Vehicle Guide Minivan Rentals

Minivans will usually have 3 doors, but some models offer 4 doors. Car rental companies don't offer the ability to confirm either option, but if you have a minivan reservation and wish to request a 4 door minivan, you should call the rental company (toll free reservation line) and ask that a 4 door van be added as a preference to your reservation.

Some Examples

Some of the most common make and models offered by companies in the minivan rental category include

Dodge Grand Caravan

Chrysler Town and Country

Toyota Sienna

Seating Capacity

Most minivans offer a seating capacity of 7, while a few models feature seating for 8. As with the number of doors, you can request a preference for an 8 passenger van (by calling after you book your reservation), but only the 7 passenger option is guaranteed when you get a minivan.

Average Luggage Capacity

The average luggage capacity listed for passenger vans is

3 Large 2 Medium 4 Small - pieces of luggage.

Luggage capacity in a minivan will really depend on the number of passengers as well as the type of items you're carrying (there are often items you can place underneath seats).

Note: renters are not permitted to remove seats when renting a minivan.... some companies even make it impossible to do so. A rental minivan is intended for passengers. If you're looking for a cargo van, then renting a moving truck or cargo van would be a better (and usually cheaper) option.

Read more about Moving Truck Rentals

Usual Features

Some common standard features found in a minivan rental will include

AM/FM stereo/Cassette

CD Player

Air Conditioning

Power Brakes, Power Steering, Power Windows, Power Locks

Anti-Lock Brakes

Air Bags

Cruise Control

Intermittant Wipers

Tilt Steering Wheel

Average Fuel Economy

The average gas mileage on a minivan is

18 mpg - city

23 mpg – highway 

Note: In general categories, car rental companies can rarely guarantee a make or model. That’s why you’ll usually see a make/model example with a notation of …or similar. That means you will get either that vehicle or something of similar size and with similar features. 

Return to Car Rental Extras

Return to Vehicle Guide 

Return to Home