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New BraunAbility Chevrolet Traverse Wheelchair Accessible SUV

BraunAbility Chevrolet Traverse Wheelchair Accessible SUV

Red Chevy Traverse wheelchair SUV from BraunAbility at park with ramp out and guy in wheelchair with basketball

It was BraunAbility who brought to market the world’s first wheelchair accessible SUV, the Ford Explorer MXV. While this vehicle had a special place throughout the wheelchair accessible market, it proved to have its limitations for many.

The ramp and available interior space were much less than any minivan on the market which also made it hard for many users of power chairs to fit comfortably.

Despite having its place for many users, the vehicle just didn’t appeal to the larger masses. In 2019 BraunAbility made the decision to discontinue production of the Ford MXV.

Knowing its customers were still in search of a minivan alternative, BraunAbility knew they needed a replacement; one that would take the place of the Ford MXV and open an opportunity for those individuals who never had a chance to own one because of the size of their wheelchair.

Fast forward to the present and say hello to the world’s first, Chevrolet Traverse wheelchair accessible SUV from BraunAbility.

Man in power wheelchair sitting in drivers position of chevy traverse wheelchair accessible SUV
Closeup of red Chevrolet Traverse wheelchair SUV from BraunAbility with a man in a power wheelchair going up ramp

Standard Features Include:

  • Power, lighted, in-floor ramp system
  • Larger cabin space and maneuverability
  •  Sliding gear shifter for additional space adjustments
  • 3rd-row seating with footrest
  • Driver side fuel door
  • Sliding side-door operation
  • Removable front seating with removable cup holders
  • 3.6L V-6 engine
  • Integrated towing hitch
  • 360-degree backup camera
  • Much more
BraunAbility Chevrolet Traverse image with dimensions listed
Door opening usable widthA30.5” 
Door opening usable height (at the middle of door)B54.5″ 
Interior height at the center of the vehicleC58.5″ 
Interior height at driver and passenger positionD58″ 
Ramp lengthE52″ 
Ramp width (usable clear opening)30.25″ 
Ramp angle (with vehicle kneeled)2G8.5° 
Interior floor-length (behind front seat strikers)H57″ 
Overall interior floor-length (flat area)I89″ 
Interior width at passenger doors (doors closed)J64.75″ 
Interior width at B-pillarsK57″ 
Ramp capacity 1,000 lbs. 

(2) Ramp angle is subject to a 1.5-degree variance based on chassis trim level selected and other environmental factors. All measurements were taken with a 250 lbs. approximated wheelchair passenger load at the center of the ramp.

2021 Toyota Sienna Wheelchair Vans Available Only as Gas/Electric Hybrids Beginning 2021 Model Year

Are You Ready for the 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid Wheelchair Accessible minivan?

Silver BraunAbility, Toyota Sienna Hybrid wheelchair van in driveway with ramp out

Beginning with the 2021 model year, Toyota Sienna will no longer be available as a gas only minivan.

Toyota has officially announced the Toyota Sienna, one of the top-selling minivans in the U.S. and a popular chassis for wheelchair accessible van conversions, will only be available in a gas/electric hybrid model beginning with the 2021 model year. “This is an all-new vehicle from the ground up, including a new chassis platform as well as a new electrical platform,” said Monte Kaehr, Toyota Chief Engineer. “ The development of the fourth generation Sienna was a huge undertaking but we always worked towards one single mission—to make the best van yet.”

Aiming to redefine the segment, the fourth generation Toyota Sienna, in Toyota’s words, “reimagines the minivan to support a wider array of life stages and activities”.  With a standard hybrid powertrain consisting of a 2.5-liter gasoline-powered four-cylinder engine and a pair of electric motors producing 243 horsepower, the new Sienna is available in four trim levels, and boasts an array of new tech and amenities in addition to an impressive estimated combined fuel economy of 33 mpg.

