front-wheel-drive Dodge Grand Caravan, at first glance the Routan embodies all the aesthetics of a Volkswagen. But under the surface, it's all Chrysler, including the 283-hp V-6 engine that gets 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the freeway. Discontinued in 2014, the original MSRP for 2013 models was between $27,020 and $44,280, depending on the trim. These days used Routans go for as little as $13,000.

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Mazda 5

Mazda 5

If the typical minivan isn't mini enough for you, check out the Mazda5. A pintsize passenger van that's perfect for families with little ones, it combines Japanese functionality with simple yet solid design. With room for six and a fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the freeway, Mazda's front-wheel-drive van is fitted with an efficient 4-cylinder engine that won't be winning any races as far as speed and power are concerned. But the Mazda5 makes up for it by keeping you happy when the time to pull up to the gas pump finally rolls around. As of 2016, the Mazda5 – which retailed for just over $22,000 when purchased new – was discontinued, but plenty of used models can be found for as little as $9,000.

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Mazda 5

If the typical minivan isn't mini enough for you, check out the Mazda5. A pintsize passenger van that's perfect for families with little ones, it combines Japanese functionality with simple yet solid design. With room for six and a fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the freeway, Mazda's front-wheel-drive van is fitted with an efficient 4-cylinder engine that won't be winning any races as far as speed and power are concerned. But the Mazda5 makes up for it by keeping you happy when the time to pull up to the gas pump finally rolls around. As of 2016, the Mazda5 – which retailed for just over $22,000 when purchased new – was discontinued, but plenty of used models can be found for as little as $9,000.

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