After a 31 year run, it’s the end of the road for the Dodge Grand Caravan. A fixture of suburban Canadian driveways from coast to coast, the Grand Caravan offers space, practicality, and value. While Dodge steps back from offering the minivan body style, its spirit will live on in the all-new Chrysler Pacifica which goes on sale during 2016.
Other than the fitment of a standard tire inflation kit on all models other than the R/T (it retains its compact spare), there are no changes for the Dodge Grand Caravan this year.
Though it may lack the nifty gadgets that some of its newer rivals offer – first-class-style seating, vacuum cleaners – the Grand Caravan has the basics mastered. Its available Stow ‘n Go seats fold effortlessly into the floor, and there are plenty of bins and storage areas to accommodate a family’s worth of flotsam. While the Grand Caravan can be loaded up to include rear-seat entertainment systems, power folding seats, separate rear climate controls, and heated rear seats, it’s one of the last remaining minivans to offer a basic model with limited equipment. With frequently offered discounts, the Canada Value Package is by far and away the most affordable minivan on the market.
Regardless of which trim is selected, the Grand Caravan is powered by a 3.6-litre V6 engine with variable valve timing. Its 283 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque make it the most powerful minivan on the market, with a six-speed automatic as the sole transmission. All versions are front-wheel drive. Most Grand Caravans offer a touring suspension designed to absorb bumps and ruts with ease; the R/T trim features beefier anti-roll bars and stiffer springs for a slightly more alert feel at the wheel.
The Grand Caravan CVP starts at $28,995, with the range-topping R/T selling for $43,995.
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