5 Things We Love About the 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan

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The new 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan is available now in-dealership, and that collective cheer you hear is the sales team knowing they have a minivan that sells itself like no other! But why is that so exactly?

Price Point. With a sticker price several thousands of dollars below any other minivan, you might be forgiven for thinking theGrand Caravan has less to offer in terms of standard goodies. But you'll be glad to know that such features as A/C, steering-wheel mounted controls for the audio, dual sliding rear doors and power windows, locks and windows are all standard. Want more? The base model of the 2016 Grand Caravan also has that ultra-convenient  Stow 'n Go 3rd-row seating.

Space. Specifically, space for seven occupants in full comfort, as well as a very generous cargo and storage space. The Stow 'n Go 3rd row seating lets you fit in large items and numbers of suitcases, but even with that row up there is still a large loading space behind it, including a cargo-hold storage bin. In the front, meanwhile, features like dual glove boxes and available overhead console provide all the needed storage capabilities for whatever you're bringing along with you. How about in-floor storage beneath the middle seats? The Grand Caravan has that too!

Power. Best-in-class horsepower (283 HP) and 260 lb-ft of torque twinned with a standard 6-spee automatic transmission ensures the 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan has more than enough left over for quick acceleration, easy climbing and effective passing, even when fully loaded with people and gear. That power can also be used on a budget thanks to the Eco button that helps maximize fuel efficiency.

Looks. Though Grand Caravan is a venerable presence in the minivan segment, it does not look its age, namely due to some subtle upgrading of its lines and other exterior features over the years. The available Blacktop appearance package uses clever touches to give the minivan some of that edge that adorns other beloved Dodge models like the Challenger and the Charger. These include 17-inch polished-aluminum wheels, a gloss-black grill, black headlamp bezels and more. The inside meanwhile can be decked out with a leather shift knob and leather-wrapped steering wheel, silver accent stitching and premium cloth upholstery.

Tech. Lots of it. And of the good kind. As in, a state-of-the-art BluRay-compatible infotainment system with 28 GB of hard-drive space that includes dual screens (one for each of the back rows), two wireless headphones and an HDMI input for your game console. The audio system itself sends out 506 watts to the nine speakers, and has Bluetooth connectivity.

You are invited to carry out a comprehensive test drive of the 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan in order to fully appreciate just how much it offers you for the money.