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Truck Trend's Best In Class 2010: Passenger Van

The Editors of Truck Trend
Mar 12, 2010
Full-size: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Minivan: Ford Transit Connect
This year, we've added full-size vans here. Minivans are functional, but there are plenty of Truck Trend readers who are much more interested in big vans than vehicles that are typically used to haul kids. So we have two winners in this category:
The Sprinter is our full-size favorite. Diesel power is standard, the high roof means enough room to stand upright inside and oceans of cargo volume, and that it's a Mercedes brings a level of refinement.
Our favorite small van, the Transit Connect, does a great job of catering to people who need a smaller van that is built for tougher jobs. This one has a payload capacity of 1600 pounds, comparable to that of a half-ton pickup.

Passenger Van -- A to H
Vehicle Chevrolet/ GMC Express/ Savana Chrysler Town & Country Dodge Grand Caravan
Base price $29,495/$29,495 $25,995 $23,995
Wheelbase 135.0-155.0 in 121.2 in 121.2 in
Engine 5.3L OHV V-8 3.3L OHV V-6 3.3L OHV V-6
Opt engines 6.0L V-8 $1505 3.8L V-6 $3250, 4.0L V-6 $3880 3.8L V-6 $3555, 4.0L V-6 $4185
Power, SAE 310 hp (323) 175 hp (197,251) 175 hp (197,225)
Torque, SAE 334 lb-ft (373) 205 lb-ft (230,259) 205 lb-ft (230,251)
Airbags Front Fr, f/r curt Fr, f/r curt
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 245/70R17 225/65R16 225/65R16
Fuel cap 31.0 gal 20.0 gal 20.0 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 13/17 mpg (N/A) 17/24 mpg (16/23, 17/25) 17/24 mpg (16/23, 17/25)
Seating cap 15 7 7
Curb weight 5258 lb 4336 lb 4321 lb
GVWR 3436 lb 1200 lb 1379 lb
Payload 204.0-237.3 cu ft 143.8 cu ft 143.8 cu ft
Vehicle Ford E-Series Ford Transit Connect Honda Odyssey
Base price $29,085 $22,235 $27,515
Wheelbase 138.0 in 114.6 in 118.1 in
Engine 4.6L SOHC V-8 2.0L DOHC I-4 3.5L SOHC V-6
Opt engines 5.4L V-8 $975, 6.8L V-10 $3895   (3.5L w/cyl deact $6600)
Power, SAE 225 hp (255, 305) 136 hp 244 hp
Torque, SAE 286 lb-ft (350, 420) 128 lb-ft 240-245 lb-ft
Airbags Front Front Fr, f side, f/r curt
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/drum, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 225/75R16 205/65R15 235/65R16
Fuel cap 35.0 gal 15.1 gal 21.0 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy N/A 22/25 mpg 17/25 mpg
Seating cap 15 5 8
Curb weight 5695 lb 3470 lb 4387 lb
GVWR 2825 lb 1600 lb 1500 lb
Payload 256.5 cu ft 135.3 cu ft 147.4 cu ft

Passenger Van -- K to Z
Vehicle Kia Sedona SWB/LWB Mazda5 Mercedes-Benz R-Class
Base price $22,990/$24,990 $18,745 $50,175
Wheelbase 113.8/118.9 in 108.3 in 126.6 in
Engine 3.8L DOHC V-6 2.3L DOHC I-4 3.5L DOHC V-6
Opt engines     3.0L TD $1500
Power, SAE 244 hp 153 hp 268 hp (210)
Torque, SAE 253 lb-ft 148 lb-ft 258 lb-ft (400)
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 225/70R16 205/50R17 255/55R18
Fuel cap 21.1 gal 15.9 gal 21.1 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 17/23 mpg 22/28 mpg 14/19 mpg (18/24)
Seating cap 7 6 7
Curb weight 4365/4387 lb 3427 lb 4949 lb
GVWR 1532 lb 1186 lb 1635 lb
Payload 121.3/141.5 cu ft 70.9 cu ft 85.0 cu ft
Vehicle Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Toyota Sienna Volkswagen Routan
Base price $40,800 $25,340 $26,700
Wheelbase 144.0, 170.0 in 119.3 in 121.2 in
Engine 3.0L DOHC TD V-6 3.5L DOHC V-6 3.8L OHV V-6
Opt engines     4.0L V-6 $10,700
Power, SAE 154 hp 265 hp 197 hp (251)
Torque, SAE 280 lb-ft 245 lb-ft 230 lb-ft (259)
Airbags Front Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 245/75R16 215/65R16 225/65R16
Fuel cap 25.0 gal 20.0 gal 20.5 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy N/A 17/23 mpg 16/23 mpg (17/25)
Seating cap 15 8 7
Curb weight 5613 lb 4270 lb 4335 lb
GVWR 2937 lb 1420 lb 1200 lb
Payload 141.3-187.2 cu ft 148.9 cu ft 140.6 cu ft



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