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2010 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Review
One of the main reasons people buy new cars is because they're life changes. You get married, you move to the suburbs and you have kids. Well that’s when you start to consider a minivan. And right here at the Dodge Caravan for 2010 and this one has loaded up to $40,000.00 and we’re going to see what you get.
The minivan market is a small one and at the top are the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna which has just redesigned for this year. Where’s that lead to the Grand Caravan well it’s a pretty good value pick because it's starts $4,000.00 to $5,000.00 less in those two. So if you're looking to save some money and get a lot of utility this is where you want to go to.
When you're shopping for any car this days, trim level is going to trip you up. Because they have different features, different options and even different engines and the Grand Caravan is no exception, it's a little weird because their trim levels come with three different V6 engines. So there’s no 4-cylinder and there’s no V8 but there’s three different V6’s, this top of the line SXT comes with a 4-liter V6, the most powerful offered and it’s actually pretty good even the transmission works a lot better than the other two options.
So how do the $26,000.00 minivan cost $40,000.00? Well you add a lot of options. There is a preferred packaged with leather trim seats, 17-inch wheels and a power liftgate in the back. A trailer tow group, a security group which has a blind spot monitoring system. A premium group with iPod control and Bluetooth and rain sensitive windshield, dual screen DVD entertainment system, a family value group which has manual window shades and sliding console on the front, the 4-liter V6 actually cost a little bit extra and they come through an option and there’s a power sunroof. Engine block heater, media center and the Sirius satellite TV.
A lot of families must have build in entertainment systems where they have a three row crossover or minivan like this one. The Dodge Caravan is pretty neat because now it’s having a 9-inch screen in the second row and a DVD system like most others. It also has this second 9-inch screen for the third row passengers. There also a satellite, yeah. Sirius Satellite TV so, you’ll get stations like Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. They also have this new option called FlowTV which just came out and you get over air channels like your big networks.
One of Chrysler’s stand out features in its minivans is the stow-and-go system which allows you to fold the second row of seats flat into the floor without having to remove them and leave them in the garage. It’s not the easiest thing in the world to do it's certainly not as easy as lot of three row crossovers. You have to move this front row seat all the way up, you get to lift up this floor panel here and then fold it in. Thankfully the third row is much easier to stow even if you don’t have the power option here like we do but I like the power option because you just hit one button and it folds the seat in place you hit another button and it puts them in their storage position.
Having a large cargo area like this is useful too. Like when you finally get to drop those kids off to college. There are a lot of three row crossovers on the market that fit as many people as a minivan. But they don’t have the extra cargo space that a minivan affords for family stuff like full size strollers. That’s why, you want look at the Grand Caravan. You also want to check it out because it’s $4,000.00 to $5,000.00 less than the Odyssey on the Siena, so do your homework.
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