2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT: Touring the Third Row
February 24, 2009
Can't let the guys be the only ones posting about taking a long-term car to the Tour of California, can I? But unfortunately, the only at-the-race pic I could have taken of the Dodge Grand Caravan would have been on the fourth floor of a parking garage in Pasadena. I figured I'd spare you that beauty shot and wow you with a beauty shot of the minivan's third row instead.
On Saturday, the DGC was our chariot to the penultimate stage of the 2009 ATOC, where the racers completed five exciting laps of the Rose Bowl. With four adults and 3-year-old in a child seat on board, I took the opportunity to get to know that third-row while my husband took a turn at the wheel.
Other than a bit of outboard side bolstering, the bench seat back there is pretty much flat and permanently reclined at a slight angle. The recline was the worst of it for me, since I prefer to sit more upright. I found myself leaning forward in my seat as much to listen to what the grownups were talking about as I was to avoid looking up at the ceiling.
But I did enjoy having three cupholders and other small storage spots at my disposal back there and when someone needed something from the cargo area (Lara bars! Fruit leather! Drink box!) I could just reach back to the cooler and yank it out. The third-row climate control vents (three-zone A/C is part of the optional Package 28N) were also greatly appreciated when the heat from all those bodies made the atmosphere a little muggy.
Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com @ 26,292 miles