2009 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.8

The most noteworthy feature of this particular van is its Stow 'N Go seats.

Our Four Seasons Town & Country has the novel Swivel 'N Go option, so we wanted to test the base version in order to help us more knowledgably review our Chrysler.

My personal conclusion: Stow 'N Go is the way to go, unless you're actually going to use the Swively feature often, that is. The Stow seats may not be quite as comfortable as the Swivels (it's hard to tell because our 4S car has leather seats while this vehicle has cloth perches), but the functionality is much better. To me, half the point of owning a minivan is using it to haul stuff in cargo-van mode. That's a lot harder to do when you've got to lug those 90-pound Swivels out of the van and into your garage.

Other thoughts on this vehicle: The suspension (revised for '09) feels tighter than that of our 4S T&C, but I'd be willing to bet that's partially due to this Dodge's much lower odometer reading (2700 miles vs. 25,000+), not just the Routan-inspired tweaks. I also really dislike the running boards on this Caravan; its nearly impossible to exit the vehicle without rubbing your pantleg against the boards.

Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor

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