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SUVs can carry people. Pick-ups can carry cargo. But if you need a vehicle that does both and still have loads of room inside, then look no further than a van. Besides, not everyone can fit inside an MPV, especially if you need to bring more than eight passengers.

Some vans have become more luxurious over the years, and some have even become status symbols as well. But whether they're bare or loaded, these kinds of vehicles have one purpose in mind. That's to have more than enough space for people and their things while moving them from point A to B. Similar to MPVs, vans are all about pure sense.

What are the kinds of vans?

Vans come in different shapes and sizes, but the most common ones are the mid-size models. Granted, they're pretty large these days, but that's the size class they belong too. As for design, there are two types around, namely the cab-forward and long-nose body. The cab-forward vans have their engines under the front seats, while the long-nose vans have their engines at the front.

But the variety doesn't stop there. Lately, manufacturers have been putting out various configurations of one model. There are narrow-body versions, wide-body types, standard roof, and high-roof models, just to name a few. You also have the FB (For Business) bodies, aluminum vans, windowless cargo versions, and more. If that's still not enough, there are also mini-bus vans out there that are much larger than the mid-size models you commonly see on the roads.

Then you have the luxury vans that trades passenger count for extra space and creature comforts. These also come in many shapes and sizes, but they typically go all out when it comes to keeping everyone inside pampered.

Should you get a van?

With its space, practicality, and versatility, buying a van seems like the most logical and straightforward choice out there. Since the Filipino family includes the extended family, the in-laws, and friends, extra seats are always good to have. That said, let's get the drawbacks out of the way first.

You shouldn't get a van if you don't really bring over 8 people in a vehicle regularly. A van wouldn't make much sense for a small family, either, and lugging around the extra size on a daily basis is overkill. If you're not maximizing the additional utility, all you're doing is driving around in a bulky vehicle. Also, vans tend to have a bouncy ride when not loaded, so that's something you have to keep in mind.

However, you should get a van if you have a business or move a lot of people all the time. Besides, you have a wide variety of models and body styles to choose from. Remember, there is always a van that will suit your specific needs when it comes to business or shuttling people around. If you're part of a large household, a van is vital vehicle to have in your garage.

What are the best-selling vans in the Philippines?

If we're talking about the number one model in all van categories, the Toyota Hiace is the one that majority buys. But when it comes to business needs, the Mitsubishi L300 is still the top-seller in the land. That said, the competitors of these two best-sellers are very popular models and certainly worth recommending.

What are the recommended vans in the Philippines?

So aside from the Hiace and L300, what other vans are should you consider? You can't go wrong with the Nissan NV350 Urvan. However, if the lack of a hood bothers you, the Hyundai Starex is a safe bet. As for your business needs, you should also take a look at the Isuzu Traviz, especially because it has a higher loading and payload capacity.


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