(Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 02:29PM by Laurel Steele)
The reviewers at KBB.com herald the Mercedes-Benz Metris as one of the best midsize commercial vans they’ve ever tested. Read on to see why discerning drivers are opting for a used 2016 model.
This passenger vehicle handles more like a crossover SUV than a clunky van. You’ll notice very little body-roll when cornering, giving you confidence around tight bends or through gridlock traffic. Hit the highway and the 7-speed automatic transmission changes gears smoothly and imperceptibly. The 2016 model also sets itself apart with its rear-wheel-drive layout. While its competitors operate in the front, the Metris provides you with enjoyable RWD dynamics.
But this van’s superstar performance doesn’t stop there. Its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder delivers 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and, boy, do those ponies go to work. In all its glory, this engine can pull a whopping 4,960 pounds and carry as much as 2,502 lbs. These towing and payload capacities far outrank rivals such as the RAM Promaster and Nissan NV200.
Find out for yourself what it’s like to drive a 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington. If it’s not the vehicle for you, check out our complete used Transit van inventory.
(Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 02:58PM by Laurel Steele)
Since the beginning, minivans have been praised for their space, comfort, and features. However, these popular people-haulers are rarely lauded for their driving manners. That is until the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring hit the scene. Read on to see why you should invest in a pre-owned model.
While the benefits of a minivan are undeniable, for many drivers, purchasing one feels like the end of a road adventure era. Not with this vehicle. One Motor Trend reviewer found that the Pacifica handled better than some cars, describing it as a surprisingly fun and pleasurable ride. Due to its finely tuned chassis, this Chrysler is composed on winding roads and around tight corners. Despite its bulky exterior, it inspires confidence rather than a fear of body roll.
More than just a lively handler on city streets, the Pacifica also delivers a standout performance on the highway. Thanks to the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, you and your brood can merge into busy traffic with ease, hitting 60 mph in only 6.7 seconds.
Find out just how enjoyable it is behind the wheel of a Chrysler Pacifica Touring at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington. If it’s not to your liking, you can test any of the other models in our used minivan inventory.
(Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 05:55PM by Laurel Steele)
Those who won’t settle for less than perfect when it comes to comfort and features should consider a pre-owned 2013 Volkswagen Routan SEL Premium for their next minivan.
This family hauler runs on a 3.6-liter V6 engine, which delivers a generous 283 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The EPA gave the Routan a respectable rating of 17 mpg city/25 highway.
The SEL Premium trim level adds on stylish woodgrain interior trim and eight-way power front seats. Autotrader agrees that whether you’re cranking your favorite throwback playlist or the ‘Frozen’ soundtrack, the nine-speaker 560-watt sound system will be much appreciated by everyone on board.
Heated seats for front and second-row passengers, as well as leather upholstery throughout the cabin will keep people nice and relaxed. On especially beautiful days, open the sunroof to let the outside in.
Opt for The Rear Screen Entertainment package and you’ll get a 9-inch LCD interface, which provides navigation, satellite radio, and a rearview camera. A further upgrade will add on fold down monitors for both the second and third rows, allowing you to play DVDs to keep sibling fighting to a minimum.
Bring your family down to Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington and take a used 2014 VW Routan for a test drive. To see the rest of our pre-owned minivan inventory, click here.
This minivan comes with a powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine, which wields an impressive 287 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. The Pacifica delivers a fuel economy comparable to its competitors of 18 mpg in the city/28 highway. In an Edmunds acceleration test, it was able to reach 60 mph in a respectable 7.7 seconds.
The Touring-L trim level doesn’t cut any corners, with upgrades like automatic climate control, leather seating, and sunshades for passengers in back. It also comes with top-notch safety features like blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alert, which come in handy during busy highway driving.
The Stow‘n Go seating is this Chrysler’s claim to fame. With little effort, you can lower the second row completely into the floor of the minivan. When not in use, these compartments can also be used for storage.
Luggage space starts at 32.2 cubic feet behind the way back seats, which bumps up to 87.5 when the second row is folded down. Stow everything but the front chairs and you get a whopping cargo capacity of 140.5 cu-ft.
Put a pre-owned Pacifica to the test at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington. You can also check out our complete minivan inventory online now.
This minivan runs on a 3.6-liter V6 engine, which delivers an impressive 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Drivers will enjoy a fuel economy of 17 miles per gallon in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
A KBB.com review raves that the 2011 Town & Country provides exceptional road manners, imperceptible body roll, and a luxuriously smooth ride. The cabin is quiet enough that front seat passengers can have a conversation with those in the third row, without having to crane their neck or shout.
Get ready, because the Town & Country comes with a seemingly endless list of special features. The standard rearview camera, Blind-spot Monitoring system, and ParkSense rear sensors will make maneuvering this minivan an absolute breeze. You also get a CD, DVD, HDD, and MP3 compatible sound system to keep you and your family entertained. Three-zone air conditioning and a heated steering wheel keep you comfortable on hot and cold days, respectively.
