7 Minivans for Hauling Around the Troops in 2014

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With the increasing saturation of fuel-savvy crossovers, minivans are becoming an endangered species of vehicles as the lines differentiating vehicle segments are becoming increasingly blurred.

However, there are still some holdouts that have been able to maintain consumer interest with their versatile interiors and the second-to-none nature that minivans have when it comes be shuttling children around.

Since we here at Wall St. Cheat Sheet haven’t driven the vehicles in question ourselves, we turned to the automotive expertise of Edmunds.com and others for some insight as to the pros and cons of each vehicle. Here are the seven minivan options on the market for 2014; the following are ranked alphabetically.

Chrysler Town&Country

1. Chrysler Town & Country

Base price: $30,765

Fuel economy: 17 miles per gallon city, 25 miles per gallon highway

Pros and cons: Edmunds enjoyed the Chrysler’s (FIATY.PK) ”versatile” rear seating configurations and its “plentiful” standard and optional features but wasn’t so impressed by its ride, limited driver legroom, some occasional rough shifts from the transmission, and its seven-passenger maximum capacity.

Options worth splurging on: We’d go with the S trim (adds about $1,600 to the base MSRP), which includes dual-screen DVD entertainment in the rear seats, 17-inch wheels,  and cosmetic accents both inside and out, including blacked-out headlamps.

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