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October 28, 2008

MINIVAN: Dodge Grand Caravan

- The ultimate in family practicality
- Kids will love satellite TV
- Two DVD screens available
- Lots of storage
- V-6 engines with six-speed automatics

- Chunky styling
- Plasticky interior
- Lack of polish

2009 Dodge Grand Caravan SE

2009 Dodge Grand Caravan SE

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Chrysler invented the minivan 25 years ago, and in the interim it's polished and padded its trademark vehicle with big V-6 power and all sorts of flexible seating arrangements, not to mention a class-leading set of features. The new Dodge Grand Caravan may have some iffy interior plastics, and reliability is no better than average, but this minivan delivers unparalleled entertainment features for your family, including in-car satellite TV and a hard-drive music player. The Grand Caravan's optional Stow 'N Go seating sets the standard, too, for fold-away utility--all the seats aft of the front buckets can be tucked away to create a flat load floor. If Chrysler's current condition worries you, know that Volkswagen's new Routan is essentially the same vehicle with a revised look and an upgraded interior, while Hyundai's Entourage offers an inexpensive, roomy alternative to the Detroit minivans, as does its twin, the Kia Sedona.

Other Choices: Volkswagen Routan, Hyundai Entourage

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