Bring the kids down to Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to take a pre-owned Chrysler Town & Country for a test drive. Don’t forget to check out our used minivan inventory online.
(Posted on May 18, 2017 at 05:38PM by Laurel Steele)
With so many minivans on the market, it can be hard to choose the right one. If you value safety and performance over everything else, consider a used 2015 Kia Sedona LX. With seating for eight passengers and an impressive towing capacity, you can hit the road with your loved ones and a whole lot else.
This family favorite runs on a 3.3-liter V6 engine, which cranks out a robust 276 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. Drivers can expect a fuel economy of 18 miles per gallon in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Put the pedal to the metal and you’ll reach 60 mph in just 7.9 seconds. If you plan to take a jetski or two up to the lake house, hitch a trailer to the Sedona and you can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
This minivan was a crash test all-star, receiving top ratings in every category from the sticklers at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS even named it a Top Pick for 2015. According to Edmunds, the Sedona is just as good at braking as accelerating and was able to come to a complete stop from 60 mph in a jaw-dropping 119 feet.
Take a pre-owned 2015 Kia Sedona for a test drive at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington. You can also browse our complete used minivan inventory online now.
(Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 05:25PM by Laurel Steele)
A review by Car and Driver describes the Sienna as “a highly adaptive living room” and it's easy to see why. Read on to discover why you should consider a used 2011 Toyota Sienna for your next minivan.
Toyota didn’t cut any corners in the Sienna’s interior. It’s clear that they had maximum comfort in mind during the entire design process. For starters, storage and cubby spaces are generously placed throughout the cabin, including large door pockets, 10-12 cupholders, and two glove boxes. There’s also a place to stow your purse, as well as a sliding storage console between the driver and front passenger’s seats.
The Sienna can seat seven to eight people depending on whether or not you opt for the “jump seat” which is placed between the second-row seats when needed. Speaking of the second row, these outstanding twin seats offer exceptional comfort, adjustable backrests, and the ability to move forward and backward. If you upgrade to a Limited model, these seats come in a recliner style with footrests.
Now that you’re nice and comfy, why not watch a movie? Toyota offers and optional 16.4-inch screen, which can split to display two separate images, to keep fussy siblings happy. For example, one child can watch a TV show, while the other plays a video game. Of course, if everyone agrees to watch “Frozen” for the millionth time, it can be displayed on the entire screen.
Take a 2011 Toyota Sienna for a spin at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington or browse our online selection of pre-owned vans now.
(Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 06:18PM by Laurel Steele)
Before you make a crack at minivans, consider a used 2015 Kia Sedona for your next family car. While the Sedona is still distinctly a minivan, it’s definitely the best looking one in its class. It has a compelling and stylish exterior with smooth contours and muscular angles.
But the real magic begins inside the cabin. Soft plastics and two-tone Nappa leather adorn the interior surfaces, elevating the Sedona to a new tier of quality. The captain’s chair style seats in the second row are exceptionally comfortable and have extendable footrests when reclined. So be warned, you may find your co-pilot prefers to sit in the back and be chauffeured.
As far as technology goes, the Kia UVO infotainment system is easy to operate and comes with navigation, hands-free voice commands, and more. Optional safety features include blind-spot detection, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and lane-keeping assistance.
An Autoblog review said that the Sedona delivered a silky and quiet ride that’s on par with upper-crust automakers. The 2015 model is powered by a 3.3-liter V6 engine that wields 276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, which is more than enough to get you and your loved ones across town or across the country even. This multi-purpose vehicle has an EPA rating of 17 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.
Still suffering from minivan-phobia? Try the Sedona for yourself at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington and browse our extensive inventory of pre-owned vehicles.
(Posted on Nov 27, 2016 at 03:04AM by Laurel Steele)
Life can be a bit overwhelming, especially when it involves shuttling your loved ones from place to place. You need a vehicle that can tackle life’s little emergencies. Consider a pre-owned 2015 Mazda5 for your next family car. It’s the perfect combination of fun, class, and function.
It might seem unusual for a family car, but the Mazda5 is genuinely fun to drive. A review by Car and Driver said that the 2015 Mazda 5 presents the flexibility of a full-size fan, in an easy to maneuver package.
Consumers will notice a major style revamp from previous models, which focuses on the stunning Kodo design. Its sleek and aerodynamic exterior proves that the Mazda5 is by no means a typical minivan. It seats six people in three rows, which means less sibling squabbles over elbow space. The back two rows of seats are stowable, yielding 90 cubic feet of cargo space.
Under the hood of this MPV, you’ll find a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine which delivers 157 horsepower. Given its size, it has an impressive fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Your next family road trip just got a lot more affordable.
Handy technology features include rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, a USB port, and rain-sensing wipers. It even has two 12-volt standard power outlets. Family members with springtime allergies can breathe easy, thanks to the standard pollen filters in the heating and cooling system.
Try a Mazda5 for yourself at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington or browse our online inventory of pre-owned vehicles.