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Dodge Caravan

Motor vehicle

Dodge Grand Caravan
 Dodge Grand Caravan Mainstreet -- jpg

Dodge Grand Caravan Mainstreet

Manufacturer
  • Chrysler
  • (Chrysler Corporation; &#;)
  • (DaimlerChrysler; &#;)
  • (Chrysler LLC; &#;)
  • (Chrysler Group LLC; &#;)
  • (FCA US LLC; &#;)
ProductionNovember 2, [1] –August 21,
Model&#;years
Assembly
ClassMinivan
Layout
Related
Successor

The Dodge Caravan (and the long-wheelbase Dodge Grand Caravan) is a series of minivans that was manufactured by Chrysler from the to model years. The Dodge version of the Chrysler minivans, the Caravan was marketed as both a passenger van and a cargo van (the only version of the model line offered in the latter configuration). For , a long-wheelbase Dodge Grand Caravan was introduced (becoming the sole version of the model line from onward). Produced for five generations across 36 model years, Dodge Caravan is the second longest-lived Dodge nameplate (exceeded only by the Dodge Charger).

Initially marketed as the Dodge counterpart of the Plymouth Voyager, the Caravan was later slotted between the Voyager and the Chrysler Town & Country, eventually serving as the lowest-price Chrysler minivan, slotted below the Chrysler Pacifica. Sold primarily in the United States and Canada, the Dodge Caravan was also marketed in Europe and other international markets under the Chrysler brand (as either the Chrysler Voyager and Chrysler Caravan). In North America, a rebranded version of the model line was sold by Volkswagen from to as the Volkswagen Routan. Ram Trucks sold a cargo-only version of the model line as the Ram C/V Tradesman.

After the model year, the Dodge Grand Caravan was discontinued, ending production on August 21, [2] For production, the Chrysler division revived the Grand Caravan for its namesake division, using it for a Canadian-market version of the Chrysler Pacifica (an identical vehicle was marketed as the Chrysler Voyager in the United States).[3]

For its entire production run, the Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan was manufactured by Chrysler Canada (now FCA Canada) at its Windsor Assembly facility (Windsor, Ontario). From to , the model line was also manufactured by Chrysler at its Saint Louis Assembly facility (Fenton, Missouri). Since their introduction in late , over million Chrysler minivans have been sold worldwide (including export versions and versions sold through rebranding).[4]

Background[edit]

At the end of , Chrysler commenced development on what would become the Chrysler minivans.[5] Alongside the ability to park within a standard-height garage, designers sought to develop a vehicle with a low floor and car-like NVH levels.[5] While front-wheel drive was sought out for the design, rear-wheel drive was still considered an alternative for cost reasons.[5] Following the move of both Hal Sperlich and Lee Iacocca from Ford to Chrysler in late , the Chrysler minivan design (codenamed T at the time) adopted front-wheel drive.[5]

While the Dodge Caravan (and Plymouth Voyager) shared no chassis underpinnings with the K-cars, the two model lines retained mechanical commonality, sharing engines and transmissions.[5]

First generation (–)[edit]

Main article: Chrysler minivans (S)

Motor vehicle

First generation
 Dodge Grand Caravan.jpg
Also&#;calledDodge Grand Caravan (LWB Model)
Dodge Caravan (SWB Model)
ProductionOctober –
Model&#;years
DesignerBob Hubbach ()[6][7][8]
Body&#;style3-door minivan
LayoutTransverse front-engine, front-wheel drive
PlatformChrysler S platform
RelatedChrysler Town & Country
Plymouth Voyager
Dodge Mini Ram
Chrysler Voyager (Europe only)
Engine
Transmission4-speed A manual
5-speed manual
3-speed A automatic
3-speed A automatic
3-speed A automatic
4-speed Aautomatic
Wheelbase– SWB: &#;in (2,&#;mm)
Grand Caravan & C/V Extended: &#;in (3,&#;mm)[9]
– SWB & C/V: &#;in (2,&#;mm)
LengthSWB & C/V: &#;in (4,&#;mm)
Grand Caravan: &#;in (4,&#;mm)
– LE SWB: &#;in (4,&#;mm)
– Grand Caravan LE: &#;in (4,&#;mm)
C/V Extended: &#;in (4,&#;mm)
Width– &#;in (1,&#;mm)
– 72&#;in (1,&#;mm)
Height– SWB: &#;in (1,&#;mm)
– Grand Caravan: 65&#;in (1,&#;mm)
C/V: &#;in (1,&#;mm)
– SWB: &#;in (1,&#;mm)
– Grand Caravan: &#;in (1,&#;mm)
Dodge Caravan SE Turbo (Chile)

Originally slated for introduction as a model,[5] the Dodge Caravan was introduced alongside the Plymouth Voyager in November for the model year.

Interior trim, controls, and instrumentation were borrowed from the Chrysler K platform together with the lower floor enabled by the front-wheel-drive, the Caravan featured car-like ease of entry. Three trim levels were available: base, SE, and LE. The Caravan, along with the Plymouth Voyager, are considered to be the first mass-produced vehicles to have dedicated built-in cup holders.[10][11]

Base vans came equipped for five passengers in two rows of seating. The LE came with seven passengers standard in three rows of seating. The base van had two bucket seats with attached armrests and open floor space between them in the front, a three-person bench seat in the second row. The seven-passenger came with two bucket seats with attached armrests and open floor space between them in the front, a two-person bench seat in the second row, and a three-person bench seat in the back row. The two bench seats in the rear were independently removable, and the large three-person bench could also be installed in the second-row location via a second set of attachment points on the van's floor, ordinarily hidden with snap-in plastic covers. This configuration allowed for conventional five-person seating with a sizable cargo area in the rear. The latching mechanisms for the benches were easy to operate although removing and replacing the seats typically required two adults. A front low-back 60/40 split-bench, accommodating a third front passenger in the middle, was offered in the SE trim level in only, allowing for a maximum of eight passengers. This configuration was subsequently dropped. Base model curb weight 2,&#;lbs.

Safety features consisted of 3-point seat belts for the front two passengers, with simple lap belts for the rear five. Seats on base models and cloth-trimmed SEs had no headrests, which were not mandated due to the van's "light truck" legal status. However, the two front seats were equipped with non-adjustable headrests on the LE model and in conjunction with vinyl upholstery on the SE. Side-impact reinforcements were mandated and were at all seating positions front and rear. Neither airbags nor anti-lock braking systems were available.

Access to the rear rows of seating was by a large passenger-side sliding door enabling easy access in confined situations, e.g., parking. Because only one sliding door was offered, the smaller second-row bench seat was shifted to the driver's side of the van, facilitating passenger access to the 3rd-row seat. To facilitate variable cargo storage behind the rear seat, the seat could be adjusted forward in two increments, the first of which removed roughly 6 inches (&#;mm) of legroom from the back row passengers, and the second of which would push the bench all the way to the back of the second row, making the seats unusable. The seatback of the rear bench could also be folded forward, providing a flat cargo shelf. The smaller 2nd-row bench was not adjustable, nor foldable; it could only be removed entirely.

Cargo access to the rear was via a hatchback, similar to the one on the K platform station wagons. The hatch was hinged at the top and held open by gas struts.

A long-wheelbase variant, marketed as the Grand Caravan, was introduced in May It allowed more cargo space behind the rear seat.

A cargo version of the Caravan, called the Mini Ram Van, was also introduced for , with a flat-floored cargo space four feet tall and with four feet between the wheel wells. The load capacity was 1,&#;lb (&#;kg).[12] It was renamed the Caravan C/V for and was then discontinued after It was initially available with a short wheelbase; a long-wheelbase variant was introduced alongside the Grand Caravan.

Unique to the Caravan C/V was the option of a traditional hatch door in the back or the optional swing-out bi-parting doors (with or without windows), similar to those of more traditional cargo vans. These doors were made of fiberglass. Also based on the Mini Ram and C/V were aftermarket conversion vans sold through official Chrysler dealers and from the conversion companies themselves.

Trim levels[edit]

  • Base - Included: Vinyl upholstery, 5-passenger seating, warning chimes, cigar lighter, digital clock, manual locks, windows and mirrors, gallon fuel tank, tinted windows, halogen headlamps, an AM/FM stereo with four speakers, vinyl steering wheel, and intermittent wipers.
  • SE - Added: Cloth upholstery, reclining front seats, rear assist strap, gallon fuel tank, power liftgate release, tape stripes, and steel rims.
  • LE - Added: Cloth-and-vinyl upholstery, front and rear fascia, forward storage console, warning lights for door ajar, storage drawer, washer fluid warning, and power mirrors.

