If you’re shopping for a practical and affordable pre-owned vehicle with maximum passenger and cargo space, you can skip the big sedans, crew-cab pickups, and fullsize SUVs. Those vehicles just don’t carry as much of both as the best used minivans under $20,000. Consider the 2017 models for the Chrysler Pacifica and Chevrolet Suburban. Even though the Suburban is a fullsize three-row beast, the Pacifica provides an extra two inches of third-row legroom and 37 more cubic feet of total cargo space - that’s 29 percent more than Chevy’s biggest sport-utility vehicle.
Minivans also can deliver higher EPA ratings than big SUVs. True, minivans aren’t the most popular vehicles on the market. But that gives you another important advantage: You often can get more bang for your buck with a minivan than in other segments where demand can drive up pricing.