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2001 Dodge Caravan Review
Perfect for the family on a budget.
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The Dodge Grand Caravan is consistently one of the best-selling minivans on the market. However, the smaller 2001 Dodge Caravan still makes a consistently good showing in the market. Comfort, performance, and style remain nearly identical to the better-received Grand Caravan. The Caravan offers a pleasant ride, a fun drive, and good looks. This reliable family vehicle remains affordable with the entry-level Caravan SE. While the Caravan does not have the same range of selection as the Grand Caravan, it provides a very competent list of features and choices.
Ultimately, the Dodge Caravan usually gets compared more to the Dodge Grand Caravan than any other competitors. The Dodge Caravan’s main benefit over the Grand Caravan concerns its shorter size. The Caravan proves better for drivers who frequently have to drive through urban environments and parking garages, making the longer length of the Grand Caravan burdensome. While the price difference remains small, it exists, and the Caravan looks similar enough to the Grand Caravan overall that drivers might feel justified taking it over the more expensive counterpart.
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.3-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, three-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Caravan SE, Dodge Caravan Sport
The Dodge Caravan reveals a complete redesign in 2001.
Measuring in at 189.1 inches long, the Dodge Caravan stands almost a foot shorter than the Grand Caravan. The 2001 Dodge Caravan provides an attractive vehicle that offers almost the same graceful styling as the Grand Caravan. Steel wheels come standard, while alloy wheels and a roof rack are available as separate options.
The 2001 Dodge Caravan has a spacious interior that, for the most part, gives passengers a good amount of room. It remains smaller than the Grand Caravan, but the difference doesn’t look immediately obvious to most drivers. Standard amenities for all Caravan models include an AM/FM radio, air-conditioning, a front console, and a cargo net. However, between optional features and model selection, drivers can get almost any standard vehicle amenity in the Caravan, including power seats, power heated mirrors, cruise control, three-zone climate control, Infinity premium speakers, and a CD player. Pretty much anything available on the Grand Caravan is available on the Caravan as well.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Dodge Caravan offers excellent performance overall. Drivers feel as if they are operating a much smaller car, rather than a fairly large minivan. The base four-cylinder engine only offers mediocre performance, but the six-cylinder upgrade offers good acceleration for a minivan. In addition, the Caravan turns almost as well as a car, which makes it agile. The Caravan measures significantly shorter than the Grand Caravan, so it often proves easier to drive around in urban environments and park than its larger cousin.
The Dodge Caravan offers good overall safety performance and a good range of built-in equipment. It includes dual front airbags, child safety seat anchors, electronic brake force distribution, and four-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard safety equipment on all models. Side curtain airbags are available as an option.
EPA Fuel Economy
Dodge Caravan 3.3-liter six-cylinder: 16/22 mpg city/highway
- Good handling
- Good safety
You Won't Like
- Expensive options
- Lack of seating options
- Inferior to the Dodge Grand Caravan
Perfect for the family on a budget.
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