Which 7 Passenger Van Meets The Needs Of Your Family?
Many families need more room for passengers than what today’s standard cars offer. There is a growing demand for vehicles that haul more than five passengers but are not too harsh on fuel consumption. Many have found what they need by purchasing a 7 passenger van. Vans, mini vans in particular, are more aerodynamic than often boxy SUVs are, allowing them to get better fuel mileage while seating at least the same amount of passengers. If in the market for a 7 passenger minivan, you will find there are many options and luxuries available in today’s models that will more than suit the needs of any family.
7 Passenger Van Options and Features
The 2011 model Toyota Sienna 7 passenger van has lots to offer families. The 3.5L V6 DOHC, 266 HP engine gets an estimated combined 18 MPG. The 2011 model offers many upgrades compared to previous models, mainly on the interior, which include second row lounge seating, a 16.4 inch wide dual DVD entertainment center and a rearview backup camera that allows up to 180 degree views. The base price for the LE model is $31,900.00.
Chrysler Town & Country
The 2011 Chrysler Town and Country Touring Edition has a 3.6L V6 DOHC and VVT engine boasting 283 HP. The Town and Country gets an estimated 18 to 25 MPG. This vehicle has a passenger and driver side third window, luxury chrome trim, a roof spoiler and split bench third row seating that can fold into the floor for additional cargo space. The base price for the Touring Edition model is $26,900.00.
Kia Sedona LX
KIAs have come along way in a short amount of time. With their impressive addition to the list of 7 passenger vans, the 2011 Kia Sedona LX has a 3.5L V6 engine that produces 271 HP with a combined estimated 22 MPG. Standard available features include rearview mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, audio controls on the steering wheel, and Bluetooth capabilities. The base price for the Kia Sedona LX 7 passenger van starts at $22,800.00.
The 2011 Honda Odyssey 7 passenger van is available in varying trim packages, all containing the same 248 HP 3.5L V6 engine that gets a combined estimated 23 MPG. Honda’s V6 VCM engine switches between three, four, and six cylinders to increase fuel efficiency even further. Available features include a DVD entertainment system, dual zone climate control, satellite radio, navigation and more. The base price for the Honda Odyssey van is $28,100.00.
The recently redesigned 2011 Nissan Quest offers a 3.5L V6 engine with VVT and DOHC boasting 260 HP. The Quest gets an estimated combined 22 MPG. Even base models feature above average interior luxuries, and standard features on all Quests include full power accessories and a premium audio system offering a six CD changer. The base price for the Nissan Quest van starts at $27,800.00.
Many of the van makes featured in the above 7 passenger van list are also available in 8 passenger models. Many families prefer the 7 passenger style because of the convenience of entering and exiting the third row seating, as it allows passengers to walk through without the inconvenience of lifting or folding a seat for access.
Other options of vehicles with seven person capabilities are 7 passenger cars, more commonly called ‘crossover’ vehicles. However, many prefer the mini van style, as it is set up for convenience and constant multiple passenger hauling. A 7 passenger van will offer more head, walk, and seating room than crossovers offer. When the time comes for you to make your purchase, it is important to compare 7 passenger vans to make sure you choose the model that best suits and benefits your family’s needs.
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Image Source Toyota Sienna By IFCAR (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Image Source Chrysler Town and Country By IFCAR (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Image Source Kia Sedona By Bull-Doser (Own work.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Image Source Honda Odyssey By Bull-Doser (Own work.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Image Source Nissan Quest By By IFCAR (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons