Top 5 Vans for 2009 Announced by

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Top 5 Vans for 2009 Announced by

Today's vans aren't just for soccer moms anymore

As 2009 vans hit showrooms across the U.S., the experts at, a leading vehicle pricing and information website, today announced their top 5 minivan picks, as well as honorable mention in the full size van category.

"Today's vans aren't just for soccer moms anymore," said Don Christy, Jr., president and CEO at "Vans have surged in popularity among all types of car buyers, due in large part to their versatile passenger and cargo hauling capabilities and improvements to their overall design and handling."

Following are the top 5 van picks for 2009.

1. 2009 Honda Odyssey

The 2009 Honda Odyssey "is one of the best all-around minivans on the market," according to It comes equipped with a powerful 244-hp V6, seating for up to eight passengers, responsive handling, a comfortably smooth ride and quality fit and finish. The Odyssey is safe too, with side-curtain airbags for all three rows, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and traction control.

2. 2009 Toyota Sienna

According to, the 2009 Toyota Sienna "offers a quiet, beautiful ride in a spacious and well-equipped cabin." The Sienna made the list for its optional AWD, its powerful 266 horsepower 3.5-liter V6, its sleek exterior styling and its long list of optional equipment, including navigation, a back-up camera and rear seat DVD entertainment.

3. 2009 Volkswagen Routan
Volkswagen and Chrysler have teamed up to create the 2009 Volkswagen Routan, a seven-passenger minivan with VW-inspired styling cues. The Routan made the top 5 van list due in large part to its amenities, including a power lift gate and two power sliding side doors for easy in-and-out access, rear DVD entertainment with screens for the second and third rows, touch screen navigation and more cup holders than you'll know what to do with.

4. 2009 Mazda MAZDA5

The 2009 Mazda MAZDA5 is the smallest van on the list but don't let its "mini-minivan" stature fool you. The MAZDA5 offers six-passenger seating, a roomy cargo area with its second and third-row folding seats, and a very affordable price tag. The MAZDA5 boasts well-rounded safety equipment too, with side-curtain airbags on all three rows. says "for a minivan, this one was surprisingly fun to drive, with sedan-like handling.

5. 2009 Chrysler Town and Country

In past years, the Chrysler Town and Country topped the list of minivan choices among the editors. While the 2009 Chrysler Town and Country made this year's list, it slid into the fifth position due to its less-than-optimum interior appointments. That said, considers the Town and Country's optional Swivel 'n Go seating, where the second row seats swivel to face rearward, and its Stow 'n Go system with flush-folding second and third rows "excellent features for people interested in flexible seating and cargo hauling capabilities." gives honorable mention to the 2009 Dodge Sprinter, a full-size van it calls a "must-have mega people mover," capable of hauling up to 12 passengers in its ultra-spacious, four-row interior. Standard on the Sprinter is a long list of safety features, including emergency brake assist, traction control and a rear passenger escape window.

The company also gives special consideration to the 2009 Ford Flex, a vehicle some argue is every bit a minivan and others, a crossover. Call it what you will (Ford says it's not a minivan but used it to replace the Freestar), calls it "super cool…an exciting addition to Ford's line-up." The Flex offers seating for up to seven passengers and spacious cargo room on a longer-than-average wheelbase of almost 118 inches. It features a glass Vista Roof over all three rows, swing-out side doors and a rear refrigerator for chilling drinks.

To compare full-size vans and minivans, to research new van prices or to read new van reviews, visit ( for more information.

NADA Appraisal Guides ( is the world's largest publisher of vehicle pricing and specification information for new and used cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs, as well as van conversions, limousines, classic and collectible cars, boats, RVs, motorcycles, snowmobiles, personal watercraft and manufactured housing. The company's consumer website, (, offers a variety of new and used vehicle services in addition to valuation information. Throughout its 75-year history, NADA Appraisal Guides has earned the reputation as the recognized authority for vehicle valuations. Its website,, is the most comprehensive vehicle information resource on the Internet today.


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