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Minivan vs SUV: Pros and Cons Chart

 













 


Pros


Cons


Minivan


• Less expensive than an SUV




soNormal>• Acceptable fuel economy

 


soNormal>• Drives like a car

 


soNormal>• Flexible passenger/cargo area

 


soNormal>• Dual sliding doors

 


soNormal>• Low step-in height

 


soNormal>• Flat-load floor

 


soNormal>• Walk-through capability

 


soNormal>• Low beltline and big windows give kids great view

 


soNormal>• Rear-seat entertainment systems

 


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soNormal>• “Soccer mom” image

 


soNormal>• Few available with 4WD

 


soNormal>• Low tow capacity

 


soNormal>• Low ground clearance

 


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soNormal>SUV

 




• Large, safe and sturdy feel


• Macho, intimidating image


• All-weather capability of 4WD


• Good tow capacity


• Flexible passenger/cargo area


• Rear-seat entertainment systems


• High ground clearance


• Flat-load floor


 


• More expensive than a minivan


• Poor gas mileage


• Higher rollover risk than a minivan


• High step-in height


• Awkward third-seat access


 


For mid- and full-size SUVs:


• Hard to park in small spaces


• Terrible fuel economy


• Drives like a truck


 




style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Translating the Pros and Cons

 


style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Below are key-feature comparisons of the highly rated 2003 Honda Odyssey minivan and the 2004 Ford Explorer and Expedition. (Honda ’04 information was not available at press time.) 

 


















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$26,930 -$37,645


 


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$32,735 -$42,230


 



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Cargo area (behind third/middle/front seats):


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38.1/88.5/146 cubic feet


 


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13.8/44.5/81.7 cubic feet


 






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EPA estimated gas mileage (city/highway):












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Honda Odyssey Minivan


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Ford Explorer SUV


 


Ford Expedition SUV




 


Max. passengers:


7


7


9


Price:




$24,250 -$30,250


20.6/60.9/110.5


cubic feet


18 mpg / 25 mpg


 


15 mpg / 19 mpg


14 mpg / 18mpg


Max. towing capacity:


3,500 lbs.


 


7,140 lbs.


8,650 lbs.

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