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2018 Dodge Grand Caravan

2018 Dodge Grand Caravan

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Talking about the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica last week reminded me that Chrysler are not the only automaker with a people carrier. Dodge have their own minivan in the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan. It doesn’t get the same attention as its newer sibling but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve consideration if you’re in the market for a family hauler.

The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan is a well-established design that is instantly familiar as a Dodge. The Dodge grille and light configuration is a familiar one and the simple lines and unfussy design is also typical of the automaker. It is a no-nonsense design that concentrates on what it is there for, transporting the family in comfort.

Inside, there is room for all the family in the three rows of seating. The second row can be configured for standard seating or captain’s chairs depending on your needs while the Stow‘n'Go system is superb at getting out the way if you need to transport things instead of people.

Up front is a composed pair of seats with a comfortable driving position. Controls are all in the right place and visibility is excellent all round. A 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system in the centre stack keeps things nice and simple without compromising on features.

Driving force
The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan uses a 3.6-litre engine rated at 283 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. It sends power to the front wheels via a six speed automatic transmission. Drive is energetic without being overbearing. Driving characteristics are great for a minivan with many owners likening it to a sedan rather than van. I tend to agree.

The drive is smooth and relatively comfortable. Cornering and manoeuvring is easy and the driving experience is cool, calm and surprisingly quiet.

Available in SE, SE Plus, SXT, and GT trims, the Grand Caravan can be specified to your needs. Even in SE trim you get power accessories, three zone air conditioning, a rearview camera and 6.5-inch touchscreen. Travel up the trims for leather interior, alloy wheels, heated seats, upgraded audio, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts.

The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan is often overlooked in favour of the Pacifica but really shouldn’t be. There are lots of discounts and incentives for the Grand Caravan that can make a compelling case for buying one. Visit Unique Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, 915 Walkers Line, Burlington, ON  L7N 3V8 to see just how much you could save!

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