$19,055 – $22,995 MSRP
$17,955 – $21,081 Invoice
19 / 26 MPG City/Hwy
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The Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan underwent a substantial redesign in 2005, so changes for 2007 are limited to two new exterior colors on passenger vans and the inclusion of standard glass windows in the sliding side doors of cargo vans. Numerous upgrades, however, are scheduled for 2008, including new interior and exterior designs and a 6-speed transaxle.
The Dodge Caravan has the distinction of being the world's best-selling minivan for 22 consecutive years. And with both General Motors and Ford having shut down their minivan programs in favor of producing new crossover utility vehicles, Dodge's foothold in this segment appears even more solid. Much of the Caravan's success is attributed to Dodge's ability to offer this 7-passenger minivan in a no-frills base model to families on a budget.
Wheelbase length is one of the primary distinctions between the Caravan and Grand Caravan (113.3 inches and 119.3 inches, respectively). Both versions come in base SE and up-level SXT trim levels, giving customers a total of four passenger models to choose from. Grand Caravans offer segment-exclusive fold-flat second- and third-row seats called "Stow 'n Go" that quickly and conveniently convert it from a 7-seat passenger carrier to a 2-seat cargo hauler. Headrests do not need to be removed when the seats are stowed. Dodge also offers a commercial cargo van targeting customers desiring a low-cost vehicle for business use. Cargo vans omit the rear seats in favor of more cargo space and feature dual sliding doors and rear-quarter window openings.
Dodge offers three powertrains in the Caravan family: the base Caravan SE is equipped with a 150-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that contributes to its low entry-level price; Caravan SXT and Grand Caravan SE models come with a 170-hp, 3.3-liter V-6; the top-of-the-line Grand Caravan SXT sports a more potent 200-hp, 3.8-liter V-6. All three engines are mated to 4-speed automatic transmissions. The new fifth-generation Caravan, due out in 2008, will feature a new, 240-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 aluminum engine mated to a new 6-speed transaxle. Flex-fuel powertrains will also be introduced into the Caravan line.
The Dodge Caravan competes in the Midsize Van segment, which consists of 13 models. Buyers in this segment look for reliability, safety, and comfort, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study. SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Dodge Caravan/ Grand Caravan (211,140 units sold), Honda Odyssey (177,919), and Toyoa Sienna (163,269). The Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan's 211,140 sales in 2006 represent a decrease of 6.9 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Midsize Van segment include the Chrysler Town & Country, Chevrolet Uplander, Kia Sedona, Ford Freestar, Nissan Quest.
|SE||4 speed automatic||$19,055||150-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||20/26|
|CV||4 speed automatic||$20,555||180-hp / 3.3L 6-cyl||19/26|
|SXT||4 speed automatic||$22,995||180-hp / 3.3L 6-cyl||19/26|