Most of the vans available in the market nowadays also happen to be 8 passenger vehicles. These minivans are famous for offering the most comfortable seating for 8 people, including those in the rear seats. In addition to that, they offer reasonable cargo space, which is less than the crossovers but more than the SUVs. The minivans come with sliding doors, allowing them to manage the seating arrangement better and making it more comfortable for families. One of the most popular minivans available in the market able to carry 8 people is the Toyota Sienna. Another good option is the Honda Odyssey. Both of these 8 passenger vans have tremendous reliability, excellent gas mileage for the size and have several options for a family-friendly ride.
There are many other companies that produce these 8 passenger vans today and there are some models that are no longer produced. It is also possible to find used minivans in the 8 passenger vehicle category. It is also quite likely that the newer 8 passenger minivans will provide better mileage due to recent technological advancements. They offer other innovative features including more flexible seating configurations and entertainment packages.
The Routan is one of the more solid 8 passenger vans. Even though the Routan bears the VW badge, it is based on two minivans built by Chrysler: the Town & Country and the Dodge Grand Caravan. Because of this, all three minivans have identical features, performance and appearance. There was a time when the Routan distinguished itself from the two Chrysler minivans with impeccable interiors and superbly responsive suspensions. This is a general advantage that German cars have over US cars. Despite some shortcomings when compared with its competitors, the Routan remains a good choice for an 8 passenger minivan. The Routan comes with beautiful exterior styling and excellent safety features. The exteriors of the Routan combine some elements of Chrysler with some of its own to create a wonderful looking vehicle. Other family-friendly features such as a power rear lift-gate and power sliding doors make the Routan very useful. The interiors are decent but not up to the standards set by VW. The Routan offers a gas mileage of 17 mpg in city and 25 on highways. The base model of the VW vehicle is available at around $27,000.
The Quest is a decent minivan offering comfortable yet practical interiors and nice performance. The exterior styling is also attractive, making the vehicle stand out on the road. Although these are not its standout features, the Quest comes with inviting interiors, a strong engine and simple controls. The Quest was designed for 2011 and the 2012 model will not have many alterations. The Quest is available in FWD only. All the available models use only a single power train setup, are equipped with a 3.5-lit V6 engine with a continuously variable transmission. The base model of this minivan retails at around $27,000 and offers a fuel mileage of 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on highways.