Jeremy Clarkson (popular English car journalist formerly Top Gear presenter) jokes, life is over once you purchase a minivan. If a car is an extension of ones clothes, then it may appear he has a point. BMW, Ferrari and Porsche make sport cars that are a thing of beauty, not seven seaters. But, most that read this article have large families and therefore need a vehicle that can move them around. The high cost of new cars in Israel makes, for most of us, buying a one, out of our range. That’s why minivans perform so well in the used market, often selling higher than book price.
As the adage goes, it’s not the size that counts, well with automobiles it is the seats that count, ‘car-sales man’ are bereft with the requests for 9, 10 and even 11 seaters. The king of the road is ho who has the most seats, and anyone who lives in Israel and has more than three kids can’t help but desire the minivan.
Because of the Mazda 5’s Rock solid build quality, it is Israel’s most popular seven seater. But it isn’t fuel efficient as a Toyota Verso or Mitsabushi Outlander, which we prefer. For moving your family, Toyota Siena is almost a flawless minivan, sure it is held in higher regard, especially for those that come from the USA. Both Ford SMax and Galexy are desirable and fairly reliable. Post 2012 models had fewer problems. Nissan Qashqai +2 is a very accomplished car but because they cost more than the other mentioned her, there are fewer on the used market. The Verso and the Outlander are the only seven seaters that are currently being made that have no known issues and are fairly affordable. A 2014 Verso starts around NIS 90,000 while an Outlander will set you back NIS 115,000. Being very fuel efficient as these are, don’t be alarmed if they have been driven a lot. 25,000 km per year is normal for Israel and doesn’t do any harm to such a well made vehicle.
The Outlander may have seven seats but only children can sit in the back row. The trunk isn’t huge, 308-litre, only 22 more than the Mazda 5. Lots of pockets and cup holders that makes the cabin a nice place to be in.
The Mitsabushi Outlander tops our list of recommended minivans for 2013 till 2017. This practical and luxurious Minivan is roomy enough for most families, with enough space to comfortably seat seven people. And it doesn’t drives like a van either – the Outlander is responsive and comfortable to drive, with very little body roll, it does feels like a quality car. The new cool is a daddy that has a SUV seven seater.
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