2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT: Convenient
December 09, 2008
Had the opportunity to carpool with another one-kid family to a parking-starved section of town this weekend. Perfect opportunity to put the DGC through its family-hauling paces. After cinching two child safety seats into the captain's chairs and a quick Rochambeau tourney to see who would sit in the third row (moms won!), the gang (four parents, two almost-3-year-olds) headed out. The kids were quite happy in their car seats (they could actually reach across the aisle and grab each other's fingers), but the dads complained about the tight squeeze between the captain's chairs on the way to their final destination of the third row seat. (For reference, the space between those captain's chairs is about the length of my hand.)
Up front, I was happy with my ability to handle many of my passengers' needs without having to leave the driver seat, thanks to the various control buttons at my disposal. "Are these little windows back here? Can I get them opened while we wait?" called my husband from the third-row as we waited for our friends. Sure thing (thanks, Rear Vent Window Button on the driver's armrest). "Can we get some air back here?" he called again after we were on our way. Yes, you can (thank you, Rear Climate Control button). When we arrived at our first stop (and every subsequent stop), three quick stabs at buttons above the rearview mirror opened both rear sliding doors and the rear hatch so kids could be unbuckled and supplies could be retrieved before anyone even had to ask.
It's still creaking and dribbling Bonneville sand water out of many crannies after a trip to the car wash, but this weekend, the Grand Caravan was my useful companion.
Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com @ 21,913 miles