|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2017 Dodge Grand Caravan
|GT||3.6L V6||FWD||6A||7.8 sec||16.1 sec @ 88 mph||17/25/20 mpg||Car and Driver|
2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
|R/T 3.6L||3.6L V6||FWD||6A||7.9 sec||16.2 sec @ 86 mph||17/25/20 mpg||Car and Driver|
|R/T 3.6L||3.6L V6||FWD||6A||7.9 sec||16.0 sec @ 87.6 mph||17/25/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2010 Dodge Grand Caravan
|SXT 4.0L||4.0L V6||FWD||6A||7.6 sec||15.9 sec @ 86.5 mph||17/25/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
|SXT 4.0L||4.0L V6||FWD||6A||7.8 sec||16.1 sec @ 86 mph||16/23/20 mpg||Car and Driver|
|SXT 4.0L||4.0L V6||FWD||6A||8.0 sec||16.3 sec @ 85 mph||16/23/18 mpg||Car and Driver|
|SXT 4.0L||4.0L V6||FWD||6A||7.8 sec||16.1 sec @ 85.9 mph||16/23/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2005 Dodge Grand Caravan
|SXT 3.8L||3.8L V6||FWD||4A||9.6 sec||17.2 sec @ 80 mph||16/23/17 mpg||Car and Driver|
|SXT 3.8L||3.8L V6||FWD||4A||10.2 sec||17.3 sec @ 80 mph||16/23/18.4 mpg||Motor Trend|
2004 Dodge Grand Caravan
|SXT 3.8L||3.8L V6||FWD||4A||10.2 sec||17.6 sec @ 79 mph||16/23/20 mpg||Motor Week|
2001 Dodge Grand Caravan
|ES 3.8L||3.8L V6||FWD||4A||9.7 sec||17.2 sec @ 79.9 mph||16/22/16.6 mpg||Motor Trend|
|ES 3.8L||3.8L V6||AWD||4A||10.3 sec||17.6 sec @ 80 mph||15/21/17 mpg||Motor Week|
1998 Dodge Grand Caravan
|SE Sport 3.3L||3.3L V6||FWD||4A||11.5 sec||18.3 sec @ 74.8 mph||16/22/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|SE Sport 3.3L||3.3L V6||FWD||4A||11.6 sec||18.4 sec @ 74.1 mph||16/22/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
1996 Dodge Grand Caravan
|ES 3.8L||3.8L V6||FWD||4A||10.9 sec||18.0 sec @ 75 mph||15/22/18.5 mpg||Motor Trend|
About Dodge Grand Caravan
The Dodge Grand Caravan has been called many names. Chrysler, its manufacturer calls it “The Mother of Reinvention for 30 Years”, the “Slayer of Lists”, the “Destroyer of Tasks”, and the “Carrier of Children”.
No matter which name you choose, it cannot be denied that this vehicle has a long history of serving families, kids and groups of people. It has also continuously won the respect of critics because of its convenient features, and its attractively low starting price making it easy for average families to own it.
It is a van that you can easily drive, owing to its very responsive steering. This car definitely qualifies for your consideration, if you are searching for a family vehicle.
A Short Glimpse at the Dodge Grand Caravan History
Chrysler introduced this car into the market in 1984, and sold it under the Dodge brand. It is a passenger minivan constructed in a short wheelbase from 1984 to 2007, and a long wheelbase from 1987 to the present. The Grand Caravan is constructed with this long wheelbase.
There were many rebadged variants of the Caravan during the years of its production. It was called the Plymouth Voyager from 1984 to 2001, the Chrysler Town & Country from 1898 to 2015, the Chrysler Grand Voyager and Lancia Voyager from 2011 to 2015 and Volkswagen Routan from 2008 to 2012. This enabled this vehicle brand to sell over 11 million units all over the world.
The more important specifications of the Dodge Grand Caravan that you need to know are the following:
- Engine: 3.6-Liter V-6 24-Valve VVT Engine, 283hp @ 6,400RPM, 260 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,400RPM
- Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic 62TE Transmission
- Steering: Power Rack-and-Pinion Steering
- Suspension: Touring Suspension, Front: independent, Rear: multi-link
- Brakes: Anti-Lock 4-Wheel Heavy Duty Disc Brakes
What you will like with the Grand Caravan is its responsive and quick steering and its gutsy acceleration.
The standard engine for all variants of the Caravan is the 3.6 liter V-6 engine. It produces 283 horsepower and feels responsive and strong at low and mid-range speeds.
Although there is a bit of vibration if you accelerate hard, it performs better than its older version. It is really quick on a straight line. The car also seems to bounce more than it has to while running through a series of humps on the road. But it is more poised on straight and level pavements.
For a car that produces almost 300 horsepower there is very little scrambling on its front wheels. Handling is therefore smooth, although not very remarkable.
Fuel efficiency of the Caravan is good but, almost achieving the rate of its nearest rival, the Odyssey.
Considering that it has the most powerful engine in its class, this is not so surprising. Its good fuel economy rating is therefore one of its plus factor.
The EPA rating for this vehicle is at 17 miles per gallon in the city, and 25 mpg on the highway. These figures are mostly the same as those achieved by its rivals such as the Toyota Sienna, and other car brands.
The Dodge Grand Caravan is a vehicle that is very safe to drive because of the innovativeness and effectiveness of its safety package.
As a proof of this, it received good crash ratings from the two most important testing centers in the United States.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded this minivan four stars overall, with five star rating for side-impact protection, and four star rating for front-impact protection and rollover resistance.
On its part, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given the Grand Caravan top ‘good’ scores for roof strength, front and side crash tests, and also for its head restraints and seats.
However, the car got a ‘poor’ rating in the agency’s small-overlap test. This test simulates a car at 40 mph crashing into a tall and narrow object such as a telephone pole.
But if you will consider the safety standard issues of the Caravan, you will be confident about its ability to keep you safe on the road. Standard to all Grand Caravan trims are dual front airbags, stability control parking sensors, a rearview camera, blind-spot monitors, automatic headlights, and cross-path detection.
Comfort and Quality
With a very flexible seating, the Grand Caravan increases the element of comfort inside the cabin. Its Stow ‘N’ Go system is the best seating setup in the cars in its class, and even in all cars for that matter.
This car can comfortably accommodate up to eight adults. Sitting in the front seat will be very comfortable because of the spacious legroom. The front bucket seat allows plenty of space whichever way you turn, but it could use more seat cushions to enhance its comfort feature.
It is also very roomy in the second row. This is true with the base model and with the upper trim levels.
To learn more about Dodge Grand Caravan, visit the official Dodge website.
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