If you need a family hauler, want more space than a sedan or station wagon, don’t want a sport utility vehicle, and want to pay less than $10 grand, you may find something to your liking in our list of Best Used Minivans Under $10,000.

How did we select these choices? We first went to Consumer Reports “Best Used Vehicles for Under $20,000.” We also looked at Edmunds “2010 Used Car Best Bets,” and checked other experts for opinions/comments. For pricing, we used Edmunds True Market Value (TMV). Check out these top picks and then start shopping.

  • 2001-2004 Honda OdysseyFor most of its quarter-century run, the Honda Odyssey has been a top-selling minivan. Some would say it’s the best-selling one, with Toyota Sienna a close second. Consumer Reports lists the 2001-2002 Odyssey in the $6,000-$8,000 price range, the 2003 in the $8,000-$10,000 range, and the 2004 in the $10,000-$12,000 range. Consumer Guide gave Odyssey a Best Buy rating for each of these years. Edmunds comments: “In reviews, our editors remarked on the second-generation [1999-2004] Odyssey’s best-in-class performance, which came courtesy of a powerful V6 and a capable all-independent suspension. We also lauded the Odyssey’s large cabin [seating 7], available power sliding doors, and that slick hide-away third-row seat. Throughout its six-year run, Honda’s second-generation Odyssey was quite simply the one to get.” Edmunds TMV for the years generally falls into the price bogey: $6,122-$7,442 (2001) to $8,666-$12,408 (2004).
  • 2002-2003 Toyota SiennaAlthough some reviewers say it doesn’t drive as well as the Honda Odyssey, the Toyota Sienna is another cream-of-the-crop minivan choice. This is especially true for used 2002-2003 Sienna models. Consumer Reports lists Sienna in the $6,000-$8,000 category (2002) and $8,000-$10,000 (2003). Still in its first generation (1998-2003), Sienna was smaller than the Odyssey, but still featured 7-passenger capability, strong crash test scores, quiet ride, smooth performance, and good reliability. Consumer Guide gave Sienna a Recommended rating for 2002-2003, saying: “Sienna is very capable and quite well-suited for family hauling duties.” Negatives include fuel economy and radio placement. Edmunds TMV for these years ranges from $7,077-$8,447 (2002) to $7,756-$9,733 (2003).
  • 2005-2006 Dodge Grand CaravanThe stretched version of the Dodge Caravan, the fourth-generation (2001-2007) Grand Caravan for 2005-2006 is priced right for the under $10,000 target. Edmunds TMV for 2005 models ranges from $7,340-$9,133, and $8,671-$11,083 for 2006 Grand Caravans. Consumer Guide gave Grand Caravan a Best Buy for the years, saying: “The 2005 updates keep these Dodge and related Chrysler [Town & Country] minivans among the class leaders for available convenience and safety features. Toyota’s Sienna and Honda’s Odyssey are their only real rivals for all-around appeal, and, in many respects, Grand Caravan blends Sienna’s comfort-oriented approach with Odyssey’s performance slant to create a tempting Best Buy mix of its own.”

Other considerations for Best Used Minivans Under $10,000 include 2004-2006 Mazda MPV, 2006-2007 Mazda5, 2004-2005 Chevrolet Venture, 2005-2006 Chrysler Town & Country, and 2004-2006 Kia Sedona.

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