Introduction
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Introduction

Minivans aren’t sexy. But for families and businesses that use their vehicles to transport people and things on a regular basis, these utilitarian servants are a necessity. Unfortunately for those on a budget, they can be expensive when new, so we searched for used minivans and other people-haulers under $15,000. We really like the vehicles we've found, and we think you will, too.
2008 Ford Taurus X

2008 Ford Taurus X

Price: $14,991
Mileage: 39,568
If You Bought It New: $27,030
Engine: 3.5-liter V6, 263 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 3.5

Selling Points: The Taurus X is among the best non-minivans for people hauling. Our favorite feature on this roomy crossover is the easy-to-operate stowable seats. You can actually fold down the second and third row completely flat, as well as the front passenger seat, giving you the capability to carry a 10-foot ladder with the tailgate closed.
2008 Chevrolet Uplander

2008 Chevrolet Uplander

Price: $14,998
Mileage: 30,660
If You Bought It New: $21,540
Engine: 3.9-liter V6, 240 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 2

Selling Points: The Uplander may be a bit of an ugly duckling but it does have a roomy interior and it’s not going to set you back much.
2009 Dodge Grand Caravan

2009 Dodge Grand Caravan

Price: $14,998
Mileage: 42,078
If You Bought It New: $22,725
Engine: 3.3-liter V6, 175 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 2.5

Selling Points: The Grand Caravan is the original minivan, and Chrysler takes great pride in staying on the cutting edge of interior packaging. All that effort is apparent in the 2009 Caravan, with Stow-N-Go storage under the second row seats and swiveling second row seats with a stowable table.
2006 Toyota Sienna

2006 Toyota Sienna

Price: $14,991
Mileage: 67,125
If You Bought It New: $23,775
Engine: 3.3-liter V6, 215 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 3

Selling Points: The Sienna is the Toyota of minivans, meaning it has quality materials in the cabin and attractive sheet metal on the outside. Toyota’s V6 is powerful and reasonably thrifty too, offering 24 mpg on the highway.
2007 Nissan Quest

2007 Nissan Quest

Price: $14,995
Mileage: 37,482
If You Bought It New: $24,350
Engine: 3.5-liter V6, 235 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 2.5

Selling Points: The Quest is a bit different looking, which meant it didn’t sell well, but that could be a good thing in this segment. Still, the interior is a plus, with plenty of functional room and loads of available options.
2009 Chrysler Town & Country

2009 Chrysler Town & Country

Price: $14,994
Mileage: 44,459
If You Bought It New: $26,340
Engine: 3.3-liter V6, 175 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 3

Selling Points: The Town & Country is the upscale sibling of the Dodge Caravan, with classier-looking touches in the cabin and a bit more stately exterior. A relatively new Chrysler minivan can be had with low miles for under $15,000, which is another huge selling point.
2006 Chrysler Pacifica

2006 Chrysler Pacifica

Price: $14,488
Mileage: 37,722
If You Bought It New: $24,460
Engine: 4.0-liter V6, 253 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 2

Selling Points: The Pacifica is an underrated people mover, with roomy seating for six and an eager powertrain to keep the driver entertained. The Pacifica also has a much better interior than other Chrysler products.
2007 Saturn Outlook

2007 Saturn Outlook

Price: $13,488
Mileage: 80,084
If You Bought It New: $27,255
Engine: 3.6-liter V6, 270 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 2

Selling Points: The Saturn Outlook is huge, with seating for up to eight and fuel economy of up to 24 mpg. And since Saturn no longer exists, used car shoppers can score an Outlook for less money than the similar GMC Acadia
2004 Honda Pilot

2004 Honda Pilot

Price: $14,992
Mileage: 48,553
If You Bought It New: $27,100
Engine: 3.5-liter V6, 240 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 3.5

Selling Points: The Honda Pilot isn't a minivan but it does deliver eight passenger seating combined with a smooth, powerful ride and top-notch Honda reliability. Did we mention it’s not a minivan?


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