2006 Dodge Caravan

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2006 Dodge Caravan

Key specs

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The good:

  • Price
  • Performance with V-6
  • Handling and stability
  • Seat comfort
  • Ride comfort

The bad:

  • Performance with four-cylinder
  • Lack of standard ABS
  • Four-cylinder engine noise
  • Less space than in extended models
  • Fewer features than Grand Caravan

3 trims

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  • SE


  • CV


  • SXT


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Notable features

  • Short-wheelbase design
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Seven-passenger capacity
  • Compact dimensions
  • Available Cargo Van

2006 Dodge Caravan review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
When Dodge redesigned its minivans for 2005, the shorter-wheelbase version, called the Caravan, missed out on many of the new features that highlighted its larger Grand Caravan brother. Instead, Dodge promoted the standard Caravan’s price as its most attractive selling point. In fact, the four-cylinder Caravan SE was billed as the lowest-priced minivan on the market. Dodge also offers a Caravan SXT, equipped with a 3.3-liter V-6, as well as a Cargo Van model.

Built on a platform like the Grand Caravan’s, the regular Caravan comes on a shorter, 113.3-inch wheelbase. Standard-length Chrysler Town & Country minivans are similar to Dodge’s models but have more upscale interior appointments.

New for 2006 are a BeltAlert system for both front occupants and a loose-fuel-cap warning. A newly available DVD radio plays CDs, MP3 CDs and DVDs.

Dodge’s familiar crosshair grille sits up front and has a U-shaped design with black bars. That grille is similar to the one on the Dodge Magnum wagon. The front fascia contains a molded license plate pocket and fog lamps.

Aluminum wheels hold 16-inch tires on SXT minivans, while SE models roll on 15-inch steel wheels. Power operation for the passenger-side sliding door is optional on the SXT edition.

All Caravan passenger minivans seat seven occupants. Super High Density Foam, developed by NASA for the space program, is used in the minivan’s seats.

Dual-zone air conditioning, a rear defroster system, tilt steering wheel, heated power mirrors, sunscreen glass, power door locks and keyless illuminated entry are standard on the SXT. The SE model is less abundantly equipped, but options are available. Power-adjustable pedals are optional.

Cargo volume behind the rear seat is 15.1 cubic feet. With all seats removed, the Caravan holds 142.3 cubic feet of cargo. Caravans are 189.3 inches long overall, whereas the Grand Caravan measures 200.5 inches in length. Both minivans are 68.9 inches high to the top of the roof rack.

Under the Hood
The Caravan can be equipped with either a 150-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a 3.3-liter V-6 that develops 180 hp and 210 pounds-feet of torque. Each engine works with a four-speed-automatic transmission.

Antilock brakes are optional only on the SXT. Side curtain-type airbags are optional in the SE and SXT. An inflatable knee blocker helps protect the driver.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.2
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews


I am very satisfied with my vehicle

This van is just what I needed. Comfortable seats, plenty of leg room, with the 3.3 V6, it has plenty of pull on the mountain roads. Lots of cargo room and very clean interior.


The Quintessential Mini-Van of the 2000s

My heart broke a little bit when Dodge discontinued the Caravan. The 2006 Dodge Caravan is, for a mini-van, a GOOD looking vehicle. The later Caravan styling made it boxier and less attractive, but this model year is sleek, like a slightly overweight panther. My grandparents graciously gifted me a stripped-down 2006 Dodge Caravan in 2006. No cruise control, no power locks or windows, no frills--but it's a great car. The 2.4-liter engine is, apparently, much sought-after by Dodge enthusiasts, as it is quite reliable. In all the years I've driven this car (nearly fourteen), there's never been major engine issues. It is sluggish for a mini-van, however, with only four-cylinders. It is not a powerful car. Later in its life, I had several costly repairs, and still have a misfiring cylinder at idle that isn't worth the cost of repairing. The vehicle still runs well at cruising speeds, however; you just don't want to get stuck in traffic. The timing belt went out sometime in 2013, but no other engine components were damaged; the mechanic told me I "must be living right." This vehicle is no longer my primary car, as I purchased a 2017 Nissan Versa Note SV for commuting and such (purchased in January 2020). But I still drive it about once a week around town and on errands. I love this van. I was also in several wrecks in this bad boy--only one of which, a small fender bender, was my fault. It was rear-ended on Christmas Day 2008. A friend's wife backed into it in 2006, shortly after I got it. Someone crunched in the bumper in a parking lot. I scraped it against a light bollard in an IHOP parking lot. It's busted up, bruised, and scraped, but it's still a great vehicle. My brother and I fit two ENTIRE couches into it at once (with the seats removed). Bring back this classic mini-van, Dodge!



This van has been a major workhorse for me since I bought it new 13 years ago. It has been used to haul things. As a mobile umpire locker room, and to transport family. And for a minvan, it also has good styling and lines.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Dodge
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/100,000 miles
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
3 months/3,000 miles
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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