The 2002 Dodge Caravan is the sibling to the longer-wheelbase Grand Caravan. The design focuses on today’s active families and those that enjoy the benefits of owning a minivan. The new eC trim level features the taupe interior and bright silver paint. Its price is even lower than the competition. The trim levels of eC, SE, and the Sport models are available in just the short-body style. The four-cylinder remains on the SE models, though the Sport minivan model has the more powerful V-6. Since the introduction of the eC model in 2001, it's gaining popularity due to the affordable price point and the value within the purchase. It's sure to become one of the best and most affordable of all minivans that are currently on the market.
Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Caravan eC, Dodge Caravan SE, Dodge Caravan Sport
The 2002 Dodge Caravan introduces power-adjustable pedals and the new model, the eC, which includes a special body paint that is bright silver with a classy-looking taupe interior shade.
The 2002 Dodge Caravan provides an overall length of 189 inches, while the wheelbase is 113 inches. The 15-inch steel wheels and crossfire wheel covers are included. The dual-sliding doors on the side are also standard equipment, and the passenger-side door of the Sport model can be power-operated, if chosen. The obstacle detection is in place so that nothing closes in the door, but the driver’s side doesn’t have an option for power operation.
The 2002 Dodge Caravan has some of the best interior features that come standard. Available features include power steering, cargo light, air-conditioning, four-speaker stereo system, cloth seating, dual vanity mirrors, and mast antennae that are placed inside the SE and eC models. The Sport model adds a cargo net, cruise control, six-speaker stereo, power door locks, power windows, power mirrors, and premium cloth seating.
The 2002 Dodge Caravan is very comfortable for up to seven passengers with a choice of standard bench seats or front buckets. The extras that come with the purchase of the Sport model also include an odor air-filter, floor mats for the rear and front, electric rear defroster, and a cluster of analog instruments with tachometer and clock. Additionally, the option for adding a four-CD changer in-dash stereo system is also available. The eC model includes a classy taupe cloth and upholstery interior design with bucket front seats and folding rear seatbacks.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Dodge Caravan are powered by two different engine options. The eC and SE models are both fitted with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 150 horsepower with an automatic four-speed transmission instead of the three-speed from last year. The 3.3-liter V-6 producing 180 horses mates with an automatic four-speed on the Sport model. This combination is optional on the SE, if desired. When the Caravan debuted alongside the Chrysler Voyager, and since then the competition increased, and Dodge is working hard to stay above the rest. The performance of either engine is quite competent to accomplish that task.
The 2002 Dodge Caravan comes with standard anti-lock brakes for the Sport and is optional for the SE. Tethers for child-safety seats for both back rows are standard, while belt pretensioners are also standard for front seats. Side airbags are optional, but installed the obstacle detection on the power-sliding doors to prevent accidental injury.
EPA Fuel Economy
Dodge Caravan eC: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Dodge Caravan SE: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Dodge Caravan Sport: 16/22 mpg city/highway
- V-6 gives quiet ride
- Agile handling
- Low cost
You Won't Like
- Cheap interior material
- Reliability questionable
- Limited options and features
Provides no-frills for families that are on tight budgets.
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