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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
softly tuned suspension provides good ride comfort
you might appreciate the balance between highway comfort and around-town responsiveness
Kelley Blue Book
nice ride...much improved from years before
improved over the previous Dodge Caravan in ergonomic design
With the 2008 Grand Caravan, Dodge provides comfort to match the minivan's reputation as an all-around family car.
Room and convenience is what the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan has to offer. Cars.com likes the Stow 'n Go second-row seats, “which fold into the floor,” and Car and Driver calls them “a masterpiece of accommodating design.” Motor Trend and other sources also note the newly optional Swivel 'n Go second-row chairs [that] flip around 180 degrees." Mother Proof says the new feature is “fun,” but had difficulty removing the optional table that also fits between the second- and third-row seats. Autoblog notes that the third-row seat “flips backwards for tailgate seating that's more comfortable than any bare-metal pickup truck bed.”
Cars.com describes the layout of the interior and different seating options: “The standard second-row bench seat and a manual 60/40-split folding third row (with the bench, the same bins in the floor that would accept folded Stow 'n Go seats, were they installed, provide covered storage); Stow 'n Go second-row captain's chairs with the manual folding third row; or Swivel 'n Go rearward-facing second-row seats with the manual third row.”
There are plenty of bins, boxes, and storage areas elsewhere in the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan; Car and Driver calls the big center console “rickety.” And most reviewers come down hard on the materials used on the dash and door panels of the Dodge; 2008’s interior “has a cheap-motel look about it, too, with plastic gestures everywhere—obvious plastic, blatant plastic,” Car and Driver adds.
Despite these drawbacks, Washington Post gives a positively glowing review, advising car buyers to go for the top-of-the-line Caravan SXT, calling it "luxurious ... like being in your living room or a family room." ConsumerGuide agrees, acknowledging the Grand Caravan as "possibly the quietest minivans." Motor Trend likes the “convenient LED reading lamps [that] dot the cabin, and there's an available overhead 'halo' light that bathes the interior in soft blue.”
TheCarConnection.com’s editors add that there is no longer a short-wheelbase Caravan model Dodge; 2008’s model range only comes as the Grand Caravan. Also, with the Swivel 'n Go second-row bucket seats and removable pedestal-mounted table, adults will find the face-to-face configuration cramped. With all rows facing forward, seating comfort is very good.
The 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan has a wide range of seating options, and most give riders plenty of room. Interior materials aren’t the best, though.