The Grand Caravan is the long-wheelbase version of the Caravan, a minivan first introduced by Dodge in 1984. This version was introduced in 1987 and it has outlived its short-wheelbase counterpart which was discontinued in 2007. The Caravan is the world’s first minivan, and it has won numerous prestigious awards such as the Motor Trend’s Car of the Year. It was also included on the Car and Driver’s Ten Best list several times. The first and the current generation could only be purchased in the front-wheel drive form, while all the others featured a four-wheel drive option as well.
The engine options for the Grand Caravan in its current incarnation include different V6s, and there is also a Flex Fuel one available. The entry-level engine comes with a 4-speed automatic transmission, while all the others feature a much more sophisticated 6-speed unit. The Grand Caravan is known for its unbelievably versatile interior and seating, endless entertainment options, crisp steering and an overall feel of refinement and classiness.
Out of all trim levels and options available to potential buyers of the Grand Caravan, the mid-priced SE is the most sought after. The 2008 model year which is the first without the short-wheelbase option remains the most popular, and such pre-owned vehicles have a common price range of $4,000 to $15,000 at used cars auction.
As is the case with most minivans, the most popular color choices among the Grand Caravan owners are silver, blue and white. The Grand Caravan’s top competitors include the Volkswagen Routan, Toyota Sienna, Nissan Quest, Honda Odyssey and Kia Sedona.
The main problems with the Grand Caravan include its bland styling, interior materials, lack of driving dynamics and a somewhat tight third row of seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Grand Caravan an overall “good” rating for crash tests and the glamorous Top Safety Pick award.
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