The 5 Most-Wanted Vans on the Market
With U.S. consumers ditching their sedans left and right to drive off in tall wagons of all stripes in record numbers, it should come as no surprise that a plethora of cool, highly buzzed about minivans have been buzzed about this year.
While many people may not consider a van to be their dream vehicle, vans offer the added comforts and space you might need and so much more. Van enthusiasts know that this vehicle provides advanced technology and tools that make them stand out, while also enhancing safety at a life-changing (rather, life saving) level. When you think about a van in this day and age, don’t think about a boring, multi-passenger vehicle with added cargo space that your grandparents would be driving. Instead, think of them as a fun, exciting, and full of technology vehicle, especially when you have a look at these five coolest vans on the market.
The Vans to Get Your Hands On
Nissan NV200 – Starting at only $22,290, this van takes cargo van to a new level. While cargo vans are known as plain and boring, this van is well-designed. Being more nimble and thrifty than traditional cargo vans, it still has a 1,500-pound payload capacity. It has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a continuously variable transmission and seats two comfortably in a setting that resembles a car. A taxicab version with rear seating is also available, as is a partition and side windows. This van is definitely a modern choice.
Mercedes-Benz Metris – This is a mid-sized van bearing the Mercedes-Benz name and reputation for quality. This van, though smaller, offers the capability of carrying larger cargo loads like a big van. The Metris is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine offering 208-horsepower. The rear-wheel drive vehicle has a seven-speed automatic transmission and a comfortable interior that can haul people or cargo. It offers seating capabilities for seven, but there is an option for eight passengers. With Crosswind Assist, load-adaptive stability control, and other technology, it is a great deal starting at only $26,990.
Ford Transit Connect – Ford focused on economy and utility when it designed this van. The Transit Connect is available with two different wheelbases and seats in up to three rows to accommodate up to seven people. The rear seats can be folded or removed for hauling, with more than 100 cubic feet of cargo room and when it is equipped properly, it can haul a payload of up to 1,610 pounds and can tow as much as 2,000 pounds. The base engine is a 2.5-liter, but a 1.6-liter is also available. It comes as a front-wheel drive with six-speed automatic transmission, so you have great capabilities. You’ll also find a sleek user-friendly interface to help you connect to and control your smartphone. Starting at $24,005 and working its way up past $31,000 there is one equipped for you.
Chevrolet City Express – Much like the Nissan NV200, the City Express has the same unitized body, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, continuously variable automatic transmission, and a great 123 cubic feet of cargo space. The big standout for the Chevrolet is a five-year, 60,000-mile warranty on the powertrain and two years or 24,000 miles of free maintenance inclusion. It also has a 1,500-pound payload capacity along with folding back seats to accommodate larger loads. Prices start at $23,400.
Ram ProMaster City – With the reputation of a Ram truck, the Ram ProMaster City offers dependability and stability. It is operated by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with a nine-speed automatic transmission. With its emphasis on economy, space, and features such as integrated cargo tie-downs and and many other available accessories, the ProMaster City appeals to a wide range of customers. Available as a passenger van or cargo van, it includes integrated cargo tie-downs and a variety of accessories. It starts at $24,690.
Need to haul passengers or cargo? While a van may not be the most appealing choice, it’s certainly the smartest for drivers who have a lot to carry. With these awesome options ranging from affordable to luxurious, the right van for you is out there–all you need to do is test drive your favorites and pick the perfect fit.