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Buyer’s Guide: Every New Minivan for 2022

You can’t beat a minivan when hauling loads of people and their gear is a priority for your next new vehicle. Here’s our guide to the latest models available in Canada.

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All-wheel-drive three-row SUVs have become the go-to choice for buyers looking for lots of passenger and cargo space, plus the ability to handle challenging Canadian driving conditions, especially our long and snowy winters. But the latest 2022 models prove the minivan is not dead, particularly for sensible families seeking more generous space and easier entry/exit than an SUV.

Offering a variety of powertrains (gas, hybrid, plug-in, and front- or all-wheel-drive), alphabetically, we’ve listed every new minivan available in Canada for 2022. If you’re looking for more details or ready to buy, click on the model name link to find the relevant Kelley Blue Book Value.

 

Chrysler Grand Caravan — Base MSRP: $44,795 CAD

The Grand Caravan now wears a Chrysler badge in Canada, replacing the last generation Dodge version for the 2021 model year. Essentially a lower-cost trim of the front-wheel drive (FWD) Chrysler Pacifica, the Grand Caravan only comes in SXT trim. The Pacifica's 3.6-litre 6-cylinder gas engine—that produces 287 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque with an 8.4 litres per 100 kilometres city and highway combined fuel economy estimate—is the only powerplant; unlike the Pacifica, it can't be had with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Standard Grand Caravan interior features include seven-passenger seating with industry-exclusive second-and third-row Stow' n Go seats, dual power-sliding doors, and a power liftgate. Cargo space behind the Chrysler minivan's third row is rated at 915 litres and grows to 5,587 L behind the first row. For 2022, a new 7-inch Uconnect 5 enhanced touchscreen radio with integrated voice command with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility arrives, with a 6-speaker sound system with Active Noise Cancellation.

 

Chrysler Pacifica/Pacifica Hybrid — Base MSRP: $50,595/$55,571 CAD

 

As the upscale version of the Grand Caravan, the 2022 Pacifica offers exclusive goodies such as TV streaming (new this year), apps, Wi-Fi, wireless headphones, device charging, unique storage space, a vacuum cleaner, a power outlet, 10 cup holders, and room for up to eight on board. The base V-6 engine propels all Pacificas, with an all-wheel drive or the FWD plug-in gas-electric Hybrid trims available.

What’s the difference between a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid? The plug-in hybrid (often referred to as a PHEV or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) has a stronger battery than a straight-ahead hybrid, which means it can cover a useful amount of ground on electricity alone. Making a muscular 260 horsepower in total, the Pacifica Hybrid marries the V-6 (using regular 87-octane gasoline) with a pair of electric motors energized by a battery. This allows the Hybrid to travel for up to 51 km on battery power alone on a full charge. With a full tank and a full battery, the total range is 784 km and is estimated at 8.0 L/100 km when the battery is drained.

 

Honda Odyssey — Base MSRP: $45,590 CAD

Although most rivals have something special going for them, the 2022 Odyssey is a superb package. Every time an owner steps in, there will be evidence that a team of experienced and clever parents working for Honda has sacrificed some of their precious sleep, solving problems and adding innovations to make life more pleasant for families worldwide. For example: keeping an eye on passengers is easy enough with the Honda minivan’s CabinWatch camera on the penultimate Touring trim.

Does the 2022 Odyssey have seating for seven or eight? It depends on the trim. The entry-level EX accommodates seven occupants. The rest of the range will take eight. There’s plenty of room for heads and legs, even in the third row. All the seats are comfortable. And there are 15 cup holders. The cabin is versatile, with movable/removable/folding seats. Cargo space stretches from 929 L behind the third row to 3,984 behind the first row. All Odysseys are powered by a 3.5-litre 6-cylinder gas engine sending 280 hp and 262 lb-ft to the front wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission. Combined fuel economy is estimated at 10.6 L/100 km.

 

Kia Carnival — Base MSRP: $34,795 CAD

Starting with the base trim, the 2022 Carnival comes as an 8-seater with a sliding center second-row seat that allows easier access to anyone sitting there, and the option of plenty of cargo space behind its third-row of seats. Meanwhile, the top-line SX trim keeps its passenger count to seven, with second-row VIP Lounge captain chairs that are also power-adjustable. Behind the Kia’s third row is 1,139 litres of luggage space that grows to a cavernous 4,110 behind the first row. Yes, power-sliding side doors are standard. And they only need the proximity of the Smart Key to work.

With 290 hp and 262 lb-ft, Kia is technically correct to claim that the Carnival’s 3.5 L V-6 is class-leading, although the Chrysler minivans come close. Power goes to the front wheels only through an 8-speed automatic transmission. Its combined city and highway fuel economy estimate is 8.9 L/100 km. Extra tech in the Carnival range includes up to nine USB ports, two 115-volt outlets, wireless charging, a 12.3-inch driver information display, power-adjustable front seats, a powered tailgate, and a 12-speaker Bose audio system.

 

Toyota Sienna — Base MSRP: $34,795 CAD

The 2022 Sienna is also one of the few minivans to offer all-wheel drive. This generation of Sienna—which debuted only last year—comes solely with a gas-electric hybrid drivetrain, making it a rarity for the class. The base, Sienna LE FWD 8-Pass gets front-wheel drive, seats for up to eight passengers, heated front seats and steering wheel, and three-zone climate control as standard equipment. Traction at all four wheels is a $1,840 option. Higher trims have seats for seven. Cargo space goes from 949 litres with all the seats in place to 2,860 when the second- and third-row seats are folded.

With Toyota making this generation of Sienna hybrid-only, the combustion side is handled by a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder gas engine running on regular 87-octane gasoline. Either one electric motor joins it if the arrangement is FWD or two if AWD is ordered. The total output is 245 hp, relayed to the wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission. The best part is the Toyota minivan’s fuel economy; a class-leading 6.6 L/100 km combined in FWD form, and only 6.7 when ordered with AWD.
 

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