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2016 Dodge Grand Caravan Driving Impressions


Rolling down the highway in a Grand Caravan, you’d hardly know the model is more than three decades old. Handling might be predictable and seemingly unexceptional, but Dodge’s strong 283-horsepower V6 and 6-speed automatic still deliver the goods in acceleration.

Other engines feel smoother, but Grand Caravan and its Chrysler counterpart are the top-performing minivans of the lot. Push on the gas pedal of a Grand Caravan and you experience intense response, which belies its role as basic, practical transportation. At low-end and midrange speeds, the V6 is smartly responsive, and you can feel its torque-filled nature. Competitive minivans perform almost as briskly, but they don’t necessarily deliver that sort of sensation.

Even its handling is more engaging than might be expected, not so far removed from a Quest or Odyssey.

Compared to rival minivans, the ride is nearly cushiony. However, the Grand Caravan bounds forward and back when crossing a series of low bumps, as its suspension tends to smother pavement flaws. The R/T edition feels more like an Odyssey, courtesy of its more distinct suspension tuning. For overall road/steering feel, however, Honda’s minivan gets the nod.

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