Toyota SUVs vs Minivans: Which should you buy?

June 1st, 2018 by

When it comes to shopping for the perfect family vehicle, there are a lot of options out there. Not only do you have to pick the type of vehicle you want, you also have to choose the make and model as well as decide about things like trim-level, packages, and accessories. We can give you recommendations when it comes to make and model (hint, hint) but let’s start with the most basic question for family car shoppers – what TYPE of vehicle is going to be the best for your drive time needs?

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Should you drive a Toyota SUV or a minivan?

The two most common choices for family cars are SUVs and minivans. They have their similarities, but they also definitely have their differences. We’re here to pick them apart so you can decide which is going to suit your driving needs more efficiently.


Some drivers want their family-friendly vehicle to be as spacious as possible inside; other drivers are willing to sacrifice a bit of space to have something that’s fuel-efficient and sporty. You can have either when you shop our Orlando Toyotas! The Toyota Sienna minivan is super spacious, offering seating for up to eight with 39.1 cubic feet of cargo space and gets 19/27 mpg. The Toyota Highlander can also seat up to eight with 13.1 cubic feet of cargo space and gets 21/27 mpg (although there is a more efficient hybrid option up for grabs). The Toyota RAV4 seats five and has 38.4 cubic feet of cargo space available, and gets 23/30 mpg.

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Family-friendly features 

Looking for features that can make your drive time easy, efficient, and stress-free? While Toyota SUVs have great features that can help make that happen (like Bluetooth wireless streaming, automatic climate control, and fold-flat rear seats), the Orlando Toyota Sienna has all of those features and more. With this unique Toyota minivan, you’ll find features like dual power sliding doors, Driver Easy Speak, and a dual-view Blu-Ray entertainment center with wireless headphones. All in all, the minivan takes the cake when it comes to true family features, but the SUVs are a close second.


For some drivers, versatility is the name of the game. We have to admit that in this category, Orlando Toyota SUVs take the top spot. You can take home an SUV like the Toyota 4Runner which is spacious and has tons of family-oriented efficiency features, but still packs a punch in terms of performance with off-road features and towing capabilities. It offers things like four-wheel drive, CRAWL Control, Multi-terrain Select, and towing of up to 5,000 pounds. It’s perfect for both work AND play, offering you the versatility you need from a family vehicle.

Test drive both at Toyota of Orlando

However, the best way to find out is to get behind the wheel – so come in for a test drive! Toyota of Orlando is open seven days a week until 10 pm at 3575 Vineland Road. We’re conveniently located just off I-4 near the Millenia Mall! You can call us ahead of time to schedule your test drive at (407) 298-4500.