Transmissions[edit]

Both a three-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission and a five-speed manual were available with all inline-four engines, including the turbocharged liter (this was a rare combination). The Plymouth Voyager, which was a rebadged version of the Caravan, was also available with a manual transmission. The Chrysler Town & Country, released in , which was a more luxurious repackaged version of the Caravan, had no manual transmission option. Manual transmissions were not available on V6 models of the passenger Caravan, but were an option on the Mini Ram Van and Caravan C/V's long-wheelbase models with a &#;L V6.[citation needed]

The V6 engines were only offered with the venerable fully hydraulically operated TorqueFlite, until the computer-controlled Ultradrive four-speed automatic became available in The Ultradrive offered better fuel economy and responsiveness, particularly when paired with the inline-four engine. However, it suffered from reliability problems, usually stemming from what is known as "gear hunt" or "shift busyness", resulting in premature wear of the internal clutches.[13] It also required an uncommon type of automatic transmission fluid and is not clearly labeled as such, leading many owners to use the more common Dexron II rather than the specified "Mopar ATF+3", resulting in transmission damage and eventual failure.[13] Early model transmissions would eventually be retrofitted or replaced with the updated versions by dealers under warranty.[13]

Engines[edit]

For the first three years of production, two engines were offered in the Caravan – both inline-four engines with 2-barrel carburetors. The base L was borrowed from the Chrysler K-cars, and produced 96&#;hp (72&#;kW) horsepower. The higher performance fuel-injected version of the &#;L engine later offered in the K-cars was never offered in the Caravan, and the 2-bbl version would remain the base power plant until mid Alongside the &#;L, an optional Mitsubishi &#;L engine was available, producing &#;hp (78&#;kW) horsepower.

In mid, the base &#;L I4 was replaced with a fuel-injected&#;L I4, which produced &#;hp (75&#;kW), while the Mitsubishi G54B I4 was replaced with the new fuel-injected&#;L MitsubishiV6 producing &#;hp (&#;kW) in March of that year.

Shortly thereafter in model year , a more powerful engine became optional, with a turbocharged version of the base &#;L producing &#;hp (&#;kW). Revisions to the Mitsubishi V6 upped its output to &#;hp (&#;kW) that same year, and in a new &#;hp (&#;kW) &#;L V6 was added to the option list. The V6 engines became popular as sales of the &#;L turbo dwindled and it was dropped at the end of the year. In these years, the ES model debuted (short-wheelbase only) to highlight the new engines, the turbo &#;L in particular. The ES was introduced to the long-wheelbase Grand Caravan for and continued throughout before it was discontinued and replaced with the SXT.

  • – L KI4, 96&#;hp (72&#;kW), &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m)
  • – L Mitsubishi G54B I4, &#;hp (78&#;kW), &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m)
  • ½– L K I4, &#;hp (75&#;kW), &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m)
  • ½– L Mitsubishi 6G72V6, &#;hp (&#;kW), &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m)
  • – L KTurbo I4, &#;hp (&#;kW), &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m)
  • – L Mitsubishi 6G72 V6], &#;hp (&#;kW), &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m)
  • L EGA V6, &#;hp (&#;kW), &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m)

Second generation (–)[edit]

Main article: Chrysler minivan (AS)

Motor vehicle

Second generation
2nd-Dodge-Caravan.jpg
Also&#;calledDodge Grand Caravan (LWB Model)
Dodge Caravan (SWB Model)
Guangdong Sanxing SXZ (Short wheelbase)/SXZ (Long wheelbase) (China)
ProductionAugust 14, – August [14]
Model&#;years
Body&#;style3-door minivan
LayoutTransverse front-engine, front-wheel drive / all-wheel drive
PlatformChrysler AS platform
RelatedChrysler Town & Country
Plymouth Voyager
Chrysler Voyager (Europe only)
Engine
Transmission5-speed A manual
3-speed A
3-speed A automatic
4-speed Aautomatic
Wheelbase– C/V: &#;in (2,&#;mm)
SWB & – C/V: &#;in (2,&#;mm)
– C/V Extended: &#;in (3,&#;mm)
C/V AWD: &#;in (2,&#;mm)
Grand Caravan & – C/V Extended: &#;in (3,&#;mm)
Length– C/V: &#;in (4,&#;mm)
– SWB & –95 C/V: &#;in (4,&#;mm)
– C/V Extended: &#;in (4,&#;mm)
Grand Caravan: &#;in (4,&#;mm)
Width72&#;in (1,&#;mm)
C/V: &#;in (1,&#;mm)
– C/V: &#;in (1,&#;mm)
HeightSWB & –93 C/V: &#;in (1,&#;mm)
Grand Caravan: &#;in (1,&#;mm)
–93 AWD: &#;in (1,&#;mm)
Grand Caravan: 66&#;in (1,&#;mm)
Grand Caravan: &#;in (1,&#;mm)
–95 SE: &#;in (1,&#;mm)
Curb&#;weight3,&#;lb (1,&#;kg)
3,&#;lb (1,&#;kg) (Grand Caravan)

The second-generation Dodge Caravan was introduced for the model year. Intended as an extensive revision of the generation, while the chassis underpinnings were carried over (renamed the Chrysler AS platform), the only shared body panels were the front doors and sliding door. Following the introduction of the Ford Aerostar and General Motors APV minivans, designers sought to improve the exterior aerodynamics and handling of the model line.[15] Anti-lock brakes and all-wheel-drive became introduced as option, with a driver-side airbag becoming optional in (a first in the segment).[15]

The Caravan was again produced in a standard length and as a long-wheelbase Grand Caravan; the Caravan C/V cargo van also made its return. To further differentiate the Caravan from the Plymouth Voyager, the two model lines received different wheel covers, with chrome trim on the Caravan restricted to the grille and Chrysler Pentastar hood ornament.

The interior underwent a substantial redesign, shedding its design influence from the K-cars, the Caravan received its own dashboard design. On all but the base-trim Caravan, seven-passenger seating became standard.[15] In addition to the two rear bench seats, the second generation introduced the option of middle-row bucket seats; in , Chrysler introduced integrated child safety seats[15] (a first in the segment).

For the model year, the Caravan underwent a mid-cycle revision as part of a body upgrade to meet federal safety standards.[16] The interior underwent a redesign with new seats and door panels; coinciding with the addition of a passenger-side airbag, the dashboard was redesigned.[16] Following its declining popularity, the woodgrain trim option was discontinued in favor of monochromatic and two-tone exterior designs.

To commemorate the tenth year of production, Dodge offered the "10th Anniversary Edition" option package for Available on SE/LE trims of the Caravan and Grand Caravan, the 10th Anniversary Edition was an appearance package, combining a two-tone exterior (a light-gray lower body with selected upper body colors) with a gold front fender badge.

Trim levels[edit]

  • Base - Included: cloth-and-vinyl upholstery, intermediate bench seat, tinted manual windows, power mirrors, intermittent windshield wipers and rear wiper, glove box, and an AM/FM stereo.
  • SE - Added: power liftgate release, reclining front seats, and a rear bench seat.
  • LE - Added: heated mirrors, forward storage console, tachometer, oil pressure, and voltage gauges, an overhead console, power locks, rear defroster, speed control, storage drawer under the front passenger seat, and a tilt steering column.

Engines[edit]

With the exception of the discontinued &#;hp &#;L turbocharged I4, the second-generation Caravan carried over its powertrain line from the Dodge Caravan. Shifting its powertrain commonality from the Dodge Aries to that of the larger Dodge Dynasty, a &#;L I4 was the standard engine, with a &#;L V6 and &#;L V6 as options. In , the Caravan received a &#;L V6 (shared with the Chrysler Imperial/Fifth Avenue) as an option.

  • – L EDM (K)I4, &#;hp (75&#;kW), &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m)
  • – L Mitsubishi 6G72V6, &#;hp (&#;kW), &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m)
  • – L EGAV6, &#;hp (&#;kW), &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m)
  • – L EGAV6, &#;hp (&#;kW), &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m)
  • – L EGHV6, &#;hp (&#;kW), &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m)
– Dodge Grand Caravan ES AWD

Integrated child safety seats[edit]

In , Dodge introduced a second-row bench seat integrating two child booster seats on models. These seats continued as an available option through Generation V until they were discontinued in

Third generation (–)[edit]

Main article: Chrysler minivans (NS)

Motor vehicle

Third generation
Dodge Grand Caravan Sport -- jpg

Dodge Grand Caravan, the long wheelbase version

Also&#;calledDodge Grand Caravan (LWB Model)
Dodge Caravan (SWB Model)
3-Star Grand Caravan SXZ (China)
ProductionJanuary 30, –
Model&#;years
– (China)
AssemblySt. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
DesignerDon Renkert ()
Body&#;style3-door and 4-door minivan
LayoutTransverse front-engine, front-wheel drive / all-wheel drive
PlatformChrysler NS platform
RelatedChrysler Town & Country
Plymouth Voyager
Chrysler Voyager
Engine
Transmission5-speed manual (Philippines diesel)
3-speed 31TH automatic
3-speed A automatic
4-speed 41TE automatic
WheelbaseSWB: &#;in (2,&#;mm)
Grand Caravan: &#;in (3,&#;mm)
LengthSWB: &#;in (4,&#;mm)
Grand Caravan FWD: &#;in (5,&#;mm)
Grand Caravan AWD: &#;in (5,&#;mm)
Width&#;in (1,&#;mm)
Height&#;in (1,&#;mm)
FWD: &#;in (1,&#;mm)
Curb&#;weight3,&#;lb (1,&#;kg)
3,&#;lb (1,&#;kg) (Grand Caravan)
Dodge Caravan (no driver-side sliding door)
Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan Rear View

The third-generation Chrysler minivans were available in long- and short–wheelbase models; three- and four-door configurations; and eight different powertrains, including electric and compressed natural gas; on a single, flexible platform.

