Space Is Everything When You’re Hauling People and/or Stuff
Whether you’re looking for a passenger van for family duty or commercial use, chances are space is a big priority alongside capacity. For families, on the other hand, nothing beats a minivan with seating for up to eight. On the other end of the spectrum, commercial passenger vans are perfect for hauling people around (especially tourists), so they are great for shuttle services, taxis, and private use. Here are 15 minivans and commercial vans (plus one honorable mention) that offer plenty of space and generous passenger capacity.
Ford Transit Connect Wagon 120.6 cubic feet (165.9 cubic feet for the long wheelbase)
Straddling the line between a family minivan and commercial vehicle, the Ford Transit Connect Wagon is great for families and for shuttle use in urban environs where it can dart around and squeeze through tight spaces. With seating for up to seven passengers and a choice of short- or long-wheelbase variants, there’s a Transit Connect Wagon to fit your needs. You’ll be saving at the pump, too, because the Transit Connect Wagon is rated at 19/27 mpg (12.4/8.7 L/100 km) city/highway with the 2.5-liter I-4 and 22/29 mph (35/47 km/h) with the EcoBoost 1.6-liter turbo-four.
Nissan NV200 Taxi 138 cubic feet
Billed as the taxi of the future, the Nissan NV200 Taxi can accommodate four passengers and their belongings in comfort thanks to its expansive cabin. The van’s small footprint and turning radius of 36.7 feet mean it’s easy to maneuver and drive through tight spaces that would be impossible to traverse in a full-size commercial passenger van. Fuel consumption, on the other hand, will be the least of your problems; the NV200 is rated at 23/26 mpg (10.2/9 L/100km).
Kia Sedona 142 cubic feet
Offering more luxury than any minivan has the right to and seating for up to eight, the Kia Sedona is the upscale entry in its segment, especially in the SXL trim. The available second row captain’s chairs were inspired by first-class seats on long-haul flights and feature plenty of adjustability so passengers can relax in style and even sleep on the road. In a recent comparison test, the Sedona emerged as the winner.
Dodge Grand Caravan 156.1-163.5 cubic feet
Currently the least expensive minivan available, the Dodge Grand Caravan comes with a 283-hp V-6 plus plenty of space for up to seven passengers and their gear. The Stow ‘n Go storage system, which hides the seats under the floor for a flat cargo area, provides a cavernous interior. Interior flexibility means the Grand Caravan can double as a delivery van or a private shuttle.
Chrysler Town & Country 163.5 cubic feet
The Chrysler Town & Country was the car that invented the minivan segment. Essentially more upscale than its sibling, the Grand Caravan, the Town & Country offers similar space but with more upscale appointments. Although the current generation has been around since 2008, the Town & Country remains a good choice for large families and even as a shuttle for businesses.
Toyota Sienna 164 cubic feet
As the only minivan in North America that’s available with AWD, the Toyota Sienna offers all-weather capability and the space needed by large families. The original swagger wagon also has a sporty side in the form of the SE trim, which has a suspension setup for better driving dynamics and agility. With seating for up to eight and enough space to haul a little league team and their gear, the Sienna is the minivan for active families.
Honda Odyssey 170.1-172.6 cubic feet
If the Pilot doesn’t offer enough space for you or if you need to haul people and cargo at the same time, then the Honda Odyssey will do the trick. For shuttling people and gear, the Odyssey offers excellent flexibility, so you cram any combination of both with ease. Add to that neat features such as the onboard vacuum cleaner, and you have a minivan that will work well as a family hauler or a personal shuttle.
Nissan Quest 177.8 cubic feet
A little quirky and odd compared to your typical minivan, the Nissan Quest offers space for seven and a boxy design to fit people of all sizes and gear with ease. The unconventional exterior—especially the front fascia—gives it a look all its own and is very much a love it/hate it affair. A smooth ride and comfortable seats make the Quest great for shuttling people around and for long family road trips.
Mercedes-Benz Metris 186 cubic feet (38 cubic feet with all seats in place)
Currently the newest passenger van available, the Mercedes-Benz Metris is essentially a commercial version of the V-Class luxury van sold in Europe. With seating for up to eight passengers, the Metris can accommodate more passengers than compact commercial vans. Because the Metris is also smaller than larger commercial vehicles such as the Sprinter and has a turning radius of just 38.7 feet, it’s easy to maneuver in the city.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 190.3 cubic feet (68.6 cubic feet with all seats in place)
As a cargo van, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter offers up to a whopping 530 cubic feet of cargo volume in its largest variant. In its passenger configuration, it has seating for up to 12 passengers and plenty of space depending on the length and roof height. What makes the Sprinter stand out from its rivals in the commercial vehicle segment is that it’s only available with torquey diesel I-4 or V-6 engines depending on the configuration and whether you get it with four-wheel drive.
Ram ProMaster City 191 cubic feet
Based on the Fiat Doblo, the Ram ProMaster City offers surprising space for a compact van, so it’s a great choice for the urban entrepreneur. You can use the ProMaster City, which has seating for up to five people, as a shuttle or taxi for the urban jungle. Add to that an EPA fuel economy rating of up 21/29 mpg (11.2/8.11 L/100km), and you can be rest assured that you’ll be saving plenty in operating costs.
Chevrolet Express 216.2-252.8 cubic feet (92.1-127.2 cubic feet with all seats in place)
One of the longest-running commercial vehicles on the market, the Chevrolet Express offers seating for up to 15 passengers, making it a great choice for hauling people and a respectable amount of gear. Should you be carrying a heavy payload, there’s also a torquey diesel engine available. The Express also offers plenty of flexibility thanks to removable seats, which means you can adapt it to the job at hand with ease.
GMC Savana 216.2-252.8 cubic feet (92.1-127.2 cubic feet with all seats in place)
Essentially the sibling of the Chevrolet Express, the GMC Savana offers similar space and can also seat up to 15 passengers. The seats can also be removed so that you can tailor it based on the duties it will be doing. A 6.6-liter, turbodiesel V-8 with 525 lb-ft is also offered for those who need generous towing capacity or are hauling a heavy payload of cargo, people, or a mix of both.
Nissan NV3500 HD 218.9 cubic feet (51.7 cubic feet with all seats in place)
With seating for up to 12 passengers and up to 324 different configurations, the Nissan NV3500 HD Passenger gives you excellent flexibility. A 261-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 is standard, but for maximum capability and power the 317-hp, 5.6-liter V-8 is the one to pick because it also lets you tow up to 8,800 pounds (3,992 kg) when properly equipped.
Ford Transit 224-461.9 cubic feet (100.5 cubic feet behind the fifth row)
The Ford Transit succeeds the E-Series and is the largest commercial van offered by the Blue Oval. A passenger variant seats up to 15, comes in two lengths, two wheelbases, three roof heights, and in half-ton or heavy-duty variants. Ford offers its EcoBoost 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V-6, which is rated at 310 hp and 400 lb-ft, and a 3.2-liter, turbodiesel I-5 with 350 lb-ft is also available in case you need more power for towing and hauling.
Ram doesn’t offer the ProMaster with a passenger variant, but you can get a chassis cab and a window van variant that you can customize for passenger use. Should you opt for the latter, you can have between 259 to 463 cubic feet of space to work with and configure as you please, depending on the roof height and wheelbase length configuration you chose.