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STYLING | 7 out of 10
“it’s not exactly warm and inviting”
actually looks mean looming up in a rear view mirror
boxy styling doesn't do anything for the mom-mobile reputation
Car and Driver
TheCarConnection.com editors say there's no mistaking the 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan for anything other than a Dodge. Not every reviewer finds the new styling to be appealing, though.
Motor Trend attributes its front-end appearance to the influence of "Dodge's 'masculine' Charger and Magnum" and goes on to describe it as having a "broad shouldered...handsome, expensive presence...[it] actually looks mean looming up in a rear view mirror." Even Kelley Blue Book cannot refrain from calling its styling "masculine." ConsumerGuide says it has "fresh styling," while Edmunds deems it "unpretentious.” CNet claims it “doesn't break any new ground,” though, and Autoblog comments, “the last time we saw sheet metal this flat and unadorned was on a UPS truck.”
Cars.com likes the newer, blocky shape of the minivan from Dodge; 2009’s version “really hit the mark with the new styling. It didn't go overboard trying to make it look like something other than a minivan.”
MotherProof says the inside of the 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan is “rather space-shuttley with its boxy, line-y interior design.” The review also notes, “This square theme abounds in other Dodge models; it’s not exactly warm and inviting.”
For being the quintessential "soccer mom" vehicle, the 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan is easy on the eye, but still leaves something to be desired.