In development for nearly 5 years from early (full development from ) to December 26, (final design by Don Renkert was approved on September 23, and frozen in May ),[17] the model was introduced at the North American International Auto Show using the Chrysler S platform.[18] It included a number of innovations, including a driver's side sliding door (optional initially, to become standard equipment later), a first for Chrysler and a non-compact minivan for the United States and Canada.[19] With Generation III, Chrysler introduced a seat management system marketed as Easy Out Roller Seats. A conventional door handle and lock was added to the rear hatch, eliminating the confusing pop-and-lift maneuver which had been required on earlier models.

Base models of the Caravan were offered in most states with either a &#;L four-cylinder or the &#;L Mitsubishi 6G72V6 engine, except in several northeastern states, where the Mitsubishi did not meet emissions standards. In those areas, the &#;L engine was offered as the V6 option from through

The Caravan, along with the Plymouth Voyager and the Chrysler Town & Country won the North American Car of the Year award. The Caravan itself won Motor Trend magazine's Car of the Year and appeared on the Car and Driver Ten Best for and also saw the addition of a one-year only 15th anniversary "Platinum Edition", to mark Caravan's 15th year of production. This package was offered on various trim levels, and included Platinum Metallic paint, and fender badges. The model year offered packages that included the "+" and "Millennium" package; however, these were little more than unique fender badges on vans with popular equipment.[citation needed]

During the model year, running changes saw the elimination of the plastic intake manifold cover from the L engine and redesigned interior door panels. Changes for the model year were minor, adding traction control as an option or standard equipment, depending on trim level, along with the reintroduction of optional all-wheel drive. The Caravan received more minor updates in for the model year. These changes came in the form of new colors, new wheels for trims above SE, new interior fabric, optional heated seats, and automatic headlights on higher trim levels. In the calendar year , the Caravan's HVAC vents on the driver's side and center of the dashboard were updated to have a more conventional design. Later that year, the Caravan received new front styling on all trims above SE, while the Sport and ES models received even sportier styling. The ES model was the first minivan to receive the "AutoStick" transmission and inch wheels. A cargo net between the driver and front passenger seats was added. Color-keyed door and lift-gate handles were made standard on SE models, in addition to a new keyless entry remote. Base and SE models had options for a spoiler as well as color-keyed bumpers and trim (grey or color molded bumpers and trim were standard). The driver's side sliding door became standard. Chrysler had updates of the Plymouth Voyager in for the model year and the Chrysler Town & Country in for the model year, prior to the – DaimlerChrysler era; it was the only exterior update of the NS Dodge Caravan.

Trim levels[edit]

  • Base - Included: Cloth upholstery, speed-sensitive wipers, manual locks, inch steel rims with "Successor" hubcaps, and an AM/FM stereo with four speakers. Package 22T added air conditioning and cargo net.
  • SE - Added: air conditioning, power mirrors, speed control, rear defroster, power locks, sliding rear driver's side door, an AM/FM stereo with cassette player and four speakers, steering wheel audio controls, and inch steel rims with "revolver" hubcaps. Package 28D added power front windows with automatic driver's side window, ignition delay, glove box, and an ashtray.
  • Sport - Added: tinted windows, and power windows with automatic driver's side window, fog lamps, and inch steel rims with "Vortex" hubcaps.
  • LE - Added: optional leather seating surfaces, dual-zone air conditioning with temp control, overhead console with sunglass holder, garage door opener holder, illuminated entry, headlamp off delay, keyless entry, security alarm, power driver's seat, an AM/FM stereo with cassette player, steering wheel audio controls, graphic equalizer, Infinity watt sound system and 10 speakers, center console storage bin, and inch steel rims with "Citadel" hubcaps.
  • ES - Added: leather seating surfaces, fog lamps, automatic headlamps, garage door opener, heated power front seats, an AM/FM stereo with cassette and CD players, rear spoiler, and inch "genesis" alloy rims.

Engines[edit]

  • – L EDZI4, &#;hp (&#;kW), &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m) (Canadian vans beginning in included a L V6 as standard equipment)
  • – L Mitsubishi 6G72V6 &#;hp (&#;kW), &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m) (not available in certain U.S. states, &#;L V6 offered as standard equipment in those states instead)
  • – L EGAV6, &#;hp (&#;kW), &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m)
  • – L EGHV6, &#;hp (&#;kW), &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m)
  • – L EGHV6, &#;hp (&#;kW), &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m)

Dodge Caravan EPIC[edit]

Main article: Dodge EPIC

In , Dodge introduced the Caravan EPIC, a fully electric minivan. The EPIC was powered by 28 volt NiMH batteries and was capable of traveling up to 80 miles (&#;km) on a single charge. The EPIC was sold as a fleet-only lease vehicle. Production of the EPIC was discontinued in Only a few hundred of these vehicles were produced and sold. After the leases expired they were returned and crushed. Approximately 10 vans remain in private hands today.

Crash test results[edit]

The – Dodge Grand Caravan received a "Marginal" rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's 40&#;mph offset test. The structural performance and restraints were graded "Acceptable", but the foot injuries were very high.

In the NHTSA crash tests, it received 4 stars for the driver and front passenger in the frontal-impact. In the side-impact test, it received 5 stars for the driver, and 3 stars for the rear occupant, and resulted in a fuel leak that could cause a fire hazard.

Concepts[edit]

Other plans for this generation included three minivan concepts to be made in the Windsor Assembly, the Dodge Caravan R/T, Voyager XG, and the Chrysler Pacifica concept. The Caravan R/T (originally ESS) was to include the most powerful engine ever for a minivan, rated at horsepower (&#;kW). It had large air intakes and driving lights in the front bumper, a brushed aluminum instrument panel, racing-style pedals, and black and white rubber flooring. The Voyager XG was more rugged, featured a diesel engine and manual transmission, and included many outdoor amenities, such as a built-in ice pack. The Chrysler Pacifica, based on the Town & Country, was more luxurious, had power leather seats and footrests, overhead bins and lighting, an LHS grille, and roof-long skylights. The Pacifica actually did come to be in , based on the fifth-generation Caravan, except that it became a crossover SUV rather than a minivan; the nameplate was eventually applied to a minivan in

Easy-Out Roller Seats[edit]

In , Dodge introduced a system of seats to simplify installation, removal, and re-positioning, marketed as Easy-Out Roller Seats. When installed, the seats are latched to floor-mounted strikers. When unlatched, eight rollers lift each seat, allowing it to be rolled fore and aft. Tracks have locator depressions for rollers, to simplify installation. Ergonomic levers at the seatbacks release the floor latches single-handedly, without tools, and raise the seats onto the rollers in a single motion. Additionally, seatbacks were designed to fold forward. Seat roller tracks are permanently attached to the floor and seat stanchions are aligned, facilitating the longitudinal rolling of the seats. Bench seat stanchions were moved inboard to reduce bending stress in the seat frames, allowing them to be lighter.

When configured as two and three-person benches (available through Generation IV), the Easy Out Roller Seats could be unwieldy. Beginning in , second and third-row seats became available in a 'quad' configuration – bucket or captain chairs in the second row and a third-row three-person 50/50 split "bench" – with each section weighing under 50&#;lb (23&#;kg). The Easy-out system remained in use through Generation V – where certain models featured a two-person bench and the under-floor compartments from the Stow'n Go system.

All the rebadged nameplate variants of the Chrysler minivans use the Easy Out Roller Seats on their second-row seating, where not the Stow and Go system.

