Minivans have a funny status among Canadians; you either love 'em or you hate 'em. But no matter what you think of the minivan, they've proven to not be a flash in the pan. After more than 30 years of family-friendly style, the minivan continues to be the vehicle of choice for many families with kids.
Families on a budget need to look beyond seating capacity and family-friendly extras like stow-away storage and back seat entertainment systems when buying a new minivan. Fuel-efficiency is important too, as is auto insurance. To start, and in keeping with the cost-conscious nature of the typical Canadian family, we've included the estimated spend on fuel each year* so you can gauge how much it will cost you to run to and from school, practice, doctors, and lessons.
Canada's Best-Selling Minivans in 2016: Dodge Grand Caravan Leads the Pack
- Dodge Grand Caravan
The cost of gas will run you about $2,426 per year, however, some Dodge Grand Caravans run on ethanol (E85) and fuel pricing for these models is not available.
- Toyota Sienna
Expect to spend in the range of $2,241 to $2,570 per year for fuel.
- Honda Odyssey
Expect to spend about $2,179 per year for fuel.
- Kia Sedona
Expect to spend in the range of $2,344 to $2,570 per year for fuel.
- Chrysler Town & Country
The cost of gas will run you about $2,467 per year, however, some Town & Country's run on ethanol (E85) and fuel pricing for these models is not available. Chrysler stopped producing this vehicle, and 2016 is the last model year available.
- Chrysler Pacifica
Expect to spend about $2,241 per year for fuel.
- Kia Rondo
Expect to spend in the range of $1,830 to $1,892 per year for fuel.
- Mazda Mazda5
Expect to spend in the range of $1,974 to $2,015 per year for fuel.
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* Annual estimated fuel cost is based on driving 20 000 km per year-a realistic distance for the vast majority of Canadians-at fuel prices that are estimated to be $1.028/L for regular, $1.191/L for premium, $0.976/L for diesel, and $0.13/kWh for electricity. This information comes from Natural Resources Canada's Fuel Ratings Tool. Keep in mind that consumption varies within a model due to options chosen when the car is purchased, as well as how you drive, traffic, and road conditions.
The sales data comes from Good Car Bad Car Auto Sales Data.