If you are looking for the perfect utility van for your small business, the top two attributes you are looking for are 1) reliability and 2) value. The good news is that the majority of the utility vans currently available cover both bases. That being said, there are inherent differences between all the utility vans, and it really helps to do some research before you buy. So, here is a quick list of some of the top-rated business utility vans and an overall summary of what they have to offer.
Dodge Sprinter - introduced in 2004, and redesigned in 2006, the Dodge sprinter is often praised for its rugged durability, good fuel efficiency and unique combination of cargo space and functional interior design. The vehicle has met with critical acclaim from both owners and professional reviewers and offers many amenities such as a ParkSense backup system, wiring for hands-free telephone equipment and a high pressure headlight washing system as standard equipment.
Ford Transit Connect - If you're looking for a slightly smaller cargo or panel van, then you may be very interested in the Ford Transit Connect. Very useful as a commercial van, the wheelbase of the transit connect allows it to be parked in a standard car garage. Also, the 2 liter four-cylinder engine provides surprisingly significant power while getting excellent fuel economy.
GMC Savana - Basically an identical twin to the Chevrolet Express cargo van, the GMC Savana is based off General Motor's popular 1500 and 2500 series pickup trucks. The hefty cargo van comes with a Hydra-Matic 6L90 six speed automatic transmission designed for better low-end torque and highway fuel economy. In addition, the popular cargo van comes standard with remote start capability.
Ford E-Series - First introduced in 1960 as the Econoline cargo van, the Ford E-Series of commercial vans have been the best-selling cargo vans in the country for 27 years in a row. Although the name was changed in 2003, the rugged reliability remains the same in the newer E-Series. A standard slim line engine cover console and electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission have made this a very popular choice for small business owners all of the country.