2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Consumer Review: 5000 miles: Going great so fa
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5000 miles: Going great so far
By oregonfamily on

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2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 4dr Minivan (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

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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.

Best Features

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.

Worst Features

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.
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