In an attempt to add comfort to people-hauling vans, minivans were born. Often more luxurious than its full-size van counterparts, this vehicle type comes with a range of sizes as well, from small 7-seaters up to the large ones that come with captain seats and could accommodate up to eight people on board. The rear end of minivans has doors to allow easy cargo loading, which can be maximized by folding the rear bench seats.
Minivans have a two-box body and often come with a short nose that houses the engine, giving it a front-engine engine layout. To differentiate it from MPVs, minivans have sliding doors, usually on both sides, to allow easier ingress and egress of passengers.
Minivans ride on a monocoque body construction, differentiating it from full-size vans. Another distinction from vans includes better suspension setup at the rear, such as coil springs and independent suspension – things you’ll often find on sedans. This makes minivans popular choices for families who want a comfortable cruiser on out-of-town trips or even as a daily vehicle. In terms of driving dynamics, the unibody construction of minivans is advantageous as it drives like regular cars but with a bit of size.
Popular minivans in the Philippines include the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Alphard, and Kia Grand Carnival. New entries into the minivan category includes the GAC GM8 and the Maxus G10.