We know minivans aren't all that exciting, but automakers take the sliding door segment very seriously. Chrysler takes special pride in its minivans, which makes sense because Team Pentastar all but invented the segment. Toyota takes just as much pride in the Sienna, which continues to sell well in the face of months of parts shortages due to the Japanese earthquake.

Right now, the two minivans are duking it out for sales supremacy, and Dodge is winning by a nose. Automotive News reports that Dodge has sold 92,930 Grand Caravan models so far in 2011, but the Sienna is down less than 1,000 units with 91,955 copies sold to date. And don't count out the Honda Odyssey. The Odyssey is a close third with 86,436 units sold, beating out the Chrysler Town & Country by 8,000 units. Chrysler can boast a combined 171,185 minivan sales so far in 2011, with 200,000 total 2011 sales within the realm of possibility.

With the Grand Caravan versus Sienna sales battle so close, we're guessing minivan buyers could turn out to be the biggest winners. It's a fair bet that one or both automakers will add incentives to the vans in an effort to secure the sales title, which will mean lower prices for buyers.


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      Edward
      • 3 Years Ago
      Uh...the first modern minivan was the Renault Espace, in my history book.
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        @Edward
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          Mike D
          • 3 Years Ago
          Big surprise that's your opinion, you're bigoted towards anything made in the US.
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        donnieorama
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Edward
        It's the French--so it doesn't count. I kid, I kid.
          minimalist driver
          • 3 Years Ago
          @donnieorama
          Accidentally downvoted you for that-lmao sorry- and I'm a French born naturalized American citizen -Justin Campanale
      Brian Duong
      • 3 Years Ago
      does selling car to rental company count? cause I see alot of dodge at rental car lots
      PiCASSO
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is appears to be the same bragging rights of Ford F150 vs Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. The F150 beats the Silverado in sales, but combined, the GM twins sell more. Same applies for Chrysler and their twin minivans.
      redgpgtp97
      • 3 Years Ago
      Designewise, I give it to toyota. The Dodge looks plain, however, I rode in one a few weeks ago and it felt solid and had a nice ride. Just not feeling the breadbox on wheels design.
      The Law
      • 3 Years Ago
      Personal I can't stand American Mini Vans they're awful!
        Basil Exposition
        • 3 Years Ago
        @The Law
        I though I saw stupid when read The Law's comment, but then I read M's reply.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @The Law
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        Sukairain
        • 3 Years Ago
        @The Law
        *scratch head* I think all of the minivans are American, including the Sienna, Quest and Odyssey.
      arkster
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just rented a Chrysler T&C and it was probably one of the best minivans I've driven. Engine had pep even when fully loaded with 7 passengers and luggage and had good gas mileage. The interior was miles apart from what used to be a shitty van. I'm critical of interiors but no matter what, I couldn't find much fault with the quality. Yes, the Sienna and Odyssey have competition on their hands.
      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sienna for me, its fast, handles well, has the best interior and exterior styling works for me.
        minimalist driver
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sukairain
        Fast? Yes, should appeal to the population of moms who drag race their vans after dropping their kids off to soccer practice Handles well- The Honda and Nissan handle better. I had a Sienna as a rental and the steering was numb and devoid of feeling. Best interior- Have you ever been in one? The interior has plastics that are comparable to those of a Chinese kid's toybox. Chrysler, Dodge, Nissan, and to an extent, Honda have much better interiors than the Sienna Exterior- I don't know about you, but I find the interior extremely boring. Might be better than Honda's lightning theme design or Chrysler's toaster design but still very bland. Nissan is definitely the winner in terms of styling. Sorry, but in this competitive class, the Sienna is an also-ran. I'm sure that the next-gen will be much better. But the current gen is nowhere near competitive. 1st place: Chrysler 2nd place: Nissan 3rd place: Honda 4th place: VW 5th place: Dodge 7th place: Toyota -Justin Campanale
        TMTexas
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sukairain
        Styling is subjective but the interior material quality is atrocious. On par with Chrysler circa 2007. My how the tables have turned.
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        acrcpe45
        • 3 Years Ago
        Woo hoo, we got an internet tough guy. Chrysler minivans are as American as apple pie. Smart @$$
      Darnell Robeson
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sorry to all you."American car Haters" but i've driven new T&Cs, new Caravans, new Siennas and the new Oddysey....hands down, the best, most satisfying van to drive/own is the Chrysler vans..particularly the T&C Limited fully loaded. I know its UNBELEIVABLE to alot of you but its true...go drive one
        The Law
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Darnell Robeson
        Are you serious? Key words "LIMITED FULLY LOADED"! I think anything fully loaded would be better then a SE. Anyways as I was saying.................................
          Mike D
          • 3 Years Ago
          @The Law
          He said he liked ALL of the Chrysler vans the best but the T&C Limited was the best. Of course you'd only pick out him talking about the loaded model so you could make an excuse about the comparison.
          Darnell Robeson
          • 3 Years Ago
          @The Law
          The Limited is just a trim level sir...no matter which trim u drive it in, they all share the same excellent Pentastar, they all have the same suspensions, packaging and styling...i couldve said a Caravan R/T, but u still wouldve had an issue
          Darnell Robeson
          • 3 Years Ago
          @The Law
          The "keyword" was NEW
        Bruno Nekic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Darnell Robeson
        Are you satisfied with the wavy sheet metal on the inside bottom of the rear liftgate. That van has the absolute worst build quality. It doesn't take a genius to figure out the Odyssey and Sienna are the segment leaders here.
      Bruno Nekic
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's funny how when anybody on this post makes a positive comment regarding the Odyssey or Sienna it gets a ton of thumbs down. I guess a bunch of uneducated people roam this post, oh well :)
        Sukairain
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bruno Nekic
        What does it matter what they vote, Toyota gets my check.
        Bruno Nekic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bruno Nekic
        Well we know the 6 people that are uneducated and angry at the world, hahaha.
      TMTexas
      • 3 Years Ago
      How those ugly vans from Honda and Toyota sell that well is beyond me, and the interiors are plain awful in both of them. Given Chrysler's vast improvements over the last couple years, I think they'll pull out a W. Go MOPAR!
        rL-gT
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TMTexas
        Guess your quite fond of square looking vehicles...
      The Law
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't care what you guys say patriotic or not, I rented out more then a hand full of Minivans and the American Vans are by far the worst. I'm not going to lie to myself and say that a house cat is stronger then a Mountain Lion. Maybe it's because I have high exceptions, the Japanese obviously get it.
        Darnell Robeson
        • 3 Years Ago
        @The Law
        U must have not driven the new T&Cs or Caravans...the 2011 vans are like night/day compared to the 2010s....and compare favorably to the new Japanese vans
          billfrombuckhead
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Darnell Robeson
          The new Mopar vans have been reviewed very favorably in terms of handling, ride, packaging and that great new Pentastar V6
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