Minivans vs. SUVs in Fox Lake, IL

Toyota Minivans vs Suvs


Although both minivans and SUVs share similarities such as providing ample seating, cargo versatility, and cabin features, they have their differences as well. Could you use a built-in vacuum cleaner because you have accident prone little ones? Do you need cargo versatility, but no more than seating for five? Below you’ll learn more about the features, advantages, and disadvantages of SUVs and minivans, and will have a better understanding of which is better for your lifestyle.


If you have any questions or need further guidance choosing an SUV or minivan, contact a product specialist at Garber Fox Lake Toyota by calling (847) 497-9094.


Minivans vs. SUVs: Safety

Not including safety technology, factors such as overall weight, height, and center of gravity contribute to whether a minivan or SUV is safer. Simple science tells us minivans are safer in some instances than SUVs and vice versa. When two vehicles are involved in a collision, the smaller vehicle takes the brunt of the impact, making it the least safe of the two. However, in the instance that an emergency stop is required or sudden maneuverability is required, lighter vehicles are safer because they don’t require as much time and distance to reach a complete stop and have a lower, more evenly distributed center of gravity, which reduces their chance of rolling over. Compact SUVs weigh between 3,400 lbs. and 4,300 lbs., mid-sized SUVs and minivans weigh between 4,300 and 5,000 lbs., and large SUVs weigh 5,000 to 7,100 lbs.


One aspect both SUVs and minivans share is elevated seating, which puts passengers above impact zones of low-sitting vehicles.


Finally, to truly know how safe an SUV or minivan is, check the safety ratings provided by the IIHS and NHTSA. Both institutions perform crash tests to assess how affective models are at protecting passengers from injury during a collision. They have become the industry standard for safety, setting the bar for manufacturers every year.


Minivans vs. SUVs: Seat Comfort & Interior Refinement


Minivans such as the Toyota Sienna are designed to provide easy accessibility and comfort for a large group, making them the preferred choice in this category if you have a growing family of six to eight people. Their doors give them an advantage over SUVs like the 4Runner because they slide instead of fan out, creating a larger opening for easy access on tight one-way streets. Some minivans also have features that help make parents’ lives easier such as built-in vacuums and voice intercom systems.


With that said, it doesn’t mean you should count out SUVs. Large SUVs such as the Toyota Land Cruiser and Sequoia have a third row, but usually aren’t as comfortable as the rear seats of a minivan. Additional features large SUVs and minivans share include tilt and sliding second row seating, rear entertainment features, and a variety of convenience options. Your cabin can be as luxurious and entertaining as you’d like thanks to the following features:


  • Cloth, premium cloth, or leather upholstery
  • Manual adjustable, 2- to 12-way power front seats (with lumbar adjustments)
  • Dual-, Three-, or Four-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Bluetooth® audio streaming and hands-free phone connectivity
  • AM/FM/CD/USB Port/SiriusXM™ Radio/HD Radio
  • Navigation system
  • DVD & Blu-Ray™ entertainment system
  • Heated steering wheel
Interior Leather Upholstry


Minivans vs. SUVs: Cargo Space


Between compact SUVs such as the RAV4, large SUVs like the Highlander, and minivans, minivans offer the most cargo volume in most cases. Large SUVs are a close second, and compact SUVs follow them. Beyond that, any of the three body types can include cargo features that make the cabin versatile enough to comfortably carry passengers and cargo. Be on the look out for the following features when deciding whether an SUV or minivan meets your needs.


  • Flat-folding 60/40-, 40/20/40-, and 50/50-splitting seats
  • Cargo management system
  • In-floor storage
  • Rear hands-free liftgate
  • Backseat pockets, overhead console, and door panel pockets
  • Illuminated cup holders
Interior SUV Cargo

Finance or Lease a Toyota Minivan or SUV

Regardless of whether an SUV or minivan meets your needs, the experts at our Toyota dealership in Fox Lake, IL can help you fit a new or pre-owned SUV or minivan from our extensive inventory into your budget. If you would like to lease a new vehicle, there are incentives and new vehicle specials that will provide you with the best price in the area. If you would like to finance a new vehicle, but have less than perfect credit, our experienced team has the knowhow to help you drive off the lot behind the wheel of a new vehicle. If you would like to better understand your auto lease and finance options, contact the knowledgeable team at Garber Fox Lake Toyota by calling (847) 497-9094.