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Dodge Caravan

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Overview of the Dodge Caravan

Learn about the Dodge Caravan

Summary

The Dodge Caravan has a long history of affordability and easy maneuvering. While it continues to be a popular name in cost-friendly minivans, it passed the baton to the Dodge Grand Caravan in 2007, its final manufacturing year. Despite its size, the Dodge Caravan is a relatively smooth and easy ride, and with five back seats that deliver tons of extra space when stowed, this minivan doubles as a dependable transport vehicle. For both its versatility and thrifty price tag, the Dodge Caravan is a great vehicle.

Safety

The Dodge Caravan offers a limited range of safety features, largely because of its age. This minivan scores high on crash-test ratings, but some attributes aren't available or are optional on higher trims. For example, the last generation offers side-curtain airbags as an add-on, but traction and stability control isn't available. If you're looking for a second-hand Dodge Caravan, look out for these safety highlights:

  • Optional 4-wheel antilock braking system (ABS)
  • Height-adjustable seatbelts
  • 4-wheel ABS brakes – to allow you to brake and steer simultaneously
  • Front-row airbags with optional rear airbags

Interior

The Dodge Caravan offers a spacious interior with generous legroom. A combination of bucket and bench seats are available in the two back rows. The middle seats can easily fold into the floor for more cargo space, but removing the back row does require some muscle. This no-frills vehicle offers basic interior features, such as front and back seat cupholders, cloth seats and air conditioning. After 2000, four passenger doors became the standard design instead of three.

Technology

The Dodge Caravan was marketed toward the budget-conscious buyer, so expect to find limited technical specs on this model. Standard entertainment features include AM/FM radio and CD player (as of 2005) and two, four or six built-in speakers depending on the trim and year. If you're a driver who loves technical gadgets, opt for the highest trim level, as it offers more bells and whistles, such as:

  • Cruise control
  • Power windows
  • Remote door locks

Space

Removing the second and/or third row of seats gives you plenty of room for transporting large cargo. The Dodge Caravan offers up to 147 cubic feet with the back seats stowed but drops down to 15 cubic feet when all seats are in place. The front and back rows provide drivers with approximately 40 inches of headroom and lots of shoulder space. The front row offers slightly more legroom than the back rows. A cargo net is available across all trims for added convenience.

Comfort

Despite its length, the Dodge Caravan handles like a car, making it easy to maneuver through windy roads and difficult terrain, even for drivers who aren't used to driving large vehicles. You might be surprised by its pep and agility but may find that similar models offer more in terms of comfort. If you're looking for a quiet ride, opt for the V6 engine, which provides a calmer ride than the V4.

Pros and cons of the Dodge Caravan

  • Very affordable
  • Easy to maneuver compared to other minivans
  • Easy fold-in chairs for added cargo space
  • Modest interior compared to similar models
  • Little cargo space when all seats are occupied
  • Small list of safety features
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Specifications of the Dodge Caravan

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats2
  • Doors5
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • City consumption12 - 12.2 L/100km
  • Highway consumption8.2 L/100km
  • Width1996 - 1997 mm
  • Length4803 - 4808 mm
  • Trunk space-
  • Cargo space4030 - 4154 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Dodge Caravan

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This variant of the Dodge Caravan 2003 - 2007 is available in 2 trims:

Basic trim features and specs

Available with the Basic trim:
  • Multifunction steering wheel (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows (optional)
  • Power steering
  • Spare wheel
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Roof bars (optional)
  • Roof rails (optional)
  • Steel wheels
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Knee airbag
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available with the Basic trim:
  • CD player
Available across all trims:
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • Power door locks (optional)
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the Basic trim:
3.3 L - Gas - 180 hp
City consumption:12.2 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.2 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:-

Cargo trim features and specs

Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows (optional)
  • Power steering
  • Spare wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Roof bars (optional)
  • Roof rails (optional)
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available across all trims:
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • Power door locks (optional)
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the Cargo trim:
3.3 L - Gas - 180 hp
City consumption:12 - 12.2 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.2 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:-

Frequently asked questions about the Dodge Caravan

Across all generations, the Dodge Caravan's fuel capacity is 20 gallons or 75 litres.

The Dodge Caravan can seat up to seven people. The back seats can be stowed to create more space.

No. The standard drivetrain for the Dodge Caravan is front-wheel drive.

The standard towing capacity of the Dodge Caravan is 2000 lbs.

The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica is 15 inches longer than the 2007 Dodge Caravan, as well as an inch taller and wider.