2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Long Term Road Test


2008 Dodge Grand Caravan: A Shout-Out To The Minivan

November 19, 2008

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After two weeks of living with our 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan, I must say I have renewed appreciation for the minivan as a vehicle type. No, you can't do big smoky burnouts, but for daily life (with kids) you can't beat it. Following are my top five reasons why minivans kinda rock.

Sliding rear doors: For convenience, you can't beat them. Entry and exit is super easy thanks to the large opening, and it gets even easier with power operation. How many crossover SUVs do you know of that have power-opening rear doors?

Massive interior storage: Besides roomy accommodations for passengers, the heavies of the segment typically offer about 145 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. If you've moved house before, you know that minivans blow pickup trucks out of the water for moving boxes and even many pieces of furniture.

Plentiful storage spaces: Years of evolution has given minivans some of the best storage options in any vehicle. Innovative storage bins and plenty of cupholders are the norm, not the exception.

Safety: You won't find a vehicle segment with better safety scores. Just about every minivan sold has top NHTSA and IIHS crash-test safety scores.

Entertainment: I'd wager the best rear entertainment systems are found in minivans. Our DGC is a particularly good example thanks to its dual display screens and Sirius Backseat TV.

A lot of this is fairly obvious stuff. Yet presented will all this, my wife still says she'll never be caught dead owning a minivan. Rationality and logic, it seems, aren't enough to stem the minivan's sales decline.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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