2001 Dodge Caravan

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of the 2001 Dodge Caravan. Base trim shown.

2001 Dodge Caravan Overview

By Cars.com Editors

Vehicle Overview
The short-wheelbase version of the highly popular Dodge Grand Caravan has been redesigned just like its longer mate. Calculated together, the Caravan and Grand Caravan still captured a 24 percent share of the minivan market at the end of the 1996 – 2000-model generation. The Caravans, and the closely related Plymouth Voyager, were initially introduced in 1984 as the first “garage-able” front-drive minivans. With the current redesign, the Plymouth badge is gone, so the equivalent to the Dodge Caravan is called the Chrysler Voyager. Chrysler also offers a luxurious Town & Country model.

Available in SE or Sport trim, the Caravan comes only in short-body form with front-wheel drive. The dimensions are similar to the previous generation, but bodies are about 3 inches longer and 2 inches wider. In addition to fresh, evolutionary styling, which includes larger headlights and new wraparound taillights, the Caravan promises more power from the V-6 engine in the Sport edition. The SE keeps the four-cylinder engine from the prior generation. A new optional power sliding door has a manual override so it can be opened and closed by hand while the power phase is in operation. It also features obstacle detection in both the open and close modes.

In mid-2001, DaimlerChrysler will add a new EX model. Priced between the Sport and ES, the EX minivan will come with a new power liftgate, power center console and 50/50-split rear seats.



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Vehicle Overview
The short-wheelbase version of the highly popular Dodge Grand Caravan has been redesigned just like its longer mate. Calculated together, the Caravan and Grand Caravan still captured a 24 percent share of the minivan market at the end of the 1996 – 2000-model generation. The Caravans, and the closely related Plymouth Voyager, were initially introduced in 1984 as the first “garage-able” front-drive minivans. With the current redesign, the Plymouth badge is gone, so the equivalent to the Dodge Caravan is called the Chrysler Voyager. Chrysler also offers a luxurious Town & Country model.

Available in SE or Sport trim, the Caravan comes only in short-body form with front-wheel drive. The dimensions are similar to the previous generation, but bodies are about 3 inches longer and 2 inches wider. In addition to fresh, evolutionary styling, which includes larger headlights and new wraparound taillights, the Caravan promises more power from the V-6 engine in the Sport edition. The SE keeps the four-cylinder engine from the prior generation. A new optional power sliding door has a manual override so it can be opened and closed by hand while the power phase is in operation. It also features obstacle detection in both the open and close modes.

In mid-2001, DaimlerChrysler will add a new EX model. Priced between the Sport and ES, the EX minivan will come with a new power liftgate, power center console and 50/50-split rear seats.



Exterior
Available only in regular length, the Caravan has a 113.9-inch wheelbase and measures 189.1 inches long overall. Dual sliding side doors are standard, and a power passenger-side sliding door is optional only on the Sport.



Interior
Unlike the Honda Odyssey and Mazda MPV, the Caravan lacks a third-row seat that folds away. Among the options, however, is a 50/50-split third-row bench. New Quad-Command second-row buckets also are optional, equipped with a child-safety seat if desired. A new tilt mechanism makes it easier to get in and out of the backseat. In addition to the V-6 engine, choosing the Sport over the SE brings such extras as an electric rear defroster, front and rear floormats, and analog instruments that include a tachometer. Options include dual-zone temperature control, an odor/particulate air filter, a CD player and an in-dash four-CD changer for the Sport.



Under the Hood
A 150-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine goes into the Caravan ES, driving a three-speed-automatic transmission. A 3.3-liter V-6 with 180 hp — up from 158 hp — teams with a four-speed-automatic transmission.



Safety
Front airbags now have dual-stage inflators, and side-impact airbags are a new option. Seat belt pretensioners for the front seats are installed. Antilock brakes are standard in the Sport and optional in the Voyager SE, and child-safety seat tethers are installed in the second and third rows.



Driving Impressions
Chrysler has been the leader in minivans since 1984, when the Caravan and Voyager debuted — not only in sales, but also in the family-focused nature of its products. The 2001 redesign might not amount to as much of a forward leap as the 1996 restyling did, and competition has stiffened considerably since then. Even so, Dodge is still the minivan to beat — the one that continues to set the standard, despite having its heels nipped at by appealing rivals.

Lively acceleration from a standstill with the 3.3-liter V-6 engine is not quite matched by the Caravan’s passing and merging prowess, but it’s more than adequate and should satisfy most drivers. Typical buyers probably won’t find the four-cylinder model to be sufficient in strength. It’s also somewhat coarse and gruff, compared to the V-6.

All of DaimlerChrysler’s minivans handle with a relatively light touch, but not in a worrisome manner at all. On the contrary, they feel secure on the highway and are very easy to drive, with no unpleasant surprises to mar the experience. A Caravan maneuvers adeptly in urban driving and is confident and capable in difficult spots or bad weather. The driver faces a down-to-business dashboard in an appealing interior. Seats are more comfortable and more agreeably cushioned than those in the Ford Windstar

 


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What Drivers Are Saying

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Very reliable car I've ever owned

by Debra from Stoughton Mass on July 8, 2018

It got me to point a to point b it was very useful in moving & long trips,putting in couches or any type furniture,awesome to drive,comfortable Read full review

(5.0)

Best Tracking Vehicle ive Driven!!

by CynthiaAsencio from Minneapolis on April 2, 2018

It is a Great Family Van It is Very Reliable and Safe I Only Drive My Children in Safe Vehicles and this one Is Proven to be the safest for my Family!! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2001 Dodge Caravan currently has 10 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Caravan received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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