2008 Dodge Grand Caravan

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2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Review

Suitable for parents and kids, with a spacious interior design.

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Overview

Dodge is known as the inventor of the minivan and still continues to perfect the body style today. The 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan boasts a full redesign, from its sleek exterior color palette to its family-friendly interior. Available in three trim packages, the caravan features a unique variety of perks, including a new third row of seats, optional navigation systems, Bluetooth, and a DVD player. If searching for a comfortable and sophisticated vehicle to carry the family, the Caravan is there to answer the call. The fuel economy is on par with competing 2008 caravans and the engine will give enough power to move throughout the city streets and highways with ease.

The Range

Body Styles: Minivan
Engines: 3.3-liter V-6, 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: Automatic
Models: Grand Caravan C/V, Grand Caravan SE, Grand Caravan SXT

What's New

From its ""Swivel 'n Go"" seats to its new V-6 engine, the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan offers plenty of new eye-catching features. Traditionally, the caravan is considered a family vehicle, so Dodge goes to great lengths to accommodate both kids and parents. Kids love the car for its extra room throughout the cabin and entertainment features. The SE and the SXT trim packages include a third row of seats, making it an ideal choice for larger families. Also, conveniently stored in back rows is the Sirius Backseat TV that offers three kid-friendly channels, including Disney and Cartoon Network. The optional DVD player is a useful tool for long drives or simple entertainment while out and about. Parents or other adults behind the wheel will appreciate the four-liter V-6 and superb handling.

Exterior

The fifth generation Dodge Caravan features a slightly larger body style that allots for several exterior improvements. The Caravan takes cues from other cars in the line and now features a sophisticated, strong appearance similar to the Charger body style. The new nose, sleek lines, and color options make owners feel like they're are driving a premium car around town.

Interior

The most noteworthy interior details begin with the seating options. Dodge adds a revolutionary second row of seats that are designed with families in mind. The Swivel 'n Go seats can turn to face the rear seats of the cabin. When not in their standard and ""swivel"" mode, the second row seats can also be easily released into the floor of the caravan by the Stow 'n Go Dodge technology. In just a few simple steps, the interior is open and ready to handle the next task ahead. Another interior highlight is the third row of seats that can be manipulated in just one simple step.

Performance & Handling

In terms of performance and handling, the 2008 Dodge Caravan does not disappoint. The engine options are powered by a four-speed automatic transmission that can reach up to 197 horsepower in the 3.8-liter V-6 version. The smaller 3.3-liter engine is recognizable from previous generations and creates an output of 175 horsepower. The Caravan’s handling is above average for this style of vehicle, and the fuel economy is within an adequate range of what the consumer may expect for this model year.

Safety

Exceptional safety features are available on all 2008 models. The 2008 Dodge Caravan includes anti-lock brakes with brake assists, along with traction and stability control. Consumers benefit from the new rear parking camera that provides them with another point of view in addition to quality parking sensors. A built-in child booster seat is also optional.

EPA Fuel Economy

Grand Caravan: 17/24 mph city/highway
Grand Caravan 3.8-liter: 16/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Entertainment features
  • New third row seats
  • Optional navigation & Bluetooth

You Won't Like

  • Fuel economy
  • Minimal engine options

Sum Up

Suitable for parents and kids, with a spacious interior design.

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