Top 10 Best Used Minivans You Can Buy Under $5000

2004 Nissan Quest used minivan
Interior view of a used 2004 Nissan Quest 3.5 SE minivan.

There are not many diamonds when it comes to used minivans under the $5,000 price range. However, you can find some decent reliable transportation if you do your homework and dig around a little.

You may have to give up a few creature comforts to get within your budget and be okay with driving a vehicle with higher mileage. But if you can, you can enjoy a great people-hauler for a very cheap price.

Many of the minivans on this list started out with a price tag of well over $25,000 brand new. Your goal is to find one that's been well taken care of and the owners kept up with all the preventative maintenance at the required service interval times. Autobytel has sifted through their vast database and with the help of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the J.D. Powers' Initial Quality Study, picked out the best most reliable used minivans under the $5,000 price point.

One of the best used minivans you can buy under $5,000 is the 2004 Honda Odyssey. The Odyssey is equipped with a 3.5 liter 6-cylinder and has a total of 146.1 cubic feet of space, just 2.4 cubes shy of this year's model year.

The 2004 Honda Odyssey was awarded Car and Driver's minivan comparison contest for the year, a 5-Star Overall Safety Grade from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and received the 2004 segment trophy in J.D. Powers' Initial Quality Study. If you're looking for a minivan for around $5,000 or under, make sure you keep you add the 2004 Honda Odyssey to your shopping list.

The 2005 Chrysler Town & Country is another "must-see" minivan on the best used minivan list. Chrysler was a paradigm pioneer and introduced several new features and benefits into the minivan market. The most widely known feature is the introduction of their "Stow 'n Go" second and third row seats.

"Stow 'n Go" seating allows you to quickly fold up and store the second and third row seats into cleverly hidden compartments in the cabins floor. Chrysler also brought "tip-forward" second row seats to the industry. This feature allowed passengers easier access to the back row. These are all great features you can find in a minivan you can buy for under $5,000.

Research Used Cars Online First

NOTE: Always check the a used car's title history using a service such as AutoCheck. Doing so will protect you by making sure the vehicle has not been in a severe accident or has a branded title. After you've made sure the vehicle has a clean title, have the vehicle inspected by an independent certified mechanic. There may be an additional cost of $50 to $75; However, it will be well worth the money it will save you if you have to spend thousands of dollars on repairs later down the road.

When negotiating a used car's price, it’s important to have a good estimate of what the dealer's cost is for the vehicle and what other people are paying for the same used car in your local area. Otherwise, you won’t know what's a good price to pay for the vehicle. I highly recommend using an online referral service such as Edmunds or CarsDirect to do your used car research and request a free used car quote.

Top 10 Best Used Minivans You Can Buy for Under $5,000

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# Used Minivan Engine Size Fuel Economy
1 2004 Honda Odyssey 3.5 L V6 18 city / 25 highway
2 2005 Chrysler Town & Country 3.3 L V6, 3.8 L V6 Up to 19 city / 26 highway
3 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.3 L V6, 3.8 L V6 Up to 19 city / 26 highway
4 2003 Toyota Sienna 3.0 L V6 19 city / 24 highway
5 2006 Chevrolet Uplander 3.5 L V6, 3.9 L V6 Up to 18 city / 25 highway
6 2004 Nissan Quest 3.5 L V6 Up to 19 city / 26 highway
7 2006 Mazda MPV 3.0 L V6 18 city / 25 highway
8 1990 Pontiac Trans Sport 3.1L V6 16 city / 21 highway
9 1994 Toyota Previa 2.4 L 4-cylinder Up to 18 city / 23 highway
10 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.0 L V6, 3.3 L V6, 3.8 L V6 Up to 19 city / 26 highway