If you’re looking for a wheelchair-accessible vehicle that offers power, safety and comfort to drivers and passengers alike, your search ends at MV-1 of Connecticut. Our MV-1 dealership in Meriden, CT, specializes in MV-1 vehicles designed to make life easier for those who care for or cater to people with disabilities. Our collection of new MV-1 vans near Bristol, CT, is sure to include a model that’s right for your family or your business, and we’ll take the time to learn your needs and find the best fit for you.
We offer the full suite of new MV-1 vans at our dealership near West Hartford. Purchase a trusted, versatile companion that makes transporting loved ones in wheelchairs a breeze in a new MV-1 SE. Add power and tech features by upgrading to the MV-1 DX, or opt for the utmost comfort in the MV-1 LX. We also offer new MV-1 Taxi vans for companies that specialize in transporting disabled people. We’ll walk you through the strengths of each model at MV-1 of Connecticut and help you make an informed decision.
Our Connecticut wheelchair van dealership also boasts an experienced and friendly MV-1 finance team that can help you secure an affordable rate for your MV-1 purchase. If you’re a disabled Connecticut citizen who needs a grant to help finance your MV-1, we’ll walk you through the process. We’re also an approved government contractor able to receive grants and assist veterans with the purchase of MV-1 vehicles!
Conveniently located at 341 South Broad Street in Meriden, CT, MV-1 of Connecticut is a short ride away for drivers from Hamden, Manchester, Wallingford and beyond. All of our MV-1 models meet or exceed relevant Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines, and we want to help you find the van that will make life simpler for you and your loved ones.
If you or someone you care about is in a wheelchair, the MV-1 is the best vehicle on the market catering to the needs of the disabled. These vans are the first purpose-built vehicles of their type in the world, providing universal accessibility.
Each van includes a ramp and ample interior room for a wheelchair in addition to non-wheelchair seating. There are three different trims for the MV-1 van, with each trim having more features and options along with two engines to choose from.
Everything from the door opening, ramp slope, interior lighting, floor space and headroom was laid out to meet or exceed the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
This means that right out of the factory the MV-1 is ready for a passenger to easily enter the vehicle.
Is the MV-1 different from conversion vans?
Until the MV-1, mobility vehicles lacked the structural integrity and performance that they were originally designed with by the Original Equipment Manufacturer of the vehicle that was converted.
- Provide a safe and dependable vehicle that hasn’t been compromised or modified.
- Design and build a vehicle with wheelchair users in mind and no longer be an afterthought.
- Offer easy entry and room to move once inside the vehicle.
- Have a one-stop warranty that covers the whole vehicle.
- Provide seating accommodations for the rest of the family.
- Allow the passenger in a wheelchair to sit up front and enjoy the ride.
- Build it right here in the USA.
It started with designing the MV-1 Ramp
- Integrated – The factory installed in-floor ramp is the first of its kind. Conceals completely in the floor when it is stowed.
- Durable – The ramp had run over 100,000 durability test cycles simulating the harshest of weather conditions; freezing cold, salt slurry, and scorching heat.
- Robust – Exceeds the ADA requirement with a weight rating of 660 lbs.
- Versatility – The power ramp deploys at two different lengths: 67.9” short deploy and 91” long deploy. It also has a usable ramp width of 30”
More durable than a conversion van
- Proven Powertrain – MV-1 uses Ford engines and transmissions with a proven track record of performance.
- Full Body-on-Frame Construction – With its fully boxed frame and truck-like construction, this is NOT a minivan.
- Crash Testing – All vehicle tests comply with all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). The MV-1 was the FIRST vehicle with a ramp to ever undergo these tests.
- Durability Test Cycles – Driven to simulate over 250,000 miles of the harshest conditions.
- Water Testing – 100% of the vehicles built are tested to the rate of 150 gallons per minute for 5 minutes.
Looking at a MV-1 van review will show you that the entry-level option is the SE, and this vehicle is designed to work for most commercial and transit operations. The manual ramp is single stage and is easy and fast to deploy. It also comes with standard safety features, such as a Self-Leveling Suspension System, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control, and Four Wheel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS).
The DX, or Deluxe Edition, of the MV-1 van is a step up from the SE, and this means that the ramp becomes a two-stage one that is power-operated for convenience. You also find additional features, such as standard radio, aux input, and CD capabilities.
The final trim to be mentioned in a MV-1 van review is the LX, or Luxury Class. This model aims to combine the feel of luxury sedans with the accessibility expected from a MV-1. This option sees an increase in interior appointments, including leather accents, chrome, and rosewood, in addition to improved technology. The two-stage power ramp gets a one-touch electronic control, and there is also Bluetooth, a backup camera, and a double-DIN satellite radio that has navigation.
Every MV-1 van comes standard with the Ford 4.6-liter V8 engine that has 248 horsepower and 294 pound-feet of torque. You can, however, swap this out for a similar Dedicated Compressed Natural Gas engine for 213 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque. This engine is designed to reduce the costs of operating the van, while at the same time helping drivers meet emission requirements.
Other Major Features
Accessibility is the main concern for the MV-1 van as opposed to technology, but there are still entertainment and radio choices. The AM/FM/CD player with auxiliary input is standard on the DX or optional on the SE. The LX comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen, DVD capabilities, Bluetooth, and Sirius satellite radio, which are optional on the DX. You can also add in the backup camera or navigation to either of the top models. All models also have an optional jump seat directly behind the driver for extra seating. The top two models meet all ADA vehicle guidelines, while the SE meets most, but you can customize the model to meet all requirements.
The MV-1 van has proven to be life changing for individuals that need universally accessible vehicles. You won’t find these vans everywhere, however, so talk to the experts at MV-1 of Connecticut to learn more about features and how to get one.