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2007 Dodge Caravan Review

A decent, affordable minivan that offers very few frills.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The diminutive Dodge Caravan has been a standard of the minivan market segment for decades. Despite being smaller than even the average minivan, the 2007 Caravan is capable of seating seven and provides ample cargo space with the second and third row of seating folded down. Without any frills or luxury features to speak of, the 2007 Caravan’s greatest amenity is arguably its affordable price.

While it’s not the strongest performer in the minivan market segment, the Dodge Caravan remains a good choice for families in need of an affordable, practical vehicle for dropping off and picking up the kids curbside, and for completing other day-to-day tasks. The fact that more than 10 million Dodge Caravans have been sold over the years is testament to the enduring popularity of this practical, affordable compact minivan.

One downside is that the four-cylinder engine tends to be underpowered, particularly when carrying a full-passenger load and attempting to drive at high speeds. For that reason, it may be worth looking into the V-6-powered SXT version if considering a 2007 Dodge Caravan.

The Range

Body Styles: minivan
Engine: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Caravan SE, Dodge Caravan C/V, Dodge Caravan SXT

What's New

No significant changes were introduced to the Dodge Caravan for 2007.

Exterior

While it’s not an eyesore, the 2007 Dodge Caravan couldn’t exactly be called a head turner either. Smaller than most minivans, the Caravan sports a no-frills exterior with a slightly sloping front end and a boxy hatchback-like rear.

The 2007 Dodge Caravan is available in three trim levels: SE, C/V, and SXT. The base model SE boasts standard features that include 15-inch steel wheels and dual sliding doors. Upgrading to the SXT model sees the addition of 16-inch alloy wheels, power mirrors, and remote keyless entry.

Interior

The Caravan’s interior is fairly versatile and is capable of accommodating up to seven people. One of the minivan’s most impressive interior features is the ability to fold the second and third rows of seating down into the floor. This expands the maximum cargo capacity from 15 cubic feet to a formidable 147 cubic feet. Other noteworthy interior features include rear seat-back-mounted grocery bag hooks and an under-seat storage drawer.

p>The 2007 Dodge Caravan SE model boasts standard features that include a stereo with CD player, air-conditioning, and second- and third-row bench seating. Upgrading to the SXT model sees the addition of dual-zone manual air-conditioning, power door locks, power windows, second-row bucket seats, and a tilt steering wheel. There are also a number of additional standalone options available, including a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and power-adjustable pedals.

Performance & Handling

Since the 2007 Dodge Caravan is somewhat smaller than most minivans, it also delivers slightly better handling. The model’s four-cylinder engine is adequate for daily driving usage, but it does tend to sound as if it's struggling when driven at higher speeds. Upgrading to the V-6 provides for a substantial boost in power that comes in handy if you’ve got a full passenger load and are driving at a higher speed. Ride quality is not bad with the 2007 Caravan; however, several newer competing models offer a more finite balance of ride quality and handling capability.

The SE comes equipped with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that’s rated at 150 horsepower and produces 165 lb-ft of torque. The SXT version is equipped with a 3.3-liter V-6 that’s capable of producing 170 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque. Transmission options for the 2007 Caravan are limited to a four-speed automatic transmission.

Safety

Despite offering standard safety features that are somewhat limited, the 2007 Dodge Caravan has earned generally good marks in government crash tests. In frontal impact tests, the Caravan earned five out of five stars for driver and front-passenger protection. It received four out of five stars for front-occupant protection in side impacts and five stars from protecting rear occupants from side impacts. The 2007 Caravan also received the second highest rating of ?acceptable? in frontal offset crash tests conducted by the IIHS.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Caravan: 17/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Affordably-priced
  • Signature fold-in-the-floor seating and storage system

You Won't Like

  • Less reliable than many competing models
  • Lacks standard safety features
  • Low-quality interior finish

Sum Up

A decent, affordable minivan that offers very few frills.

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