The Chrysler Dodge Grand Caravan minivan, designed as a family vehicle, has been praised for its child-friendly features and cargo space. The Grand Caravan is a longer version of the less popular Dodge Caravan. This vehicle has been one of Dodge's most successful products. Known to have relatively good fuel efficiency, it has, however, been criticized for its engine and interior.
The 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan, currently assembled in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, has a 20 gallon fuel tank. It is rated 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. This four-door minivan has three rows of seating with the capacity to seat seven people, while the Grand Caravan Cargo Van seats two. The 3.6 Liter Pentastar V6 engine produces 283 horsepower, allowing the Grand Caravan to tow up to 3600 pounds.
There have been five generations of the Dodge Grand Caravan, with the first model appearing in 1987. It followed the short-wheel-base model known as the Dodge Caravan, and quickly became popular for its three rows of seating. In 1991, the second generation became available with better safety features. The third generation Dodge Grand Caravan was rolled out in 1996 with a more modern appearance. In 2001 the fourth generation had a larger frame and powered sliding doors. The current fifth generation, featuring Swivel N' Go seating, began production in 2008, with cessation of the Dodge Caravan in favor of the Grand Caravan.
The 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan has some impressive features such as halogen headlamps and supplemental side-curtain airbags which help protect passengers in all rows. The current trim levels include the Grand Caravan Cargo Van, Express, Mainstreet, Crew, and R/T. The Grand Caravan Cargo Van, or C/V, is designed for commercial use and lacks many of the features found in passenger vans. The real passenger entry-level model is the Express. The Grand Caravan R/T is the top trim level and includes features such as an Infiniti sound system and leather seats for the first and second rows.
The Dodge Grand Caravan is one of Chrysler's most widely-recognized vehicles. This minivan won the 2009 J.D. Power and Associates' Most Dependable Van" award as well as the 2009 Motorweek's "Driver's Choice Award" in its class. It also earned a Five-Star rating in the Government Front and Side Crash Test. Consumers Digest named the 2009 model a "Best Buy".
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