It is hard to find a comfortable, roomy, yet reliable and safe, minivan. Add some style to the picture and forget about it! How come men are allowed to drive the kids around in fun sports cars, and women are left to drive the clunky, and ugly, minivan?
Some moms shy away from minivans because of the style and stereotype. But they really aren’t as bad as they seem. For all you savvy moms out there, I’ve got exciting news! The minivan now has a cooler, more redefined persona, replacing its former stereotype. Following are five redesigned lines with features you’re going to love.
Welcome to the minivan era moms!
2017 Chrysler Pacifica & Pacifica Hybrid
You will feel like royalty, driving this stylish, sculpted steed. The new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and Hybrid version are hitting the roads soon. New details include better fuel economy, increased horsepower, and a remote starter. Also added is a great cabin area. Interior volume is the most spacious among all minivans on the market. These cars have a new theater system for backseat passengers, with two touchscreen displays for playing games or watching movies. You can also find my favorite feature, the on-board vacuum! Isn’t that the smartest idea every! Never again will you have dirty crumbs or mud on the floor.
Now if you want to drive a green machine, there is a budding Hybrid version. A battery and two electric motors power this beauty. The battery sits under the second-row flooring where it doesn’t consume cargo space. It fully charges within two hours, using a 240-volt plug-in system. You’ll get 30 miles of all electric driving before the engine engages. City driving is rated at 80 miles per gallon.
Both are scheduled to go on sale in September and will be available in two chic models. Learn more here!
2017 Honda Odyssey
You might already be driving a Honda Odyssey, but the 2017 version has been revamped as a more spacious and safe performer.
The new Odyssey has a streamlines exterior and V6 engine. Inside, the center row seats now fold, in addition to those in the rear. Added new gadgets are Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, and smartphone connectivity so your kids can play their favorite new Taylor Swift song.
The release is slated for the second half of 2016. Price is expected to start at $27,990.
2017 Kia Sedona
The redesigned Sedona has a smoother body than in the past. The new model can seat eight people versus seven. Additional greatness includes sliding second-row seats and increased interior space. Higher trim models offer airline-style loungers in the second row and fold-down seats in the third.
Of course this car can connect to smartphones, but I think you will appreciate the new Geo-fencing feature. This service sends promotions to your smartphone when you enter a shopping mall or store. That way, when you pull into the parking lot, your car will alert you if you have a coupon. Gotta love the savings!
The release of the Kia Sedona is estimated for the third quarter of 2016. Prices are not yet available but are expected to start at $27,000.
While the 2017 models are really cool, I understand if you don’t want to wait. Below are some chic vans waiting for your TLC.
2016 Toyota Sienna
If you’re seeking a more conservative style, consider the Toyota Sienna. In 2015, it was redesigned with updates inside and out, including a new design, smartphone connectivity, and updated technology.
A new platform creates a smoother ride. It’s the only van equipped with all-wheel drive, increasing traction on slippery roads. Say adios to Jack Frost! They added a new option on seven-passenger models that include a second-row captain’s chairs with a fold-out leg support. Kinda like driving with a recliner in the back.
The 2016 Toyota Sienna is now on sale, starting at $29,750, according to Kelley Blue Book.
2016 Honda Odyssey
Meanwhile, the current-year minivan has undergone a make-over. A sleek shape is created by contoured bumpers and guards. Fog lights and taillights are accented with chrome. The interior is larger, courtesy of a longer and wider wheelbase. The dashboard bears an enlarged screen upgraded navigation system, and 2GB map storage.
I am happy to report that a handy vacuum is now on-board (yay!), along with rear-view and side-view cameras.
The 2016 Honda Odyssey is now in showrooms. According to the Kelley Blue Book, the base LX model is priced at $27,423.
So there you have it, moms! Although it might be hard to pick a favorite, I have listed a few 2016 and 2017 models that are ChicMoto worthy. They have all been updated from looking drab to fab. All about safety, comfort, and driving in style, these minivans will make life easier (and cooler) for you and your crew.