Truck Trend's Best In Class 2011: Passenger Van

The Editors of Truck Trend
Mar 21, 2011
Full-size: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Minivan: Ford Transit Connect
Last year, Mercedes-Benz brought the Sprinter under its (and Freightliner's) wing, and Ford introduced the Transit Connect to U.S. shores. By calendar year 2012, we should see a passenger version of the Nissan NV. For now, though, most of the vans are the same as last year. The Sprinter may be the most expensive, but it's also highly versatile and high quality. We can't resist the Transit Connect as minvan winner -- it's really more miniature van than minivan, and is currently the only one in that size range ready for hard work. It has a payload capacity of 1500 pounds, comparable to that of a half-ton pickup.

Passenger Van -- (Chevrolet - Ford)
Vehicle Chevrolet/GMC Express/Savana Chrysler Town & Country Dodge Grand Caravan Ford E-Series
Base price $29,690/$29,690 $30,995 $25,830 $29,165
Wheelbase 135.0-155.0 in 121.2 in 121.2 in 138.0 in
Engine 5.3L OHV V-8 3.6L DOHC V-6 3.6L DOHC V-6 4.6L SOHC V-8
Opt engines 6.0L V-8 $1505, 6.6L TD V-8 $15,795     5.4L V-8 $3475, 6.8L V-10 $3895
Power, SAE 310 hp (323) 283 hp 283 hp 225 hp (255,305)
Torque, SAE 334 lb-ft (373) 260 lb-ft 260 lb-ft 286 lb-ft (350,420)
Airbags Front Fr, side, f/r curt Fr, side, f/r curt Front
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 245/70R17 235/60R16 235/60R16 225/75R16
Fuel cap 31.0 gal 20.0 gal 20.0 gal 33.0 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 13/17 mpg (11/16,N/A) 17/24 mpg 17/24 mpg N/A
Seating cap 15 7 7 15
Curb weight 5250 lb 4650 lb 4500 lb 5750 lb
Payload 3461 lb 1200 lb 1379 lb 2825 lb
Cargo cap 216.2-252.9 cu ft 143.8 cu ft 143.8 cu ft 256.5 cu ft

Passenger Van -- (Ford - Volkswagen)
Vehicle Ford Transit Connect Honda Odyssey Kia Sedona 2012 Mazda5
Base price $23,855 $28,580 $25,390 $19,990
Wheelbase 114.6 in 118.1 in 118.9 in 108.3 in
Engine 2.0L DOHC I-4 3.5L SOHC V-6 3.8L DOHC V-6 2.5L DOHC I-4
Opt engines        
Power, SAE 136 hp 248 hp 275 hp 157 hp
Torque, SAE 128 lb-ft 250 lb-ft 248 lb-ft 163 lb-ft
Airbags Front Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt
Brakes, f/r Disc/drum, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 205/65R15 235/65R17 225/70R16 205/50R17
Fuel cap 15.1 gal 21.0 gal 21.1 gal 15.9 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 21/26 mpg 18/27-28 mpg 18/25 mpg 21/28 mpg
Seating cap 5 8 7 6
Curb weight 3500 lb 4350 lb 4400 lb 3450 lb
Payload 1500 lb 1500 lb 1532 lb 1186 lb
Cargo cap 135.3 cu ft 148.5 cu ft 141.5 cu ft 70.9 cu ft
 
Vehicle Mercedes-Benz R-Class Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Nissan Quest Toyota Sienna
Base price $51,115 $40,800 $28,560 $25,370
Wheelbase 126.6 in 144.3, 170.3 in 118.1 in 119.3 in
Engine 3.5L DOHC V-6 3.0L DOHC TD V-6 3.5L DOHC V-6 2.7L DOHC I-4
Opt engines 3.0L TD V-6 $1500     3.5L V-6 $1240
Power, SAE 268 hp (210) 188 hp 260 hp 187 hp (265)
Torque, SAE 258 lb-ft (400) 325 lb-ft 240 lb-ft 186 lb-ft (245)
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt Front Fr, side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 255/55R18 245/75R16 225/65R16 235/60R17
Fuel cap 21.1 gal 26.4 gal 20.0 gal 20.0 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 15/19 mpg (18/24) N/A 19/24 mpg 19/24 mpg (16-18/22-24)
Seating cap 7 12 7 8
Curb weight 4950 lb 5700 lb 4400 lb 4300 lb
Payload 1635 lb 2840 lb 1451 lb 1660 lb
Cargo cap 87.3 cu ft 141.3-187.2 cu ft 108.4 cu ft 117.8 cu ft
 
Vehicle Volkswagen Routan
Base price $27,750
Wheelbase 121.2 in
Engine 3.6L DOHC V-6
Opt engines  
Power, SAE 283 hp
Torque, SAE 260 lb-ft
Airbags Fr,side,curt,knee
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 225/65R16
Fuel cap 20.5 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 17/25 mpg
Seating cap 7
Curb weight 4500 lb
Payload 1200 lb
Cargo cap 140.6 cu ft

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$21,175
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MSRP: $22,330
Mileage: 21 / 29
Engine: 2.5L I4
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