10 Most Popular Large Cars and Minivans

Christian Wardlaw | May 01, 2019

With midsize cars growing in size, and consumers increasingly choosing SUVs instead of sedans, the full-size car segment continues to shrink. Still, large family cars and minivans remain appealing to many people, and in this guide you’ll learn more about the 10 best-selling models in the segment. They’re listed in reverse order of sales popularity* from 10th most popular to the most popular.

* Popularity based on calendar-year sales for 2018

2019 Toyota Avalon photo

10. Toyota Avalon (33,580)

Redesigned for the 2019 model year, the Avalon is a more affordable version of the Lexus ES. The cars share a platform and powertrains, and even look similar to one another. Offered with a V6 engine or an efficient hybrid powertrain, the Avalon is available in XLE, XSE, Touring, and Limited trim levels. The trunk measures 16.1 cu.-ft.

9. Ford Taurus (36,088)

This is the last year for the Ford Taurus. Production has already stopped, so you’ll need to choose from whatever your dealership has in stock. Offered with a normally-aspirated or twin-turbocharged V6 engine, front-wheel or all-wheel drive, and in SE, SEL, Limited, and SHO (Super High Output) trim levels, the Taurus provides a huge 20.1 cu.-ft. trunk, giving it the practical space of a typical SUV.

8. Nissan Maxima (42,337)

Freshened for 2019, the Nissan Maxima is a sport sedan equipped with a 300-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and a continuously variable transmission. This car is the style and performance leader of the company’s sedan lineup, and comes in six different trim levels. Every 2019 Maxima offers 14.3 cu.-ft. of trunk space.

7. Chrysler 300 (46,593)

For nearly 15 years, the Chrysler 300 has used the same formula: luxury car styling, a choice between V6 and V8 engines, rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, roomy and comfortable seating, and an appealing price. Today, Touring, Touring L, 300S, Limited, and 300C trim levels are available. Trunk capacity measures 16.3 cu.-ft.

6. Chevrolet Impala (56,556)

One of the largest cars in America, the Chevy Impala is exceptionally roomy and comes with an 18.8 cu.-ft. trunk. Trim levels include LS, LT and Premier, and the standard engine is a 197-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with a 305-hp 3.6-liter V6 available. Chevrolet is going to stop making the Impala soon, so if you a roomy traditional American sedan from General Motors, act fast.

5. Dodge Charger (80,226)

The Dodge Charger is popular with more than just performance- and image-seeking consumers. Police departments have taken a liking to this rear- or all-wheel-drive sedan. You can get a Charger in anything from mild SXT to wild SRT Hellcat trim, the latter boasting a 707-hp supercharged V8 and a top speed of more than 200 mph. A 16.5 cu.-ft. trunk adds practicality to this muscular car.

4. Toyota Sienna (87,672)

When it comes to family-friendly accommodations, nothing beats a minivan. The Toyota Sienna hasn’t changed much during the past decade, resulting in unimpressive crash-test ratings by modern standards. Great deals are available, though, the V6-powered Sienna offers available all-wheel drive, and it is a leader in mobility solutions, so you’ll need to decide what’s most important to you. Cargo volume behind the second-row amounts to 87.1 cu.-ft.

3. Honda Odyssey (106,327)

Redesigned just last year, the Honda Odyssey minivan is popular with everyday consumers. It comes in LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite trim levels, all equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine and front-wheel drive. Cargo space behind the second-row measures up to 89.2 cu.-ft., and the Odyssey is exceptional safe in terms of crash-test performance.

2. Chrysler Pacifica (118,322)

Chrysler invented the modern minivan back in the 1980s, and the Pacifica continues to set selected standards in the segment, from its Stow ‘N Go seating that never requires removal to its available plug-in hybrid powertrain offering 32 miles of all-electric driving. Up to six trim levels are available, and the Pacifica offers as much as 87.5 cu.-ft. of cargo space behind the second-row seats.

2018 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Blacktop Package photo

1. Dodge Grand Caravan (151,927)

The Dodge Grand Caravan is the best-selling large family vehicle in America, in part due to its popularity with rental and government fleets. It wears an attractive price because it hasn’t been completely redesigned since the 2008 model year, but if this minivan’s age and historically mediocre crash-test ratings don’t bother you, bargains are available. You’ll choose between SE, SE Plus, and SXT trim, all with a 3.5-liter V6 engine and front-wheel drive.


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