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7.0
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On Performance
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$23,660
BASE MSRP
$23,995
On Performance
The 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan gets a stronger, more refined powertrain, but there's no driving excitement to speak of.
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There will even be an R/T performance version that will be the "ultimate man van."
USA Today

the impressive handling does not come at the expense of ride quality, the Grand Caravan remaining compliant over potholes and expansion joints
Vehix.com

for a minivan, the Grand Caravan feels competitively quick, and there’s no thrashiness in the powertrain
Car and Driver



Chrysler's hacked the list of available drivetrains down to one. Each and every Grand Caravan powers along the road to middle school with a 283-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6, reined in by a six-speed automatic transmission. The Pentastar is to Chrysler now, what the VQ V-6 is to Nissan—only in the new domestics, the Pentastar sounds smoother and more tame, while Nissan's V-6 has gotten more grouchy over time.

The Pentastar generates a huge boost in spec-sheet power figures, with 86 more horsepower accounted for over the old Chrysler 3.8-liter V-6, or 30 hp more than the limited-run 4.0-liter Caravan. There's something more substantial going on underfoot this time around, but the bulky minivan really disguises any dramatic improvements in straight-line acceleration.

The off-line impulse of power doesn't exactly follow through in long passes. And the Pentastar doles out its power through a six-speed automatic that's been staged for gas mileage above all else. Handling is nothing remarkable, but for a nearly 300-horsepower vehicle, there's very little scrambling going on through the Caravan's front wheels. (All-wheel drive? It's been gone from the lineup since 2008.)

Conclusion

The 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan gets a stronger, more refined powertrain, but there's no driving excitement to speak of.

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