Minivans are some of the hardest working vehicles on the market today. Sure, you may point to full-size pickup trucks as doing the dirty job of hauling and towing burly loads, but minivans are designed from their inception to carry the most important cargo of all: your family. They happen to be the safest, most practical vehicles around. As an automotive journalist, when someone asks me what the best car for their family would be, I automatically point them to a minivan.
Minivans are as docile as it gets, but the segment itself is home to a cutthroat ruthlessness usually reserved for reality competition shows. Year after year, the major players in the minivan universe aim to one-up their rivals by rolling out upgrades intended to provide a winning edge. This is because the segment represents big business for some of the automakers involved.