2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Long Term Road Test

2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT: Transmission By AMG?

July 30, 2008

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My expectations couldn't have been much lower when I fired up our long-term Caravan for the first time last night. We slam this thing mercilessly whenever we post about it -- and unlike certain other unloved cars in our fleet, the Caravan doesn't seem to have a single Mopar fanboy that's got its back.So imagine my surprise whenthe downtrodden Dodge ripped off a lighting-quick 1-2 full-throttle upshift the first time I matted the gas. "What the heck?" I exclaimed, channelling my inimitable high school basketball coach. "What the crap?!"

I floored it again at the next traffic light, andmyinitial impression was confirmed. Thissix-speed bangs off upshiftsabout as quickly as any slushbox I can remember, and it'ssmooth, too. If Hyundai's new Genesis V8 had this transmission, its 0-60 time would bea half-second quicker.

Must bea hand-me-down fromMercedes, eh? There's no way Dodge wouldspend their time and money coming up witha world-class transmission for the Caravan while seemingly cutting every other corner.

EDIT: Herr Magrath points out that Mercedes hasn't ever put a six-speed autobox in any of their cars. Hmmmm...

Josh Sadlier, Associate Editor, Edmunds.com @ 11,831 miles

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