8. 2013 Ram C/V Tradesman FWD
Of course not all working people can do their jobs with an open-bed vehicle. Sometimes a weather-tight cargo hold is required. Can you imagine if a bakery attempted to deliver a wedding cake in the back of a truck? At best it would be covered in road grit and other motoring detritus, at worst it would be a melted, fly-infested pile of carbohydrates and dairy solids.
One of the most affordable utility vehicles on the market today is the Ram C/V Tradesman FWD. That’s a lot of fancy words for a workaday Dodge Caravan. Out the door this minivan should cost around $23,500.
For that price buyers are treated to a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that delivers 283 horsepower with 260 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard as is a flat aluminum load floor, a two, yes TWO-speaker audio system and 20-gallon fuel tank. Best of all this Ram van can accommodate the gold-standard of cargo, the obligatory four-by-eight sheet of plywood.