Best Commercial Vans for Your Business
A commercial van can be a very beneficial asset for your business. There are many options out there, so before deciding which van to buy, you should consider the best available options. To help you decide, we compare the best commercial vans that offer both high value and utility.
The Ram ProMaster commercial van is available in three body trims, two wheelbases, two roof heights,
and an extended body length. It’s a commercial van that can be upfit for any trade, for operating as a 9, 12 or 15 passenger commercial van, or even as a Type II ambulance.
It features two available engines: a standard 3.6-liter V6 with 280 horsepower and six speeds, and an optional four-cylinder, 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine.
It can haul up to 5,160 pounds, and tow up to 5,100 pounds. Between the three trims, there is 259 to 463 cubic feet of available cargo space. There is also a wide rear inlay ramp lift gate, an FR Conversions exclusive feature with a 1-ton weight limit that makes it quick and easy to load and unload tools, supplies, heavy equipment and just about anything else you would need.
There are a variety of passenger seating options for decking out this commercial van as a crew cab for transporting both crew and equipment to a job site or as an Executive Shuttle that includes ADA accommodations for transporting wheelchair passengers.
Safety features include front, side, and side curtain airbags, and a rearview backup camera.
The Ford Transit replaced the old Ford E-Series line starting in the 2015 model year. There are two wheelbase options, three roof heights, and an extended body length making it an extremely versatile commercial van for a variety of trades and para-transit operations.
The engine comes in three versions: a 3.6-liter V6 266-horsepower engine, a turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that with 310 horsepower, and a five-cylinder, 3.2-liter turbo-diesel engine.
The Transit is rugged and can haul up to 4,560 pounds, and tow up to 7,500 pounds, depending on the configuration. The various configurations offer 246 to 487 cubic feet of cargo space.
Safety features include side-wind stabilization, and the ability to sync to a phone and dial 911 automatically when airbags deploy.
The Toyota Sienna minivan is available in three versions, all with very similar heights and widths. The short cut is ideal for a number of small or solo commercial operations like a handyman, cleaning service or installer, for example. There is also a taxi cut option for running an ADA-compliant taxi van that can transport up to two wheelchair passengers.
The Sienna features a powerful 3.5-liter V6 with 296 horsepower and eight speeds. It is also the only minivan in America to offer all-wheel drive.
It features a total of 150 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front row, and seating for eight people, but it can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
The popular Toyota Safety Sense bundle is standard, and features a lane departure alert with steering assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control intended for highways, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, and automatic high beams. Toyota’s Star Safety System includes stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, and brake-assist. Other safety features include a backup camera, eight airbags, four latch locations for strapping in children, a blind-spot monitor, and a bird’s-eye view camera.
Dodge Grand Caravan
The Dodge Grand Caravan minivan comes in several models, all with similar heights and widths. There is only one wheelbase option. And like the Toyota Sienna, the Grand Caravan is available in a short cut or taxi cut.
It has a Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 283 horsepower engine with enough power for a variety of commercial van and taxi van operations.
The Caravan has a 3,600 pound towing capacity. It seats seven passengers, and the second- and third-row seats can fold into the floor to give you at least 140 cubic feet of cargo space. An optional ADA-compliant rear entry inlay ramp wheelchair lift is available for accommodating up to two wheelchair passengers.
Safety features include all-speed traction control, stability control, a steel frame, seven airbags, front head restraints, park assist, backup cameras, and a blind-spot monitor.
Which Commercial Van is best for Your Business?
If you’re looking for the most cargo space, the Ford Transit is the winner, though the Ram ProMaster has more minimum space. The Transit also offers more horsepower due to its turbocharged engine. The Toyota Sienna and Dodge Grand Caravan include impressive safety features. FR Conversions offers van conversions and upfits for all of these vehicles that provide space for one wheelchair, manual spring-assisted ramps, durable level floors, rear hatch entry, and wheelchair tie-downs.
FR Conversions is a Maryland-based firm partnering with Fiat-Chrysler, Ford and other leading manufacturers to convert what they build into a vehicle that meets the demands of millions. ‘Driven by innovation’ means finding new ways to give you more for less. Wider ramps, more features, conventional and creative financing options and more.