Even with the crossover SUVs flooding the market, nothing can beat the minivan’s blend of car-like handling and versatile practicality. Generally built on a passenger car’s platform, the minivan features three rows of seats; both the second- and third-row seats can be removed or folded down into the floor to maximize cargo space.
However, anyone looking for a 2014 eight-passenger minivan will find that the options are limited, but of high quality: the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.
2014 Honda Odyssey
This sleek minivan has been consistently rated highly by the automotive press despite the steep price tag. As a long-time top pick for many automotive editors, it’s especially well-known for its comfort and responsive handling. Five trim levels are available, with MSRP ranging from $28,825 to $44,450. The lowest trim that offers 8 passenger seating is the EX that has an MSRP of $32,125.
The 2014 Honda Odyssey is powered by a 248-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine and offers front-wheel drive only. Fuel economy is 19 MPG city/28 highway/22 combined.
Honda is no slouch when it comes to safety, and the Odyssey is no exception. A complete set of airbags, stability control, and traction control are standard on every model. The Odyssey has earned a 5 star overall rating by NHTSA.
2014 Toyota Sienna
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This proven minivan is praised by reviewers for its spaciousness, comfort, and power. The 2014 Toyota Sienna also comes in five trim levels ranging from $26,920 to $40,240. Not all trims offer 8 passenger seating, the “Base” 8-passenger model is the LE that has an MSRP of $30,490.
It is equipped with a 3.5L V6 engine coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission that produce 266 hp @ 6200 rpm, 245 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm. Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is optional on the higher trims. Fuel economy is 18 MPG city/25 highway for the FWD models, and 16 MPG city/ 23 Highway for the AWD models.
Like the Odyssey, the Sienna also boasts a long history of safety and includes all the safety devices on all models: a full set of airbags, stability control, traction control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, and Smart Stop Technology. Sienna, has also earned a five star overall rating by the NHTSA.