When minivans first came on the scene, they quickly became one of the ideal rides for those who usually carry more than a few passengers or have a family, and that same popularity has not waned even today. However, the modern minivan is far more than just a shrunk down version of a van; they have some pretty impressive features. If you are in the market for a new minivan, you are definitely going to want to pack your new ride with some of the newest features available. Here is a quick look at some of the latest minivan features you don't want to miss.
Check out hands-free hatch and door action.
Got your arms full of groceries? Packing a baby and holding the hand of a toddler with your other arm? The good news is, some modern minivans have already thought of these scenarios and created a solution in the form of an automated hatch and side door. These minivans are fitted with sensors that detect when you are near by the chip in your key and a simple swipe under the edge of the door or beneath the bumper with your foot will grant you access.
Take advantage of automated driving features.
It has been said that in the future, some automakers fully believe there will be cars that require very little human input to safely operate. While this idea may be many years in the future, automated driving features are still starting to show up–even in minivans. Some minivans are capable of doing things like parking your vehicle in a parallel slot for you or even stopping the vehicle if something stops suddenly in front of you while you are driving. These systems work through a series of sensors situated around the body of the vehicle and the features can be incredibly accommodating.
Get incredible interior versatility with stow away seats.
Many modern minivans give owners the ability to remove seats completely to make more space for hauling whatever they need. However, a new twist on this idea allows minivan owners to fold seats completely into the floor without any heavy lifting. Some vans actually have a button you can push that will open up a spot in the floor and allow the seat to automatically fold down inside. In a pinch, this is a great way to get more room inside of your vehicle and makes the minivan one of the most versatile vehicles on the market.