The Honda mobility van — the pride of Japanese auto-making. The Ford wheelchair van — an American automotive icon. When it comes to make and model, does a brand name really make a difference with respect to adaptable mobility? Let’s find out as we take a closer look at two of the biggest names in the industry.
There are two basic methods people use to select a particular vehicle make. The first in through history — they choose one over the other because that’s the way their families have always done it. The second is through detailed comparison — placing makes side-by-side and weighing the various qualities of each objectively. For the sake of this exercise, we’ll compare the Honda mobility van and the Ford wheelchair van using Method #2.
The Honda mobility van highlights contoured style and enhanced drivability
Honda has made some serious inroads into the mobility van marketplace — an industry dominated primarily by the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Caravan models until only recently. The Honda mobility van touts its streamlined, sporty body and innate drivability as its unique sales proposition.
Some of the unique features of the Honda mobility van that you might find enticing include:
- Foldout ramp. The powered foldout ramp allows for quick interior access to wheelchair and power chairs — with a manual operation mode in the event of power failure
- Removable seating. Simply unlock the seat base and roll the entire seat out for instant access to the passenger front or driver’s position
- Keyless remote. Push-button access to the integrated mobility systems gives the Honda mobility van added adaptability
- Automatic door. The side sliding door opens with the touch of a button using the standard keyless entry remote or an interior control switch
- Wheelchair tie-down. Wheelchairs are secure for transit using a standard floor-track and belt system — an automatic tie-down can be installed for independent users
It’s important to note that the Honda mobility van is a side-entry vehicle only — so wheelchair users who want a rear-entry vehicle should consider other make-model options.#honda mobility van versus #ford wheelchair van for the #adaptablemobility award! Click To Tweet
The Ford wheelchair van boasts size and multiple seating configurations
This full-size adaptable mobility vehicle earns points for its roomy interior and versatile applications. The Ford wheelchair van is ideal for transporting multiple wheelchair users and is often used for non-emergency medical transportation. It offers a variety of distinct accessible conversion floor plan options for personal and commercial purposes.
These are just a few of the features of the latest generation Ford wheelchair van:
- Three engine options. Choose from the base 3.7-liter V-6, the EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6, and the 3.2-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel five-cylinder engine
- Electric retractors. This optional feature allows attaching retractor belts outside of the vehicle to wheel the passenger into the vehicle
- 3-passenger 2nd-row seating. The vehicle has enough room to keep the second row of seats — even when a wheelchair in loaded in the interior
- Flex-Flat ramp. Folds flat when not in use to create a formidable deck for luggage, cargo, and more
The Ford wheelchair van comes in both side-and rear-entry configurations to meet the needs of wheelchair users who prefer either accessibility version.
How to weigh your options and choose the right wheelchair accessible van
A wheelchair accessible van is an investment in your mobility freedom. If you’re new to this type of vehicle — or you’re forced to make a quick decision based on the demands of health — it helps to know what to look for before you buy.
Here are a few questions you can consider that can make your decision easier:
- Does the wheelchair user wish to ride in the front passenger seat or drive the vehicle? (If yes, you’ll need a side-entry conversion type.)
- Is the wheelchair over-sized, or is the wheelchair user exceptionally tall? (If yes, consider a full-size van — like the Ford wheelchair van — over a minivan, along with a kneeling system.)
- What activities, events, or places will the wheelchair user be engaged in using the vehicle? (This will help determine the conversion type and additional options you’ll select.)
A trained mobility specialist — like the team from AMS Vans — can be an invaluable resource for helping you to determine the type of vehicle you need and the features that will help you to love your very best life.
AMS Vans carries the lowest priced Honda mobility vans and Ford wheelchair vans. No matter which make you choose, you’ll save anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000 on the purchase price with your satisfaction guaranteed.
About AMS Vans
America’s Mobility Van Dealer is a national wheelchair accessible van dealer and manufacturer with a mission to deliver the industry’s best wheelchair accessible vans and adapted mobility equipment that meet the unique needs of our specially-abled customers at a price they can afford. With over 20 years of dedicated service to helping thousands of amazing people realize true mobility freedom, the AMS Vans nationwide family is growing every day.