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in 2009 Minivans

Avg. Price Paid: $8,713 - $10,957
Original MSRP: $22,725 - $28,660
MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy
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2009 Dodge Grand Caravan Interior

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The Grand Caravan's interior is versatile, innovative and jam packed with family-friendly features. Unfortunately, it suffers from poor material quality.

  • "Interior assembly is mostly top notch, but hard plastic surfaces and low-grade materials dominate the cabin and disappoint at these prices." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Japanese machines still hold an edge in interior finish -- for instance, the dashes in the Honda and the Toyota are large, unbroken expanses of rich-looking material, whereas the Dodge uses harder plastic with an abundance of cut-lines." -- Motor Trend

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 Seating

Reviewers praise the Grand Caravan for its versatile seven-passenger cabin -- which features Stow 'n Go or Swivel 'n Go seating. While the former allows seats to fold into the floor to increase cargo space, the latter allows the second row to rotate backward to face the third row and a collapsible table to be erected in between. In terms of comfort, most critics favor the Swivel 'n Go over the Stow 'n Go seats, as the seats meant for stowage are short on padding.

  • "The Grand Caravan doesn't disappoint when it comes to seating flexibility and innovation, with lots of options to change things up. ... Rearward-facing seats are long overdue. They let passengers face each other, and because the two seats rotate independently and slide fore and aft, even second-row passengers can face each other and talk or play patty-cake ... whatever it is that family types do." -- Cars.com
  • "One of my complaints about Stow 'n Go was that the seats were too small for adult behinds; the new ones feel much better. I thought the Swivel 'n Go seats were too close to the floor, but the kids didn't seem to mind." -- About.com
  • "On models with optional seating, 2nd-row passengers enjoy roomy, supportive buckets, though larger Swivel 'n Go seats offer more comfort and back support than Stow 'n Go units.  ... The 3rd-row bench is plenty roomy for two passengers, a squeeze for anything but three preteens." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

Auto writers are impressed with the '09 Grand Caravan's long list of standard and optional convenience features -- though some note minor complaints with its navigation and MyGig media management system's controls.

  • "Inside is where the spice is, thanks to a collection of cool features rather than just one item." -- Autobytel
  • "And, what's more, when it comes to those gotta-have gadgets, the Caravan is like a big, boxy version of Batman's utility belt. I won't try to name them all, but as a quick sample I'll hit the highlights, which include the swivel seats, power-folding split rear seat, under-floor storage, a removable table (between the second and third row), satellite-based TV and the most elaborate factory entertainment system I've ever seen. You want a different form of entertainment for each row? You got it!" -- Edmunds
  • "To ensure that the big folks up front retain their sanity, all the audio can be fed through wireless headphones (video can also be viewed in the dash-mounted LCD when the vehicle is in park)." -- Motor Trend
  • "Large dials and gauges are simple to locate and easy to read. Most controls are plainly marked and work as expected, though audio controls suffer undo complication on models with navigation system or Chrysler's MyGig media management system." -- Consumer Guide
  • "One feature that's sure to spark controversy is the gear selector, which looks like a center-console shifter but is located high on the dashboard, to the right of the gauges. It attempts to combine the benefits of a console shifter with those of a steering column-mounted type. For the optional AutoStick manual shifting mode, it's not a bad location." -- Cars.com
  • "Swivel 'n Go vans even include a small plastic table that sets up between the seats, perfect for games or meals on the go. (And speaking of which -- did I mention the optional stain-resistant seat cloth and floor mats? Wish I had that when my kids were little!) -- About.com

Cargo

Critics appreciate the Dodge Grand Caravan's vast amount of cargo room, but find that its versatile seating options make it difficult to utilize. It provides 143.8 cubic-feet (140.1 in the SXT) of storage behind the front seats, 82.6 cubic-feet (83.6 in the SXT) behind the second row, and 32.3 cubic-feet behind the third row.

  • "Stow 'n Go second-row seating disappears into van floor as advertised, but process of folding the seat into the floor is more complicated and clumsy than it should be... Ditto Swivel 'n Go seats, which rotate easily enough, but are complicated to remove and extremely heavy. Available power-folding third-row a marvel of convenience, however." -- Consumer Guide

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