4 Wheelchair Accessible Vans That Fit 2 Wheelchairs
Finding a wheelchair accessible van that has the right accommodations for you or your family can be difficult. Makes and models that are available for accessible conversions change throughout the years, and each comes with its own unique set of features.
One such feature that’s hard to find despite being in high demand is the ability to fit two wheelchairs into one vehicle. It’s a feature needed by many families and businesses for medical transport, but it can be tricky to find because of the large amount of space this type of conversion requires.
What Type of Vehicles Can Fit 2 Wheelchairs?
Because of the space required, vans are going to be your best option for fitting two wheelchair passengers. Both rear and side-entry conversions could work, although they’ll offer slightly different configurations.
Rear-Entry Wheelchair Vehicle Conversions
Rear-entry vehicles have a channel for the wheelchair passengers that starts at the back of the vehicle and stops behind the driver and passenger seats. This puts the two wheelchairs lined up one in front of the other, both facing forward.
Side-Entry Wheelchair Vehicle Conversions
Side-entry vehicles have more options. Because wheelchair users enter from the side, they can ride in the middle of the vehicle or where the front passenger seat would normally be. Wheelchair users can even drive from their wheelchair, using pedals or hand-controls depending on what works best for them. This means that a side-entry vehicle could potentially fit three wheelchairs, if one of the wheelchair users is driving.
Wheelchair Accessible Vans for 2 Wheelchairs
The Toyota Sienna is a popular wheelchair accessible vehicle because it offers both rear and side-entry conversions. It’s highly customizable, which means it can be outfitted to suit your needs perfectly.
Model years before 2021 offer options for transporting two wheelchair passengers, and even have third row seating options for more ambulatory passengers if only one wheelchair is in the vehicle. An antler and rail securement system can also be installed to transport a gurney or stretcher, which makes them great options for non-emergency medical transport businesses.
After 2021, Toyota redesigned the Sienna and switched it to a no-charge hybrid drivetrain. This was a welcome change that allows drivers to get an average of 36 miles per gallon without needing to install an at-home vehicle charger, but it also changed the specs of the vehicle.
Freedom Motors was the first mobility company to convert the Sienna Hybrid. It offers third row seating options just like the non-hybrid Sienna models and a conversion supporting two wheelchair passengers is being developed for release later this year.
Dodge Grand Caravan
The Dodge Grand Caravan kicked off the minivan craze back in 1983, and was first converted for wheelchair accessibility in 1987. We would know — we were the ones to do it first! Ever since, the Grand Caravan has been the workhorse of the mobility industry, with its durability and affordable price tag making it a great choice for families or business owners.
Sadly, all good things must come to an end. The Dodge Grand Caravan was discontinued and the last new model rolled off the production line in May 2020. While mobility companies, including FMI, are continuing to convert late model Grand Caravans, it’s likely they’ll be harder to find a few years down the line.
With the Dodge Grand Caravan gone, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (the company that owns the Dodge and Chrysler brands, among many others) is putting forward the Chrysler Voyager to take its place, with a focus on reliability and affordability.
The Voyager is actually the L and LX trim levels of the Chrysler Pacifica, with a Voyager badge. Basically, it functions as a lower-price alternative to the Pacifica that doesn’t have quite as many luxury features, although it still comes with a nice list of amenities.
The Chrysler Pacifica offers a great option for families looking for extra amenities in their wheelchair accessible vehicle. Comparable to the Toyota Sienna, it offers a more traditional body style that some drivers may prefer.
If you like the styling of the Chrysler Voyager and don’t mind spending a little more for added features, the Pacifica is a great choice.
Seating Options for Commercial Wheelchair Accessible Transport
A benefit of wheelchair vans that can carry two wheelchairs is that they work well for non-emergency medical transport vehicles. There are also several seating options available to better match the needs of your family or business, including the option to load a stretcher.
About Freedom Motors USA Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles
Why buy your wheelchair accessible vehicle from Freedom Motors USA? It’s simple. Freedom Motors is family-owned and has been creating accessible vehicle conversions since 1987, making us one of the first companies in the industry. We have experience getting our customers what they need.
- Don’t know where to start? Our team of Mobility Specialists will work with you to help find the vehicle that best suits your needs.
- Shop from Home – Freedom Motors will come to you anywhere in the country to provide a demonstration of any of our wheelchair conversions.
- Exclusive Stock – Shop our expansive list of rear-entry accessible SUVs that you won’t find anywhere else in the mobility industry, including the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, Kia Sorento, Kia Soul, Kia Telluride and Honda HR-V.
- Hybrid Vehicles – Check out the industry’s first 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid wheelchair-accessible conversion, with a no-charge hybrid drivetrain making it the most efficient wheelchair van on the market.
- Premium Features – Freedom Motors conversions offer top-of-the-line features, like the automatic rear-entry ramp or our full and half-cut options that allow for more passenger seating options.
- Superwide Ramps – Freedom Motors offers some of the widest ramps in the industry that you won’t find anywhere else, including the Superwide 40” Dodge Grand Caravan and the Superwide 48” Toyota Sienna.
- Dedicated to Keeping You Moving – Contact us today and we’ll work with you to find the right vehicle for you.