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5000 miles: Going great so far
By oregonfamily on
2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 4dr Minivan (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
This car was a surprise replacement for a satisfactory but accident-totaled 2002 GC: it matched Toyota and Nissan on apparent quality and features for about $3K less.
A comparable Honda was even more expensive.
After 5000 miles including a 2700-mile Oregon/Bay-Area/LA/Vegas and back vacation with six people, we remain very satisfied.
The Crew trim level has all the features needed for a long road trip.
We've also used it for the usual local commute/kids hauling/cargo hauling expected of a minivan.
No problems, no complaints.
It's been a great driver.
18-20.5 mpg local, 21-24.5 mpg on long trips, and the engine isn't broken in yet.
It is just a very competent minivan.
Ride quality, drive quality, very smooth and strong engine, rational control layout, passenger comfort (kids happy on long trips, even rearmost seat adults were content), Stow-and-Go seating.
The car was just a great long roadtrip vehicle.
And as I noted in a post-purchase review, the 2011 upgrades made the difference:
there's no way we would've bought a 2010 GC, which we'd rented before purchase.
I'm 5'9", so the drivers' legroom is sufficient for me, but I can understand someone 6' or more running out.
The 6-speed transmission was very smooth most of the time, but we had a very few clunky shifts in the mountains.
Still don't like the rear-end exterior styling.