Should I get a minivan or a three-row SUV?

By Product Expert | Posted in Comparison, Odyssey, Pilot on Friday, June 12th, 2020 at 8:21 am
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Pros and Cons: Minivans vs Three-Row SUVs

If you have a big family, then you’re pretty much relegated to one of two vehicles: a minivan or a three-row SUV. Both have their positive aspects that are worth considering. Today, we’ll be going over some of them.

Here’s a comparison to help you decide if you should get a minivan or a three-row SUV.


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You Should Get a Minivan if You Want…

  • Cargo space without sacrificing seating capacity
  • Roomier seating
  • Higher fuel economy

You Should Get a 3-Row SUV if You Want…

  • High towing capacity
  • An all-wheel-drive drivetrain
  • More model choice

Minivan Pros

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Minivans have more space behind their third row than almost every three-row SUV. So, if you need to fit the whole family and haul a bunch of stuff, then a minivan will do so better than a three-row SUV. Similarly, minivans are lower to the ground than SUVs, making for easier loading. As minivans are designed around accommodating passengers, they naturally tend to have roomier seating, particularly when it comes to the third row. Many three-row SUVs’ rear rows struggle to fit children comfortably, much less adults. And lastly, vans have smaller engines, usually a turbocharged four-cylinder or V6. This means they consume less fuel per mile, translating to a higher MPG.

Three-Row SUV Pros

Most three-row SUVs come with either a V6 or a V8, usually the latter. A more powerful engine, combined with body-on-frame design, allows SUVs to tow a lot more than a minivan could. SUVs also tend to have AWD/4WD drivetrain options either available or as standard features. Almost all minivans are FWD only. Finally, there are many more SUV choices on the market than minivans. Most auto manufacturers have at least one three-row SUV model, usually more. When it comes to minivans, however, there’s only five models in total available on the US market.

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