2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Overview
There’s been a lot of activity within the minivan segment this year, and to keep up the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan has also been overhauled and gets a vastly improved interior, an update to its Stow ‘n Go seating, and a brand new V-6 power plant.
Available engine options shrink from three to one on the 2011 Grand Caravan. You get a version of Dodge’s all-new Pentastar engine, a 283-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 which delivers an improvement of 32-horsepower over the most powerful engine offered last year. The Grand Caravan is only available with front-wheel drive, and gets 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
Dodge has also given the Grand Caravan a new, more aggressive face for 2011 as well. It gets a new crosshair grille (similar to the one you see on the Charger), new headlights, and a new front bumper which juts forward menacingly. It’s not very often you hear words like “aggressive” and “menacing” associated with minivans, but the Grand Caravan is not a soft car by any measure. Other exterior options include fog lights, a power liftgate, and automatic rain-sensing wipers.
Inside, the good news continues for the 2011 Grand Caravan. Dodge has reworked the interiors of several of its models for this year, and the improvement is immediately noticeable, going from bland to upscale. One of the unique features of the Grand Caravan is its Stow ‘n Go second row bucket seats, which fold completely into the floor when you need more storage space – no more lifting heavy captain’s chairs. Now, the seats also have a one-touch folding system which makes using them even easier to use.
Standard interior features on every Grand Caravan include tri-zone air conditioning, cruise control, auxiliary audio input jack, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, and the aforementioned Stow ‘n Go seats. The 2011 Grand Caravan is also available with a long list of premium features, such as heated front seats and steering wheel, heated second row seats, remote start, a touch-screen navigation system, and a rear entertainment system with a 9-inch screen.
The Grand Caravan also takes safety seriously, with standard all-disc antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, front side-impact and three-row side-curtain airbags, and active head restraints all coming standard. Optional safety technology includes a blind spot monitoring system, which lets you know if it is safe to change lanes or merge, rear parking sensors, and a backup camera.
With a new skin outside and a brand-new upscale feel inside, the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan is right back in the minivan game and goes toe-to-toe with the best the other car makers have to offer.