Top 5 Commercial Vehicles for Small Business

If you’re a small business owner looking to buy, loan, or lease a commercial vehicle, Zubie has ranked the top 5 commercial vehicles for small business use. Our top picks are based on trips history, maintenance alert, gas mileage and additional driving data collected from our connected car platform, Zubie Business. Zubie is used nation-wide by thousands of small businesses for location tracking, fuel monitoring, maintenance alerts and real time insights on driver performance. Our data will help you pick the right vehicle for the right job.

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Ford E-Series Van

  • MPG: Up to 13 city, 16 highway
  • Curb Weight: 5,230 to 5,376 lbs
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 8,900 lbs
  • Payload: 3,524 to 3,670 lbs
  • MSRP: $33,685

Need a van that’s as dependable as a swiss watch, and gets the job done? The first vehicle in our ranks has been around the block with a tried and true Ford modular V8, and a transmission that’s a bit limited on gears. Owners of the Ford E series Van love to customize its cavernous cargo area (237 cubic feet) with racks, bins, drawers, and transform it into a personalized work space. Watch your head, with no high roof options this means you cannot stand up inside.

If you log lots of long miles on the highway, then choose the V10 because there are no diesel options. Despite the bare bone cabin, this commercial van is an American staple for business fleets and independent contractors that need more cargo protection than pick up trucks. When starting a business, look into older certified pre-owned models to ensure warranty coverage and protection.

Zubie data shows Ford E-Serie Van mostly used by: Residential Services

Dodge- Grand Caravan

  • MPG: 17 city / 25 highway
  • Curb Weight: 4321 lbs
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 6050 lbs
  • Payload: 1,567 to 1,729 lbs
  • MSRP: From $21,795

Believe it or not a minivan is ranked second on our list!  At a just above 20K, the Dodge Grand Caravan is a bargain for a small business that needs to transport passengers instead of goods.

This van is truly versatile with its outperforming Pentastar engine. It can pick up speed quickly but it still sips on gas with 30 mpg. Thanks to stow’n’go flexible cargo capacity and 144 cubic feet of interior space, this means that you can seat 7 passengers on one trip, and haul wheel chairs on the next. The Dodge Grand Caravan is the perfect entry level vehicle for transportation service that want easy maintenance, smooth operation and good fuel economy.

Zubie data shows, Dodge Grand Caravan is mostly used by: Medical Transportation

Chevrolet- Express Cargo

  • MPG: Up to 11 city, 17 highway
  • Curb Weight: 5,387 to 6,406 lbs
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 4918.00 lbs
  • Payload: 4,145: lbs
  • MSRP: From $29,555

Various models of this no frill cargo hauler have been serving small business owners for 40 years. At number 3  on our list, the Chevrolet Express Cargo is available in 2 wheel or 4 wheel drive. the simplicity of its maintenance and engine makes it a great candidate for DIY small business owners. Styling is never part of the discussion when it comes to GM’s full-size vans, you can have any color you want as long as it’s white.

When you’re buying a work vehicle, maintenance and repair costs are a critical factor, and this one won’t break the bank. From shuttle bus to ambulance duty to hauling building supplies the Chevrolet Express Cargo is arguably the most versatile commercial hauler for small businesses. No towing needed, everything will fit inside. Make sure to opt for the sliding doors instead of the hinged doors. The back doors however are excellent and open wide.

Zubie data shows, Chevrolet Express Cargo mostly used by: Shuttles and Transportation Services

Ford- F150

  • MPG: Up to 19 city, 26 highway
  • Curb Weight: from 4,050 lbs
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 6,100 to 7,050 lbs
  • Payload: 1,654 to 2,286 lbs
  • MSRP: From $26,100

Ranked number 4 on our list, but the number one pick up truck in American hearts, the Ford F-150 is a well muscled towing machine. With up to 12,000 lbs of towing capacity and a 3,000 lb payload, don’t back down from a tough job, just back up and start hauling. This comfortable cabin is surrounded by military-grade aluminum alloys and a steel frame.

You can tackle any road way conditions and effortlessly reach 60 miles in 5.6 seconds! Maybe it’s the 3.5-liter V6 engine pumping out 365 horsepower and 420 lbs of torque.The Ford F-150 has a series of packages and trims ranging from $26k to $55k, so you can ride as rough and tough as you’d like of float on redefined luxury. These trucks are in it for the long haul, and are well known for driving long past 200,000 miles.

Zubie data shows that the Ford F-150 is mostly used by: Construction Companies and Contractors

Chevy Silverado 1500

  • MPG: Up to 18 city, 24 highway
  • Curb Weight: 4,689 to 5,433 lbs
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 6,700 to 7,200 lbs
  • Payload: 1,738 to 2,011 lbs
  • MSRP: From $26,560

Last but certainly not least, if you are an accomplished DIYer that hauls a lot of stuff take a look at the Chevy Silverado 1500. This classically designed pick up truck can adjust for any job that requires some heavy lifting. Hauling lots of materials is a breeze with Its towing capacity between 5,500-9,400 lbs, which is well above requirements. Your crew will be as comfortable cruising with available standard bed and crew cab configurations available.

Maximum payload capacity comes with a less than stellar ride but its drivetrain remains the best in the market and average MPG is not bad when you look under the hood and peak at the size of the engine. Live life on the edge…of the square wheel wells that the Chevy Silverado 1500 is  known for. This pickup is still the dead on reliable and can be the truck needed for any task.

Zubie data shows, Chevy Silverado 1500 mostly used by: Construction Companies and Contractors