Here is the latest reader question, along with my reply:
Jordan asks: We are about to buy a minivan. I’m looking for some bang-for-my-buck. Can I get a decent minivan under $20k?
My reply: Not in a traditional minivan. These have become less-than-mini (models such as the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and Chrysler Pacifica are huge) and also hugely expensive; the least costly versions of both are close to $30k to start – or more.
But, there is an alternative.
I encourage you to have a look at the Ford Transit Connect – which is mini (yet still can accommodate seven people in three rows of seats) and starts around $23k brand new. Nissan sells a similar van – the NV200 – and there is also the Dodge Ram ProMaster City. These are more spartan than the now-luxury-equipped (and less-than-mini) traditional vans; but they are very similar to the original minivans of the early ’80s. You should have no trouble finding a lightly used one for around $20k or even less.
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