Initially, Toyota’s decision to go full hybrid cast the beloved vans future as a candidate for wheelchair accessibility in doubt, but since then BraunAbility and Vantage Mobility, two of the world’s largest producer of handicap accessible vehicles, announced their converted Siennas should be available June 2021.

While the new Sienna’s SUV-inspired look and multiple upgrades in comfort, safety, drivability, and entertainment are getting rave reviews, the price of the hybrid model is rumored to be several thousand dollars more than the current models, which has caused a rush on existing new 2020 Sienna stock and older pre-owned vehicles.

If you would like more information on the new 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid Wheelchair Van, click the button below!

Front center console area of a 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid BraunAbility Wheelchair Van
Interior of a 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid wheelchair van from BraunAbility
2021 Toyota Sienna Infotainment center radio

To view Superior’s Toyota Sienna handicap van inventory, click below.

Dodge Discontinues Grand Caravan, the “Workhorse” of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Platforms

Dodge Discontinues Grand Caravan, the “Workhorse” of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Platforms

Swan Song of the Most Popular Wheelchair Van in the U.S.

Introduced in 1984, the Dodge Grand Caravan and Plymouth Voyager pioneered the minivan concept. U.S. sales of the Grand Caravan hit their peak at 300,000 in 1996 and 1997, and have hovered around the 100,000 to 150,000 range since. The Caravan lived through five design updates, the most current dating back to 2008, and throughout its history served as a mainstay of affordable wheelchair vans. When the similar Chrysler Town and Country was replaced by the all-new Chrysler Pacifica in 2017, there was speculation that the manufacturer planned on replacing the Grand Caravan with a Pacifica-based utility vehicle, but Dodge did not confirm any follow-up models at the time. The cancellation of the Grand Caravan line was officially announced in February, 2020, and Dodge recently followed up with the news that the replacement vehicle would be built on the new Pacifica platform, and sold under the “Voyager” badge.

With its status as the workhorse of commercial and wheelchair accessible minivan platforms, the Grand Caravan checked all the boxes in terms of versatility, reliability, and affordability, though the new Voyager is slated to cost about $6k more than comparable Grand Caravan models, putting its future in these areas at risk.

Get your new or used accessible Grand Caravan before they’re gone!

New Grand Caravans will be available through the 2020 model year, but will not be for sale in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington due to the more stringent emissions rules in those states. A limited supply of used Grand Caravans will still be available nationwide, but high demand is steadily driving up prices and its unclear how long this supply will last. Superior Van & Mobility currently holds an expanded inventory of affordable Grand Caravans purchased prior to the current surge in demand, and is encouraging anyone interested in purchasing one of these vehicles to act fast, as once they’re gone, THEY’RE GONE!

Check current Dodge Grand Caravan inventory

Top 10 Considerations When Buying a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle

Top 10 Considerations When Buying a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle

When it comes to purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle, many buyers are new to the process and can often feel overwhelmed. First thing you should know is that there isn’t any one-vehicle-fits-all solution; everyone’s needs are different. This is why when considering a wheelchair van or SUV, working with a certified mobility consultant at your local dealer is of utmost importance. Mobility consultants work with you one-on-one and perform a free, confidential evaluation, determining the fit and function of various vehicles until a best solution is obtained. In the end, you’ll leave knowing your best options, what fits and what doesn’t, and what to expect moving forward in regaining independence.

Beware Alternative Buying Options

As in any industry, there are organizations that will offer alternative routes to visiting your local dealer. However, you must be cautious, as most of these online retailers are only concerned with a sale. The idea of buying a vehicle, especially a wheelchair accessible one online, sight unseen generally doesn’t work out to be the best of ideas, and we caution you on making such a purchase. Sure, the slight cost savings might be tempting, but we’ve seen time and time over, these company’s delivering their customers a handicap vehicle that doesn’t fit, or address their needs, and leaves them in the end without proper service options and support.

The following list of considerations is designed to further assist you in your journey, and to help alleviate any concerns you may be having.

