The 2015 Ford Transit, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Nissan NV3500 are the top-rated nine-passenger vehicles, as reported by Car and Driver. The Ford Transit has a 5-star rating and a base price of $33,500. Car and Driver applauds the Transit for its functionality and spacious configurations, with up to 15-passenger capacity.
The Ford Transit is available in two different wheelbase lengths and three different body lengths with seating configurations of 10, 12 or 15. This full-size passenger van is rear-wheel drive and has a twin-turbocharged V6 option. The Transit is also available with a 3.2-liter inline-five Power Stroke turbo diesel engine. The standard V6 and turbocharged V6 engines both achieve a 19-mpg fuel-efficiency rating for highway driving.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has a 4.5 out of 5-star rating with Car and Driver and carries a $41,000 base price. The Sprinter supports up to 12 passengers and is loaded with high-tech features including crosswind stabilization and collision prevention technology. This luxury hauler has two different powertrain options, a 2.1-liter turbo diesel with seven-speed automatic transmission or a 3-liter turbo diesel with five-speed manual transmission. The later option has both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive capabilities.
The 2015 Nissan NV3500 has a 4-star Car and Driver rating. With a base price of roughly $27,000, the NV3500 has an attractive design modeled after the Nissan Titan pickup truck. The NV3500 carries up to 12 passengers and is powered by the Titan's 5.6-liter V8 engine. The vehicle is rear-wheel drive with a five-speed automatic transmission.