2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Long Term Road Test

2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT: Crossing the line

April 30, 2008

You've got to know where the line is before you know if you want to cross it, right?

Thanks to the clever folk at Chrysler LLC, I know exactly where the line is. You see, the company has thoughtfully molded into gray hatchback sill cover a raised line to show you exactly how faryour junk can protrude from the cargo area and still manage to close the hatch. And helpfully, the company also molded the words "LOAD TO THIS LINE" into the piece... This way, as you accumulate stuff in the back, you'll know exactly when you cross the line. 

Cram something back therethat hasa little flex to it -- say like a folded double-kid stroller -- and you can cross the line with impunity. The power-door motor has the mustard to compress the load a bit and cinch the hatch closed. Next time I carry a load of loose decorative ceramic figurines and crystal champagne flutes though, I will keep them well inside the line.

Daniel Pund, Senior Editor, Detroit @ 1,420 miles

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