2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Long Term Road Test


2008 Dodge Grand Caravan: Hockey Mom Fuel Economy

December 02, 2008

Riswick in a celebratory moment of his Canadian heritage: Going to a hockey game in a minivan

Minivans are a lot more popular in Canada (especially the Chrysler models) and so is hockey, soit seemed like the perfect vehicleto take last night to see my Toronto Maple Leafsbeat the L.A. Kings. For the last week, I've basically been driving the official vehicle of the Canadian hockey mom (joke, pit bull, lipstick) so it was probably about time I go to a hockey game. Thehockey was excellent and the van, well, "It sounds like we're in a covered wagon," my girlfriend said after the continuous creaking and rattling that comes with every road bump, driveway entrance or simple change in momentum.

Now for some house keeping. We've had the DGC since February and 21,611 miles later, we've never updated the fuel economy (there have been other things to comment about). So here it is. It's important to note that the Caravan lived with Dan Pund for a while in the less-congested confines of Detroit and has made quite a few long-distance trips, including his adventure out west.

Overall Fuel Economy: 18.6 mpg

EPA Combined: 20 mpg

Best Tank: 30.8 mpg (137.8 miles on 4.471 gallons of fuel achieved by photog Kurt Niebuhr)

Worst Tank: 9.7 mpg

Furthest Traveled on One Tank: 385.7 miles

Most Fuel Pouredinto the 20-gallon tank: 18.428 gallons

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 21,611 miles

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