Fourth generation (–)[edit]

Main article: Chrysler minivans (RS)

Motor vehicle

Fourth generation
 Dodge Caravan SXT.jpg
Also&#;calledDodge Grand Caravan (LWB Model)
Dodge Caravan (SWB Model)
ProductionJuly 24, – July (North America)
– (China)
Model&#;years– (North America)
– (China)
DesignerBrandon Faurote ()[20]
Body&#;style4-door minivan
LayoutTransverse front-engine, front-wheel drive / all-wheel drive
PlatformChrysler RS platform
RelatedChrysler Town & Country
Chrysler Pacifica
Chrysler Voyager
Engine&#;L EDZI4
&#;L CRD diesel (Philippines)
&#;L 6G72V6 (China)
&#;L EGAV6
&#;L EGH V6
Transmission3-speed 31TH automatic with EDZ
4-speed 41TEautomatic
WheelbaseSWB: &#;in (2,&#;mm)
Grand Caravan: &#;in (3,&#;mm)
Length– SWB: &#;in (4,&#;mm)
– SWB: &#;in (4,&#;mm)
Grand Caravan: &#;in (5,&#;mm)/&#;in (5,&#;mm)
Width&#;in (1,&#;mm)
Height&#;in (1,&#;mm)

Unveiled at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) on Monday, January 10, ,[21] the redesigned Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country were released for sale in August The release was part of a promotional tie-in with Nabisco, which unveiled their new "Mini Oreos" inside the van during the unveiling.[22] The first vans rolled off the line at the Windsor Assembly Plant on July The fourth generation vans were available in the trim levels; SE, Sport, SXT, AWD Sports, "base" model, AWD Choice, eL, C/V, ES, EX, AWD Wagon, and SXT All-Wheel-Drive.[23]

In development from February to December , the Generation IV minivans were based on the Chrysler RS platform and featured a larger body frame with modified headlights and taillights. Design work was done by Brandon Faurote from January and reached production approval in

In addition to other detailed changes, power sliding doors and a power hatch became available as options. The Mitsubishi &#;L V6, which no longer met emissions standards in California and the northeastern U.S., was discontinued, and a more powerful &#;L engine, based on the &#;L, became available. All Wheel Drive continued to be offered on high-end models. Other innovative available features included remote-operated sliding doors and a rear hatch, which could be opened and closed at the push of a button, either inside the vehicle or with the keyless entry fob.

In the model year, DaimlerChrysler stopped using the "DODGE" badges on the front doors, like with all Dodge vehicles.

In , the Caravan C/V and Grand Caravan C/V returned after having been discontinued in The C/V featured the option of deleted side windows (replaced by composite panels), optional rear seats, a cargo floor made of plastic material similar to pickup truck bedliners, rubber flooring in lieu of carpeting, and a normal hatch at the rear. Minor changes were made to the Grand Caravan ES including many of the features included in Option Group 29S becoming standard, the inch Titan chrome wheels no longer being an option replaced with standard inch chrome wheels, and the disappearance of the AutoStick Transmission option. This year also saw the appearance of an optional factory-installed rear-seat DVD system with a single-disc player mounted below the HVAC controls.

The model year offered an exclusive one year only "Anniversary Edition" package to mark Caravan's 20th year in production. This package was offered on higher-level SXT models and included chrome wheels, body-color moldings, special interior accents, as well as a unique fender badge.

Model year changes to the Caravan included a revised grille, new foglight fascia, and a system of in-floor folding second and third-row seats, marketed as Stow 'n Go seating.

Production of this generation continued in China from , when the Taiwanese Chrysler Town & Country production line was relocated there, until late when the fifth generation Chrysler Voyager was introduced to the Chinese market. The Caravan was subsequently replaced by the Journey, although a page for the Caravan still exists on the Dodge China site.[24] The Chinese Caravan was produced alongside the Town & Country, now using the Grand Voyager nameplate, by Soueast, and did not share any aesthetic components with the North American Caravan aside from the wheels. Instead, the Chinese Caravan was identical to the Taiwanese Town & Country, aside from the lack of chrome trim on the exterior door panels, and used a modified version of the Town & Country front bumper with a Dodge grille. Chinese vans were equipped with Mitsubishi 6G72 engines and came in three trim levels: Classic, SXT, and Luxury.

Trim levels[edit]

Dodge Grand Caravan Sport
  • SE - Included: Cloth upholstery, grocery bag hooks, manual air conditioning, tinted windows, manual locks, an AM/FM stereo with cassette player and four speakers (later, a single-CD player replaced the tape deck), and 15" steel rims with "Kinetic" hubcaps. Later standard features were sliding door alert (hazards flash when opening), and 15" steel rims with "Interface" hubcaps.
  • SE Plus (Grand Caravan only) - Added: power mirrors, sound insulation, keyless entry, illuminated entry, power front windows, and rear vents,
  • Sport - Added: an overhead console, rear defroster, sunscreen glass, speed control, power locks, floor mats, tachometer, power heated mirrors, an AM/FM stereo with cassette player and 6 speakers, power windows, and inch "crossfire" hubcaps. Package 25H added dual-zone air conditioning, glove box and ashtray lights, headlamp off delay. Package 25K added an AM/FM stereo with single-CD and cassette players and 6 speakers, power sliding doors, and a power driver's seat. Later replaced by the SXT package.
  • SXT - Added (from SE Plus): Three-zone air conditioning, power driver's seat, fog lamps, power sliding doors, HomeLink garage door opener, an AM/FM stereo with single-CD/cassette players and 6 speakers, tachometer, and inch "Ingot" alloy rims.
  • ES - Added: three-zone air conditioning, a trip computer, fog lamps, driver's side power sliding door, garage door opener, an AM/FM stereo with cassette player, in-dash 4-disc CD changer with Infinity sound system, and inch "europa" alloy rims.

Engines[edit]

  • – L EDZI4, &#;hp (&#;kW) at rpm and &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m) at rpm
  • – L EGAV6, &#;hp (&#;kW) at rpm and &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m) at rpm
  • – L EGH V6, &#;hp (&#;kW) at rpm and &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m) at rpm

IIHS results[edit]

The model of this version earned a "Poor" rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's 40&#;mph offset test. It did protect its occupants reasonably well, and the dummy movement was well controlled, however, a fuel leak occurred. Chrysler corrected this problem starting with the models, moving it up to an "Acceptable" rating.

The model year brought optional side curtain airbags and a stronger B-pillar, which was tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's side-impact crash test. With the side airbags, it got an "Acceptable" rating. For the driver, there is a chance of serious neck injuries, rib fractures, and/or internal organ injuries. The rear passengers, however, could leave this accident unharmed, as there is a low risk of significant injury in a crash of this severity for them.

Stow 'N Go seating[edit]

In , Dodge introduced a system of second- and third-row seating that folded completely into under-floor compartments. It was marketed as Stow 'N Go and was available exclusively on long-wheelbase models.

In a development program costing $ million,[25] engineers initially used an Erector Set to visualize the complex interaction of the design[26] and redesigned under-floor components. The system included the spare tire well, fuel tank, exhaust system, parking brake cables, rear climate control lines, and rear suspension[26] but precluded all-wheel drive (AWD).

The system, in turn, creates a combined volume of 12 cubic feet (&#;L) of under-floor storage when second-row seats are deployed. With both rows folded, the vans have a flat-load floor and a maximum cargo volume of cubic feet (4,&#;L).[25][27]

The Stow 'n Go system received the Popular Science Magazine's "Best of What's New" for award,[28] and was never offered on the Volkswagen Routan, the rebadged nameplate variant of the Chrysler minivans.

For the model year , Chrysler revised the system, rebranding it as "Super Stow 'n Go". New pivoting head restraints with taller seatbacks and a revised folding mechanism (marketed as "single action") improved stowage ease – with the head restraints folding on themselves automatically and the entire seat automatically folding down to a position just over its floor recess.

Fifth generation (–)[edit]

Main article: Chrysler minivans (RT)

Motor vehicle

Fifth generation (Dodge Grand Caravan)
'16 Dodge Grand Caravan (Carrefour Angrignon).jpg

Dodge Grand Caravan

Also&#;calledRam C/V Tradesman
ProductionAugust 16, – August 21,
Model&#;years
Body&#;style4-door minivan
LayoutTransverse front-engine, front-wheel drive
PlatformChrysler RT platform
RelatedChrysler Town & Country
Chrysler Grand Voyager
Volkswagen Routan
Engine&#;L &#;hp (&#;kW) CRD I4diesel
&#;L &#;hp (&#;kW) V6
L &#;hp (&#;kW) V6
L &#;hp (&#;kW) V6
&#;L &#;hp (&#;kW) Pentastar V6
Transmission4-speed automatic ( engine)
62TE 6-speed automatic (, , engines)
Wheelbase&#;in (3,&#;mm)
Length&#;in (5,&#;mm)
Ram Cargo Van: &#;in (5,&#;mm)
Width&#;in (1,&#;mm)
Height&#;in (1,&#;mm)
Ram Cargo Van: &#;in (1,&#;mm)
Curb&#;weight4,&#;lb (1,&#;kg)

The fifth-generation Dodge minivan had debuted at the North American International Auto Show with exterior styling by Ralph Gilles. Beginning with Generation V in the model year , Chrysler only made the long-wheelbase Grand Caravan. With the discontinuation of the short-wheelbase Caravan, Dodge offered the Journey on nearly an identical wheelbase and as a crossover rather than a minivan. Although the SWB model, which had accounted for half of all sales in Canada,[29] cost approximately $2, less and offered a four-cylinder engine option with improved fuel economy, Chrysler executives stated the SWB Caravan was discontinued to accommodate new features offered in the Grand Caravan, consistent with the demands of the majority of the minivan market.[30]

A new six-speed automatic transmission became standard with the &#;L V6 and the new &#;L V6. The four-speed automatic transmission is standard with the &#;L Flex-Fuel V6. This generation of Grand Caravan and its Town & Country counterpart were not available with an all-wheel-drive system. The previously unavailable Electronic Stability Control was made standard on this generation.[31]

Chrysler introduced a seat management system marketed as Swivel'n Go seating, the MyGIG entertainment system (a stereo with a built-in hard drive for recording, storing, and playing music), second and third-row video screens, powered second-row windows, standard side curtain airbags, and dashboard-mounted transmission controls. The gear shift lever moved to the instrument panel, the location used by competitors.

