Introduction

Introduction

Minivans have long faced a negative soccer mom stereotype, but the clever packaging and great value make these people-movers useful even if they’re not regarded as cool. The sliding doors on minivans open far wider than anything you’ll find on a crossover, making them ideal for kids and gear. Few vehicles combine this much utility and the ability to seat seven or eight.

We perused the used vehicles on AOL Autos to find 10 recession-busting deals on used minivans for under $10,000. Take a look at what we found.

Remember, shopping for used minivans involves some risk, since their versatile nature lends them to be driven for a lot of hard miles. Make sure to have it checked out before buying.

2005 Buick Terraza

2005 Buick Terraza

Price: $9,980
Mileage: 82,418
If You Bought It New: $28,110
Engine: 3.5-liter V6, 200 hp
JD Power Dependability Rating: 2


Selling Points: The Buick Terraza wasn't popular when it was new, but it offers a plethora of luxury touches and a different look than most minivans.

2008 Chevy Uplander

2008 Chevy Uplander

Price: $9,988
Mileage: 78,318
If You Bought It New: $21,540
Engine: 3.9-liter V6, 240 hp
JD Power Dependability Rating: 2


Selling Points: The Uplander is a bit awkward looking, but it does everything other minivans do. With a 240-hp V6, it offers more power than most.

 

 

2007 Chrysler Town & Country

2007 Chrysler Town & Country

Price: $9,450
Mileage: 53,178
If You Bought It New: $21,695
Engine: 3.3-liter V6, 180 hp
JD Power Dependability Rating: 3


Selling Points: Chrysler invented the minivan, and the Town & Country is still among the best in the segment. There are always plenty of Town & Country models to choose from, and they can be quite luxurious when equipped with leather and all the amenities.

 

 

2007 Dodge Grand Caravan

2007 Dodge Grand Caravan

Price: $9,995
Mileage: 68,020
If You Bought It New: $21,240
Engine: 3.3-liter V6, 180 hp
JD Power Dependability Rating: 3


Selling Points: The Dodge Grand Caravan is the twin to the Chrysler Town & Country. With some clever storage options, including optional second row seats that fold into the floor, it makes a great hauler for your family.

 

 

2005 Ford Freestar

2005 Ford Freestar

Price: $9,994
Mileage: 67,113
If You Bought It New: $23,655
Engine: 3.9-liter V6, 194 hp
JD Power Dependability Rating: 3


Selling Points: The Freestar never really took off, but if you're looking for a used minivan it could be the perfect choice for you. The interior is spacious and the third row folds flat or flips for tailgating duty.

 

 

2003 Honda Odyssey

2003 Honda Odyssey

Price: $9,900
Mileage: 70,520
If You Bought It New: $24,400
Engine: 3.5-liter V6, 240 hp
JD Power Dependability Rating: 3


Selling Points: The Odyssey is considered by many to be the king of minivans, and with good reason. It's interior is top-rate, the powertrain is superb and it drives more like a sedan than a van.

 

 

2006 Kia Sedona

2006 Kia Sedona

Price: $9,974
Mileage: 56,995
If You Bought It New: $23,195
Engine: 3.8-liter V6, 244 hp
JD Power Dependability Rating: 3


Selling Points: The Sedona may well be the most underrated minivan on the planet. This is the vehicle that showed the world that Kia could go toe-to-toe with the big boys, as it nailed all the minivan must-haves, but cost thousands less.

 

 

2006 Mazda5

2006 Mazda5

Price: $9,980
Mileage: 61,818
If You Bought It New: $17,435
Engine: 2.3-liter four-cylinder, 157 hp
JD Power Dependability Rating: 2.5


Selling Points: The Mazda5 puts the mini back in minivan. It's quite a bit smaller than other minivans on the market but it still seats six, it can stow a lot of cargo and it doesn't break the bank at the pump. As a bonus, the Mazda5 is even somewhat fun to drive.

 

 

2004 Nissan Quest

2004 Nissan Quest

Price: $9,995
Mileage: 70,150
If You Bought It New: $24,340
Engine: 3.5-liter V6, 240 hp
JD Power Dependability Rating: 2


Selling Points: The Quest may be the quirkiest-looking minivan on this list, but there are plenty of fans of Nissan's minivan. Among the best things about it is the 240-hp V6, the same engine found in Nissan’s Z car.

 

 

2002 Toyota Sienna CE

2002 Toyota Sienna CE

Price: $8,972
Mileage: 60,404
If You Bought It New: $23,905
Engine: 3.0-liter V6, 210 hp
JD Power Dependability Rating: 4.5


Selling Points: The argument for the Sienna is a simple one: It has the best JD Power Dependability Rating of any minivan on this list. While Toyota’s minivan isn’t exciting, that’s not usually among the reasons you buy one.

 

 



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