These days there’s very little difference between the two in terms of features and safety. With the introduction of hybrid SUVs and the push for better fuel economy, the differences between SUVs and minivans grew just a little bit. Minivans now get slightly less than some SUVs (primarily hybrids and SUVs built on car frames rather than light truck frames). That’s really your biggest difference. So how does a young family determine which vehicle to buy?