New Vans for Back-to-School Season!

It’s that time of year where the kids are all going back to school – why not drive them there in style? When you donate you old car or van to Goodwill, you will have several great options to choose from when you are purchasing a new van. According to the U.S. News car rankings, these are the best new vans to purchase in 2012:

#7: 2012 Volkswagen Routan

  • Average Price: $27,135
  • Miles per Gallon: 17 City / 25 Highway
  • Pros: Stylish inside and out; comfortable seats
  • Cons: Steering not as versatile as Chrysler minivans; interior not as good as other VW cars

#6: 2012 Nissan Quest

  • Average Price: $26,039-$41,120
  • Miles per Gallon: 19 City / 24 Highway
  • Pros: Engine is smooth and interior is roomy
  • Cons: Less cargo space than other vans

#5: 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan

  • Average Price: $22,061-$30,420
  • Miles per Gallon: 17 City / 25 Highway
  • Pros: Low base price, “Stow ‘n Go” seating, lots of cargo space
  • Cons: Engine is sluggish

#4: 2012 Kia Sedona

  • Average Price: $25,804-$29,190
  • Miles per Gallon: 18 City / 25 Highway
  • Pros: Long Warranty, Good standard features, powerful engine, low price
  • Cons: Not stylish, low quality interior materials

#3: 2012 Chrysler Town & Country

  • Average price: $30,000-$38,981
  • Miles per Gallon: 17 City / 25 Highway
  • Pros: Smooth, versatile seating, powerful engine
  • Cons: Doesn’t perform as well as other vans, not enough leg room for driver

#2: 2012 Honda Odyssey

  • Average price: $26,985-$41,264
  • Miles per Gallon: 18 City / 27 Highway
  • Pros: Strong performance, good interior, has reputation of reliability
  • Cons: Expensive

#1: Toyota Sienna

  • Average Price: $24,483-$39,058
  • Miles per Gallon: 19 City / 24 Highway
  • Pros: Only minivan available with 4WD, variety of options, smooth and powerful V6 engine
  • Cons: Upper price points are expensive, four-cylinder is sluggish

Each one of these vans would be a great choice to replace your donated car or van. To learn more, click here. Or, if you are interested in purchasing a used car or van, you can view the inventory of cars at Capital Auto Auction.

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