A minivan can be a smart choice as a spacious and convenient family hauler as long as shoppers can overcome the stigma (we recently saw a “I’ll never own a minivan” bumper sticker — on a minivan). They’re designed to comfortably seat up to eight occupants with ample cargo space and family-friendly features. But while there are dozens of three-row SUVs on the market, there are only four minivans: the Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Odyssey, Kia Carnival and Toyota Sienna. And of those, only the Pacifica and Sienna offer all-wheel drive.
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Shoppers who have to drive in inclement weather such as snow and ice often prioritize AWD as a must-have feature. But is it really necessary, or will a front-wheel-drive minivan suffice? We consider each side of the debate below and share some minivan alternatives that offer a wider range of options.