The Minivan is 35 and Making a Comeback

Thirty-five years ago, the minivan appeared and quickly took over the suburban landscape as the family-hauler of choice. Being car-based, minivans were roomier, more ergonomic, and far more fuel efficient than were the huge sport utilities they competed against in the post-wagon landscape. By the time Plymouth unveiled the Voyager minivan in 1984, suburban families were losing interest in the station wagons and full-sized vans that had been the only option for people-moving at the time. A mashup of the two seemed a long-shot winner.

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