2009 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.8

With the exception of the Volkswagen Routan, it seems I've driven virtually all the various styles of minivans Chrysler builds. That said, I think I liked this SXT the best - no, it's not as ornately equipped as our last SXT or our Four Seasons Town & Country, but I still found plenty to like.

Like Stow 'N Go, for instance. Most minivan buyers enter the segment for the ability to haul both kids and cargo with ease, and this seating design allows for the easiest shift from people hauler to delivery van. Simply slide the front seats forward, open a cargo bin in the floor, and fold the second-row of seats into the floor. Total running time? Approximately a minute and a half, and no tools or hernia belts required.

In the past, the ability to pack captains chairs into such a small compartment forced the second-row seats to be somewhat ungainly, but these seemed much more comfortable. Perhaps the key comfort lies with adjusting the headrest for larger passengers - having done so, I carried two full-size adults in the second row with no complaints.

One complaint stems from the odd option content - our van was equipped with dual DVD screens and a system that looked as if it had navigation and Bluetooth, but had neither. Opting for those features forces buyers into the next level of SXT trim, or for that money, into a Chrysler Town & Country.

Evan McCausland, Web Producer

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