Cargo vans make the ultimate bike haulers, as they're more secure and have a lower deck height than trucks. Here are the best vans for motorcycle transport.

Ah, the humble cargo van. It sits quietly in the shadows of its flashier siblings, the pickup truck and the sport utility vehicle, awaiting its moment in the sun. We do the cargo van a great disservice by not seeking considering it when the time comes to transport our motorcycles and gear. Here are the best new vans for motorcycle transport.

The cargo van has some very distinct advantages over the pickup truck. The van provides secure, weather-tight transport, safe from prying eyes and nimble fingers. It's possible to equip a cargo van with docking points for a bike from the bottom, sides and top for a genuinely safe ride. The inside of a cargo van can easily be customized to house tool kits, riding gear and other essentials while carrying a bike or bikes. Cargo vans generally have a lower, more easily accessible load floor than pickup trucks. When there's not enough room in the van for all the stuff, robust construction makes towing a great option.

The SUV is a wan competitor for the cargo van. Sure, an SUV can carry more people safely, but the greenhouse of an SUV will never be as secure as the box of a cargo van. Only the smallest of motorcycles can be transported inside an SUV, and the load floor is generally higher than a cargo van's.

We've rounded up the big name cargo vans for a quick comparison of price, capability and features. Look at the cargo van as a blank slate, ready to be equipped with chocks, tie-down hooks, lifts, tool boxes and tow hitches to create the ideal motorcycle mover.

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2014 Chevrolet Express Cargo

MSRP: from $26,710

Engines: 4.3-liter V6 (195 hp/260 lb.-ft. of torque); 4.8-liter V8 (280/295); 5.3-liter V8 (310/334); 6.0-liter V8 (324/373); 6.6-liter V8 turbo-diesel (260/525)

Fuel Economy: 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway (V6); 13/17 (5.3L V8); others N/A

Cargo Capacity: 239.7 cu.-ft./284.4 cu.-ft. (extended wheelbase)

Payload: 2,287 lbs (2WD 1500); 3,191 lbs (2WD 2500); 4,145 lbs (2WD 3500)

Towing Capacity: 6,700 lbs (2WD 1500); 10,000 lbs (2500, 3500)

The classic Chevy Van is available in nine colors, and one soundtrack: "Chevy Van" by Sammy Johns. Look it up, hipsters.

 

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2014 GMC Savana Cargo

MSRP: from $26,710

Engines: 4.3-liter V6 (195 hp/260 lb.-ft. of torque); 4.8-liter V8 (280/295); 5.3-liter V8 (310/334); 6.0-liter V8 (324/373); 6.6-liter V8 turbo-diesel (260/525)

Fuel Economy: 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway (V6); 13/17 (5.3L V8); others N/A

Cargo Capacity: 239.7 cu.-ft./284.4 cu.-ft. (extended wheelbase)

Payload: 2,287 lbs (2WD 1500); 3,191 lbs (2WD 2500); 4,145 lbs (2WD 3500)

Towing Capacity: 6,700 lbs (2WD 1500); 10,000 lbs (2500, 3500)

Chevy Express Van too fancy for you? Perhaps you'd prefer a GMC Savana. Mechanically identical, priced the same - badge engineering at its most obvious.

 

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2014 Ford E-Series Van

MSRP: from $27,600

Engines: 4.6-liter V8 (225 hp/286 lb.-ft. of torque); 5.4-liter V8 (255/350); 6.8-liter V10 (305/420)

Fuel Economy: 13 mpg city/17 mpg highway (4.6L); 12/NA (5.4L); 16/NA (6.8L)

Cargo Capacity: 239.7 cu.-ft./284.4 cu.-ft. (extended wheelbase)

Payload: N/A

Towing Capacity: 5,600 lbs - 10,000 lbs, depending on configuration

Available in E-150, E-250 and E-350 configurations with short or long wheelbases, the E-Series can be ordered in a dizzying array of combinations.

 

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2014 Ram C/V Tradesman

MSRP: from $21,360

Engines: 3.6-liter V6 (283 hp/260 lb.-ft. of torque)

Fuel Economy: 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway

Cargo Capacity: 144.4 cu.-ft.

Payload: 1,800 lbs

Towing Capacity: 3,600 lbs

Don't call the C/V Tradesman a minivan; it'll smack you in the face. Any similarity to the Dodge Grand Caravan is strictly coincidental, sort of. Everything you love about a minivan (compact, fuel efficient, easy to drive) without everything you hate (slip and slide seats, rear seat entertainment, carpeting).

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2014 Ram ProMaster

MSRP: from $28,630

Engines: 3.6-liter V6 (280 hp/260 lb.-ft. of torque); 3.0-liter turbo diesel I-4 (174/295)

Fuel Economy: 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway (V6); 13/17 (5.3L V8); others N/A

Cargo Capacity: 283 cu.-ft. (SWB Low Roof)- 530 cu.-ft. (LWB High Roof)

Payload: 3,794 lbs - 4,280 lbs

Towing Capacity: 5,100 lbs

The Ram ProMaster comes in 1500, 2500 and 3500 trim with a 118", 136" or 159" wheelbase and low roof or high roof, so there's probably a size that will fit your bike and gear.

 

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2014 Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo

MSRP: from $19,990

Engines: 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder (131 hp/139 lb.-ft. of torque)

Fuel Economy: 24 mpg city/25 mpg highway

Cargo Capacity: 122.7 cu.-ft.

Payload: 1,496 lbs

Towing Capacity: N/A

Another compact cargo van, brought in to compete with Ford's Transit Connect. With a CVT (continuously variable transmission), the NV200 is not a good candidate for towing, but its versatile cargo compartment makes it a player.

 

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2014 Nissan NV Cargo Van

MSRP: from $25,420

Engines: 4.0-liter V6 (261 hp/281 lb.-ft. of torque); 5.6-liter V8 (317/385)

Fuel Economy: N/A

Cargo Capacity: 234.1 cu.-ft. (standard roof); 323.1 cu.-ft. (high roof)

Payload: 2,535 lbs - 3,925 lbs

Towing Capacity: 7,000 lbs (V6); 9,500 lbs (V8)

Nissan's nifty NV Cargo Van can be ordered with a standard or high roof, and in 1500, 2500 or 3500 chassis (1500 comes with only the standard roof).

 

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2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo Van

MSRP: from $35,920

Engines: 2.1-liter inline four-cylinder diesel (161 hp/265 lb.-ft. of torque); 3.0-liter V6 diesel (188/325)

Fuel Economy: N/A

Cargo Capacity: 318 cu.-ft. - 547 cu.-ft. depending on configuration

Payload: 2,873 lbs - 5,415 lbs

Towing Capacity: 5,000 lbs - 7,500 lbs

The Sprinter is all-new for 2014, after a seven year run when it wore the Mercedes-Benz star, the Dodge ram head and the Freightliner F, depending on where it was sold. Sleeker, more modern and more capable than before, the Sprinter is all Mercedes now.

Would you ever consider a van as your go-to bike hauler? We want to know.

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