The market shifted briefly away from minivans and SUVs with the gasoline price spikes of the earlier part of This trend began to reverse itself towards the fall of [30] In and the Dodge Grand Caravan continued to be the top-selling minivan in Canada, with over 60% of the market's monthly sales.

Automotive News reported that, from January to October in , Dodge sold about a third of its Grand Caravans to rental fleets. The relatively high rental fleet sales depressed used vehicles' resale value: as the number of returned ex-rental Grand Caravan to the market jumped fourfold between July to October, prices of used and Dodge minivans dropped by as much as 20%.[32]

The Dodge Grand Caravan was discontinued after the model year because of "regulatory reasons". It was reported that the cost of updating the vehicle to meet new federal safety regulations is so high that it would eliminate its low price advantage.[33]

Trim levels[edit]

  • SE - Included: Cloth upholstery, inch steel wheels with hubcaps, overhead console with observation mirror, sunglass bin (not available if equipped with sunroof), power locks, power windows with automatic driver's side window, sliding door alert system (hazards flash for 10 seconds when opened), manual sliding doors, manual mirrors, air conditioning (manual temperature control), floor console, and an AM/FM stereo with a single-CD player, MP3 capability, auxiliary input jack and four speakers.
  • SXT Added: power sliding doors, power heated mirrors, automatic front windows, power second-row windows, rear power vents, a rear overhead console, universal garage door opener, LED lighting with rear overhead swivel lamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, power driver's seat, Stow N Go, an AM/FM stereo with single-CD/DVD player with MP3 capability, 20GB HDD, backup camera and 6 speakers, and inch alloy rims.
  • SXT Premium Added: Chromed exterior mirrors and chrome-striped side molding, inch alloy rims, power sunroof

Engines[edit]

Model Displacement Type Valves Power
([email protected])
Torque
([email protected])
Compression
ratio
Transmission Fuel economy
(MPG)
Years
L VM Motori A DOHC dieselI42,&#;cc (&#;cu&#;in) DOHC 16 @3, @2, 6-speed 62TE automatic
L VM Motori RA DOHC dieselI42,&#;cc (&#;cu&#;in) DOHC 16 @3, @2, 6-speed 62TE automatic
LV63,&#;cc (&#;cu&#;in) OHV 12 @5, @4, 4-speed 41TEautomatic17/24
Pentastar L[34] V6 3,&#;cc (&#;cu&#;in) DOHC 24 @6, @4, 6-speed 62TE automatic 17/25
L V6 3,&#;cc (&#;cu&#;in) OHV 12 @5, @4, 16/23
L V6 3,&#;cc (&#;cu&#;in) SOHC 24 @6, @4, 17/25
Dodge Grand Caravan SXT

Both the &#;L and &#;L engines were paired with Chrysler's 62TE 6-speed automatic transmission with variable line pressure (VLP) technology (See Ultradrive#62TE).

In Canada (–) the &#;L was the standard engine across the range, combined with the 4-speed 41TE automatic transmission. The &#;L engine and the six-speed combination was available as an option on only the top of the range SXT models. In the six-speed transmission was specified as standard on the Town & Country.

Swivel 'n Go seating[edit]

Dodge introduced a seating system for , marketed as Swivel 'n Go. In the seating system, two full-size second row seats swivel to face the third row. A detachable table can be placed between the second and third-row seats. The Swivel 'n Go seating system includes the third-row seating from the Stow 'n Go system. The system is offered on the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country, but not the Volkswagen Routan, a rebadged nameplate variant of the Chrysler minivans.

These Swivel 'n Go Seats are manufactured by Intier, a division of Magna. The tracks, risers, and swivel mechanisms are assembled by Camslide, a division of Intier. The swivel mechanism was designed by and is produced by Toyo Seat. The swivel mechanism includes bumpers that stabilize the seat while in the lock position. When rotated the seat comes off these bumpers to allow easy rotation. The seat is not meant to be left in an unlocked position or swiveled with the occupant in it, although this will not damage the swivel mechanism.

"Swivel 'n Go" was dropped after the model year and is no longer an option on and later Chrysler and Dodge vans. However, the seats can still be installed by modifying the van with a few basic tools and parts[citation needed]. However, it is impossible to install the table.

Model history[edit]

model year[edit]

For , standard Stow 'n Go seats were added that folded flat into the rear area floor to create more cargo room, while the Swivel 'n Go seats turned degrees to face the third row. The available SXT trim now included new technology options. New for was an optional "sport" suspension system as well as a blind-spot warning system and "Cross Path Detection" with sensors to warn of cars or other obstacles when backing out of a parking space.[35]

model year[edit]

The Chrysler minivans became the only domestic brand minivans as GM and Ford replaced their slow-selling models with three-row crossover SUVs.[36]

Changes for the Dodge Grand Caravans included new active head restraints for the driver and front passenger on all models, three-zone manual climate controls for the Grand Caravan SE, and a new final drive ratio for models equipped with the liter engine.

model year[edit]

Post-facelift Dodge Grand Caravan

The Grand Caravan underwent a mid-cycle refresh for the model year, which included major changes in both styling and functionality. The suspension was heavily re-tuned, with both Dodge and Chrysler minivans gaining a larger front sway bar and new rear sway bar, increased rear roll center height, adjusted spring rates, a new steering gear, a revised front static camber setting, and lowered ride height. This improved handling.

All three of the former engine choices were replaced by the new Pentastar liter V6 with six-speed automatic transmission, now the sole powertrain choice for all models. Interior trim was restyled on both vans, in addition to major exterior revisions highlighted by the new "double-crosshair" grille on the Grand Caravan. The Grand Caravan no longer had its own distinct headlight assemblies and now shared a common design with the Town & Country.

Other changes included extra sound insulation, acoustic glass, new seats, softer-touch surfaces, new LED ambient lighting and center console, and halogen projector headlamps with LED accents. The Chrysler models were adjusted so that instead of competing against equivalent Dodge trim levels, they were above Dodge in trim and features.[37]

model year[edit]

For , a new, basic style trim called "AVP" was introduced, while some features previously unavailable for "SE" (like touch navigation panel) become available as options (The "SE" now also received a floor console, similar to the one available for "SXT"). The same year, the front logo design was changed gaining the two slanted rectangles in red to match the rest of the Dodge lineup. For , the American Value Package "AVP" trim manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) was reduced by $1, from the year before.

model year[edit]

The Grand Caravan added a class-exclusive feature with an optional Blu-Ray DVD player while the base "AVP" model was described by Autotrader.com editors as having a "shockingly low MSRP" giving buyers "incredible utility" in their vehicle.[38]

model year[edit]

Dodge Grand Caravan 30th Anniversary Edition on display at the Montreal Auto Show, 22 January

For the model year, three new packages are introduced: American Value Package (US), Canada Value Package (Canada), Blacktop package (US only), and the 30th Anniversary Edition. They are all different sets of the SE and SXT trims and include new luxury features for the same price. The Grand Caravan AVP also gained easy-clean floor mats that came with the optional second-row Stow'n Go seats (standard on SE, SXT, and R/T).

The "Blacktop Package", based on SE and SXT, came equipped with inch polished aluminum wheels with gloss black pockets, a gloss black grille, black headlamp bezels, an all-black interior including headliner, door panels and console, unique black cloth seats and door trim panels with silver accent stitching, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with silver accent stitching and a leather shift knob, choice of 6 body colors (Granite Crystal, Billet Silver, Brilliant Black, Maximum Steel, Redline Red, Bright White). SXT models also include fog lamps.

The "SE 30th Anniversary Edition", based on the SE trim, came equipped with inch satin carbon aluminum wheels, body-color heated exterior mirrors, 30th Anniversary badging on the front fenders, silver accent stitching and piano black accents throughout, black cloth seats, a black leather-wrapped steering wheel, black leather-wrapped shift knob, black headliner and overhead console, bright heating and air conditioning trim bezels, power second- and third-row windows, and 30th Anniversary logo on the key fob

The "SXT 30th Anniversary Edition", based on the SXT trim, was packaged with inch polished aluminum wheels with satin carbon pockets, bright chrome roof rack, bright window trim moldings, fog lamps, automatic headlamps, and special 30th Anniversary badging, Black Torino leatherette seats with premium suede inserts and silver accent stitching, power way driver's seat, piano black accent trim bezels, and bright chrome accents throughout.

