When it comes to carrying passengers, vans are not always the first choice, but are often one of the smartest choices. Consumers buy SUVs to carry both passengers and cargo, and many buy pickup trucks to haul everything from furniture to tools, but vans are chiefly passenger vehicles, making them the top choice when you have a few passengers. There are few different types of vans to choose from, as well as varied makes and models that offer different features.
Reasons for Owning a Van
While the number one reason for owning a van may be to carry more than four or five passengers, such as for a church or group outing, there are also other great reasons for van ownership. Should someone in your family has special needs, vans are often designed to be streamlined when equipped with medical equipment, such as lifts, chairs and other means to help. Also, vans work well for many types of jobs, and can be used to carry cargo, equipment and tools instead of passengers. It all depends on the make and model of van you're looking at.
Should you want to travel in style, luxury vans are a great idea. Look for passenger vans manufactured by Mercedes-Benz or other luxury car companies to act as a classy and elegant way to transport passengers, such as an airport shuttle. Volkswagen also manufactures high-end vans that are perfect for group transport.
Generally speaking, most vans you'll find on the market are domestic vans or imports like Toyota passenger vans with some of the most popular makes being the HiAce or iLoad. Other popular van manufacturers include Kia, Hyundai, Nissan and Chrysler.
Features differ from van to van, but many are already equipped with a wheelchair lift, if one is needed. Luxury models offer such options as heated seats and GPS systems. Most vans have an automatic transmission, which makes them easy for anyone to drive. Other features that may pad your comfort level include Bluetooth, rear cargo dividers, rear (backup) cameras and barn doors.