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5 macho minivans for the average Joe

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2013 Nissan NV 3500 SL with technology package
2013 Nissan NV 3500 SL with technology package
  • Price: $39,535
  • Macho factor: Capable of carrying 12 passengers and their gear
  • Gas mileage: Not available from EPA

Bankrate emphasizes "macho" rather than "mini" in picking the large Nissan NV 3500 SL. Nissan categorizes the NV 3500 as a "commercial" vehicle, but don't let that scare you away. It may be large, but it is remarkably easy to drive.

Nissan claims 324 possible seating configurations. All of the seats behind the first row can be conveniently removed for cargo. Its cargo volume amounts to 216.9 cubic feet.

Too large for government-estimated fuel-economy numbers, you can figure with its 317-horsepower 5.6-liter V-8, mileage isn't great. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard.

Bankrate added the technology package option primarily for its rear backup camera -- a necessity on a vehicle this large -- but a navigation system with a 5-inch touch screen is included.

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