The 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan was redesigned last year to include such improvements as the addition of a power rear liftgate and a movable center bin for storage with power points. Since its introduction in 1984, many things have changed, but the charm and good looks have remained a big part of the minivan.
In 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan lineup, there are few trim levels including the newest eX model that was introduced in 2001. Other trim levels include the SE, eL, ES, and Sport models, and all have separate qualities that make it a good choice in the segment. For the 2002 models, the advanced rear-seat DVD-based entertainment becomes an option, as well as wireless rear headsets. The new system has an in-dash integration that is remotely transmitted to the wireless headphones. There are also inputs available for video game players and a video camera.
The 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan continues to capture the interest and hearts of minivan shoppers and is definitely at the top of the pack. The minivan has something for every type of driver. Whether it’s a family going on vacation, or single groups having an adventure, the Dodge Grand Caravan deserves consideration for pleasure and luxury.
Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.3-liter V-6, 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Grand Caravan SE, Dodge Grand Caravan eL, Dodge Grand Caravan Sport, Dodge Grand Caravan eX, Dodge Grand Caravan ES
The Dodge Grand Caravan introduces the eL. The luxury factor is improved on the trim levels offering the wireless headsets in the rear, the power adjustable pedals, and the DVD-entertainment system for the back seats.
The 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan continues to be one of the best features. Overall length is approximately 200 inches, which is about average among the class. Dual-sliding doors on the sides grace all of the available models, and power-sliding operation of the doors is standard on the highest-level ES minivan. A power-closing door on the passenger side comes standard on the Grand Caravan eX and optional on the Sport model. Fifteen-inch wheels come standard on the SE, Sport, and eL models, and the others wear 16-inch wheels. Additionally, the larger 17-inch wheels can be placed on the ES two-wheel-drive models.
The 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan can seat seven passengers comfortably. Some interior standard features include air-conditioning, cruise control, power driver seat, wood-grain trim, trip computer, center storage console, and 10-speaker stereo system with a CD player and AM/FM radio. The third-row seating is a 50/50-split that allows the sections of the seat to be folded flat, reclined, or removed separately.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan's power comes from two engine choices: the 3.3-liter V-6 giving 180 horsepower and the 3.8-liter V-8 that generates 215 hp. The 3.3-liter is standard on the front-drive Sport, SE, and eL models, whereas the all-wheel-drive ES, eX and the Sport models get the larger engine. Every Grand Caravan has standard automatic four-speed transmission. The ES trim line has the option of adding AutoStick, a feature that enables manual gear changes through the column-shift lever toggle control.
The 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan handles itself well on the road, offering an appealing ride, lively acceleration, and passing prowess. The engine response is satisfying, and the light-touch handling cannot be matched in the minivan segment. Urban maneuvering is excellent, and highway travel and merging is easy.
The 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan gets its safety improved with the offering of anti-lock brakes, side airbags, and integrated child seats. Earlier generations exhibited reliability problems, and these later generation are no different; it comes with severe transmission issues.
EPA Fuel Economy
Dodge Grand Caravan: 15/22 mpg city/highway
- Handling performance impressive
- Optional DVD video
- Comfortable ride
- Refined drivetrain
You Won't Like
- No third-row seating that folds flat
- Potentially expensive
Pleasant to ride in and drive but lacks some main details and reliability of competitors.
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