Only one minivan is offered as a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version

These days, if you can believe it, there are only four minivan models in the US auto market, thanks to automakers generally shifting their focus to producing more trucks and SUVs. Of the four minivans available, two are offered as hybrids, but only one is offered as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) model. Let’s take a closer look at the four minivans and where they sit on the hybrid spectrum.

A Look at the Toyota Sienna Hybrid Minivan

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<p>As vehicles advance these days, the Toyota Sienna falls more on the affordable side.  According to Edmunds, it starts at just over $35,000.  For that price, you get eight seats, a 245 horsepower powertrain and a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 lbs.  You also get a remarkably smooth ride. </p>
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Since the Sienna is a hybrid vehicle, it’s no surprise that this minivan scores well when it comes to fuel economy. It averages around 36 mpg on the highway and in the city. It also comes with a basic three-year, 36,000-mile warranty for added peace of mind.

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the only PHEV minivan on the market

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If you’re specifically looking for a plug-in hybrid minivan, you have an option: the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Edmunds pegs this minivan’s MSRP at $54,000, though you can likely count on a significant reduction thanks to the federal electric vehicle tax credit.

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is slightly smaller than the Toyota Sienna and seats seven passengers in total. It gets around 30 mpg and has an electric range of around 32 miles. The minivan’s ability to seamlessly switch between gas and electric, depending on what it determines is best, can help alleviate range anxiety.

The Pacifica is capable of 260 hp, which puts it slightly ahead of the Sienna in terms of power. Its regenerative braking system continually charges the battery when the brake is applied, as is the case with most hybrids.

These two minivans are not available as hybrids

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<p>You may be looking for a minivan, but you’re not quite convinced that a hybrid vehicle is right for you.  In this case, you have two options: the Honda Odyssey and the Kia Carnival.</p>
<p>Let’s start with the Odyssey.  A distinct advantage of the minivan from Honda is its relatively affordable price.  The base 2023 model starts at $38,635, saving you a bundle over the hybrid Pacifica and even the non-hybrid standard Pacifica.  The Odyssey is also the most powerful of the minivans we’ve discussed so far and is capable of an impressive 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. </p>
<p>Since it’s not a hybrid, it’s hardly surprising that the Odyssey doesn’t fare so well when it comes to fuel efficiency.  It gets around 22 mpg, which still isn’t bad compared to many other larger vehicles on the road these days. </p>
<p>Finally, there’s the Kia Carnival, the least expensive of all the minivan options.  It has an MSRP of $32,600 for the base LX trim.  Although less expensive, the Carnival outperforms the Odyssey in terms of engine power.  It is capable of producing an impressive 290 hp.  However, we should note that this does not mean Carnival has the fastest acceleration.  It goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 7 seconds, while the Odyssey is capable of the same feat in 6.5 seconds. </p>
<p>Overall, there’s a limited range of options for anyone looking at a minivan these days, especially for those looking for a hybrid model.  Nevertheless, the options that exist, we must say, have a lot to offer. </p>
<p><strong>RELATED: 3 Reasons to Buy a 2023 Honda Odyssey Minivan, Not an SUV</strong></p>
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