Barbara Walters, herself one of the most famous people in the world, recently presented her annual list of The Top 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013. Among them was Jennifer Lawrence who at the tender age of 21 has achieved many titles including Hollywood movie star, Academy Award winner and, generally, the “Girl on Fire.” However, when asked where she sees herself in the future, Jen forecast a life in the suburbs driving around in a minivan.
Here at Hoffman Auto Group, we thought “Great idea, Jen!” Minivans are a great option for those who need comfortable seating space and room for cargo (driving the team to a District game?). But, they don’t stop there. Today’s minivans have better handling, efficient fuel mileage and advanced technology that is, dare we say, rebellious.
But which minivan to choose? Fortunately, unlike some contests, there’s more than one winner. We present to you, Ms. Lawrence, three of our favorites:
The Honda Odyssey
The 2014 Honda Odyssey pleases with its stellar handling, good fuel economy and large, cleverly-equipped interior. It is powered by a V6 engine, which provides quick acceleration. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard and shifts smoothly. The EPA reports 19/28 mpg city/highway, which is very good for the class. Test drivers say it has a comfortable ride, and are extremely impressed with its responsive handling and sharp steering, both of which belie the minivan’s large size.
The 2014 Honda Odyssey has a spacious interior with comfortable seating in all three rows and a large, flexible cargo area. The cabin materials are high quality and clever interior features include cloth upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, an 8-inch color display, a rearview camera, remote keyless entry, Bluetooth phone compatibility with audio streaming, a USB port and a seven-speaker audio system. Optional features include the HondaVAC in-car vacuum, a touch screen, leather upholstery, heated front seats, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, power sliding doors, a power tailgate, a power moonroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, front and rear parking sensors, a rear-seat entertainment system and navigation.
The 2014 Toyota Sienna has a powerful V6 engine and a spacious, comfortable interior, The 2014 Sienna is powered by a V6 engine that provides strong acceleration. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and it shifts quickly and smoothly. The Sienna gets an EPA-estimated 18/25 mpg city/highway. Most Sienna models offer a comfortable ride and a relatively small turning radius, and the Sienna SE’s sport-tuned suspension offers noticeably improved handling, which makes it fun to drive.
The 2014 Toyota Sienna has roomy, comfortable seating in all three rows and more cargo space than most minivans in the class. It has a nicely organized dashboard with straightforward controls. Standard features on the 2014 Sienna include tri-zone air conditioning and a four-speaker audio system with an auxiliary jack. Optional features include a rear-seat entertainment system, a navigation system with a touch-screen display, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, power-sliding rear doors, a power liftgate and blind spot monitoring.
The 2014 Nissan Quest has a comfortable, stylish interior and offers more cargo space and standard features than many minivans. The 2014 Nissan Quest has a V6 engine that delivers plenty of passing power. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard, and it operates smoothly. The Quest gets an EPA-estimated 19/25 mpg city highway, which is good for the class. Test drivers say that the Quest has a comfortable ride, strong brakes, precise steering and a tight turning radius.
The 2014 Quest has a first-rate cabin that features high-quality materials and a stylish design. The Quest has very comfortable first- and second-row seats, and fairly comfortable third-row seats. The Quest’s audio and climate controls are easy to use. Standard features on the Nissan Quest include push-button start and a stereo with an auxiliary input. Optional features include a USB port, Bluetooth, power sliding doors, a power liftgate, a rear-seat entertainment system, navigation, a blind spot warning system and Nissan’s Around View Monitor, which uses multiple cameras to provide a 360-degree view around the Quest.