Buyers Guide – 5 Marvelous Minivans Under $15K

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Buyers Guide - 5 Marvelous Minivans Under $15KThe minivan is the perfect combination of passenger hauler and cargo carrier with the handling and performance of a sedan. Over the years, minivans have become more polished and convenient with rapidly removable rear seating, plush amenities, and sliding power doors on both sides. Beautiful colors, deeply etched lines, and an athletic stance are also often present in a reliable used minivan so, what’s not to love? has millions of listings on new and used cars of every size and shape, including some great minivans, at great prices. There is even a downloadable app that’ll allow you to follow all your favorite vehicles so that you can get the right one at the best price.

  1. 2008 Chevrolet Uplander

2008 chevrolet UplanderWhile the 2008 Chevrolet Uplander won’t win any beauty contests, it does provide plenty of quality interior space with an ample amount of acceleration. The engine is a 3.9-liter V6 that produces 240-horsepower and it’s mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. Several trim levels are available with options ranging from very basic to nearly luxurious. Chevrolet technology packages are usually above average so Bluetooth communication and premium audio should be expected.

Average Used Price: $8,000
Approximate Price if You Bought it New: $24,540
J.D. Power Dependability Rating: 2

4. 2007 Nissan Quest

2007 Nissan QuestHow can you go wrong with a minivan that shares a power plant with the famed 350Z? The Quest is another option that didn’t really sell all that well due to its squared features. That can be a plus when you consider a used version. Available in four-trim levels, the Quest features a 3.5-liter (235-horsepower) engine, a spacious cabin, a comfy set of rear captain’s chairs, and excellent unrestricted forward visibility.

Average Used Price: $8,500
Approximate Price if You Bought It New: $21,350
J.D. Power Dependability Rating: 2.5

3. 2006 Toyota Sienna

2006 Toyota SiennaThis entry brings the reliability characteristics of one of North America’s most trusted automakers to the table. It comes well heeled with a 215-horsepower 3.3-liter V6 engine and a 5-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. It boasts the same smooth acceleration as most Toyota models combined with a comfortable, spacious interior and a long list of convenience and technology features. Of course, safety is a top priority in the Sienna.

Average Used Price: $14,000
Approximate Price if You Bought it New: $30,000

J.D. Power Dependability Rating: 3

2. 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan

2009 Dodge Grand CaravanDodge has been producing the Caravan for enough years to pretty much have all the bugs worked out of it. That makes the Caravan one of the most reliable, durable, and comfortable minivans available. This is another front-wheel drive, V6 powered minivan that handles like a sedan and has room for seven-passengers and all their gear.  The engine is a 3.3-liter V6 that makes 175-horsepower and it is bolted to a 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive.
Average Used Price: $9,000
Approximate Price If You Bought It New: $22,725
J.D. Power Dependability Rating: 2.5

1. 2009 Chrysler Town & Country

2009 Chrysler Town & CountryThe Chrysler Town and Country minivan could be likened to the prettier sister of the Dodge Grand Caravan. Like the Grand Caravan, the Town and Country is powered by the time tested 3.3-liter V6 engine mated to a 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission. It features unique Stow-And-Go storage under the swiveling second row seats, and a stowable table.

Average Used Price: $10,000
Approximate Price If You Bought It New: $26,340
J.D. Power Dependability Rating: 3

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.