Best Vans for Small Business

Businesses need vans and trucks to get their goods from point A to point B, but what happens when you need something to simply move a few smaller items across town? Lately, there has been a surplus of smaller vans that many business owners find are just right for the majority of their tasks. Here are a few of the best.

Ford Transit Connect


Starting at an MSRP of $22,000, this versatile van can hold anywhere from two to seven passengers, so it can cater to your specific needs. Available in five trims (XL Van, XLT Van, XLT Wagon, XL Wagon and Titanium Wagon), both short- and long-wheelbase models, and with two engine options, the Transit Connect can achieve up to 30 mpg highway. You can also expect best-in-class maximum payload (1,710 pounds), towing (2,000 pounds) and cargo volume (128.6 cubic feet).

You can also upfit the Transit Connect with anything from storage cabinets and dividers to rooftop ladder racks and a cargo management package. Dual sliding rear doors are standard equipment, and both a 180-degree symmetrical rear cargo door and rear liftgate are also available. A host of technologically advanced equipment like rain sensing windshield wipers, Ford SYNC and rearview camera are all available, too. Car and Driver said of the Transit Connect that “the Transit Connect has set a very high bar for the others to meet.”

Nissan NV Cargo

With over 7,000 quality and durability tests, 800,000-miles of reliability road testing and a five-year/100,000-mile Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty that happens to be America’s best Commercial Van Warranty, the Nissan NV Cargo van is a great choice. Available in three options (NV1500 Cargo Van, NV2500 HD Cargo Van and NV3500 HD Cargo Van) and starting at an MSRP of $26,000, the NV boasts some impressive numbers like up to 323 cubic feet of cargo space, rear doors that open 243 degrees and a high roof model that can allow someone as tall as six foot three to stand up inside. You can even fit two 40-inch by 48-inch pallets inside and four-foot by eight-foot sheets of drywall.

There are 57 interior reinforced cargo mounts that are integrated throughout and a 120-volt power outlet provides up to 400 watts of electricity to help power whatever needs to get done. Powering the NV is your choice of an efficient V6 or a powerful V8 engine that can put out up to 317 horses. Car and Driver said that “although it looks like the offspring of a Titan pickup and an armored car, there’s a lot to like about this unorthodox van.”

Chevrolet City Express

Although not yet available, this American entry into the growing work van segment looks promising. As a small, maneuverable cargo van, the City Express melds the best of cargo capacity and urban driving. A 122.7 cubic foot cargo capacity, 1,500-pound payload capacity and versatile cargo area, match up nicely with a tight 36.7-foot turning diameter. A 2.0-liter engine provide both power and efficiency. A Technology Package with Navigation system, Bluetooth wireless connectivity and 5.8-inch touch-screen is available and all models come standard with a five-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty and two-years/24,000-miles of scheduled maintenance courtesy of Chevrolet Complete Care.

“As the newest member of the Chevrolet Express family of vans, the 2015 City Express offers a smaller, more-efficient choice for businesses that don’t need the cargo volume or other capabilities of a full-size van,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president for GM Fleet and Commercial. “It is an easy-to-maneuver van that makes the most of its compact dimensions with clever features, allowing business owners to maximize its space – and their resources – with a vehicle sized just right for their needs.”

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