• (4.4) 5 reviews
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  • Body Style: Passenger Van
  • Combined MPG: 21-22
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5-7
  • Cargo Space: 44.2 cu.ft.
2001 Dodge Caravan

Our Take on the Latest Model 2001 Dodge Caravan

2001 Dodge Caravan Reviews

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

 


Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com

 

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