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Ranked: 5 best-selling new minivans in the U.S. in 2021

The Toyota Sienna is one of the best-selling minivans in the U.S.

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Automakers are rebounding from the COVID-19 pandemic and in light of that, automakers have revised, redesigned, and renamed a number of minivan models in an effort to keep them relevant as they compete against the ever-popular SUV crowd.

Below is a list of the best-selling minivans through May 3, 2021.

These rankings have been determined using sales numbers provided by the individual automobile manufacturers. FCA rolls its Chrysler Voyager sales into Pacifica sales (they share most of the same components).

Click here to see a list of 2020's best-selling minivans in the U.S.

No. 5 - Dodge Caravan

2016 Dodge Grand Caravan Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Dodge Caravan is officially dead but there are still some sitting on dealership lots waiting to be sold. The Caravan was replaced by the Chrysler Voyager, a more budget-friendly version of the Pacifica, in the Stellantis lineup.

No. 4 - Kia Sedona/Carnival (4,993 sold)

2020 Kia Sorento Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

The Kia Sedona has been completely redesigned and renamed for 2022 (it will become the Carnival starting with the 2022 model year). The 2021 Sedona model is still on U.S. lots and delivers a lot of bang for its buck - just like most of the rest of the Kia lineup. The Sedona comfortably and confidently gets passengers to and fro.

No. 3 - Toyota Sienna (26,578 sold)

2021 Toyota Sienna

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Toyota has redesigned the Sienna for 2021, giving it only a hybrid powertrain and offering more polarizing looks. If you'd rather have a straight up gasoline-powered Sienna, you'll want to head to the Toyota lot sooner rather than later to grab a 2020 model before they run out.

No. 2 - Honda Odyssey (29,088 sold)

2021 Honda Odyssey Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co. Inc.

The Honda Odyssey got a significant facelift for 2021 with a shuffling of the packages and trim levels that actually lowers the price of the mid-grade model a significant amount. The car can come loaded with some neat tech like CabinWatch, which puts a camera view of the rear seats on the infotainment screen.

No. 1 - Chrysler Pacifica (34,342 sold)

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle ​Photo courtesy of Chrysler​

The Chrysler Pacifica was given a significant body refresh for the 2021 model year. It also saw the addition of the Pinnacle trim level, a high-end grade that leans toward luxury. Chrysler counts sales of its Voyager minivan, which is a budget-friendly version of the Pacifica, in with Pacifica sales.

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The new Si gets many improvements over the standard Civic.

Honda

The 2022 Civic and Civic Hatchback are just starting to hit our streets, but Honda's already moved on to higher performance versions of the car. The automaker just announced the Civic Si, which lands between the standard cars and the red-hot Type R in the Civic lineup.

2022 Honda Civic Si The Si's manual transmission gets rev-matching from the Civic Type R.Honda

The 2022 Civic Si gets a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 200 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. The VTEC unit has been updated with broader power curves and better output at the top of the rev range. It's paired exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission that features the handy rev-matching feature from the Civic Type R. The system can detect downshifts and blips the throttle to perfectly align engine revs with the shift.

Honda tightened up the new Si's body with an 8 percent bump in torsional rigidity and a 13 percent increase in bending rigidity over the previous model. The 2022 Civic Si also rides on a longer wheelbase and has a wider rear track for better stability. Honda says that at 107.7 inches, the Si has the longest wheelbase in its class, which should give the car a stable and comfortable ride.

2022 Honda Civic Si The 2022 Civic Si's interior is clean and sporty. Honda

The Si's cabin borrows heavily from the standard Civic, but the sporty car gets more aggressive front sport seats with stronger bolstering and better thigh and shoulder supports. Honda raised the seats' bottom cushion by half an inch at the front for better thigh support. A 9-inch touchscreen display is standard that runs wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A 12-speaker Bose stereo with Centerpoint 2 tech and SurroundStage digital signal processing are also standard.

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The Passport was lightly modified for competition.

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Honda recently announced a line of off-road-oriented trims and packages for its vehicles. Called TrailSport, the trim brings rugged appearance upgrades to the Honda Passport and will eventually offer more performance upgrades for other vehicles in the automaker's catalog. To further prove its mettle in the off-road space, Honda built a 2022 Passport rally truck to compete in the American Rally Association race series. The truck debuted over the weekend in Michigan and had a reasonably successful run for its first time out.

2022 Honda Passport Two Honda engineers handled driving duties.Honda

Importantly, the Passport's drivetrain and suspension were left untouched for the rally. The 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6, nine-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and suspension in the rally vehicle are the same components that you or I would see if we bought a new Passport today. Honda did add a transmission fluid cooler, but even then, it's the unit that everyday buyers can get with the available towing package. The SUV's interior was stripped and modified for safety and performance.

2022 Honda Passport Honda is pushing deeper into the off-road with its TrailSport trims.Honda

Honda did upgrade the Passport's wheels and tires for the event by fitting 17-inch BRAID Winrace T rally wheels and Maxxis RAZR M/T or A/T tires. The automaker also made modifications to the SUV's underside with custom 1/8-inch thick aluminum oil pan and rear differential skid plates. High-density panels protect the fuel tank and other sensitive components, while Carbontech XP12 brake pads and high-temp racing brake fluid slow things down.

2022 Honda Passport The Passport's interior had to be stripped and modified for the event.Honda

The ARA National and Regional Championship Series events feature modified street vehicles that travel at speeds well in excess of 100 mph. The courses include gravel, dirt, mud, and snow, and cover hundreds of miles. The Honda Passport rally vehicle was first driven by two Honda engineers and ran in the top ten out of 42 teams. Honda says that a tire de-bead eventually slowed the team, leading to a delayed finish.

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