Chart Of The Day: U.S. Minivan Market Share In 2014

Timothy Cain
by Timothy Cain

Minivan sales in America have grown 6% this year even as last year’s top seller, the Honda Odyssey, has suffered a 4.5% year-over-year volume decline. A slight uptick in Toyota Sienna volume has helped, but decreased sales from the Nissan Quest and now-cancelled Mazda 5 haven’t helped.

Minivan volume from Chrysler and Dodge, however, has grown by 27,414 units, or 17.1%. Chrysler is on pace for its best Town & Country sales year since 2006; Dodge is on track to post its best Grand Caravan sales year since 2007.

Timothy Cain is the founder of, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures.
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  • Big Al from Oz Big Al from Oz on Sep 13, 2014

    My previous experience with the Chrysler minivans has left me thinking they are an uninspiring drive. The Kia Carnival is in the same league. If I ever grew young again and required a family van I would have to choose the Mercedes Benz Grand Viano V6 diesel. It gets around 30mpg average with six on board. This should maybe be the benchmark for family vans.

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    • Stuki Stuki on Sep 15, 2014

      @stuki I've driven and ridden in almost every country in Europe. Spend quite a bit of time there. Speed limits are higher, but few people do the long freeway drives that are common in the Western US. In Germany, some do have fairly longish commutes, and consequently buy cars much closer to what Americans buy, aside from the Diesel engine. The stereotypical "euro" car; small, underpowered, as tall as it's long, and often diesel as well, just isn't well suited for US driving. Nor for many Germans. Works great in Italy, where people spend more time parking than sitting at 85 in 40mph crosswinds. In the US, work crews of 7 burly dudes don't buy minivans, either. Heck, it seems the most common way to transport 7 workers over here, is 7 separate pickup trucks.... Often the HD variants, to make sure the suspension can handle the consumed donuts....

  • Cabriolet Cabriolet on Sep 13, 2014

    The family that lives across the street from me own a Honda Odyssey approx 6 years old. When they moved in the kids were small and they had an old Honda Accord. Kind of beat up and a lot of rust. Always started and they finally bought the new Honda Odyssey on the record of the old Honda. The Odyssey has been towed from their driveway at least 5 times for a no start over the last few years. A week ago it they had it towed again and Thursday it was back in their driveway. They used the car Friday and today i looked out the window and they made it half way down the block and it died. It was raining and the whole family was pushing the car back to their driveway. I went out to help them and asked what is going on. The owner is ready to set this van on fire. The dealer told them earlier in the week that they finally found the problem but had to get a back ordered part. It came in Thursday and the car started right up. Now it's back to the dealer. The transmission was also replaced a few years ago but they told me it was on Honda;s dime. I think this family spend their money on the basis of how well the old Honda was. I know a number of people that have brought new Asian cars after having older ones for years and now not being to happy with the new wheels. Just some food for thought.

    • Thatkat09 Thatkat09 on Sep 14, 2014

      Out of all the minivans, the only one that ive heard good things about reliability wise is the Sienna. My aunts Mazda 5 isn't even holding up well. I know people don't like the idea of owning minivans anymore, but some of that may be because of prior history and not style.

  • Koshchei Koshchei on Sep 14, 2014

    Up here, the Dodge Grand Caravan is thick on the ground. Looking down our street, I can see at least 10 of the 2008+ variety, excluding our 2013 T&C.

  • Dodge Grand Caravan AVP can be found on Autotrader for $16,000. I think that is one of the best bargains out there. USED Toyota Camrys and Accords with 100,000 miles can be found at that price. New, seven passenger V6 auto for that price is amazing, imo.