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2007 Dodge Grand Caravan

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2007 Dodge Grand Caravan Review

Affordably priced and easy on the eyes, but not a true competitor in the minivan class.

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Overview

The 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan is a practical minivan capable of accommodating up to seven passengers and nearly 150 cubic feet of cargo. Similar to the Dodge Caravan, but with a longer wheelbase and better amenities, the Grand Caravan once led its class. These days it still ranks among the most well-known models of minivans on the market, despite having fallen behind many contemporary models in terms of performance, styling, and features. While it may feel somewhat dated today, the Dodge Grand Caravan still has a lot going for it—most notably its affordable price and the ability to fold the second and third rows of seating down flat into the floor on the higher-trim SXT model.

The Range

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 SXT

What's New

Dodge introduces no significant changes to the Grand Caravan for 2007.

Exterior

The 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan is a stylish minivan that features modern lines and an attractive crosshair grille. A contemporary take on the classic minivan first introduced by Dodge back in the 1980s, the Grand Caravan remains one of the most attractively styled minivans on the road. Despite the modern cast to its lines and profile, the 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan still seems to project a somewhat dated look.

Interior

Despite a cabin design that also feels a bit dated, the 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan offers enough space to accommodate seven passengers. The model’s unique Stow ‘n Go fold-flat seating enables the second and third rows of seating to fold into the floor. Doing this increases the vehicle’s storage capacity from 32 cubic feet to 144 cubic feet. On the downside, the navigation system screen remains undersized, the controls could be better, and low-grade plastic materials are utilized throughout the cabin.

For 2007, Dodge has kept things on the simple side, by making the Grand Caravan available in just two trim levels: SE and SXT. The base model SE includes standard features such as air-conditioning, cruise control, and a CD player. Opting for the slightly more upmarket SXT sees the addition of three-zone manual temperature control, a power driver’s seat, power accessories, keyless entry, a roof rack, and foglights. Additionally, the SXT model features the Stow n’ Go seating and storage system that allows for the second and third rows of seating to fold down into the floor. Most of the features on the SXT model remain available as options on the SE. Additional optional features include a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a power liftgate, leather upholstery, an improved sound system, and Bluetooth connectivity.

Performance & Handling

Performance marks another of the areas in which the 2007 Grand Caravan comes up short. When compared to newer competing models, the Grand Caravan’s acceleration seems poor, as do its handling and braking capabilities. Neither of the V-6 engines seems adequately powered for passing on the highway or even for smooth running over long distances. The four-speed automatic transmission also struggles to find gears while driving on highway inclines. Ride quality could also be better with bumps and irregularities in the road leading to too much bouncing around. On the plus side, steering feels responsive despite a certain amount of body roll when taking corners.

The SE model comes equipped with a 3.3-liter, V-6 engine that produces 170 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque. The SXT boasts a 3.8-liter V-6 that produces 200 horsepower and 235 lb-ft of torque.

Safety

Standard safety features on the 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan minivan include driver knee airbags and anti-lock brakes. Additional safety options include full-length side curtain airbags and power-adjustable pedals. Low-speed traction control also remains available for the SXT model. In frontal- and side-impact crash tests conducted by the NHTSA the 2007 Grand Caravan earns a perfect five-star rating. It also earns a second-highest rating of ?acceptable? in frontal-offset collision tests conducted by the IIHS. Models equipped with airbags receive rating of ?acceptable? in IIHS side-impact tests.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Grand Caravan 3.3-liter V-6: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Dodge Grand Caravan 3.8-liter V-6: 16/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Convenient Stow ‘n Go seating
  • Attractive styling
  • Affordable price

You Won't Like

  • Not entirely reliable
  • Weak brakes
  • Engines lack power in extended highway driving
  • Unavailability of stability control

Sum Up

Affordably priced and easy on the eyes, but not a true competitor in the minivan class.

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