Are minivans better alternatives?
People love crossovers and they’re willing to pay premium prices to have one. For example, a mid-size crossover, like the three-row 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe featured here in our latest unboxing review, bases at around $30,000. In fact, its competitors, like the Ford Explorer, has similar pricing, but the latter can easily hit over $50k. That’s a lot of dough for a vehicle that has less space than a minivan. The Kia Sedona and new Chrysler Pacifica, for example, have slightly lower base prices and, low and behold, offer more interior space.
Their third rows, while still not huge, are more comfortable for human beings in general compared to those in three-row CUVs, like the Santa Fe.
Minivans can also get expensive with added features, but at least they offer the utility of space and storage to back up that figure. So why opt for a three-row CUV instead of a minivan? Well, CUVs look like SUVs, which are sexier than minivans. But still, we were impressed with the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe and think it’s one of the segment leaders. Special thanks to DGDG.com, located in San Jose, California for letting us film the car.