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

2019 Red Chrysler Pacifica Parked in the City

Find What You're Looking For:

When you have a large family, you need an appropriately sized vehicle. That said, 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 Ram dealership near Joliet, IL, has several large SUVs and minivans for growing families to choose from. Learn more about available minivans and SUVs with our research, or contact Greenway CDJR by calling (815) 942-3400. You can also look through our minivan and SUV inventories for available trims.

Minivans vs. SUVs: Pricing

Listed below are starting MSRPs for the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica, Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Journey, Dodge Durango, and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

  • Pacifica - Starting at $27,235 MSRP
  • Grand Caravan - Starting at $27,040 MSRP
  • Journey - Starting at $23,645 MSRP
  • Durango - Starting at $30,195 MSRP
  • Grand Cherokee - Starting at $31,945 MSRP

Minivans vs. SUVs: Safety

Because safety is the most important factor in your daily drive, Chrylser, Dodge, and Jeep minivans and SUVs are equipped with many of the most advanced safety systems the industry has to offer. Check out safety feature availability by model in the table below.

Minivan or SUV Model

Available Safety Features

2019 Chrysler Pacifica

  • Named an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2019
  • 360-Degree Surround View Camera
  • ParkSense® Front and Rear Park Assist
  • Parallel and Perpendicular Parking
  • Rear Cross Path Detection
  • Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking
  • LaneSense® Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist
  • Blind Spot Monitoring

2019 Dodge Grand Caravan

  • ParkView® Rear Back Up Camera
  • LATCH system
  • Child protection door locks
  • All-speed traction control
  • Electronic Stability Control

2019 Dodge Journey

  • ParkSense® Rear Park Assist System
  • ParkView® Rear Back-Up Camera
  • Brake Assist
  • Four-wheel disc anti lock brakes
  • Electronic brake force distribution

2019 Dodge Durango

  • ParkView® Rear Back-Up Camera
  • ParkSense® Rear Park Assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Rain Brake Support

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

  • Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection
  • ParkSense® Rear Park Assist
  • ParkView® Rear Back Up Camera
  • Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking
  • LaneSense® Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist
  • Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist

Minivans vs. SUVs: Design & Convenience

Minivans have a more child-friendly design than SUVs. Low ride height makes it easier for small children to enter and exit by themselves, while power sliding doors are easier and safer for small children open by themselves, especially in tight parking spaces. Third-row seating is easily accessible and generally larger and more comfortable for adults or older children as well.

Parents will prefer the tall ride height of SUVs, which provides a better view of the road. SUVs also provide sportier styling and capabilities. If your family takes a lot of camping or hiking trips, an SUV can take you off-road.

Red Chrysler Pacifica Minivan with the Trunk Open

Minivans vs. SUVs: Cargo Space

Are you wondering how much cargo space is available in each minivan and SUV mentioned? The table below offers maximum cargo capacity for all five models.

Model

Total Cargo Space

2019 Chrysler Pacifica

  • Behind 1st row: 140.5 cu.-ft.
  • Behind 2nd row: 87.5 cu.-ft.
  • Behind 3rd row: 32.3 cu.-ft.

2019 Dodge Grand Caravan

  • Behind 1st row: 143.8 cu.-ft.
  • Behind 2nd row: 83.3 cu.-ft.
  • Behind 3rd row: 33 cu.-ft.

2019 Dodge Journey

  • Behind 1st row: 67.6 cu.-ft.
  • Behind 2nd row: 37 cu.-ft.
  • Behind 3rd row:10.7 cu.-ft.

2019 Dodge Durango

  • Behind 1st row: 85.1 cu.-ft.
  • Behind 2nd row: 43.3 cu.-ft.
  • Behind 3rd row: 17.2 cu.-ft.

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

  • Behind 1st row: 68 cu.-ft.
  • Behind 2nd row: 36.3 cu.-ft.

Chrysler Pacifica Minivan Interior Shot from the Side

Minivans vs. SUVs: Performance

If you're focused on finding the best fuel economy for your daily drive, our team has the specifications you're looking for. The following table has more details on engines, towing capacities, and fuel economy for you to consider.

Models

Performance Specs

2019 Chrysler Pacifica

  • 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine
  • Max. 3,600-lb. towing capacity
  • Up to 19 city/28 hwy MPG

2019 Dodge Grand Caravan

  • 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine
  • Max. 3,600-lb. towing capacity
  • Up to 17 city/25 hwy MPG

2019 Dodge Journey

  • 2.4L 4-cylinder engine standard
  • 3.6L V6 engine optional
  • Max. 2,500-lb. towing capacity
  • Up to 19 city/25 hwy MPG

2019 Dodge Durango

  • 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine standard; 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine optional; 6.4L SRT® HEMI® V8 engine optional
  • Max. 7,200-lb. towing capacity
  • Up to 19 city/26 hwy MPG

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

  • 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine standard
  • 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine optional
  • 6.2L supercharged V8 engine optional
  • SRT® 6.4L HEMI® V8 engine optional
Red Jeep Grand Cherokee driving on a Race Track

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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 Dodge Jeep Ram dealership near Joliet, IL.

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