2008 Dodge Grand Caravan: Good Van? Yes and No
January 08, 2009
There's so much to like about the Dodge Caravan - sadly, seems like for every positive, there's a negative.
I like the waythis vanlooks - I think the Grand Caravan is the second best looking van out there. Odyssey is first. The Dodge isn't much to look at inside however, the Chrysler version is more attractive - still, they both have the same plasticy materials.
The transmission is pretty good - upshifts are nicely muted but the shift lever itself is cheap feeling. The van's highway ride is nice and cushy but if you even think about braking or turning it feels cumbersome and heavy. Plus, this thing creaks like a listing tanker - sounds cheap all around.
I also like the Sirius Backseat TV/DVD player but that requires a subsription fee of $13 per month and alsoadds about $2k to the price. Power sliding side doors are nice for when you have to load kids up for school but one door has already needed repair.In the end I just couldn't spend my own money on this van. I think the Kia Sedona and Honda Odyssey are better minivans and the Buick Enclave and Ford Flex do the job with more style.
Brian Moody, Senior Automotive Editor