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Chrylser Minivans, still the best!! by Steve from Tacoma, WA on 08/10/2011. Trim: 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Mainstreet, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: I like the new 3.6L Pentastar V6 coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission. It is a 24-valve DOHC VVT platform and runs strong. The 6-speed auto is perfect for this engine. When is the last time your minivan had a 6500 rpm redline? A very good vehicle for both people and cargo with Stow-n-Go hideaway seats. I recently took a 1400+ mile road trip and the actual mileage in "Econo" mode was 28.3 at it's highest. It also handles a small light-weight utility trailer with ease.
Cons: I dislike the fact that Chrysler is now majority owned by Fiat, an Italian company. That should not have happened to yet another great American company.
Overall review: This is the ultimate family vehicle for less than $30K.
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Nice Van by Jerry, Springfield MA on 04/09/2011. Trim: 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Mainstreet, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: The new engine is strong, and the van handles well. I'm getting 24.6 MPG on the Mass turnpike, with the cruise set at 75 mph, you can't beat that and 21 mpg in town. I did prefer the looks of the old 2004 T&C that I traded in for this one though. The old model seemed more stylish on the outside and looked less like a box. The new dash is nice, much easier to read the speedo and gauges at night. Had it for just a month and 2500 miles. This new Caravan is well made. Looked at the Honda, Toyota and Kia before buying the Dodge. Love the stow & go, and you can't beat the price. 26K for a Caravan sure beats 40K for a Honda, which is no better van, and looks uglier with that lightning bolt side.
Cons: Don't care for the black seats and carpet. Shows lint too easily. Also don't like the new ignition key, give me a real one.
Overall review: Excellent vehicle for the money. Dodge engineers have done a great job on the 2011. Major improvement over the 2010. Glad I waited for it to come out this year.
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Love my GC. by Jim from Shrewsbury, MA on 01/13/2012. Trim: 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Express, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Love the exterior styling, newly designed Pentastar V6 engine, and the folding Sto-N-Go seats. Has plenty of power and lots of room inside. I believe it is the only mini-van that you can fit a 4x8 sheet of plywood in the back and close the tail gate door.
Cons: Have not found any issues yet.
Overall review: Had a 2003 Grand Caravan and loved it. Traded it in on the 2011 in November. Only paid $16,200 with the trade. I thought that was a great deal.
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the best mini van in the market by Kathy's people mover on 09/29/2011. Trim: 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Mainstreet, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: excellent van for the money. The stow-n-go is the best thing going and now so much easier to use. Sure beats out the Toyota and the Quest. Love the fact they have the new 6cyl with the extra horsepower and better gas mileage.
Cons: I can understand why the 2nd row seats aren't so comfortable but they could have softened up the front seats a bit more.
Overall review: Anyone who dosen't like the Caravan hasn't owned one!
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No it's not a Toyota. Even Kia is far away ahead. by An MSN Autos Consumer on 07/28/2011. Trim: 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: I test-drived this van in Canada. Basic model (with the bench on the 2-nd row) cost $20K + taxes. That's a normal price for this van. You should expect to get what you pay for.
Cons: I really expected a difference in acceleration and handling when they added in 2011 model a new 3.6L 285 HP engine. Well...there is almost no difference at all to compare to 2010 3.3L. Breaking is - not what you'd expect in the new car. I was looking for an option with the captain chairs on the 2-nd row. To add this increases the cost + $4,000. Woa! I'm not sure what the designers were thinking about? How often the person who owns a passenger van wants his seats pulled down into the floor? 1 time a year? Or might be two? People who buy van usually drive other people or kids in it. Most of us really don't need this fancy staff. Give me 2 basic chairs and add $500 for it. Simple, isn't it?
Overall review: The "so-called "a-la Chrysler tiptronic" is really a joke. This type of trasnsmission was first introduced by Volvo in late 90-th. Now many cars have this option. When I tryed it here - I was shocked, It doesn't have logic it what they've built. The van shows you drive on 4-th gear when you actually drive on 1-st or 2-nd. Even the sales guy couldn't explain how the driver should use it. In general I would say that if you want to save 10 grand to compare to other vans on the market - this is your choice. From a technical perpective - you get what you pay for.
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