Which Minivan Has the Most Powerful Engine?
This family minivan produces the most horsepower and torque.
When you buy a minivan for your family, you want the strongest engine under the hood to ensure your vehicle won’t struggle to climb up a hill or accelerate onto the highway with a full load of passengers. Every minivan currently on the market features a standard V6 engine, but not every minivan’s V6 has the same strength. Here’s our comparison to find the minivan with the most powerful engine.
Ranking minivans to determine the most powerful engine
The weakest engine available on a new minivan is arguably the 3.3-liter V6 engine on the Kia Sedona. It only manages to produce a maximum 276 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque, which puts it marginally behind its competitors. Still, when properly equipped, the Sedona can still tow up to 3,500 pounds, which is commendable. It averages 24 mpg on the highway and utilizes an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Slightly better is the 3.5-liter V6 on the Honda Odyssey. Its horsepower output rises to 280 and torque performance reaches 262 lb-ft. Its biggest selling point is its precise, finely tuned 10-speed automatic transmission, yielding an average 28 mpg on the highway.
The best-selling Grand Caravan minivan uses a 3.6-liter Pentastar Flex-Fuel V6 that produces 283 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, which makes it pretty even with the Odyssey. Where it excels is its best-in-class towing capacity of 3,600 pounds. Its fuel economy is notably lower, consequently, at 25 mph on the highway, and its automatic AutoStick® transmission is limited to only six gears.
The two current Chrysler minivans share the same engine as its Grand Caravan cousin: a 3.6-liter Pentastar Flex-Fuel V6. It also attains best-in-class towing of 3,600 pounds, but — thanks to its nine-speed automatic transmission — actually produces greater power: 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. It’s also tied as the most efficient minivans with the Honda Odyssey, sharing a 28-mpg average on the highway.
The 3.5-liter V6 engine in the Toyota Sienna rises to the top of the pack when comparing engine specs. It boasts 296 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque, sealing it as the most robust engine on a minivan. Its towing capacity is 3,500 possible pounds, and its fuel economy average is 27 mpg on the highway, so numbers are solid across the board.
*Data is based on official 2020 model year specs released by each manufacturer.
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