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2009 Dodge Grand Caravan Review

A versatile minivan that will make any soccer mom happy.

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Overview

The 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan belongs to the minivan family. Manufactured by Chrysler Group LLC, the Dodge Grand Caravan debuted in 1984. In 1987, it came in a wheelbase model and a short wheelbase model. The production of short wheelbase model stopped after 2007, and the van model debuted in 2008 under the name Caravan. The 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan uses the same design as Chrysler’s Town & Country.

The Range

Body Styles: Minivan
Engines: 3.6-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Grand Caravan SE, Grand Caravan SXT, Grand Caravan C/V

What's New

With some of the innovative seating features, the 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan leads the minivan market. Despite the innovative rear seating capacity, the 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan cannot match the leaders in the segment. Equipped with some safety features, such as an antiskid system, an anti-brake system, curtain side airbags, a blind spot alert system, and traction control; the 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan boasts a new safety system—rear cross path—which works when the transmission is in reverse gear and warns about any unusual traffic movement toward the caravan.

The 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan shows improvement over the previous versions. Agile by minivan standards, the 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan earns popularity for supportive seats clad in perforated leather, precise steering, its macho black interior color scheme, and versatile cargo configurability. Equipped with numerous infotainment features, a tire pressure monitor, and remote keyless entry, the minivan easily accommodates seven passengers.

Exterior

The 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan comes in three trim models, including the top-model C/V and two base models: SE and SXT. The C/V, looking stealthier than the base models, gets used for commercial purposes only.

The most common base model, the SE, comes equipped with standard 16-inch steel wheels and keyless entry.

Equipped with a large engine, the SXT model boasts rain-sensing wipers, a sunroof, fog lamps, 16-inch alloy wheels, and sliding side doors with power and remote control.

Interior

The 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan comes equipped with touchscreen controls, a rear-view parking camera, an audio system with a 30 GB hard drive, and satellite radio. The interior also features a rear DVD system, a remote control, a 115-volt outlet, a stereo, two wireless headphones, and a nine-inch flip-down screen. The manufacturer has recently added a multimedia suite called Uconnect with wireless mobile phone link, a navigation system, and a 30 GB hard drive for storing picture files and digital music to the 2009 Dodge Caravan. The interior feels so spacious that you can even place a pole-mounted table between the second and third row.

The SXT model features, Sirius satellite TV, heated front- and second-row seats, a rear cross path system, an iPod interface, a second-row flip-down screen, automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a navigation system with real time traffic, a nine-speaker audio music system, and a blind spot monitoring system.

Performance & Handling

The minivan can be equipped with any of the three V-6 engines. The SE model contains a 175-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 that produces 205 lb-ft of torque when paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. The SXT contains a 197-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 that pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission. The SXT model also offers a four-liter V-6 engine that gives a small boost in horsepower. The Grand Caravan accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds.

Safety

The 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan has some standard safety features, including full-length side curtain airbags, anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, and traction control. Both base models, the SE and SXT caravans, have integrated child booster seats. Some of the SXT optional features include a rear parking sensor, rear cross path, a rear-view camera, and a system for monitoring blind spots.

EPA Fuel Economy

Grand Caravan: 17/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Innovative rear seating options
  • Lots of space
  • Excellent safety ratings
  • Numerous entertainment options
  • Strong four-liter V-6
  • Stylish interior

You Won't Like

  • Uncomfortable Stow ‘n Go seats
  • Poor quality and substandard interior
  • Slow and inefficient base engine
  • Not as agile as other minivans

Sum Up

A versatile minivan that will make any soccer mom happy.

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