(NBC) - A few decades ago, they were known jokingly as the "mom mobile". Then they lost a popularity contest with SUVs, but now minivans are making a comeback.
Analysts say they're not only more fuel efficient, but offer a lower sticker price and are more practical.
"Comfort and the ability to carry the entire family and the capacity, combined with reasonable fuel economy is the real attraction here," notes Paul Taylor, an economist with the National Auto Dealers Associations.
"The technology nowadays with the doors that open on the side automatically, great for carpools, great for bags full of groceries, that kind of thing. You can put everybody in, they don't have to touch each other," says minivan owner Emily Mutterperl.
Ford and GM stopped making minivans, but Chrysler, Toyota, Nissan and Honda still do.
A survey earlier this year also found minivans have some of the lowest insurance rates.