Other manufacturers have quit the segment, but the Grand Caravan will stay around for at least another two years, when it is slated to be
replaced by a crossover. Last year, Dodge brought out a face-lifted Grand Caravan with a standard 3.6-liter flex-fuel 283-hp V-6, making it the most powerful minivan on the market. For 2012, Dodge aims to make the Grand Caravan the most affordable minivan as well, with the American Value Package model that gives the seven-passenger vehicle a starting price of less than $22,000. The Grand Caravan comes with power windows, locks, and mirrors; air-conditioning; antilock brakes; electronic stability control; seven air bags; second-row Stow ‘n Go seating; second- and third-row Stow ‘n Go storage; remote keyless entry; and cruise control. The SXT model includes dual power-sliding doors, a power liftgate, and power-adjustable pedals. The Crew adds features like seventeen-inch aluminum wheels, chrome exterior accents, a 6.5-inch touch-screen media center, a backup camera, an eight-way power driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, and SiriusXM satellite radio. The Grand Caravan is a family machine, not an enthusiast’s dream, but there is a sportier R/T model available. It has a black leather interior with red accent stitching, nine speakers with an amplifier and subwoofer, and a suspension with retuned shocks and higher spring rates. All of this means that the Grand Caravan is determined to take a back seat to no other people mover.
Trim Levels: AVP, SE, SXT, Crew, R/T
Body style: Minivan, 7-passenger
Engine: 3.6 L V-6, 283 hp, 260 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Passenger volume: 156.1-163.5 cu ft
Capacities: Towing 3600 lb; cargo (behind third/middle/front seats) 33.0/83.3/143.8 cu ft
Dodge is offering a new model, the American Value Package (AVP), that prices the Grand Caravan at just under $22,000. New for 2012 are a sapphire blue interior lighting scheme and an available quad leather seat option for the R/T.
Front, side, and side curtain air bags; traction and stability control; roll mitigation; hill-start assist; and trailer-sway control are standard. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, and forward collision warning are optional.
All: 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway
- Innovative technology
- Lots of kid-friendly features
- Low starting price
- Bland exterior styling
- Only one powertrain
The minivan that started it all.
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