2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Features

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Offered in four trim levels, the Grand Caravan Express, Mainstreet, Crew and R/T may throw you, so we'll translate the somewhat goofy subheads into "base, popularly equipped, the real deal, and sporty." All have the same drivetrain, and all have power front windows, locks and mirrors as standard equipment, along with three-zone climate control; cruise control; a telescoping/tilting steering wheel; and an AM/FM/CD player with an auxiliary audio jack.

The Caravan carries on with a cavalcade of electronic goodies that's second only to the Ford Flex—with the bonus of in-car television on the intangible list. On the exotic edge, we're sold on the latest, cheapest, high-tech piece: a USB port for 3G dongles that turns the Grand Caravan into a WiFi hotspot, missing only its own barista and a host of funemployed table-squatters. We'd opt for Sirius' BackseatTV and its SpongeBob marathons, but the short-lived FloTV option for live video streaming is gone--due to FloTV's exit from the business.

Other features we'd choose—either in packages or as included in the upper trim levels—are a media hard drive; navigation; satellite radio; Bluetooth (either bundled with an upgraded radio, or an auto-dimming rearview mirror, or heated seats and steering wheel); a DVD entertainment system; and a power package for the side doors, tailgate and pedals. Remote start and a 115-volt outlet wouldn't be left off either, not on such a high-functioning machine.

The 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan is the most entertaining when in Park—just like a minivan should be.

As for the new Stow 'N Place roof rails, which have fold-away crossmembers—a feature only previously seen in the Subaru Outback—you'll have to be the judge: just about all of our stuff fits inside the Grand Caravan, and rooftop storage bins cut into the coefficient of drag. We can't have that.

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