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Here are the best minivans for fuel economy based on their combined MPG.

The most economical minivan has quite a poor combined MPG figure of only 24. The rest of the minivans here barely reach 20 MPG. Minivans are not economical vehicles since they're big and heavy with large engines.
They are the type of car that would benefit enormously from being a hybrid (in the same way that big and heavy SUV's have benefited). Surely it won't be long before we see the first hybrid minivans.

The below minivans all seat seven people apart from our winner, the Mazda 5, which is smaller and only seats six.

Economical Car Engine
City MPG
Hwy MPG
Combined
Mazda 5 2.3L gasoline
22
28
24
Chrysler Town and Country 4.0L gasoline
17
25
20
Dodge Grand Caravan 4.0L gasoline
17
25
20
Honda Odyssey 3.5L gasoline
17
25
20
Volkswagen Routan 4.0L gasoline
17
25
20
Toyota Sienna 3.5L gasoline
17
23
19
Hyundai Entourage 3.8L gasoline
17
23
19
Kia Sedona 3.8L gasoline
17
23
19

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Mazda 5

The most economical minivan wins by a full 4 MPG!.

The reason it beats the others so convincingly is due to its size. Its a much smaller minivan, seating only six people, with a small 2.3L 4 cylinder engine. It is sometimes referred to as a mini-minivan although it still has the layout of a conventional minivan with 3 rows of seats and sliding rear door.

The Mazda5 was named 'Best New Multipurpose Family Vehicle' in the 2006 Canadian Car of the Year awards.
A new generation Mazda 5 with revised styling and possible engine changes is due in 2011.