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Best MPG Minivans: Top Hybrid Minivan and Fuel-Efficient Minivan Options

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A minivan may not be the first vehicle you think of when searching for fuel efficiency, but many have the same — or better — mileage rates as SUVs. The best miles-per-gallon (MPG) minivans have a hybrid powertrain, but other new models are no slouches. Greater MPG across the board reduces both personal ownership costs over the life of the vehicle, as well as environmental pollution. Here are the best MPG minivans, hybrid and non-hybrid, that are available on the market today.

Model MPGe or MPG combined/city/highway MSRP
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid 82 MPGe $42,920
Toyota Sienna 36/36/36 MPG $34,460
Honda Odyssey 22/19/28 MPG $32,290
Chrysler Voyager 22/19/28 MPG $27,860
Kia Carnival 22/19/26 MPG $32,100

How we chose the best MPG minivans

We considered all of the minivans manufactured today and looked up their fuel efficiency as determined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and chose the top five most fuel-efficient. We also considered ratings from experts and consumers at Kelley Blue Book (KBB) and Edmunds when coming up with our top picks.

The best MPG minivans

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

82 MPGe, 30 MPG│$42,920 MSRP

The Pacifica is available as a regular vehicle or as a plug-in hybrid (PHEV). In the fuel efficiency category, the PHEV powertrain gives it a leg up on the competition. It has a larger battery than a regular hybrid and can be driven as a purely electric vehicle for up to 32 miles, which could make your local trip to work or the grocery store gas-free. For longer trips, the vehicle offers 520 miles of total driving range before needing to refuel and recharge. Due to the larger battery size, PHEVs do need to be plugged in — still, even without a charged battery, the Pacifica’s fuel efficiency is pretty impressive for a large vehicle, at 30 MPG. (By itself, this would put the Pacifica high on the list.) As of 2021, the Pacifica also got a refresh, adding a faster infotainment system and wireless Android Auto and Apple Car play integration, and more active safety technology as standard, included even in the entry-level trim.

Toyota Sienna

36/36/36 MPG combined/city/highway│$34,460 MSRP

More affordable than a PHEV, the 2021 Toyota Sienna is a hybrid that doesn’t need to be plugged in and provides 14 MPG more in its combined fuel efficiency than the next models on this list — plus, it’s the best minivan of 2021 according to Kelley Blue Book. All-wheel drive (AWD) is available on all five trims of the Sienna (which, notably, isn’t available on the Pacifica). This only slightly affects the MPG and the range: It reduces the combined and city MPG rating from 36 MPG to 35 MPG and the driving range from 648 miles to 630. For the advantages that AWD offers in foul weather, the small decrease in fuel efficiency may be worth it. Older model years of the Sienna, however, are not hybrids; the 2021 model year is the first time the Sienna has this powertrain. The 2020 Sienna has a V6 engine that gets 21 MPG combined.

Honda Odyssey

22/19/28 MPG combined/city/highway│ $32,290 MSRP

Even with no option for a hybrid powertrain or AWD, the Honda Odyssey is still a comfortable choice. This model has achieved many best-buy awards and won praise from critics for its reliability, resale value and handling. The 2022 model comes with a smooth, 10-speed automatic transmission, 18-inch wheels and enough legroom in the third row for adults to travel comfortably.

Honda Sensing, the manufacturer’s suite of active safety technology, is also standard on the lowest trim, and includes emergency braking, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control and traffic sign recognition.

Chrysler Voyager

22/19/28 MPG combined/city/highway│$27,860 MSRP

The 2021 Chrysler Voyager is the least expensive new minivan in the U.S. Its 3.6-liter V6 engine doesn’t produce eye-popping fuel efficiency, but its MPG is on par with the Odyssey. It comes standard with a nine-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch wheels and the bare basics. The active safety features are available on both of the trims for an additional cost: The “SafetyTec” package adds $895 to the starting MSRP of the trim you choose for emergency braking, blind spot detection and parking sensors.

Kia Carnival

22/19/26 MPG combined/city/highway│$32,100 MSRP

The all-new 2022 Kia Carnival boasts expansive passenger room, cargo space and engine power — which is why it comes in slightly behind on highway fuel efficiency, at 2 MPG less than the Honda Odyssey and the Chrysler Voyager. This isn’t likely to be a deal breaker for many buyers who are interested in non-hybrid minivans, especially given the powertrain warranty of 10 years, 100,000 miles, as well as its competitive pricing. It has a plethora of standard safety features, including emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, parking sensors, automatic high beams, driver attention monitoring and a rear occupant alert.

How to finance the best MPG minivans

You don’t have to use the financing option that the car dealer presents. Instead, you should shop around for the best auto loan just like you’d shop around for the best MPG minivan. Look at arranging your own auto loan with a bank, credit union or online lender. For more convenience, fill out a single form at LendingTree to receive up to five loan offers from lenders, depending on your creditworthiness.

 

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