Smoother ride than expected
Bought at 66,000 miles. Smooth, quite, responsive. Drives more like a car than a "mini van". Stow-N-Go seating is great. Stowed seats provides 4' X 8' area for cargo. Cargo area not perfectly flat but workable. 4 Stars on comfort. The cloth seats seem hot. Leather would be nicer but I didn't want to spring for the upgrade trim models. 10 to 12 drink holders....geez !!! Getting about 30 MPG with hwy and city driving. So far pretty pleased with my purchase. Time will tell but I think I made a good choice.
The 2011 dodge grand caravan express had all the features we were looking for. Stow-n-go rear bench and 2nd seat captain chairs. With all seats stowed, I could still go pick up my 4 by 8 plywood sheets and lay them flat in the back. Engine seems very sluggish to get going fast however if you put your foot down, hang on because all of the sudden the power kicks and the caravan takes off (mostly referring to going up hills). There is a weight limit for loading up the van, so don't pack it with everything except the sink as this will affect travel conditions(especially stopping and turning) even though I did not hit the weight limit. Power train warranty to 100k miles is great.
We chose the Grand Caravan because of the storage space and seating, but we love it for virtually everything. We bought the vehicle in late April, and took a 500-mile trip in May. It has room for seven people, though the back seat is a little tight side-to-side, and the driver seat doesn't have as much legroom as previous years. On our trip, we had it loaded with the maximum passengers, luggage for a week and a soft roof carrier and still got 22.8 mpg (city and highway combined). The floor bins held almost all of our clothes, and the area behind the back seat was great for a cooler, a plastic tote, and the remainder of our bags. Power is fantastic, especially for a mini-van. I tell fellow police officers that it's a seven-passenger Charger. When you push the pedal, it goes! The 3.6 liter is very smooth and responsive, and the six-speed makes it great on hills and on the open road. The slap-stick feature makes it a ball to drive. The only downside to the performance is a slugish 1-2 shift in auto mode. The Econ button is great, too. We live in the mountains and still average nearly 20 mpg in local driving. The backup cam and entertainment system are great, too. We have loaded the hdd with music and we haven't even begun to fill it up. The same goes for physical storage in the vehicle. My wife is notorious for junking up her vehicle, but the Grand Caravan has storage to spare for all her junk
My Third Grand Caravan
This is my third Grand Caravan. This one and the prior one had Stow and Go seats, which is a differentiator for me. With multiple configurations, it is ready for any use. I bought this car slightly used. Although it was certified, one power outlet does not work and one piece of interior trim on the floor rattles so much, I will have to get it fixed. However, these minor annoyances are the worst out of three similar vehicles, so it is not so bad.
Very competitve prices and fairly new vehicles with reasonable miles. I give them 5 stars in my book.
Better than than the Japanese minivan
So far this is the most powerful minivan in the market today with 283 horsepower and good mileage too, also roomier, I know so because I have driven it from California to Arizona.
Very Happy with Dodge Van
I've only had the van for four months but I have nothing but praise for it. Electronics are superb, styling is sleek, and handling is fine. Fit and finish are excellent. Nothing competes with Stow and Go seats and that was why I choose this van over others.
Wish they would follow up the last 5%
First the good. Awesome van as far as quickness, and functionality. Stow and go seating is great, van handles good, and I love the growl and power of the motor. Now, it's been in the shop twice in 3 months and still has less than 5,000 miles on it. Remote start issues, wind noise drivers side, transmission making noises and shifting rough, AC compressor loud clank on first start and other little bugs. PLEASE, for once, follow up your design with some quality control Dodge! This van is GREAT, IF it were reliable too you would sell tons and actually make some money!!! I'm soooo disappointed, but I wanted to buy American, and I want to trust this van so much, but I'm afraid if we continue to have problems we'll be trading it in when the warranty is up. I really like the van, just not the bugs! I can't say to not buy this, it really is nice, but I don't know that I trust it. It's like the got 95% of the way there, then pushed it out the door and went home for the weekend.
Excellent Vehicle (great value aside)
The first thing noticed is the reaction when you hit the gas -great acceleration, short/quick shifts and meaty exhaust notes (can this really be a minivan?). Once you go through this double take you then will spend the next couple of hours just checking out the dozens and dozens of interesting and well thought out design elements, particularly in the interior. I've been driving the Crew version with Nav and most other options for a few months. We even recently scooped a headset from my other vehicle (3 kids) and it works just fine with the entertainment system. One of my most favorite options is the heated steering wheel. Our previous GC was an '07 with all the options also and the 3.8L engine and trailer tow package. That one bogged down badly when towing our tent trailer all loaded up. The '11 model, with Pentastar engine works great (you can set the tranny to use up to whatever gear you want, when towing I set it to 5th and there's almost no gear hunting and mileage is still excellent). After 6 months I have no complaints at all and am extremely happy with the vehicle. When you have such a great car and you throw in the purchase price (with the manufacture's price reduction), there's no competition.
One happy family
When shopping around for minivans, my wife and I looked at everything out there. We went with the Dodge Crew. The kids liked the 2nd row power windows and the read DVD option with the wireless head phones. The wife loved the power sliding doors and tailgate and the fact it has a good safety rating. I loved the new "upscale" interior and the climate control which includes rear climate control. The vehicle drives very smooth and has more than adequate power. The stow n go seats are a blessing and are very easy to use. I no longer have to break my back removing 2nd and 3rd row seats to haul bulky items. So far we have not had any reliability problems in the short time we have owned this vehicle. We hope to get many years of service with this Dodge Grand Caravan. Thank you Dodge for making this family a happy family when driving around town!