Top 10 Considerations When Buying A Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle

 1.    Know Your Options

When it comes to assistive technology for automobiles, there are now more options than ever! There are literally dozens of model variations and types of wheelchair accessible vehicles available, as well as lifts, and driving aids. Not everyone may need a wheelchair accessible vehicle, a lift might be a better fit. It’s best to know all your options going in and the alternative products available, it could save you a bunch.

2.    Tap The Dealer’s Expertise

Find a dealer with experience! By no means be afraid to ask questions. Mobility consultants are here for you with their expertise and assistive technology experience. They truly are your best resource for answers to all your questions and concerns, regardless how big or small.

3.    Choose an Accredited Dealer

The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is a national organization dedicated to advocating for safe and reliable modifications in the accessible vehicle market. Dealers belonging to this organization are the top in their field, and are committed to the quality and safety of their products and services. Routine audits and program compliance is necessary to be part of this prestigious organization. Look for this logo when doing business.

When it comes to service and installation of mobility products, NMEDA offers an additional certification program called (QAP), or Quality Assurance Program. This is the only nationally recognized accreditation program for the adaptive mobility industry. Before getting your wheelchair accessible vehicle, lift, or driving aid serviced or installed, be sure you choose a dealer part of this program. By choosing an accredited QAP dealer, you are ensuring they have met the stringent qualities of the organization, and that they also provide the benefits associated: 24/7 emergency service, and service by trained technicians who have met only the highest of standards.

4.    Know the Value of Quality and Experience

Like most products, the mobility industry is also saturated with substandard, “customized” accessible vehicles. We urge you to be very careful when considering one of these vehicles. These vehicles are mostly found sold by companies who only sell their products online, without a nationwide supporting dealer network. These vehicles are often sold sight unseen, many times resulting in buyer’s remorse after the sale and lack of servicing options.

When considering a dealer for a purchase, it is key to find a dealer with a track record of performance. Is the dealership reputable? How satisfied are their customers? Do they have referrals and/or customer reviews available? Are there any unsatisfied complaints with the BBB, or states Attorney General? Bottom line, do your homework on both the dealer and the product you are considering to purchase.

5.    Get References

Don’t be afraid to ask your prospective dealer for any references from professional organizations, or customers who would be willing to talk about their purchase, buying experience, and whether they were satisfied with the service they’ve received both during and after the sale.

6.    Consider the Warranty

While not usually on top-of-your-mind until you need it, when making a purchase such as a wheelchair accessible vehicle, the warranty of the product you choose is important. Most reputable conversion companies offer warranties on their new conversion components that match the chassis warranty of the vehicle. Most often, this term is a 3 year/36,000-mile warranty. However, there are numerous alternatives to consider if you desire longer coverage. Be sure to ask a mobility consultant for more information.

7.    Get the Right Fit

We cannot stress the importance of this aspect when purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle. The size of the wheelchair user, the size of the wheelchair itself, and the size of the family/occupants must all be taken into account when selecting the right vehicle on top of many other factors. This is where it becomes extremely important that you are completely transparent about your disability, any limitations and needs, both immediate and future. Just like any disability, there are many variables that come into play which can affect decisions: age, level of dexterity, and countless others. Your answers to these questions will make it possible for a mobility consultant to recommend the correct type, size, and model of accessible vehicle needed to address your needs and desires.

8.    Decide Between a Rear-Entry, or a Side-Entry Conversion

There are two basic types of wheelchair accessible vehicles, side-entry and rear-entry. In a side-entry vehicle the ramp deploys from the side door, allowing the wheelchair user access to the center and front seating areas of the vehicle. This is by far the most popular type of conversion, and the only choice for a user if he/she is planning to drive. In a rear-entry vehicle, the ramp deploys from the rear hatch area, allowing the wheelchair user access to the rear and midsection of the vehicle, but not the front. Users in rear entry conversions are unable to ride in the front driver, or passenger seating area.

As with anything, there are always pros and cons of each option, so be sure to discuss these with your mobility consultant.

