Minivans Versus SUVs

If you have children or are thinking about starting a family, you're probably going to need a larger vehicle. Minivans and SUVs both have unique advantages to add capacity, capability, and convenience to your busy schedule. Get more information on the key differences and advantages that minivans and SUVs have for your family. Once you have a better idea of which type of vehicle you need, discover your next new family vehicle in the inventory at Sunnyside Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram.

Minivans vs. SUVs: Seating & Capacity

How many seats will you need? Which storage area makes the most sense for you? These are the two key questions you have to answer before deciding between a minivan and an SUV. Key differences between available models at our Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram dealership in McHenry, IL include:

Family-Friendly Vehicle

2017 Dodge Grand Caravan

Dodge Grand Carvan

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

Chrysler Pacifica

2017 Jeep Cherokee

Jeep Cherokee

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Seating Capacity

7 passengers

7-8 passengers

5 passengers

5 passengers

Max. Cargo Space

143.8 cu. ft.

140.5 cu. ft.

54.9 cu ft.

68.3 cu. ft.

Seating and Storage System

Stow 'n Go® seatingand storage

Stow 'n Go® seatingand storage

Rear 60/40 foldingsplit recline seat

60/40 split rearfolding seat

Minivans vs. SUVs: Capability

When it comes to on-road or off-road capability, SUVs leave minivans in the dust. Most minivans are built with front-wheel drive while Jeep SUVs are available with proprietary 4x4 systems that are ideal for getting through even the worst weather or low traction situations. Key specs for Jeep SUVs are as follows:

Jeep Model

4x4 System


Grand Cherokee


All-weather traction and off-road capability. Features anelectronic limited-slip differential to allow 100% of the available torque tobe sent to one rear wheel.

Grand Cherokee


Available in two versions. QUADRA-TRAC® I providesfull-time 4x4 capability. II detects when slippage occurs and automaticallyadjusts traction.


Jeep Active Drive I

Features a rear axle disconnect feature that improvesefficiency.


Jeep Active DriveII

Adds a low range and neutral mode for added capability.

Minivans vs. SUVs: Technology & Safety Features

While both SUVs and minivans are designed with advanced technology and safety systems, minivans are developed with kids in mind. If you want a vehicle that comes with a Blu-Ray player or in-vehicle vacuum, minivans are the way to go. Important features designed to keep your loved ones protected and connected include:

Family Friendly Model

Available Technology & Safety Systems

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee

  • Two available premium audio systems
  • Three Uconnect® systems available
  • Over 70 available safety and security features
  • Optional driver aids from adaptive cruisecontrol to Park Assist Systems

Jeep Cherokee

Jeep Cherokee

  • Three Uconnect® systems available
  • Media hub and premium audio system available
  • Ten advanced airbags standard
  • Accident avoidance systems and parkingassistance options available with most trim levels

Chrysler Pacifica

Chrysler Pacifica

  • Available Stow 'n Vac® RIDGID® vacuum cleaner
  • Optional Uconnect® Theater with 10.1-in. HDtouchscreens with built-in Blu-Ray player, wireless headphones, dual HDMIinputs and Bluetooth® remotes
  • 8.4-in. touchscreen with Siri® Eyes Free inthe center console
  • The only minivan to be named a 2017 IIHS TopSafety Pick+

Dodge Grand Caravan

Dodge Grand Carvan

  • Available Uconnect® navigation and multimediasystem
  • Optional single DVD entertainment system withwireless headphones
  • Seven advanced airbags
  • ParkView® rear back up camera

Finance or Lease a Minivan or SUV From Sunnyside

Whether you choose the latest minivans from Chrysler or Dodge or any of the awesome new SUVs for sale at our dealership in McHenry, IL, we have a lease or finance deal for you. Check out the current incentives to learn how to save on your next new family vehicle, and then apply for an auto loan or lease online with our easy-to-use application. Do you have questions on auto finance or lease options available at Sunnyside Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram? Contact our team by phone at (877) 297-5807 or use our inquiry form to get the answers you need.


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