According to some demographic surveys, the Dodge Grand Caravan is about as close to being the ideal American family vehicle as is reasonably possible. Affordably priced and perfect for hauling around two or three kids, the 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan is indeed a good model when it comes to practical family transportation.
Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6, 3.3-liter V-6, 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: three-speed automatic, four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Grand Caravan SE, Dodge Grand Caravan LE, Dodge Grand Caravan SE
For 1999, Dodge introduced a new front fascia across the line. Additional changes include the introduction of an AutoStick transmission, 17-inch wheels, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls to the line-topping ES trim level.
The 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan resembles the general stereotype of what a minivan looks like. This is in large part because the Caravan and Grand Caravan have been pivotal in defining the minivan market segment as we know it. Standard exterior features include colored bumpers, rear step bumper, colored bodyside moldings, body-colored grille moldings, monotone paint, and dual power remote heated exterior mirrors.
One of the best things about the 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan and Grand Caravan in general, is the driver-side sliding door. Although this feature has been widely adapted by minivan models across the market segment, the Caravan/Grand Caravan was the first to feature it.
The Grand Caravan is 13 inches longer than the regular Caravan and has a wheelbase that’s six inches wider. This extra length and wider wheelbase translates into more interior legroom for passengers in the rear rows of seating. The 1999 Grand Caravan is also capable of accommodating up to seven passengers and features a standard third row of seating that’s only available as an option on the Caravan.
The 1999 Grand Caravan has a spacious, comfortable interior and is capable of seating up to seven passengers. Standard interior features include front bucket seats, driver and passenger front armrests, six-way power driver seat, four-way passenger seat, removable rear bench seating, as well as premium cloth seat and door trim. Additional available features include front seat heating, leather seat trim, and removable rear bucket seats. The Grand Caravan also has easy-out seats that can be released and removed with relative ease. While the Caravan and Grand Caravan are identical in terms of height and width, the longer Grand Caravan wheelbase allows for more cargo capacity. And the Caravan can handle only 126.7 cubic feet of cargo, while the Grand Caravan is capable of handling an impressive 147.7 cubic feet.
Performance & Handling
Considering that performance isn’t really most people’s main consideration when shopping for a minivan, the 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan delivers above and beyond expectation in this department. The Grand Caravan features light, responsive steering that facilitates a car-like feeling in terms of drivability. Ride quality is also exceptionally smooth. All in all, the 1999 Grand Caravan is easy to maneuver and control. Opting for the Sport package with its specially-tuned shocks, springs, and suspension, increases the Grand Caravan's car-like responsiveness.
A 3.0-liter V-6 engine designed by Mitsubishi Motors powers the 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan. That engine is rated at 150 horsepower. There is also a 3.3-liter V-6 that comes standard on the higher SE and LE trim levels. Additionally, there is a 3.8-liter V-8 rated at 186 horsepower that comes standard on all-wheel-drive versions of the Grand Caravan as well as on the line-toping Grand Caravan ES. The 3.8-liter V-6 is also available as an option on the LE trim level and is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission.
1999 Dodge Grand Caravan standard safety features include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, driver and passenger front-impact airbags, a panic alarm, and an available security system.
EPA Fuel Economy
Dodge Grand Caravan: 17/24 mpg city/highway
- Design at the top of its class
- Wide array of available configurations
- Driver-side sliding door
You Won't Like
- Less reliable than many competing models
A versatile and highly-drivable minivan.
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