Both 30th Anniversary Editions included an available special body color, Granite Crystal Pearl Coat, a customized gauge cluster with 30th Anniversary badging, as well as the UConnect Handsfree Group (SiriusXM Satellite Radio with a one-year subscription, Bluetooth streaming audio and voice command and an auto-dimming rear view mirror). The vehicles arrived at dealerships at Q3 [39][40][41]

Also new for the model year, the Grand Caravan R/T gained standard auto headlamps with black bezels and the Security Group featuring remote start and security alarm.

model year[edit]

The Grand Caravan was not changed for the model year except for content features added to SE Plus and SXT Plus trims. The SE Plus package included black leather upholstery, power windows for the second-row seats, and Chrysler's Uconnect voice command with Bluetooth sound system.

model year[edit]

The new Chrysler Pacifica was unveiled on January 11, , and getting all the attention, but the Dodge Grand Caravan continued to be marketed as a budget minivan alternative.[42]

model year[edit]

A small model year update was applied to SE, SE Plus, SXT, and GT (replacing the R/T) models. The inch Touchscreen (Radio and NAV) became standard equipment with rear-view cameras on all models.[43] (Navigation is standard on GT and optional on SXT.)[44] The GT model also included monochromatic exterior and premium leather interior with red accent stitching[45]

Sales of the Grand Caravan began in Mexico during this model year, positioned as the most accessible minivan in its class.[46] Three models available in the Mexican market were SE, SXT and SXT Plus.[47]

FCA unveiled the Chrysler Pacifica, a new minivan for the model year, at the North American International Auto Show. The Pacifica replaced the Chrysler Town & Country, but it was originally stated that the model of the Dodge Caravan would be produced for one more model year as a lower-cost alternative to the Pacifica, before being discontinued.[48][49][50][51] In January , FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne stated that it was not clear if the Caravan would be discontinued, and that they would have to look into offering "some level of affordable access to the Pacifica at the lower end to try and replace the outgoing models" (this would eventually come in the form of the sixth-generation Voyager, which was briefly produced alongside the RT Caravan). Despite the introduction of the higher-cost Pacifica model, sales of the Caravan increased by 26% in [51] A substantial number of Caravans are sold to low-margin rental fleets.[52] The vehicle continues to be positioned for price-conscious customers and it draws traffic to dealerships when the vehicle is aggressively priced.[52] Additionally, FCA provided various rebates and incentives to assist purchases of the Grand Caravan and other models by customers with credit scores of less than [53]

According to a report by an automotive journalist, this strategy helps the Chrysler Pacifica hold its value better while also having a more affordable minivan available.[54] Over 60% of the Dodge Caravan's sales goes to fleet sales and the vehicle was the second best selling vehicle for rental fleet sales.[54][55]

model year[edit]

Dodge Grand Caravan SE

Production of Grand Caravans was temporarily suspended from September to November with the assembly of the model year versions starting in December [56][57] The production line required changes to install airbags that meet U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard calling for larger and more robust side-impact air curtains, as well as for them to deploy in the event of either a side-on collision or a rollover.[58] Beginning with the models, changes included advanced multistage driver and front-passenger airbags that include low-risk deployment, a driver's-side inflatable knee blocker, front seat-mounted side airbags, and side-curtains for outboard passengers in all three rows.[59]

For , the Grand Caravan was Dodge's best-selling vehicle while the sales of foreign-branded minivans fared worse than the Dodge in [60] Sales in Canada dropped 30 percent, significantly lower than the previous six years.[60]

model year[edit]

The model year marked the 35th anniversary of the Chrysler minivans.[61] A commemorative trim option was available on the SE and SXT models that included a bright grille, inch "tech silver" aluminum wheels, a 35th Anniversary fender badge as well as "piano black" console and instrument panel accents and front floor mats with 35th Anniversary embroidered logo.[62] A "Blacktop Package" featuring a black grille, headlamp bezels as well as an all-black interior was optional on SE and SXT 35th anniversary edition models.[62]

The minivan market segment decreased in general. Sales of the Grand Caravan models in Canada declined by 9% during the first quarter of , but it was still number 10 among the best-selling vehicles for that period in Canada.[63] Most sales went to the rental and on fleet customers.[63] The vehicle has not received major changes, but continues to be produced because "Dodge sold more than , Grand Caravans last year [], while Honda only sold , of its Odyssey minivans during the same year []."[64]

The third shift at Windsor minivan plant ended in October due to sluggish sales, eliminating 1, direct jobs.[65]

model year[edit]

Three models were available: SE, SE Plus, and SXT. The Grand Caravan SE Plus model now included standard second-row Super Stow 'n Go bucket seats, a power eight-way driver seat, and an all-black interior with cranberry wine accent stitching on the seats.[66] The optional "Blacktop Package" continued for the SE Plus and SXT models.

The Canadian market included six models starting from an entry-level version and then increasing the standard equipment on each: CVP, SXT, SXT Premium Plus, Crew, Crew Plus, and the GT that includes many convenience features as well as a performance suspension system and a monochromatic exterior.[67] The "Blacktop Package" trim option is available on SXT models.

Trim levels for the Mexican market were unchanged from previous model years with SE, SXT and SXT Plus models available.[68]

Safety[edit]

In the U.S. the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program crash testing, the Dodge Grand Caravan achieved an overall four star rating.[69]

Moderate overlap frontal offset Good
Small overlap frontal offset Poor
Side impact Good
Roof strength (–present models)Good

Variants[edit]

Europe[edit]

Main article: Chrysler/Lancia Voyager

As with preceding generations, Chrysler marketed the Caravan in Europe as the Chrysler Voyager, with the fifth-generation becoming exclusively sold as the long-wheelbase Grand Voyager. From to June , the model line was sold under the Chrysler brand; following the acquisition of Chrysler by Fiat, the Voyager was rebranded as a Lancia in continental Europe (with the Chrysler Voyager remaining in Ireland and the UK).

The Chrysler/Lancia Voyager was marketed under three trim lines distinct to Europe (Silver, Gold, and Platinum). The standard engine was a &#;L I4 diesel (producing &#;hp), with a &#;L gasoline V6 (producing &#;hp);[71] both engines were paired to a 6-speed automatic.

Following the model year, exports of the Voyager were discontinued as Fiat Chrysler reorganized its brands, with Chrysler remaining largely in North America and Lancia sold exclusively in Italy.

Ram Cargo Van (Ram C/V Tradesman)[edit]

For the model year, the Ram Trucks division received the Dodge Grand Caravan C/V cargo van, renaming it the Ram Cargo (C/V) Tradesman (reviving the name used by Dodge for its full-size cargo vans during the s). In contrast to its predecessor, the Tradesman was strictly a two-seat vehicle, with solid metal body paneling in place of rear windows and a flat rear load floor.

As the Ram brand increased its use of Fiat-based vehicles, the Tradesman was replaced for by the ProMaster City,[72] an American-market version of the Fiat Doblò.

Volkswagen Routan[edit]

Main article: Volkswagen Routan

After a five-year hiatus, Volkswagen re-entered the minivan segment in North America by introducing the Volkswagen Routan for the model year. Replacing the Transporter T4 (, EuroVan) in North America, the Routan was sold in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Targeting approximately 5% of the sales within the minivan segment, Volkswagen entered into a 5-year production agreement with Chrysler.[73][74]

The Routan was manufactured by Chrysler at its Windsor Assembly facility alongside the Grand Caravan and Town & Country, styled with its model-specific interior trim and front and rear exterior fascias. While sharing powertrains with the Grand Caravan, the Routan was given its own suspension tuning and seating configurations (the last Chrysler-designed minivans with lift-out seats).[75] As part of the update of the Chrysler minivans, the Grand Caravan received the stiffer suspension tuning previously used by Volkswagen;[73] while receiving the &#;L V6, the Routan carried over much of its interior.[76]

Falling far under sales expectations, the final Routans were produced by Chrysler in August ; all sales were from dealer inventory, with vehicles sold exclusively to fleets.[77][78] Originally predicting to sell 50, units per year, Volkswagen sold 57, Routans through its four years of production.[77] As Volkswagen shifted to SUVs in North America, the Routan minivan was replaced for by the three-row Atlas (also replacing the Touareg in North America).

Discontinuation[edit]

Chrysler Grand Caravan SE

For , Chrysler introduced its sixth-generation minivan, with the Chrysler Pacifica replacing the Chrysler Town & Country. Initially slated to end production following the model year[79], the Dodge Grand Caravan would live on through the model year. Although introduced in , FCA marketed the model line below the Pacifica, supported by its continuing popularity of fleet sales and its popularity in Canada.

After scheduling in February for production to end in May ,[80] FCA later extended the date by three months to end assembly on August [2] In production for nearly 37 years (13 years as the fifth-generation RT platform), the final Dodge Grand Caravan rolled off the Windsor, Ontario, Canada assembly line on August 21, [81]

For , Chrysler revived both the Voyager and Caravan nameplates under the Chrysler brand. Replacing entry-level trims of the Pacifica minivan[82], the Voyager is sold in the United States while the Grand Caravan is marketed in Canada.[83][84][85] Despite both vehicles differing only in nameplates, Chrysler retained the "Grand" extended-length prefix for the Grand Caravan (despite offering only a single length of minivans since )

Sales[edit]

Calendar year United StatesCanadaMexicoTotal
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Dodge Grand Caravan

Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.

