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If you have a family, especially a large one, you’ve likely considered purchasing a minivan. You may have even thought about it if you don’t have a family. After all, minivans are generally pretty reliable while offering a lot of space. They can also be an economical alternative to an SUV or pickup truck. Just how economical can a minivan be? You can even get some decent minivans for a few thousand dollars. These are some of the best used minivans under $5,000 that you can buy in 2021.

The steering wheel and shifter inside a 2008 Kia Sedona.
The interior of a 2008 Kia Sedona | Kia

You can buy the 2007 Ford Freestar for under $5,000

The 2007 Ford Freestar, formally known as the Ford Windstar, is a great option if your budget is under $5,000. The 2007 Ford Freestar has decent safety ratings. The IIHS gives it good ratings for the front moderate overlap and rear crash. It gets an acceptable rating for the side crash. The rest of the IIHS’ crash tests are not applicable. 

The 2006 Honda Odyssey is one of the best used minivans under $5,000

The 2006 Honda Odyssey has a very high owner satisfaction rating, according to Consumer Reports. The 2006 Honda Odyssey also gets good safety ratings. The IIHS gives the 2006 Odyssey a good rating for its front moderate overlap test and its side crash test. The NHTSA gives it five out of five stars for the overall frontal-crash, overall frontal-crash on the passenger side, and side-crash driver and rear passenger sides. All other crash test ratings are not applicable. 

Although Consumer Reports thinks that the 2006 Honda Odyssey is noisy, it also points out that it has a very nice interior. It handles well and needs only 136 feet to stop from 60 mph.

The 2008 Kia Sedona has great safety ratings and is under $5,000

You can get a 2008 Kia Sedona for under $5,000. The 2008 Sedona has great safety ratings, making it a great choice if you’re shopping for a minivan under $5,000. It also has plenty of space and Consumer Reports noted that its brakes performed well.

The 2008 Kia Sedona gets a good rating from the IIHS for its front moderate overlap test and side crash. The rear crash test rating is also good. As far as the NHTSA, they gave the 2008 Kia Sedona five out of five stars for both the overall frontal-crash driver and passenger sides. The side-crash, driver and rear passenger tests also scored five out of five stars. 

The 2005 Toyota Sienna has good fuel economy

The 2005 offers the same space as the other minivans, but with slightly better fuel economy. While many other minivans in its class get just 17 mpg, the 2005 Toyota Sienna gets 19 mpg. This may not sound like much, but it will add up quickly.

The 2005 Toyota Sienna gets good ratings in the IIHS front moderate overlap test and the side crash. The NHTSA overall frontal-crash, driver side gets just four stars. However, the passenger side gets five out of five. Additionally, the side-crash driver and rear passenger crash tests both get five stars. The 2WD rollover rating is four out of five stars.

The NHTSA gives the 2007 Ford Freestar five out of five stars for the overall frontal-crash, driver and passenger sides. It also gets five stars for the side-crash, rear passenger test. The side-crash, driver side test gets just four stars.

Consumer Reports says that the 2007 Ford Freestar is noisy and doesn’t get great gas mileage, which may explain its affordable price. However, it does handle well.

So can you get a decent car for under $5,000? You can. It may not be quite as safe as some newer vehicles, as car manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to improve the safety of their vehicles. It also may not have the same safety features or technology. That doesn’t mean that you can’t find something decent within your budget. The most important thing to do, after checking safety ratings, is to research the vehicle inspection report of the particular minivan that you’re looking at. You should also know how much its worth, including its trim level and all of its options. Then you can buy something that will suit your needs and your budget, and feel good about it.


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