2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT: Track Testing!
June 27, 2008
Last time our 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT was at a track, James posted a video of me 'hot' lapping it, full of equipment, around a shortened version of the Streets of Willow. This time, though, we've done things the right way. We ditched the cones and the water bottles, attached test equipment, and fitted the driver's seat with one of our professional test drivers.
And drive they did! Full results of our track testing after the jump.
0-60: 8.8 (0-60 with a rollout, like a drag strip -- so more aptly, rolling - 60: 8.4 sec.)
1/4-mile: 16.6 @ 83.4 mph
Comments: Some wheel spin from standstill and the steering tugs a little. Gears 1-3 keep the engine on the boil, but 4th is a bottomless pit- dropping revs @ 2,000 rpm.
60-0: 133 feet
30-0: 33 feet.
Comments: Consistently squishy pedal with multi-threshold feel. Plenty of dive and the rear gets awfully light / skittish, ABS is noticeably attempting to distribute brake force.
Handling: (ever the forte of the minivan)
Skidpad: .70 G
Comments: Lots of roll -- so much in fact that the inside front tire comes off the ground (especially in clockwise direction). Steering remains light despite load.
Slalom: 57.9 MPH
Comments: ESP shuts off completely. Steering is slow off center and body motions are too. Light steering is a good thing here, and it's usably precise. Quick turn-in for such a large minivan.
As tested weight: 4,750 lbs
Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 7134 miles (as tested mileage)