Top 5 Family Vans For Camping Aug 5, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
If you plan on camping in the great outdoors, you don’t necessarily need an RV or an SUV to get you to your destination. While both pickups and SUVs offer pop-up tent accessories, you can also turn your family van into the perfect camping vessel. Even a regular minivan can be a perfect fit for your next camping trip. Take out the rear seats and convert it into a comfortable bedroom. Or use the passenger and cargo space to get everyone (and everything) to the destination and let some people sleep in the tent with room to spare. If you are considering camping with your family van, take a look at one of these useful models.
The Honda Odyssey is the only other model on the market with a built-in vacuum, and that is a highly convenient feature if you go camping or have children on a long trip. Additionally, the Odyssey is known for its high-quality materials that can withstand rougher roads than usual and get you to your campground in comfort. Since this vehicle has a whopping 148.5 cubic feet of space behind the front row, you can easily rearrange the seats for a good night’s sleep.
The newest family van on the market is also among the best for camping. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has an incredibly versatile interior thanks to its Stow ‘n Go Seats, which makes it ideal for converting into a mobile camp at a moment’s notice. Fuel economy is also good for the class, with 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, meaning you won’t waste fuel getting to your destination. It also offers a built-in vacuum so you can easily clean up the interior of your family van during the trip or once you get home. Best of all, the hose is long enough to reach anywhere inside the vehicle.
The Kia Sedona provides the right amount of space and fuel economy for the class. Best of all, this van is one of the most affordable on the market. As an added benefit, the standard rear camera helps you maneuver it onto your campsite (or parking space) with ease. There are also plenty of available accessories to help you turn it into a camper.
The Nissan Quest also fits the bill for a road trip and campground excursion. The Quest gets great fuel economy for the class, up to 20 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway, leaving with spare change for snacks and gear. The floor height is low, giving you some extra headroom if you decide to sit up on the floor and making it easier to climb in and out of the vehicle. The only downside you will notice about camping with the Nissan Quest is that the interior of this minivan is a bit smaller than its counterparts.
Those who like camping in harder-to-reach destinations will want to consider the Toyota Sienna. After all, this is the only minivan in its class with available all-wheel drive. The cargo area is also spacious for the class, meaning you have lots of room to rest or store your equipment. Included with Entune on most models across the lineup is the Scout GPS Link, helping you stay on target as you head towards a remote campsite.
Minivans can provide comfort and storage without resorting to a roofrack or trailer. Consider one of these top models for your family's outdoor needs.