What’s Quicker than a First-Gen Prius from 0 to 60 mph?
The Motor Trend testing archives are an interesting place. Often we’ll comb through data and look for patterns or compare the performance of unrelated vehicles. This time we bring you 18 vans of various sizes and shapes. From the tiny Nissan NV200 to the hulking Ford Transit 350, we’ve compared 0-60-mph times in an effort to give you, dear reader, and idea of how quick the current crop of vans are. We’ve limited the running to vans from model year 2012 and forward with sliding side doors.
2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500
The slowest new-ish van we’ve tested is the standard roof variant of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter with the smaller 2.1-liter, turbodiesel I-4 that makes 161 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. It meandered from 0 to 60 mph in 12.6 seconds.
2015 Ford Transit 350 HD
The versatile Ford Transit van is available in a wide range of styles to suit different needs. A 2015 Ford Transit 350 HD we tested can be equipped with a 3.2-liter, turbodiesel I-5 that makes 185 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque and was able to take the van from 0 to 60 mph in 12.5 seconds.
2012 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter was one of the first vans in the market to break from the old body-on-frame routine. A 2012 Sprinter 2500 with a 3.0-liter, turbodiesel V-6 that makes 188 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque was good for a 0-60-mph time of 10.5 seconds.
2014 Ford Transit Connect Titanium LWB
The Wagon is the passenger-toting variant of Ford’s Transit Connect small van. The long wheelbase Titanium model we tested, a 2014 model, had the base 2.5-liter I-4 that produced only 169 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque, which resulted in a 0-60-mph time of 10.2 seconds.
2013 Nissan NV200 SV
The Nissan NV200 is a compact cargo van that endeavors to fit the needs of businesses that don’t need the cargo capacity, or even power, of bigger vans. A 2013 Nissan NV200 SV we tested with a 2.0-liter I-4 making 131 hp and 139 lb-ft of torque managed to go from 0 to 60 mph in 10.1 seconds.
2014 Ram ProMaster 3500
The Ram ProMaster has a pair of available engines, a turbodiesel I-4 and the Pentastar V-6. The ubiquitous V-6 powered the 2015 Ram ProMaster 3500 we tested, propelling it from 0 to 60 mph in 9.0 seconds.
2014 Ford Transit Connect
The Ford Transit Connect is available with several engines, and a 2014 model we tested had the more powerful turbocharged, 1.6-liter EcoBoost I-4 that produces 178 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Those figures are enough to scoot the long-wheelbase Connect from 0 to 60 mph in 8.7 seconds.
2012 Nissan NV 3500 SV
Nissan’s NV 3500 sports the same 5.6-liter V-8 as the NV 2500 we tested but with the high roof a 2012 NV 3500 SV managed an only slightly slower 0-60-mph time of 8.5 seconds.
2012 Nissan NV 2500 SV
Motor Trend had a long-term 2012 Nissan NV 2500 SV with the standard roof and the 317-hp, 5.6-liter V-8 that made 385 lb-ft of torque. The versatile van went from 0 to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds.
2014 Mazda5 Sport
There was/is a special place in most enthusiasts’ hearts for the Mazda5, the only minivan in recent memory available with a six-speed manual. A 2014 Mazda5 Sport we tested with a six-speed translating the 2.5-liter I-4’s 157 hp and 163 lb-ft of torque managed a 0-60-mph time of 8.2 seconds.
2015 Ram 2500 ProMaster
We had a 2015 Ram 2500 ProMaster with the 159-inch wheelbase and the high roof. Under the hood was the familiar Pentastar V-6, which pushes out 280 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque from 3.6 liters. The big echoing box managed a 0-60-mph sprint of 8.2 seconds.
2014 Nissan Quest LE
Nissan’s Quest has never been one of the front-runners in the sales game but is nevertheless a competent offering in the segment. With a 260-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 240 lb-ft of torque, the 2014 Quest LE we tested managed a 0-60 time of 7.9 seconds.
2015 Honda Odyssey Elite
One of our staff favorites here at Motor Trend is the Honda Odyssey, which manages a 0-60-mph time of 7.9 seconds thanks to its 248-hp, 3.5-liter V-6, which makes 250 lb-ft of torque.
2012 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T
No quick minivan list would be complete without the “Man Van” with its 283-hp, 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 that twists out 260 lb-ft of torque. The 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T we tested managed a 0-60-mph time of 7.9 seconds.
2014 Chrysler Town & Country S
If any van could get a “most likely to be rented” award, it’d be the Town & Country. At least, that’s what I end up with every time I need a van. The fastest Chrysler minivan we tested was a 2014 Town & Country S sporting a 3.6-liter V-6 (283 hp/260 lb-ft of torque), which managed 0-60 mph in 7.8 seconds.
2015 Kia Sedona SXL
Kia has endowed the Sedona with a 3.3-liter V-6 that makes 276 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque, which propelled our 2015 Sedona SXL from 0 to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds.
2015 Ford Transit 150 XLT
The 2015 Ford Transit 150 XLT we tested had the optional twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 that produces 310 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque, which translated into a 0-60-mph time of 7.6 seconds.
2014 Toyota Sienna SE
Toyota‘s minivan is powered by a 266-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 245 lb-ft of torque. The 2014 Toyota Sienna SE we tested ripped off a 0-60-mph time of 7.1 seconds, making it the quickest traditional minivan we’ve ever tested.