9.    Buying a Modified Vehicle vs. Having a Vehicle Modified

Purchasing a pre-modified vehicle from a dealer’s inventory certainly has its benefits. Namely, convenience and the ability to touch, feel and ride in the finished product. However, some users may already have an unconverted vehicle that they own, but now have a need for a conversion. With limitations on age, mileage and type, a user’s unconverted vehicle can usually be sent to the factory to be modified. To find out more about this option and the exact requirements, be sure to ask a mobility consultant.

10.    Take Your Time

Dealers are called “consultants” because that is exactly what they are; not salespeople, but consultants working with you to find the best solution for your immediate and future needs, and help you regain your independence.  Ultimately, decisions are up to you, but your mobility consultant will ensure you know all your options and recommend a vehicle that is a perfect fit. For this reason, mobility consultants don’t look for a, “quick sale”. The process will more likely lead to developing a long-lasting friendship because of the amount of information you will exchange, and the confidence you develop.

It is our goal at Superior Van and Mobility to address any questions, or apprehensions you may experience with the utmost compassion and understanding. Our mobility consultants strive to make your purchase as easy and comfortable as possible. If at any time you have questions, please feel free to reach out to any one of our locations and we’ll be happy to assist.

Finding a Wheelchair Accessible Van for Sale

Finding a Wheelchair Accessible Van for Sale

Blue, BraunAbility Chrysler Pacifica handicap van with in-floor ramp system

Finding a wheelchair van for sale can be a daunting task if you are unsure where or how to look and buy one. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be as difficult as it seems. If you need to find a new handicap van for sale there are resources available that can assist you.

Generally, the most common ways to find an accessible van for sale is to search the Internet or to contact local automobile dealers. However, that’s not the easiest way for everyone to use. Searching through pages of Internet listings or the phonebook can be time-consuming and frustrating if you can’t find what you’re looking for. Knowing what resources are available in order to get an accessible van for sale can greatly alleviate any frustration—saving time and money.

Alternative Resources Conventional methods of finding a wheelchair accessible van for sale may not work for you. If that’s the case, alternative resources will be the next best solution. Alternative resources can include organizations or that help seniors, veterans, other persons with disabilities, or caretakers that need to find and purchase an accessible van.

If you are elderly and have a disability, you could call AARP to see if they have any offers or special programs to assist you in purchasing an accessible van. Veteran Affairs may offer special incentives for veterans of who are disabled. A caregiver of a disabled person or relative may not be able to go through Veteran Affairs or AARP for patients with certain conditions but they can find and research other organizations that can help them purchase an accessible van for sale.

If you need assistance in purchasing an accessible van for sale, contact one of our certified mobility consultants today.

 

The Transition to a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle

The Transition to a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle

The transition into a handicap accessible minivan is one that may be a big change. For handicap individuals who have been getting by with a car or even without transportation- it isn’t always an easy choice to invest in a wheelchair accessible vehicle. While choosing to transition into a wheelchair accessible vehicle may not be an easy choice, it is one that is worth considering.

The comfort that a wheelchair accessible van provides is an investment in itself. While it may be possible to transfer from wheelchair to vehicle now, the convenience of owning a wheelchair accessible van is something that a passenger will thank himself or herself for later. With conversions that provide safety and make each vehicle easy to load, a wheelchair van will provide convenience for many years to come. Each van is truly an investment that will last a lifetime.

In some cases, the decision to switch to a handicap accessible vehicle is part of the lifelong process of adapting to a disability. However, with the addition of a wheelchair van, it is easier for passengers to focus on the things that matter the most to them, making transportation one less thing to worry about. The quality of life and peace of mind that a wheelchair accessible vehicle provides can enhance the safety, convenience and quality of life that every human deserves.

At Superior Van and Mobility, we understand the unique handicap challenges that our customers confront each day. With our full line of handicap accessible minivans, we believe that we have the vehicle to provide our customers with the comfort and mobility they deserve. We invite our customers to contact us anytime to discuss mobility options.