Power seats with footrests, Netflix streaming and plenty of high-definition screens; Today’s minivans seem to have more in common with the average living room than their car, truck and SUV relatives. Then there are the sliding rear doors that have long defined these people- and cargo-carrying machines. The sound of bearings rolling on tracks is a song of versatility. These utilitarian vehicles are designed to transport the likes of kids to soccer practice to hauling sheets of plywood to a job site. Take the Chrysler Pacifica, a three-row minivan with second- and third-row seats that fold away quickly and easily to create a flat cargo floor. Or the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, which can tow as much as a couple of mid-size vans. Meanwhile, smaller vans, such as the Ford Transit Connect or Mercedes-Benz Metris, serve excellently as efficient but spacious delivery vehicles. Alternatively, these vans are blank canvases for nomads who need a comfortable, compact and affordable motorhome.
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extensive testing regime, our team of editors reviewed each of the vans selected for our 2023 Editor’s Choice list. These are the best boxes around, where the most valuable performance is measured in cubic feet, not miles per hour.
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