Vans aren't just for hauling mystery-solving teenagers around to meet d-list celebrities anymore. These multi-tasking kings of the road come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so there is a van out there for almost everyone. What kind of van is right for you?
Vans for Work, Play and Economy
Culturally iconic, van enjoyment isn't limited to one socio-economic group or singular lifestyle. Whether you're free-spirited and nomadic, straight-laced and structured, or somewhere in between, you may find that driving a van makes for a perfect fit.
- Parents: A minivan just makes sense for many families. Before dismissing the idea because of the stigma attached to minivan ownership, you should know that they have come a long way in design and appearance. Current minivans are generally equipped with the latest safety features - but that's not all. These vehicles are built to be comfortable, and most of the newer ones come with plenty of cool gadgets and tech options.
- Professionals: If your line of work requires you to transport items or materials from place to place, a van may serve as a valuable "assistant." Sure, you could use a pickup truck, but unless you have some sort of bed cover, you could expose your cargo to the elements. It wouldn't be very convenient to be caught in a torrential downfall while hauling precious antiques, gourmet edibles or kittens. Kittens hate rain. Get a van and start shuttling your stuff worry-free.
If a full-size van is a little more van than you need, consider the city van option. These vans have tons of cargo space, but are still smaller than the average full-size model. The Ford Transit Connect is a nice choice in this category. It has a starting MSRP of $22,330 and is as handsome as it is functional.
- Explorers: Want to see the world, but don't have the cash to blow on a motel stay every night? Get a full-size van. You can literally live (with relative comfort) in your van. Skeptical? Just Google "living in a van" and you'll see numerous blogs and websites dedicated to "van life." Even if you're not interested in maintaining a van home over the long term, you can flirt with van life while on vacation. Give yourself a break from your regular routine, and "get your gypsy on." After your initial expenses are paid, you'll save a ton on accommodations.
Both the Ford Transit and the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter are great full-size van options, but they're a little pricey if purchased new. If you're the do-it-yourself type, you can purchase a used van on the cheap, refurbish it however you see fit, and hit the open road in a vehicle that is as unique as you are.
Van, Car, Truck or SUV
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