The days when minivans were only for large families isn’t completely a thing of the past, but today’s people-haulers are so much more versatile that they’re appropriate for a number of different uses. Here we take a look at some of the different used minivans and examine why they are good for other people besides families alone.

Not only that, but they just might be incredible values compared to buying a new, large or midsize SUV or crossover.  Check them out and see what you think.

2013 Dodge Grand Caravan

It’s been called the “man-van” and for good reason. It doesn’t look like a stodgy minivan. With seven-passenger seating for the times when you need to haul co-workers or friends around, plus a high-quality interior filled with comfort features, you can’t beat the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan. See, it’s more than just a family hauler, as the Stow ‘n Go second-row seats easily fold flat into the floor and, by folding the third-row seats backward into a deep cargo well allows for a maximum cargo hauling space of 143.8 cubic inches. Suppose you’re transporting a few friends and need luggage space as well? There’s 33 cubic feet behind those rear seats. Power comes from a 283-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine matched with a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2013 Grand Caravan is available in American Value Package (AVP), although Stow ‘n Go second-row seats aren’t available in that model, SE, SXT, Crew and R/T. Pricing ranges from $15,995 to $27,995.


2013 Honda Odyssey

Granted, the Honda Odyssey minivan is best known for its capabilities as a family mode of transportation, since it can haul up to eight passengers in style, but the Odyssey is really so much more than just that. For one thing, the Odyssey is engaging to drive. That may not translate into sports-car driving dynamics, but for a large vehicle with the Odyssey’s capabilities, it’s pretty enjoyable overall. A fuel-efficient 248-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine powers the van, while the interior is quiet and boasts more room than its predecessor – meaning those ensconced in the second- and third-row seats get more leg room, and there are many standard and available features. New for 2013 on the entry-level LX are a standard rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB input, and a multi-information display with an eight-inch screen. Touring Elite (top-of-the-line) includes blind-spot warning system, automatic xenon headlights, an upgraded rear-seat entertainment system, and premium 12-speaker audio system. Properly equipped, the Odyssey can to up to 3,500 pounds, and safety scores are also top-notch. Pricing ranges from $17,999 to $37,495.

2014 Toyota Sienna

If you want all-wheel drive and are considering a minivan for other than family-use purposes, there’s only one game in town: the Toyota Sienna. Perhaps you’ve got a sales job and travel quite a bit. You could have a mountainous route you drive or occasionally like to take a break and go off-road. The 2014 Toyota Sienna could be just the right type of versatile, comfortable, capable and all-around vehicle for you. A tow prep package is even standard across the board, just in case you have a need for hauling around a small boat or trailer on your sales jaunts. On the SE trim, you can even get blind-spot monitoring as a standalone option (whereas previously it was part of a technology package). The 2014 Sienna is available in L, Le, SE, XLE, and Limited trims. All Sienna models are powered by a 266-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Pricing ranges from $19,500 to $41,995.

2015 Kia Sedona SX-L

With three rows of seating for seven and a sliding rear door, the all-new 2015 Kia Sedona – what Kia calls a multipurpose vehicle – is still a minivan with a lot to offer those besides families. For one thing, according to Gayot.com, in SX-L trim, it’s an excellent doggy vehicle. That doesn’t mean dogs drive it, but they’re quite at home riding in it. If you’ve got two rather large dogs and want to also carry a friend or family member or two, head out for the beach or the doggy run park, the Sedona can handle this with aplomb. There’s 33.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity, and the Sedona has an optional rubber floor tray, seat liner, and an aftermarket divider. The front row is especially classy for the driver; call it crossover-like, so even without hauling the dogs around you can enjoy the drive. Pricing ranges from $29,989 to $35,000.

2015 Nissan Quest

Although the design is a few years old, there’s no denying that the 2015 Nissan Quest is the best riding of any of the current crop of minivans. The suspension easily handles the bumps and ruts of most any road surface. Opt for the continuously variable transmission (CVT) over the automatic and you’ll navigate steep grades with ease. Inside, the third-row seats fold forward and flat, not backward like many other minivans. The second-row seats also fold forward, making for a nice flat load floor, easier to carry bigger and bulkier items than in some competitive minivans. Going to the garden store or getting lumber for a home improvement project? No problem. The Quest can handle it. And for weekend duty with your adventurous pals, properly equipped, the Quest can tow up to 3,500 pounds, and a Class II trailer package is optional on all trim levels. As for those trims, the Quest comes in S, SV, SL, and Platinum. Pricing ranges from $22,900 to around $45,745.

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