Looking for family transportation on a budget? A used minivan is one of the most practical choices when shopping for a family hauler. They’re designed for one purpose: to comfortably transport a lot of people and a lot of stuff. And they do that job very well. Even with a used car budget of just $5,000, you can get a very nice, reliable minivan that the whole family will love.
Here are some of the best used minivans you can find on Autotrader for less than $5,000 for 2020.
2008-2010 Dodge Grand Caravan
For decades, the Dodge Grand Caravan has been a value choice in minivans. Alongside its corporate cousin — the Chrysler Town & Country — the Grand Caravan offers a roomy interior, a smooth ride and versatile seating options thanks to available Stow ‘n Go seating. With Stow ‘n Go, the second- and third-row seats can fold flat into the floor of the van without any tools required. This is an easy way to turn your minivan into a cavernous cargo van in seconds. With attractive pricing on the used market, this is one of the more modern minivans you can get in this price range. Find a Dodge Grand Caravan for sale
2005-2010 Honda Odyssey
The Honda Odyssey has long been a class leader in minivans. The third-generation model that ran from 2005–2010 improved on an already-great minivan with a stronger body structure and more available features than the previous generation. If you can find the desirable Touring model for this price, you’re getting a luxurious rig with leather seating, navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system and much more. It has a strong standard V6 engine and it has a greater fun factor than almost any other minivan with the lithe handling of a smaller vehicle. Any family looking for a minivan in this price range should make a point to test drive an Odyssey. Find a Honda Odyssey for sale
2006-2012 Kia Sedona
The Kia Sedona is an option that is sometimes forgotten amongst its tough competitors in used minivans, but it’s one that deserves a serious look. You can pick up one of these at an awesome price and in many ways, it’s just as good as the more established names in this segment. It earns great safety scores, comes packed with standard features (like satellite radio and a USB port starting in 2009) and a respectable base V6 engine delivering a nice balance of performance and fuel economy. A face-lift in 2011 gave the Sedona a fresh look and a new standard engine making it more competitive. Find a Kia Sedona for sale
The Mazda5 is a bit of an oddity in the minivan segment, but it’s a welcome one. Notably smaller than the average minivan, the Mazda5 has sliding doors and a space-efficient design, but it only has seating for up to six people and it has much less cargo space than bigger rivals. However, its smaller footprint also makes it much more engaging to drive along with its available manual transmission making it a minivan for driving enthusiasts who need a practical family vehicle. Its sole 4-cylinder engine means you won’t be doing much towing, but it also means you get great fuel economy for a minivan. Find a Mazda5 for sale
2004-2009 Nissan Quest
Many minivans are understandably accused of looking boring, but that’s not the case for the third-generation Nissan Quest. With a unique look that still looks interesting today, a used Quest is a good choice for families who like the idea of a practical minivan but want something that stands out. The Quest has a strong engine and transmission combination that ups the fun factor of this family hauler. It also has some unique quirks like the available SkyView sunroof setup. SkyView gives this minivan five different sunroofs so everyone in the van has a good view of the landscape above them. Find a Nissan Quest for sale
2004-2010 Toyota Sienna
The Toyota Sienna is a rock-solid choice for families who are simply looking for a safe, reliable, practical family hauler that they can trust. On top of the stellar reliability scores you would expect, the Sienna offers a powerful standard V6 engine and one of the roomiest interiors in this class with more than enough room for both passengers and cargo. One big selling point of the Sienna is that it’s the only used minivan on this list with available all-wheel drive, which is a desirable feature for families living in snowy climates. AWD gives you some extra confidence when the roads get nasty, but it also gives you a slight fuel economy penalty. Find a Toyota Sienna for sale