Many Canadians remember a childhood in which parents needed a larger vehicle and would automatically default to a type known as a “station wagon.” While station wagons are still available in today’s market, they’re not as popular as they once were. That position, as the versatile, family-friendly vehicle, has been taken by minivans.
Today, the Dodge Grand Caravan is one of the most popular minivans on Canadian roads. But why? What makes this vehicle such a great choice for drivers?
The Exterior Appeal
This Dodge minivan is built for utility, but it doesn’t sacrifice a friendly, attractive exterior design. It’s built to take you, your gear, and your family wherever you need to go in the city but has the durability to work in the country, as well as any points in between.
The Stow N Place® roof rack system is there to provide additional storage if the sizable interior isn’t enough, so your camping gear or canoe has a place without impacting passengers. If you need to get in and out of the car easily, a one-button power sliding side-door system makes it easy to open doors without having to put things you’re carrying down. For the elderly or other people with mobility considerations, this also means no more struggling with swinging a door open then slamming it shut.
The same convenience applies to the rear-door, where a one-touch, power liftgate means you can easily get to the rear storage without a struggle or the need to put things down. Avoid getting hands dirty or leaving fingerprints on your door with this convenient storage assist.
The Interior Design
The best-selling minivan in Canada is all about having room, both for people and for stuff. When it comes to comfort, the seats can adjust to a total of 81 possible configurations. And there’s plenty of room for people, with three rows to comfortably seat six.
But what about stuff? In addition to storage cubbies, overhead bins, and seat-back cargo nets, the best-selling minivan in Canada also has sizable standard rear storage space that can increase, thanks to a Super Stow ‘N Go® system of folding seats. Both the second and third-row seats can fold away as needed for up to 3,973 L of total storage space when cargo capacity—not passengers—is the priority.
The Dodge Grand Caravan also comes loaded with the 21st-century tech that people expect. A super console comes with outlets for charging devices, as well as easy access to drinks. A multimedia centre is built with infotainment options on a 6.5” touchscreen with radio and navigation options, as well as more advanced features like an optional subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio and a hard drive with 28 GB storage capacity.
There’s also an overhead screen that can display a movie being played to keep rear passengers occupied, or for more advanced entertainment, there are HDMI outputs to plug in devices—like game machines—and play on the go.
Safety is a Priority
When it comes to safety, this Dodge minivan has you covered. For parking, a rear ParkView® Rear Back-Up Camera is paired with other sensors to make a comprehensive ParkSense® Rear Park Assist System that keeps both your car and passengers safe, as well as other vehicles or people in your immediate surroundings.
When you’re on the road, a blind spot monitoring system alerts you to vehicles that you may not see with a standard safety check. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and the Antilock Braking System can intervene in critical moments, correcting for over/understeering, and modulating brake pressure when skidding is detected. Your Dodge Grand Caravan is an extra monitor, watching your performance on the road.
It’s Earned Plenty of Awards
Finally, you can’t have one of the best-selling minivans in Canada without the accolades to show for it! The Dodge Grand Caravan has been garnering awards for 35 years, and the biggest achievement is the engine.
The 3.6L Pentastar VVT V6 Engine at the heart of the Dodge Grand Caravan has won the coveted Wards Auto award for Top 10 Engine three times. Other awards have been given for cost efficiency, such as the Kelly Blue Book 5-Year Cost To Own award for having the lowest projected ownership costs after purchase.
If you’re in the market for a vehicle that can handle both many passengers and a lot of storage, then look no further than the Dodge Grand Caravan.