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Taking the whole family on a Griswold-style vacation in a rickety station wagon is a thing of the past. The modern vans, minivans, and small-sized vans can and will go anywhere, and they'll take it with you. Packed with features from cupholders to Apple CarPlay, you'll find the vans of the future are about as far from "soccer mom" status as you can get.

Below, find our reviews, research, and advice about finding the perfect van for your next family adventure - even if it's just your daily school run.

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Why should I consider buying a van?

Vans have been a mainstay of American life since the 1950s, giving the U.S. the mobility it craves. While earlier models may conjure images of "hippie vans" and strange airbrushed graffiti, modern vans are luxury rides beloved by their owners. Whether you plan to convert your purchase into a camper or simply haul the kids to their various activities safely and securely, vans present modern families with a solution.

How should I choose a van?

Choosing a van is just like anything else: weigh your pros and cons, and consider your lifestyle and budget. Whether you plan to do a lot of in-city driving or long road trips over the river and through the woods, vans are just another tool to get you there. Here are a few things to consider when choosing the van that's right for you: 

  • Consider how much money you want to spend, and whether a used van may be the best option.
  • Consider how many people you'll be regularly hauling, and how much seating you'll need.
  • Consider your local weather and frequency of use, and research amenities such as heated and cooled seats.

What is the best van for families?

The top-rated family vans on the market today include: 

  1. Toyota Sienna Nighsthade
  3. Honda Odyssey
  5. Kia Sedona
  7. Chrysler Voyager
  9. Dodge Grand Caravan