Minivans: Then and Now

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Vans of Versatility
A few years ago it looked as if the minivan — once the go-to vehicle for active American families — would be kicked to the curb by the advent of the crossover SUV. Even though crossovers gained wide popularity in the ensuing years, the ultimate people mover seems to be making a comeback. In 2016 minivan sales are up more than 30 percent compared to last year, and there are plenty of new features and technologies available to keep minivans within the consideration set of car-shopping families on the go. But these minivans wouldn’t be where they are today without the originals from the late 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s. Here’s a look at the minivan’s inauspicious beginnings and the feature-rich counterparts available today.

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