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2004 Dodge Caravan Review
Good value, smooth ride, and good handling.
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The 2004 Dodge Caravan is a popular minivan that has a maximum seating capacity of seven passengers. It seems versatile enough to begin the day as a work car and end the day with hauling the family out for dinner in the evening. This minivan combines luxury, comfort, and performance at a reasonable price and it fares well in the competitive minivan market. Dodge ensures its popularity by equipping the Caravan with customizable storage capacity. With the split-folding second and third rows, you can create any configuration you need to accommodate your load.
Engines: 3.3-liter V-6, 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Caravan CV, Dodge Caravan SE, Dodge Caravan EX, Dodge Caravan SXT, Dodge Caravan SXT Anniversary Edition
Dodge offers the Anniversary Edition with special features to celebrate 20 years of building minivans. It also reorganizes the trim levels into four levels. Dodge adds a tire pressure monitor, a new integrated key remote, and upgraded audio systems.
The exterior standard features for the 2004 Dodge Caravan DV trim include 16-inch steel wheels, variable intermittent windshield wipers, privacy glass, a rear defogger, an intermittent rear wiper, and a rear liftgate door. The EX trim adds power heated mirrors, 16-inch chrome alloy wheels, power-opening rear quarter windows, a roof rack, and a power liftgate door. The SLT trim looks identical to the EX trim. The SLT Anniversary Edition package adds 16-inch chrome wheels and a power liftgate door.
Standard interior equipment for the 2004 Dodge Caravan CV includes cloth upholstery, bucket front seats, power steering, air-conditioning, 12V power outlets in the front and the rear, and a two-speaker stereo system with an in-dash CD player. The EX trim adds an eight-way power driver’s seat with height adjustment and manually adjustable lumbar support, a split-folding third-row bench seat, a rear heating unit, power accessories, cruise control, a leather and tilt steering wheel with audio controls, a universal remote for the garage door, and a six-speaker stereo system with a CD player. The SE trim adds dual-zone air-conditioning and power steering. The SLT Anniversary Edition adds leather upholstery, a trip computer, a video monitor, and a remote control.
The interior of the cabin feels spacious, with plenty of room for seven passengers. The front seats feel comfortable and supportive, although the upholstery covering the seats has a smooth, dull feeling. The interior materials seem of mediocre quality. The audio controls remain large and easy to operate and the gauges prove easy to read. The instrument panel looks well-organized and the center stack keeps things neat and intuitive. The Venture provides a lot of storage spaces in the cabin. You can also replace the second-row bench seat with two captain’s chairs in the LS trim; they come standard in the LT trim. The captain’s chairs offer extra comfort and can fully recline when moved completely forward.
Performance & Handling
The 2004 Dodge Caravan CV and SE both contain a 3.3-liter V-6 that produces 180 horsepower and 219 lb-ft of torque. The EX, SLT, and SXT Anniversary Edition come equipped with a 3.8-liter, overhead valve V-6 engine that produces 215 horsepower and 245 lb-ft of torque.
This car offers a smooth ride from the comfort-tuned suspension that absorbs bumps in the road. Acceleration seems adequate for merging into highway traffic. If you need additional support for frequently transporting heavy loads, you can opt for the load-leveling suspension system that keeps the car level and steady. Wind and road noise remains noticeable, especially around the side mirrors. The brakes provide ample stopping power and the anti-lock braking system engages smoothly during hard stops.
Standard safety equipment for the 2004 Dodge Caravan includes vented front disc and rear drum brakes, daytime running lights, traction control, a four-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS), front head protection for the driver, and electronic brake force distribution. The Caravan offers rear park assist that helps you to navigate tight parking spaces and alerts you if something obstructs your path.
EPA Fuel Economy
Dodge Caravan SE: 16/23 mpg city/highway
Dodge Caravan SXT: 16/23 mpg city/highway
Dodge Caravan SXT Anniversary Edition: 16/23 mpg city/highway
- Smooth ride
- Easy to drive and handle
- Seats up to seven passengers
- Customizable storage options
- Comfortable seats
- Optional DVD entertainment package
You Won't Like
- Mediocre interior materials
- Poor safety ratings
- Poor resale value
- Mediocre finish and trim
Good value, smooth ride, and good handling.
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