Dodge Minivans vs. Dodge SUVs

Will an SUV or a minivan meet your needs? It depends on your family's size, lifestyle, and preferences. If you have a family with young children, an SUV could serve you well with its adequate passenger volume. If you have an active family of seven, don't count out SUVs, but a minivan is probably a better choice thanks to the sliding doors and standard third row. After reading about the advantages and disadvantages in our SUV and minivan comparison, you'll be able to determine which meets your needs the best.

If you have questions about features mentioned below, contact the team at Midway Dodge in Chicago by calling (773) 234-1924 or find out which models they're equipped on by reading our model research pages.

Minivan vs. SUVs: Exterior Design

One major SUV disadvantage is its rear doors. Minivans are equipped with sliding rear doors, which are beneficial in single car garages and tight parking lots. Available automatic sliding doors are even better, which makes entering and exiting a minivan much smoother. SUVs rarely come with sliding doors. Besides sliding doors, SUVs and minivans could include any of the following exterior features:

  • LED head lights, taillights, and fog lights
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Steel or alloy wheels
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Roof rails
  • Power lift gate
A blue Dodge Journey Crossroad

Dodge SUVs Interior

Minivan vs. SUVs: Interior Design

Interior Design: Seating

Families should take into consideration passenger volume, cargo capacity, and cabin configurations. Minivans are larger than SUVs, therefore they provide a more comfortable driving experience for families of seven, especially families with older children. A three-row SUV, such as the 2017 Dodge Journey and Durango, offers seating for up to seven, but keep in mind rear legroom is more plentiful in the third row of minivans, which tall passengers will appreciate. However, if you have a young family, your little ones should fit comfortably in an SUV's third row without feeling cramped. Additional SUV and minivan seating options to consider include:

  • Cloth, premium cloth, and leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Captain's chair, bucket, and bench seating
  • Power adjustable seating with lumbar support

Interior: Cargo Capacity & Cabin Configurations

SUVs and minivans both offer versatile seating to help passengers and cargo fit comfortably, but how much do you need? Again, minivan advantages lie in their size, providing more cargo volume than an SUV. For example, the 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan minivan provides up to 140 cu. ft. of cargo volume with both rear rows folded down, while the Dodge Journey SUV provides less than 70 cu. ft. of cargo volume. How you use the cargo volume depends on the capabilities of the seating. Can the rear rows fold flat, allowing for easy access? Does the seating split, allowing a mix of passengers and cargo to fit in various configurations? Keep these questions in mind as you consider whether a minivan or SUV meets your needs. Additional cargo and configuration features include:

  • 60/40 and 50/50 split seating
  • Flat-folding rear seats
  • Small item storage in compartments such as cup holders, door pockets, front-row seatback pockets, overhead compartments, and front console compartments

Dodge Minivans Technology specs in Chicago, IL

Minivan vs. SUVs: Safety & Technology

Safety: Ratings

Start with checking the safety ratings provided by the IIHS and NHTSA, who together set the industry standard for vehicle safety. The IIHS and NHTSA conduct their own independent crash tests, give scores for various categories based on the results, and the NHTSA provides an overall safety score as well.

Safety: Technology & Driving Aids

Getting around Chicago can be hectic for several reasons, but driving aids can help make driving around the city less stressful and safer for your family. Keep the following safety systems in mind as you consider a new SUV or minivan:

  • Rearview camera with projected path, providing a live view of what's happening behind you
  • Rear Park Assist detects stationary objects behind you and alerts you if one is detected
  • Adaptive Cruise Control maintains a preset distance between you and the vehicle in front of you by automatically adjusting your cruise speed
  • Blind Spot Monitoring alerts you to vehicles outside of your peripheral, allowing for safer lane changes

Want to know if the Dodge Journey, Durango, or Grand Caravan meets your needs? Visit our Journey, Durango, and Grand Caravan research pages to learn more.

Finance or Lease Minivan or SUV

Midway Dodge has auto lease and finance plans that will fit a new, CPO, or used SUV or minivan into your budget. Even if your credit history is poor or nonexistent, the finance professionals at our Dodge dealership in Chicago can help you drive away in a new Dodge vehicle. Don't hesitate to reach out to our dedicated team with any questions by calling (773) 234-1924. Don't know the difference between buying and leasing a vehicle? Check out our buying vs. leasing page.

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