0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.

Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.

Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.

Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.

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2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Review - Kelley Blue Book

Dodge Grand Caravan SXT review: Dodge Grand Caravan SXT

We were a little less than enthusiastic when a minivan appeared on our review schedule, but the Dodge Grand Caravan makes us seriously question our bias. Sure, it still looks like a minivan, and our smiles and winks at a cute girl in a convertible next to us were laughed off, but it handles and drives well. And to satisfy our tech tendencies, we can push buttons to make doors open and seats fold down. How cool is that?

Better yet, our Grand Caravan came equipped with the MyGig entertainment system, the first chance we've had to test it out. And topping that, we had Sirius satellite TV, which proved to be a very interesting option, although somewhat limited in its implementation. But the Grand Caravan isn't a perfect tech wonderland--the stereo has tinny speakers, and fuel economy isn't wonderful.

Test the tech: Photo safari
The MyGig entertainment system gives you about 15 gigabytes of space to store music and photos. Think of it as an in-dash MP3 player. The photo storage aspect of it intrigued us, as it seems like a useless but cool tech addition. We tried it out by taking a little trip from San Francisco to Santa Cruz, taking pictures along the way, and loading them onto MyGig.

We encountered our first snag with this idea when we plugged our camera into the USB port of MyGig. The system wouldn't recognize the camera as a storage device. It seems to only like USB drives. Instead, we went on our trip and took pictures but had to take them back to the office, copy them to a computer, and then to a USB drive.


Photo gallery:
MyGig photo safari

The drive itself was very nice, as the Grand Caravan didn't want for power, with its 4-liter V It even handled reasonably well as we took it from the freeway onto twisty Highway 84, then down to the coastal highway, 1. It's no sports car, but we were passing up choppers and Camrys. For entertainment, we relied on the MyGig music server. With about songs filling up a small portion of its drive space, we set it on random and had uninterrupted music for our four-hour drive. Audio controls mounted on the backs of the steering wheel spokes let us skip the songs we didn't like.

During our trip, we stopped for photos at a couple of lighthouses, got a few panoramas, and captured some Santa Cruz landmarks. After we had our pictures loaded onto a USB drive, we found another limitation of using MyGig for photos: It only lets you transfer one photo at a time, which is tedious, and it only holds eight photos. Yes, the photo feature of MyGig isn't really intended as a photo manager--it's there to let you personalize the system with background pictures for the music player. Click here to see our MyGig photo safari.

In the cabin
The most interesting and stand-out tech feature in our Grand Caravan was Sirius satellite TV. Unlike other countries, having television in the car is pretty novel in the U.S. But Sirius TV works better than foreign in-car TV implementations, as it doesn't rely on a single broadcast tower. You can drive through many counties and states, over many miles, without losing the signal.

Sirius satellite TV plays over the dual LCD screens.

But if you're thinking about getting the system so you won't miss your favorite new fall shows, forget about it. Sirius TV only gets three channels: Nickelodeon, Disney, and Cartoon Network. The package is designed to keep the kids entertained, not the adults. With the dual DVD entertainment option, as in our test car, the video plays on two ceiling-mounted drop-down screens, one for the second and one for the third row. You can also watch video on the dashboard screen if the transmission is in park. There is also a DVD player at the bottom of the stack that plays through the screens. Video quality is good, and rear-seat passengers get wireless headphones and a remote.

The MyGig entertainment system is more generally useful. We were very impressed with it, from its usability to its entertainment value. We quickly figured out that the hard button next to the LCD marked Radio/Media toggled between the radio and MyGig. The MyGig interface uses a simple tabbed structure, letting us easily select the hard drive, the jukebox feature, or disc. We plugged a USB drive into the port next to the screen, and MyGig asked us if we wanted to copy its music files to the hard drive. Similarly, after loading a regular or MP3 CD into the slot behind the screen, we could choose to copy it to the hard drive. When we ripped the Gorillaz Demon Days CD to MyGig, the system recognized the album and applied all the right ID3 tags.

On the MyGig system, JB stands for jukebox, a feature that lets you construct playlists.

MyGig lets you access music by artist, song, album, genre, and year, among others. It's a full-featured music player, and we found that it worked very well. We like that you can choose all songs by an artist or in a genre and play them in random order. Further, the jukebox feature lets you create short playlists of up to six albums. When we first looked at it, we found it a little baffling, but a quick read of the manual showed us how it worked.

Our Grand Caravan also came optioned up with premium sound, which includes nine Infinity speakers and a subwoofer powered by a watt amp. Although we liked how it filled the cabin, we weren't impressed with the audio quality. Considering the brand, we were surprised that the speakers sounded tinny and cheap. We were able to adjust treble, mids, and bass, along with balance and fade, through the stereo, but we couldn't make the speakers sound any better.

Bluetooth hands-free cell phone integration is present with Dodge's UConnect feature. We found this to be a pretty capable hands-free system. It's operated by voice command, with just a little onscreen feedback. The drawback of UConnect is that it doesn't make your cell phone's phone book available, so it works best for receiving calls or dialing numbers you have memorized.

The third-row seats fold flat into the floor at the touch of a button.

Navigation was not included in our Grand Caravan, although it is available. More interesting, the option sheet details that Sirius satellite traffic comes with the navigation system. We haven't had a chance to test out Sirius' satellite traffic service yet, but it looks very similar to the XM traffic service. It provides traffic flow information for freeways and major roads in specific metropolitan areas, along with incident information.

We were quite happy with Grand Caravan's automation of doors and seats. You can open the side doors and rear hatch from the key fob. Even better, the third-row seats can be stowed away in the floor at the push of a button. There's nothing like a little automation to make us feel powerful.

Under the hood
As mentioned above, the 4-liter V-6 in our Grand Caravan provides plenty of power, with horsepower and lb-ft. of torque. It's enough to chirp the front wheels and open up some distance from the cars around you. Unfortunately, the power comes at the cost of fuel economy. The EPA rates the Grand Caravan with the 4-liter V-6 at 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. We averaged around 17 mpg overall, with our mileage dipping well below 16 in the city.

The 4-liter engine is an option, though, with a liter V-6 the standard at the SXT trim level. We find it strange that Dodge makes engines so close in displacement available on the same car. But the liter V-6 only produces horsepower while getting the same EPA-rated mileage. That big horsepower difference indicates that the 4-liter is a much more efficient engine. We wish Dodge could apply its engine tech a little more evenly, giving the liter V-6 a little better mileage and horsepower.

The 4-liter V-6 engine is a $ upgrade if you start out with the SXT's liter V

But there's more--at the SE trim level you get a liter V-6, which produces horsepower. The EPA hadn't published fuel economy estimates for the SE trim level at the time of this review.

The SXT trimmed Grand Caravan, with either the liter or 4-liter V-6, comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, while the SE trim comes with a four-speed. We like how the six-speed performs. Under acceleration, it downshifts easily. As we hit the brakes on approaching a corner, it downshifted almost as well as a sport automatic. You can also select gears manually by pushing the shifter to the right or left.

We were really surprised at the lack of significant body roll during cornering. Although we didn't push the Grand Caravan too hard on mountain roads, we got up enough speed to test its grip, attacking some good 30 and 40 mph turns. We hit the brakes, dove into the corner, and shot out the other side without too much complaint from the car.

Emission ratings haven't been published for the Dodge Grand Caravan at the time of this review.

In sum
The Dodge Grand Caravan SXT we tested came pretty well loaded. Its base price is a very inexpensive $26,, but ours was optioned up to a total of $36, The MyGig entertainment system came as part of the Customer Preferred package, which also includes creature comforts such as UConnect, power liftgate, and a rear-view camera, all for $3, The rear-seat dual DVD system was a separate option, coming in at $1,, while the Sirius TV was only $ The premium 4-liter engine added $ You can get MyGig as an a la carte option for $, while MyGig with navigation runs $1,

We're not too happy with the gas mileage, and Sirius TV is only useful if you have kids, but other than that we were impressed by the Dodge Grand Caravan. It had plenty of power and some useful tech, although we also would have liked the navigation option, with live traffic reporting. We also wish the stereo system had sounded better. We haven't looked at very many minivans here at CNET Car Tech, so we can only suggest a couple of crossover SUVs as good alternatives. Although neither are quite as roomy, the Toyota Highlander is worth considering. The Highlander can be had with third-row seating, which might meet the occupancy requirements of anyone considering the Grand Caravan, and it has almost as much technology on offer.

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2008 caravan dodge grand

AARON KILEY

INGO BARENSCHEE

Perhaps you’ve noticed the absence of a minivan entry in our annual Lightning Lap caterwaul. That’s because—no surprise here—the everyday people mover is not exactly an enthusiast-mobile. Nonetheless, Car and Driver has always been a fan of group-friendly rides, and for hauling seven people and their stuff, nothing makes more sense. As then editor-in-chief William Jeanes pointed out in his elegant way in a 30,mile test of the second-generation Dodge Caravan in , “People have a way of expecting editors of car magazines to say that their favorite cars are something fast and exotic. May I offer some news? I like the looks, the utility, and the drivability of this vehicle.”

