While vans aren't necessarily the most stylish vehicles on the road, they certainly provide a long list of positive factors. There could be a variety of reasons why you'd pursue this type of ride, whether it's to cater to your large (and growing family), or perhaps it's the best way to transport all of your cargo if you're a laborer.
Regardless of the reason, it's important to budget for the van before you decide to buy. That's why it's essential that you're aware of the most expensive vans currently on the market. We're not saying you should be wary of the following models, but it's important to recognize which vehicles may be out of your price range... or, rather, which vehicles you'd be willing to dish out some extra money for.
As you're learning how to buy a car online, check out our guide to the most expensive vans. You may ultimately find yourself with a considerably easier decision...
The Express Cargo Van prides itself on its versatility. A number of optional equipment packages will allow you to easily store whatever cumbersome cargo you need to lug along. For example, a rooftop storage unit allows you to store things like ladders, all while vicariously saving you room in the van.
Of course, it's not like room is hard to come across on the Express 3500. You'll have an incredible 313.9 cubic feet of cargo space, and the gross vehicle weight rating comes in around 9,600 pounds. There are also a number of storage compartments for all your tools, and the rear swing-out doors means you'll easily be able to access and unload all of that cargo.
The available Duramax 6.6-liter Turbo-Diesel V8 engine (accompanied by the standard Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic transmission and a pair of 770 cold-cranking amp batteries) can deliver 525 ft-lbs of torque and 260 horsepower. There's also a variety of ways to manipulate the engine, making it an ideal choice for towing.
Finally, the 3500 is full of innovative technology. The seven-inch MyLink touchscreen system allows the driver to listen to music, access their phone, or utilize navigation, while the OnStar RemoteLink app allows you to remotely start your engine and lock/unlock your doors. OnStar's Automatic Crash Response will alert the proper channels when they detect an accident or emergency.
The Chevy Express 3500 isn't alone atop this list, as the Savana 3500 also comes in just south of $50,000. The engineers have clearly prioritized cargo room and towing, and based on the available specs, we can confidently say that they succeeded in their endeavor.
The 3500 has a 135-inch wheelbase, and that can be boosted to 155 inches if you opt for the extended length. The vehicle can carry up to 15 passengers, and there's little doubt that an empty van would offer an abundance of cargo room.
The available Duramax turbo-diesel V8 engine offers a best-in-class 260 horsepower and 525 ft-lbs of torque. Engineers have included "microprocessor-controlled glow plugs" to help keep the engine running even when it's freezing outside, making the Savana a dependable choice year round, no matter the climate.
There's also the 4.8-liter V8 gas engine (with 285 horsepower and 295 ft-lbs of torque) and 6.0-liter V8 engine (with 342 horsepower and 373 ft-lbs of torque). The systems have been designed for "quiet operation," and the 6.0-liter is estimated to last around 200,000 miles.
These engines have been tested to be durable, as one successful test proved to be the equivalent of towing a heavy trailer for 600 straight hours.
Details and specs on the 2016 Sienna have yet to be released, but the luxury and comfort of the vehicle (plus the accompanying price tag) is enough for the 2015 model to earn a spot on this list.
The top model for the Sienna is the Limited, and the top trim from the Limited is the Premium. The package offers a number of top-of-the-line amenities, including an impressive 3.5-liter 266 horsepower engine. The system is accompanied by a six-speed automatic transmission (with overdrive), four-wheel antilock brakes, and 18-inch aluminum wheels.
The Sienna offers one of the most impressive and luxurious interiors in the class. It's not only about the dual moonroof, leather seating surfaces, and soft-touch dash. We're talking about all the luxury, including a Dual-View Blu-Ray player and an advanced center console. The vehicle was designed for comfort, as the lounge seating and second-row climate controls ensure that your passengers (the van can fit up to eight) will always be content.
Similar to the other vans on this list, the Sienna also offers an abundance of cargo room. You're get a generous 39 cubic feet of space behind the third row, and you'll be granted an incredible 150 cubic feet of space if you put down the second and third rows.
This brand is renowned for engineering impressive and eye-catching vehicles, and the upcoming Sprinter is certainly no exception. The high roof automatically makes the van pop out, as the tall vehicle rides on an incredible 170-inch extended wheelbase.
The towing on this passenger van is quite impressive, as the vehicle can haul 5,000 pounds while delivering a 2,796-pound payload. This could be attributed to the impressive four-cylinder BlueTEC Diesel engine, which is capable of producing 161 horsepower and 265 ft-lbs of torque. The seven-speed transmission and rear-wheel drive shaft ensures that your cargo will always be safe, even if you're driving in uneven terrain.
There's also a variety of innovative safety features included in the van. The Crosswind Assist will help keep your van upright, even when you approach speeds over 50 mph. The Load-Adaptive Electronic Stability Program accounts for the load and center of gravity, while the Lane Keeping Assist ensures that you'll never accidently sway into another lane. Finally, the Highbeam Assist automatically senses when brighter lights are needed.
With seating up to eight and 172.6 cubic feet of available passenger volume, the Odyssey is the perfect option for large families. To put it over the top, the 2016 model, particularly the Touring Elite trim, will include a number of upgrades and special features.
The engineers have taken into account the driving experience, explaining why they completely revamped the entertainment system. There's a new Ultrawide Rear Entertainment System with HDMI that's accompanied by HD radio and a 650-Watt Premium audio system (including 12 speakers, subwoofers and 5.1 surround sound). Parents will appreciate the Blind Spot Information System (alerting you of anyone or anything that may have snuck up beside you) and the HondaVAC built-in vacuum (quickly saving yourself from the trouble of having to clean up a messy spill). There are a number of other safety features, including Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Electronic Brake Distribution.
There's obviously an impressive engine that's included in the van. The 3.5-liter V6 248-horsepower engine provides some surprising pop, and the six-speed automatic transmission (with override) and four-wheel anti-lock brakes makes it a dependable and reliable ride.
As you can see, there are a number of different options for a customer seeking a van. While the previously mentioned vehicles may be pricey, they include a number of features and amenities that aren't available elsewhere. Assuming you can fit in into your budget, you should probably consider one of the above models if you're shopping for a van.