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Should I Buy a Minivan or a Three-Row SUV? | Morris, IL


When you have a large family, you need a large vehicle. So the question that a lot of parents have to ask when they outgrow their sedan or crossover is, "do I need to buy a minivan or should I buy a large SUV?" Our Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram dealership in Morris, IL has several large SUVs and minivans for growing families to choose between, so make sure to stop in any time during regular business hours to climb inside and take one for a test drive.

 

Minivans vs. SUVs: Safety 

In terms of crash safety, SUVs and minivans come out about evenly. Worth noting is that most SUVs are available with all-wheel drive, which stabilizes the vehicle on wet or icy roads. Keep in mind, however, that SUVs are also more prone to rollovers than minivans.

 

Models

IIHS Safety Score

NHTSA Safety Score

Minivans

Chrysler Pacifica

Top Safety Pick+

5/5 Stars

Dodge Grand Caravan

4/5 "Good" ratings

4/5 Stars

SUVs

Dodge Journey

4/5 "Good" ratings

4/5 Stars

Dodge Durango

4/5 "Good" ratings

4/5 Stars

 

Minivans vs. SUVs: Design and Convenience

Minivans are more child-friendly in design than SUVs. The low ride height makes it easier for small children to enter and exit by themselves, and the power sliding doors are also easier and safer for small children open by themselves, especially in tight parking spaces. The third row is easily accessible, and generally larger and more comfortable for adults or older children as well. However, minivans tend to be less stylish than SUVs.  

 

Parents will prefer the tall ride height of SUVs, which provides a better view of the road. SUVs are also much sportier, not only in looks, but in capability. If your family takes a lot of camping trips or other vacations, an SUV can take you a lot more places than a minivan.


Minivans vs. SUVs: Cargo Space 

If you want the most cargo space possible, there is no question at all: you need a minivan. Even the largest of SUVs can't compete with a minivan, especially once you fold the seats down.

 

Models

Behind 3rd Row

Behind 2nd Row

Behind 1st Row

Minivans

 

Chrysler Pacifica

32.3 cu. ft.

87.5 cu. ft.

140.5 cu. ft.

Dodge Grand Caravan

31.1 cu. ft.

78.9 cu. ft.

140.3 cu. ft.

SUVs

 

Dodge Journey

10.7 cu. ft.

37.0 cu. ft.

67.6 cu. ft.

Dodge Durango

17.2 cu. ft.

47.7 cu. ft.

84.5 cu. ft.

 

Minivans vs. SUVs: Performance 

In general, minivans will see better fuel economy while SUVs will have greater towing capacity. However, minivans achieve decent fuel economy and tow ratings mostly across the board, while SUVs vary wildly between models and brands. Smaller, more car-like SUVs have better fuel economy and smaller tow ratings. Larger, more truck-like SUVs have less-efficient powertrains, but vastly superior tow ratings.

 

Models

City/Hwy Mileage

Tow Rating

Minivans

Chrysler Pacifica

19/28

3,600 lbs.

Dodge Grand Caravan

17/25

3,600 lbs.

SUVs

Dodge Journey

16/24-19/25

1,000 lbs.-2,500 lbs.

Dodge Durango

14/22-19/26

6,200 lbs.-7,400 lbs.

 

Finance or Lease a Minivan or SUV

We hope you have a better idea now whether an SUV or a minivan is the right choice for your family. You can also contact our team with your requirements so we can offer a recommendation. 

If you are interested in knowing whether an SUV or minivan fits better into your budget, check out our current finance and lease specials for this month's limited time offers, or call (877) 727-7650 to be connected with a finance expert at our Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram dealership in Morris, IL.