Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Boone asks: Do you have thoughts on buying for seven passengers in this wildly inflated used market?
My reply: If you need a seven passenger vehicle and not looking to pay a grossly inflated price, I’d suggest a minivan – the least popular kind of vehicle on the market right now. Avoid three-row crossovers/SUVs that seat seven – and not just because the prices are skyrocketing. They are much less spacious for seven than a minivan, by the nature of their design. Minivans are immensely space-efficient and the access to the interior space is not equaled by anything else. They also have lower step-in and load height, which makes getting in and out (and loading an unloading stuff) much easier.
The Chrysler Pacifica and Kia Sedona are both very nice vans; also of course the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.
Another possibility is a used full-size van like the Ford E series. Or the smaller Transit, which can seat seven – but be aware it’s a fairly crude little vehicle as it comes. But that ought to mean a lower buy-in cost!
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