The Five Best Cargo Vans of 2019
The Five Best Cargo Vans of 2019
Posted on November 19, 2019
While most cargo vans for the 2019 model year offer ample hauling and towing power, comfortable, tech-filled cabins, and lots of standard safety features, this year's offerings have many essential differences, as well. Below is a rundown on five of 2019's most popular cargo vans, what they have in common, and, more importantly, what features separate one from the next.
The 2019 Ford Transit
Available in three lengths, two different wheelbases, and three roof heights, the Ford Transit outsells all other vehicles in its class by a wide margin. Depending on the configuration, the Transit holds more than 13-cubic metres of cargo weighing up to 2,100 Kg and tows more than 3,400 Kg. Ford offers the 2019 Transit with a standard 275-horsepower 3.7L Ti-VCT V6, an optional 310-horsepower 3.5L EcoBoost V6, and a smaller 3.2L Power Stroke I-5 Diesel.
All three engines come linked to a six-speed SelectShift transmission. The Transit also boasts a quiet, comfortable, and tech-filled interior. Ford's user-friendly, voice-activated SYNC 3 infotainment system comes standard on all models. The Transit's unibody construction reduces weight and improves both ride quality, and passenger comfort.
2019 Chevrolet Express & 2019 GMC Savanna
Ample towing power, a well-appointed cabin, and lots of cargo room make the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana two of the top cargo vans for sale on the road today. More siblings than cousins, the two vans share many features. GMC offers a selection of three engines on both the 2019 Express as well as the Savanna, with a 276-horsepower 4.3L V6 engine coming standard on each.
Buyers looking for more power can opt for an upgraded 341-horsepower Vortec 6.0L V8, while those wanting fuel economy may choose the 4-cylinder diesel option. The Savanna comes from the factory with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, and a theft-deterrent system, all three of which come as options on the Express. The identical Chevrolet and GMC infotainment systems both feature a colour touchscreen interface, Bluetooth connectivity, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Along with a variety of configurations, lots of functionality, and Mercedes-Benz reliability, the Sprinter adds a touch of luxury to the mix. Mercedes-Benz offers the Sprinter with a choice of five trims - 1500, 2500, 3500, 3500XD, and 4500. Engine choices include a new-for-this-year 190-horsepower four-cylinder 2.0L gasoline engine or the Sprinter's traditional 6-cylinder diesel. Other configuration choices include two or four-wheel drive trains, standard or extended wheelbase models, and standard or high-roof options.
As expected, all Sprinter trims come loaded with comfort, convenience, and advanced technology. Keyless start, Mercedes PRO connect, and a rearview camera (displayed in the rearview mirror) are just a few of the many standard features found on the Sprinter.
The 2019 Nissan NV
Seating for twelve, up to 4,200 Kg of towing power, and a new 375-horsepower 5.6L Endurance V8 engine make the Nissan NV one of the most popular passenger vans on the road today. The NV offers an amazing 324 possible seating configurations, making it one of the most versatile vans on the market, as well. For buyers seeking improved fuel economy, Nissan also offers the NV with a more economical 261-horsepower 4.0L V6.
The NV's cabin also gets high marks for comfort and convenience. Nissan's infotainment system - NissanConnect - features a 7-inch colour touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling and texting, and voice-recognition for audio and cell phone control. Models equipped with navigation get access to news, sports, and traffic through NissanConnect mobile apps.