2009 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.8

Like Evan, I've driven a Baskin-Robbins' worth of Chrysler minivans recently, and have the same feelings toward all of them. The mid-line 3.8-liter V-6 engine in our test vehicle offers enough power (a 251-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 is also available) - but the ride and handling are a bit sloppy. The interior is dated, both in quality and appearance. I also was confused by the mix of equipment here. One would expect a DVD screen to include navigation and at least steering wheel controls.

I hope to heaven that Chrysler, in whatever form it takes in the future, does not give up on the segment it created. The next one should shed its poseur-SUV skin and move up a notch in refinement. Combined with its already impressive assortment of features, these improvements would make the Caravan and its siblings once again the best of the bunch.

David Zenlea, Assistant Editor

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