The Great Debate: Mini Buses vs. 15 Passenger Vans

Model 1 | July 2, 2014

The Great Debate: Mini Buses vs. 15 Passenger Vans

When you think about transportation for a small group, your mind typically thinks first about a 15-passenger van. Many schools, retirement homes, and churches use the vans to transport their passengers, but those aren’t the only options out there. What many don’t know is about the mini bus, or short bus; another option for those looking for medium-sized or small transportation. These buses can provide a wealth of options, from seating to entertainment, that just aren’t available on a standard van. Let’s look into a few of the big differences that make up the van vs. bus debate.

Not Designed For Passengers

Before getting into specifics, it’s important to note the intended use of a 15-passenger van. When designed originally, the van was not meant for passenger seating. Instead, they were meant to haul large materials as a cargo van. However, over time the usage changes and not they are almost exclusively known for their passenger hauling capabilities. Since the usage has changed, it has caused some great problems when transporting passengers.

Safety Is Not A Luxury

One big problem exists for the 15-passenger van and arguably it is the most important; riding inside of one isn’t the safest option out there. The top-heavy design with a light chassis results in more frequent rollovers. Many times these vans are often at reduced capacity or overfull, neither of which bode well when travelling. Of course, it is an option to keep the passengers at a reduced number, but then what would be the point of having all those seats? It’s a much better option to be able to allow passengers to sit anywhere they like as long as they can have a comfortable seat.

No More Cramped Seating

When travelling, many are used to the cramped design of a van, complete with low ceilings they have to duck and shuffle underneath to get to their seat. With a mini bus, that complication is almost completely absolved for the everyday passenger. Inside, a center aisle with ample headroom allows for simpler entering and exiting. In addition, customers have access to independent seats and personal bag storage rather than cramped bench seat style. Wouldn’t it be a nice surprise to offer your customers a more comfortable travel option when they arrive?

Upgrades For Longer Routes

There are also a few options that your mini bus has over their competitor, the possibility for upgrades. Installing flip up TVs, a DVD player, and speakers can provide a means of entertainment for those longer trips. Your passengers will thank you. Also consider more comfortable seating, upgraded seat material, and other upgrades. Just ask your salesperson what will fit within your budget. Those upgrades are certainly an option that wasn’t available with your previous choice of transportation.

Mini buses have a few advantages over their cousin, the 15-passenger van. Outside the van boasts a heavier chassis, helping them turn better and reduce the possibility of a rollover. As is evident, these vehicle offer great standards that help them beat the rest.