Minivan vs. Crossover

In recent years, crossover vehicles have been appearing more and more frequently on roads throughout the country. It’s no wonder, these vehicles boast fuel efficiency, a lot of passenger space, and utility options. What’s more, it’s becoming the go-to family vehicle. In fact, a lot of manufacturers are cutting off their minivan lines to focus more on crossovers. But what’s the difference, really? Why are so many people opting out of the typical family minivan for a new crossover?


It’s hard to be critical of a vehicle that’s been a staple of the American family for decades. Minivans had successfully cornered the market for large seating space, comfort, and expansive storage space all in one. Not to mention the standard add-on of a TV for the kids to enjoy in the back. However, minivans have always been known to guzzle a little more gas than some other larger vehicles.

But has the minivan completely gone out of style? Not by a long shot. Honda, Dodge, Kia, Nissan—these manufacturers still have minivan line-ups going strong. With new improvements on mileage, utility, storage space, and practicality, minivans are still a great option for larger families who are constantly on the go.

The Crossover Era

Buying a minivan is the essential telltale sign that you’ve entered parenthood and a series of little ones are on their way. Over the past few years, some of the minivan spotlight has been stolen by crossovers. They offer a sportier, more compact look that still offers two to three rows of seating, with the option of folding down the back row for more storage space. When you buy a vehicle, you want it to last a long time. Crossovers are a great mix of minivan and SUV. While you may not opt into the crossover world if you have a larger family, they’re proving to be great vehicles even after the kids have grown up.

So, Which Is Better?

This is a fair question, but not one that can be answered easily. Minivans are spacious, but tend to have lower MPG. Crossovers can get fit a small, five-member family comfortably, but any more than that, and you might be fighting for air. Crossovers have a sleek look and feel, but are often a little pricier than minivans. When it comes down to which you should buy: it’s all about what you’re looking for. If you need a lot of seating, your best bet may be the minivan. If you’re looking for practical uses outside of family trips, you may find the utility of crossovers to be the better fit.

If you’re having trouble choosing between a minivan and a crossover, come see us at our many Hubler locations to get a firsthand look at what these vehicles can offer you. We can help you get in the right vehicle today!

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