Dodge Grand Caravan: Canada's Best-Selling Family Minivan
It really does take a special kind of vehicle to stay relevant in the market for more than three decades, and if we were asked to name one such vehicle we'd probably imagine it would be a big name muscle car or perhaps a European executive sedan. In fact, the vehicle in question here is none other than the Dodge Grand Caravan. Not only has this family minivan continued to sell extremely well for what is a very long time by anyone's measure, it's also still the best selling minivan in Canada even though it must be getting close to the end of its current generation.
With a brand new model in the FCA fold only last year, some questioned how relevant the Dodge Grand Caravan would be once consumers became fully aware of the new model. In fact, there appears to have been little impact on sales of the Dodge and there are probably a few good reasons for that. First of all, it really is difficult for another minivan to compete with the value for money offer the Dodge Grand caravan represents. Then there's the fact the Dodge minivan and its brand new in-house rival are now being successfully built alongside each other thanks to a flexible manufacturing system and an experienced and skilled workforce. And last but by no means least, the Grand Caravan still makes a more than convincing argument for itself with its available second and third-row Stow 'n Go seating that really is a tremendous feature for families.
Even though there may be more fuel-efficient family haulers out there these days, carrying around a full load, which these vehicle inevitably will do much of the time, takes a good amount of power. Under the hood of the Dodge is a 3.6-litre Pentastar V-6, which as well as developing 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque is also an incredibly well-proven and reliable powerplant. Despite that useful amount of power available in the Dodge, it's still no gas guzzler by any means with fuel economy ratings of 13.7 L/100 km in the city and 21 L/100 km on the highway.
The Dodge Grand Caravan is therefore powerful, flexible, well-proven and excellent value for money, so what else is it that makes this vehicle such an enduring success with family buyers then? Well, it could be that it's also a pretty safe vehicle for the driver and their all-important cargo of family members. The Dodge has a good list of safety features that only adds to its credentials as one of the best family vehicles on the market. Obviously there are the usual suspects of plenty of airbags, ABS, traction control and the like, but more advanced features such as blind spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, rear park assist, automatic headlamps, and plenty more beside are also there.
With prices starting from just $23,395 for the entry level Canada Value Package it's easy to see why so many buyers are still choosing the Dodge Grand Caravan after so many years. But if you like what the Dodge has to offer in its most basic form there are another eight trim levels to choose from, which top out with the opulent GT model retailing at $38,995.
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