The Best Minivans Available to Buy Under $5,000

By Mike Richards Updated: 07/24/2022 Posted: 10/31/2017

Minivans are popular, especially among those with families who care about safety features but prefer not to purchase an SUV. Many new vans come in at $25,000 MSRP or more, but those prices drop quickly when looking at a used version. We looked at some of the best options for an individual with a $5,000 budget who prefers to buy a best minivans. You may be surprised to see which vehicles top the list.

2004 Honda Odyssey

One of the reasons this van is such an excellent choice is because it won Autobytel’s Consumer Choice Award for the segment in the year noted. This van was known as the best of the best at the time, and while it’s more than a few years old now, it’s still a solid option. It earned a five-star safety grade from the NHTSA and also won the Car and Driver’s minivan comparison for the year. It also delivers a reasonable 146 cubic feet of space, which is almost as big as the current model.

2006 Dodge Grand Caravan

This minivan has Stow ‘n Go seating with the potential for third-row tailgating. It also has the five-star score from NHTSA so you can be sure it’s a safe vehicle for the family. What makes the 2006 model so unique is that it brought along some major technology that will be appreciated even today, such as hands-free communications with Bluetooth. It also comes in both a four-cylinder and two different V6 options, and each offers reasonable fuel efficiency.

2006 Chevrolet Uplander

While GM never became a huge name in the minivan world, it did offer a stylish option in 2006 with the Uplander. It’s a minivan, but it has some of the look and feel of an SUV with available all-wheel drive. It also has a nice entertainment center, at least for the time, and offers voice-recognition technology, digital playback for movies and music, and mass-media store. Just be aware that the minivan is a bit longer, yet smaller than some of the other options from 2006.

2006 Mazda MPV

The Mazda MPV is an appealing minivan with some dynamic driving options that make it a fun choice for a used minivan. Its 3.0-liter V6 engine isn’t going to have the performance of a new minivan, but it does the job well enough. With a curb weight of 3,772, this might be the tank of minivans. It also includes a rear torsion-beam axle, MacPherson front struts, and stabilizer bars. That said, it doesn’t have the cabin space you’ll find in some of the other options you have.

1990 Pontiac Trans Sport

Yes, this minivan is a bit older than many of the other option on the list, but it’s got the price and some excellent features for a 1990 model. It has 105 cubic feet of storage, as well as space-frame construction and power-sliding side doors, which was major when it came out. It may be harder to find one of these since it is gaining age, but it’s worth consideration for minivan lovers out there who want something a little different.

1994 Toyota Previa

Another older minivan, but one that offers a truly unique aesthetic and the type of collector appeal not seen with most older minivans. It offers an all-wheel drive, mid-engine design, and forced induction. It also boasts 138 horsepower and 150 lb-feet of torque, which gives the minivan some decent acceleration capabilities. It’s also picked up six honors during its eight-year run from J.D. Power. It’s one of the best-used minivans to compete against as Toyota Sienna.

2005 Chrysler Town & Country

The Town & Country is another Stow ‘n Go choice, giving it an advantage against others of the period. The back rows can be tucked away into in-floor storage bins. When the seats are in use, it offers 12 extra cubic feet of hidden cargo space. This minivan also introduced second-row seats to the market, with that row moving out of the way for better access to the back row, which can be flipped to be tailgate seats. If this model not good for you, look at used Pacifica.

Each of these minivans offers certain features that different people will appreciate and it’s likely you’ll find one that fits your requirements. Whether you prefer an older model of vehicle or something closer to 2018, you have your choice of options, and all are affordable for the budget. Among others you can choose Kia Sedona.