Hot Lap Disappointment - 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Long-Term Road Test

2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Long Term Road Test

2008 Dodge Grand Caravan: Hot Lap Disappointment

May 15, 2008

After using the Grand Caravan to pick up some cones at the Streets of Willow race track, Magrath and I decided to see what the big girl could do. As the below video shows, the Grand Caravan was a grand disappointment. Through a short-course configuration, the Grand Caravan managed a lap time of 1:14 without the main straightaway -- simply pathetic. Compared to the last few Dodges we've taken to the track, such as the Dodge Viper and Dodge Challenger SRT-8, the Caravan wollowed about with heavy body roll and understeer... It was also woefully underpowered and the automatic transmission was a let down --maybe they should offer a manual. Seriously, I thought Dodge was all about performance and excitement. What's the deal?

The next time I go for a few hot laps, I definitely know what I WON'T be driving.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor

All that thwacking about you hear is the sound of about 30 traffic cones and a case of water bottles depositing itself across the interior.

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