These days, many car enthusiasts select functionality and flexibility when choosing a car. The van’s ability to carry more cargo has increasingly been seen as a significant asset among those who value a “Do it yourself” approach to life.
Vans are mini-buses known by their back doors, which swing upwards to open onto the cargo area. They are built to be more practical than hatchbacks and other types of cars with 3rd-row seats that fold down to provide more storage space. Vans are long and are more fuel-efficient than most mini-buses. Vans are also offered at very competitive prices.
Keep reading for our most popular van models under $ 1500 for your private or business use.
Nissan Caravan Van (From $1200)
If you are looking for a van from Nissan, The Nissan Caravan van is a great choice. The Nissan Caravan is a light commercial vehicle that has been in production from 2012 to the present and is popular in cargo and commuter transport. The commuter model is known as the Wagon and the cargo version is known as the Van.
It’s more popular in Tanzania due to its competitive price tag and reasonable maintenance costs. It’s ideal for people with stores, warehouses or large shops for carrying goods and cargo and it competes with the Toyota Hiace. The Nissan Caravan is powered by 3 engine options. These are; a QR20DE 2.0L Petrol engine, a QR25DE 2.5L petrol engine, and a YD25DDTi turbo 2.5L diesel engine. These are mated to either a 5-speed automatic transmission or a 5-speed manual transmission and are available in both 2WD and 4WD. Other grades like a beautiful interior and a push-to-start engine further solidify this vehicle as a fan favorite. Given the fact that it claims a fuel consumption of 7.7 KM/L, it’s easy to see why this vehicle is highly considered.
Nissan Vanette Van (From $1400)
This vehicle comes with a back-view camera to ease parking in close-fitting spaces, intelligent keys, and power windows. It’s safe to say the Nissan Vanette Van ticks all the right boxes with safety features like side airbags, an electronic brake force distribution, and standard airbags. Nissan Vanette’s fuel consumption is about 8.9 KM/L, making it one of the most fuel-efficient vans in the market.
The Nissan Vanette van is equipped with 5 engine options. These are the 1.2L A12 I4, 1.4L A14 I4, 1.5L A15 I4, 2.0L Z20 I4 – all of these are petrol engines and 2.0L LD20 I4 which is a diesel engine. These engines are mated to a 4-speed manual or a 3-Speed automatic transmission. It is available in both 2WD and 4WD.
Mazda Bongo (From $1000)
The Mazda Bongo is a van manufactured by the Japanese automobile manufacturer Mazda since 1966, in a cabover configuration excluding the Friendee model. It has been built with middle-, rear-, as well as front-mounted engines
It can carry both passengers and cargo. It is related to KIA Bongo and comes with various engines ranging from 1.1L to 1.5L mated to a 3-speed automatic or 4/5-speed manual transmission.
Nissan Ad Van (From $800)
The AD is a compact wagon that is exactly built for transporting humans and cargo from one place to another. In trying to win over more enthusiasts, the vehicle has gone through some considerable transformations over the years.
The exterior and interior designs are now more beautiful which makes the vehicle a perfect van. It can be used as both a cargo or passenger van thanks to the comfort levels and the roomy trunk. It comes with a CD player and radio in most models, along with power steering and power windows. The fuel consumption of the Nissan Ad Van is about 11.9 KM/L.
The Nissan Ad Van is available in 4 optional engines. These are the 1.2 L CR12DE l4 (Nissan AD only), and 1.6 L HR16DE I4 mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission, and the 1.5 L HR15DE l4 and 1.8 L MR18DE I4 mated to a CVT transmission. It is available in both 2WD and 4WD.
Mazda Familia Van (From $900)
The Mazda Familia van is a badge-engineered mini commercial vehicle sold by Mazda.
It is capable of carrying both passengers and cargo and it tries to win over more car lovers who need ideal and practical vehicles. Mazda transferred the Mazda Familia Van name to the Toyota Probox in June 2018.
The Mazda Familia Van engine options range from 1.1L to 1.5L engines mated to a 3-speed automatic and 4 or 5-speed manual transmission. The body style ranged from Van, Hatchback, and sedan. The average fuel consumption of Mazda Familia Van is around 15 KM/L.
Mazda Bongo Brawny Van (From $1300)
Mazda Bongo Brawny is the longer model of the Mazda Bongo, the Mazda Bongo Brawny was released in June 1999. This variant also accepted the SK platform which was based on the previous generation SE/SS model. The Mazda Brawny engaged many of the parts of the previous generation, such as the sliding side doors, and looks similar to the previous generation.
You can always count on vans to offer safety, quality, grace, and fuel efficiency when out on the road. Not only do you get to have more money to spend in your wallet, but you also get to travel to different territories like royalty.
Therefore, if you’re looking to really practice some considerable savings, look no further than Nissan Caravan Van or Mazda Bongo because of the better fuel efficiency.
Written by: Samuel H. Mponezya