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The table below shows the most economical vans arranged by combined MPG.

The Ford Transit Connect is a compact van. None of the full size vans are very fuel efficient although the two wheel drive vans with their smaller engines perform better than the all wheel drive ones.
Full size vans are going to cost you a lot of money in fuel to run and are best suited for businesses rather than individuals.

If a hybrid version of these full size vans existed, it would probably be around 20 - 25% more fuel efficient, but businesses are very cost focused so the fuel savings would need to be able to offset the increased purchase price.

Economical Car Engine
City MPG
Hwy MPG
Combined
Ford Transit Connect 2.0L gasoline
22
25
23
Chevrolet Express 1500 2WD 4.3L gasoline
15
20
17
GMC Savana 1500 2WD 4.3L gasoline
15
20
17
Ford E150 Econoline 2WD 4.6L gasoline
13
17
15
Chevrolet Express 1500 AWD 5.3L gasoline
13
17
14
GMC Savana 1500 AWD 5.3L gasoline
13
17
14

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Ford Transit Connect

The most economical van in the U.S. is the Ford Transit Connect.

Its a compact van with 135 cu ft of cargo space (by comparison the full size Chevrolet Express has 217 cu ft). Compact vans are very popular in Europe but are relatively new in the U.S.
In its first year on the North American market, the Transit Connect was awarded "North American Truck of the Year 2010" at the North American International Auto Show.

The van is perfect for small businesses undertaking fairly lightweight operations where a full size van is not required. Being a full 6 MPG more thrifty than its nearest competitor, such businesses can shave a considerable amount on operating expenses.