How much do we like minivans? We have undertaken no fewer than 12 long-term tests of these breadboxes in the last 20 years. The van you see before you, a Grand Caravan, is no newcomer to these pages. This fifth-generation Chrysler product was indeed the sentimental favorite in our last comparison test of “genuine” minivans [“Space Shuttles,” November ]. The chief scrutinizer in that test, the eagle-eyed Patrick Bedard, asked out loud, “Can the original maker regain the lead in the category it invented 24 years ago?” Well, no, it couldn’t, winding up midpack, behind the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna but ahead of the Nissan Quest and Hyundai Entourage.

But a minivan of any kind had been absent from our long-term fleet for more than four years. In early , Dodge was amenable when we inquired if it would be okay to beat one up for 40, miles. Maybe the family types around here would find more to like than did the staffers in that comparo. Or maybe not.

To our order list for the silver Grand Caravan SXT, we tacked on about $ worth of options. When we took delivery that March, we’d jettisoned the stock liter engine for the stronger liter version and added a sport suspension ($) and a $ tow-prep package. Then there was the $ Customer Preferred package to keep us safe and cozy; it included a rear backup camera, heated front- and second-row seats, and the much admired remote engine starter. So we could play our High School Musical DVDs at will, we checked the box for the $ dual-screen rear entertainment system. The $ Swivel ’n Go package brought with it a stowable table, an add-on we might have skipped had there not been the included “swivel” feature for the second-row seating. All this (and more) had the effect of swelling the $27, entry price to $36,

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AARON KILEY

Coincidence? The van has a stowable table, and Chrysler has a 25th anniversary.
Party! But, wait, someone is sitting on Quiroga’s chewing gum!

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The Grand Caravan was a steady performer whether on daily commutes or extended trips, although its flaccid responses and low limits—even among minivans—were routinely criticized. There were complaints about a slow-to-respond throttle—and when it did come on, it did so with too much sudden thrust in low and mid gears. An editor pointed it out in the logbook as “another example of Chrysler engine calibration to create greater sensation of power.” But once the engine got into the upper reaches, the van kept up easily on fast-flowing interstates. Indeed, acceleration is one of the Caravan’s strong suits, with a second 0-tomph time ( second better than in the ’07 comparo), second only in its class to the Sienna.

The heated seats, quick to warm up, were a godsend in the worst winter many of us had encountered in Michigan—the big snow of – But the comfort report from the driver’s seat was not very good: One editor didn’t like the seat, calling it mediocre and finding it hard to be comfortable in; another said the seat’s bottom became “inadequate” over long trips.

Filled to its cubic-foot cargo-carrying capacity (behind the third row) and bearing two rooftop carriers and one hitch-mounted cargo tray, the Grand Caravan proved dependable for a family of six that headed out west. “Heavy gear hunting through the Sierra Nevada Mountains is forgivable, given the way this van is loaded down,” website associate editor Jared Gall noted. Double glove box, center console, cubbies in the doors. “Storage paradise,” noted Gall’s mom. “Just when I thought I had squeezed in everything possible, we discovered the roomy storage areas in the floor.” But from this family adventure, we learned that big people—all the Galls need are kilts to look like entrants in a tree-throwing contest—have a difficult time getting into the second-row seats, and comfort went out the window to those exiled to the Dodge’s smallest-in-class third row, where the seatbacks aren’t high enough. And with a full house, floor space is tight for big feet.

Even though drivers regularly complained about the wobbly gearshift and flimsy center console, for the most part, all riders found something to enjoy. When an month-old grew antsy in his seat, all grandma had to do was rotate the chair on which his car seat perched, and the little devil had a new and engaging view. All kids liked riding backward in the rotating middle seats—a throwback to rearward-looking benches of a long-ago station-wagon era. Bill Ferguson, an year-old traveler who had been a participant in World War II, used an air mattress in place of one of the minivan’s second-row seats on a mile trip to see the monument in Washington, D.C., dedicated to those who served in that war. And on every long trip, kids cocooned within wireless headsets, watching movies and playing games on the two-screen setup.

We appreciated that the powerful Caravan betters most of the competition in fuel economy—we averaged 20 mpg over the course of 40, miles—as well as in its user-friendly features, both big and small: self-storing, rear-window sunshades; side-door windows that open almost all of the way (which made for friendlier border crossings back into the U.S. when we returned from Canadian trips); and key-fob-controlled side doors and rear hatch.

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AARON KILEY

The second-row seats were rotated for some passengers and removed for others.
Underfloor storage gobbled up the cargo and hid the table, and ambient lighting
brightened the interior.

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The logbook is free of gripes about the service experience. Routine maintenance calls for oil changes and tire rotations every miles. Those six service stops ranged in cost from $51 to $, adding up to $, which is more than our long-term Sienna’s $ service bill even after adjusting for inflation.

We ordered a set of winter rubber after about a month of heavy snow (by February, four feet had fallen in Detroit). Without them, the slightest driver inputs on snowy roads triggered the anti-lock brakes and set off stability-control flashers. After we slapped on a set of Bridgestone Blizzak DMZ3 winter tires ($), we were able to plow ahead with confidence.

After about 18, miles, we began hearing a rattle coming from somewhere inside the Grand Caravan. But where? As winter finally gave way to spring, Michigan’s big-city potholes began their annual mating ritual, quadrupling in number and increasing our rattle anxiety. Fact is, we never did locate the irritating noise and did what a lot of people do: We just accepted it, although we never stopping complaining about it.

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AARON KILEY

WWII vet, Bill Ferguson, 83, gets 40 winks on a second-row air mattress.

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Repairs to a latch on one of the drop-down video screens and a second-row seat lever were made under warranty in one service call. And the front brake pads and rotors were used up in a pathetically short 24, miles, requiring nonwarranty replacement at the dealership for $ The Grand Caravan had two recalls early in its stay: one for a software update to the MyGig infotainment system and the second for software affecting the rear sliding doors. A third recall for a power-steering hose came just at the end of the minivan’s time with us.

You won’t be chasing apexes or carving up two-lanes in a minivan. You’ll be hauling your unruly clan around and trying to keep the little buzz-cuts in their belts. Though no major mechanical issues surfaced during the Grand Caravan’s stay, the low-quality interior and lukewarm driving experience keep it off the top of our vehicle-buying list—even for the family types among us.

TOM COSGROVE

Cloth seats and seat heaters are an awesome combination.

SUE MATHEWS

Very comfortable vehicle. Never felt tired driving to and from Wisconsin.

RUSS FERGUSON

Limit your crew to four, and you will enjoy the trip and the ride.

DAVE VANDERWERP

Underdamped and seriously clumsy on the road, and the tires start howling at what feels like g. My favorite part about driving it is that it makes the Odyssey feel like an S-class.

MIKE AUSTIN

The nonmediocre parts of the Caravan are just plain bad, like the ride. Potholes send reverberations through the whole structure, and if you hit the right resonance with road bumps, the van wallows up and down or the front end shakes like a wheel is out of balance.

MARK GILLIES

The materials are pretty cheap, but then, Toyota and Honda also fill their van cabins with hard plastics.

Another Pair of Eyes

You’re cruising along, approaching a car up the road. You draw nearer, and a green silhouette of a vehicle appears on a dashboard display screen just to the left of your steering wheel. You get closer, and the silhouette turns orange, and then a menacing red, and then you’re hearing an alarm. If you still haven’t backed off the throttle and there’s a possibility of a collision, the alarm turns to a repeating beep. What you’re experiencing is a Mobileye AWS, a system that monitors what’s ahead of your vehicle so you can avoid forward collisions and lane departures. Believe us, you’d have to be asleep to miss this warning.

Intriguingly, the system uses video-analysis software to determine whether an object on the road is a car. Unfortunately, the system does not warn a driver of other objects in the road. For example, garbage cans, inflatable Santas, and runaway BBQ grills may be barreled over in full flight without warning. Also, the warning threshold is adjustable on the display depending on the desired buffer size.

The software can detect when you drift out of your lane and haven’t flipped on a turn signal. If that occurs, the speaker on that side of the car emits a sound similar to the noise made when rolling over a highway rumble strip, and a flashing white line is illuminated on the display.

What comes with this top-line Mobileye system is the display, a forward-looking camera (it mounts on the inside of the windshield, behind the rearview mirror), a pair of speakers, and a wiring harness. The components need to be professionally installed because the camera must be calibrated to the specific vehicle.

The initial impression was split—some could not handle the constant chimes and alarms, while others easily figured out how to change the Mobileye’s sensitivity to suit their driving habits. But after a few weeks in our long-term Grand Caravan, we concluded that this Mobileye works well (although it’s naturally annoying) and would serve as a good learning tool—use your signals and maintain a safe distance—for a young driver.

It’s $ (including installation and calibration). Go to www.mobileye.com for more information.

-K.C. Colwell

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