• Jul 12, 2007


While it's hard to argue with the industry minivan leader, the new-for-2008 Chrysler minivans had us scratching our heads a bit. Their styling appears to take a page from the Chevy Venture book of design, which had us wondering if Chrysler could could keep them on top. Well, it looks like the Chrysler Group might have a few tricks up its sleeve to keep the crown, like offering better vehicles with more standard features for a lot less dough. They just announced the U.S. pricing for the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country and the new minivan kings appear to be incredible values.

According to the press release, the new vans will start arriving in dealerships in the fall "...with 35 new or improved features," along with the new 4.0L V6, six-speed transaxles, standard all-row side curtain air bags and Electronic Stability Program (ESP), all for about two grand less than the outgoing models. The Grand Caravan SE will start at $22,470 and the Grand Caravan SXT at $27,535. Over at Chrysler, the Town & Country will be $23,190 for the LX, $28,430 for the Touring, and $36,400 for the Limited.

Full press release with more details can be found after the jump.

[Source: Chrysler]

PRESS RELEASE:

Chrysler Group Lowers Prices, Adds More Content, Performance and Standard Safety Features to the All-new 2008 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan Minivans

  • All-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SE model offers consumers $2,070 better value than its predecessor at $1,950 lower U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)
  • All-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT model offers $2,015 more content at an MSRP that is $970 less than its predecessor
  • All-new 2008 Chrysler Town & Country LX model offers an MSRP that is $3,585 lower than its predecessor with $400 of additional standard content
  • All-new 2008 Chrysler Town & Country Touring offers $2,395 better value than its predecessor at an $835 lower MSRP than the outgoing model
  • All-new 2008 Chrysler Town & Country Limited provides $2,350 added content at an MSRP $935 lower than its predecessor
  • With 35 new or improved features, three distinct seating and storage systems and clever features customers appreciate, the all-new 2008 Chrysler and Dodge minivans give consumers the comforts of a home away from home at a reasonable price

Auburn Hills, Mich., Jul 12, 2007 -
Chrysler Group today announced U.S. pricing for the all-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country arriving in dealerships this fall. With 35 new or improved features, a new 4.0 liter V-6 engine mated to a minivan-first six-speed transaxle, more standard equipment including standard all-row side curtain air bags and Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and an average U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of roughly $2,000 less than outgoing models, the all-new 2008 Dodge and Chrysler minivans offer customers a "family room on wheels" for just about every lifestyle and price point.

2008 Dodge Minivans
The starting U.S. MSRP of the new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan is $22,470 (including $730 destination).

"The new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan offers consumers a $3,400 better value than its predecessor," said Mike Accavitti, Director - Dodge Brand Marketing. "We were able to lower the price on Grand Caravan models an average of $1,460 while adding an average of $2,000 in standard content across the lineup, offering consumers a fantastic package of clever features, world-class entertainment options, industry-leading seating and storage options and a minivan-first six-speed transaxle at a price that makes sense."

2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SE
With a U.S. MSRP starting at $22,470 (including $730 destination), the Dodge Grand Caravan SE offers exceptional value for an entry-level minivan. Some of the standard features included are a 3.3-liter V-6 engine that produces 175 hp (131 kW) and 205 lb.-ft. (278 N•m) of torque mated to a four-speed transaxle and is a flex-fuel engine, capable of running on E85, a renewable fuel; advanced multistage driver and low risk deployment front passenger air bags; supplemental all-row side-curtain air bags with added rollover protection; Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Brake Assist and traction control; four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes; brake-park interlock; tire pressure monitoring system; LATCH child seat anchor system; overhead console that includes a rearview interior conversation mirror with sunglass holder; standard front-row center floor console with four removable, dishwasher safe cup holders; power door locks; dual, manual sliding doors; first- and second-row bottle holders; dual glove boxes; third-row rear seatback grocery bag hooks; halogen headlamps with headlamp-off time delay; manual liftgate with single floodlamp; 12-volt power outlets in the instrument panel and rear quarter trim; AM/FM/CD/MP3 radio with four speaker sound system; Sentry Key® remote, keyless, illuminated entry with anti-theft engine immobilizer; removable second-row two-passenger bench seat and third-row 60/40 split bench seat that folds into the floor; second-row, in-floor covered storage bins; DoorAlert; FOB Integrated Key (FOBIK); tire pressure monitoring system; 16-inch steel wheels; power front windows with one-touch down and driver side on-touch up and intermittent front and rear wipers.

2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
With a starting U.S. MSRP of $27,535 (including $730 destination), the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT offers premium amenities with a sporty, grown-up appearance. In addition to the standard features on the Dodge Grand Caravan SE model, some of the standard features the Grand Caravan SXT model adds are a 3.8-liter V-6 engine that produces 197 hp and 230 lb.-ft. of torque mated to a minivan-first six-speed automatic transaxle; Stow 'n Go® seating and storage system; second-row power windows and third-row power vents; YES Essentials® anti-static, anti-odor, anti-stain cloth seats and floor mats; power adjustable pedals; three-zone manual temperature control; 115-volt power inverter, power adjustable pedals, single rear, full-length, overhead console system with storage bins; second- and third-row moveable LED lamps; LED halo light ring that emits a soft greenish-blue light; HomeLink Universal Transceiver with programmable, three-function with remote control garage door opener and interior/exterior home lighting or security devices; illuminated vanity mirrors; eight-way power driver seat; manual driver lumbar support; leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel with steering-wheel-mounted audio controls; six speaker sound system; speed control with steering wheel-mounted controls and trip computer with temperature and compass display in instrument cluster.

Available features include the Swivel 'n Go™ seat system; 4.0-liter V-6 engine that produces 251 hp and 259 lb.-ft. of torque; ParkSense® back-up assist system; ParkView® rear back-up camera; heated first- and second-row seats in cloth or leather; AM/FM/CD/DVD/MP3/HDD MyGIG™ Multimedia Infotainment System with or without navigation and includes UConnect® Handsfree communication system, SIRIUS Satellite Radio; SIRIUS Backseat TV satellite video with three channels of family programming that includes Disney Channel, Nickelodeon Mobile and Cartoon Network Mobile; a minivan-first one-touch power folding third-row seat; remote start; a premium, removable sliding front center floor console with four cup holders, multiple storage bins and 12-volt power outlet; power sunroof; single or dual DVD entertainment systems and 17-inch aluminum wheels.

2008 Chrysler Minivans
The starting U.S. MSRP of the new 2008 Chrysler Town & Country LX is $23,190 (including $730 destination).

"Offering consumers cutting edge amenities and value for their dollar was a prime consideration in the development of the new Chrysler Town & Country minivan," said David Rooney, Director - Chrysler Brand. "The heritage of the original luxury minivan is evident in the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country, but with an updated style and flair. We've added 35 new or improved features that continue the Chrysler tradition of offering premium amenities without the premium price. In fact, we lowered the price of the Town & Country LX by more than $3,500 and added $400 more content."


2008 Chrysler Town & Country LX
With a starting U.S. MSRP of $23,190 (including $730 destination), the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country LX offers premium amenities without the premium price. Standard features on the Chrysler Town & Country LX include a 3.3-liter V-6 engine that produces 175 hp (131 kW) and 205 lb.-ft. (278 N•m) of torque and is mated to a four-speed transaxle. The 3.3-liter engine is a flex-fuel engine capable of running on E85, a renewable fuel. Some of the other standard features included are an advanced multistage driver air bag and front passenger low risk deployment air bag; supplemental all-row side curtain air bag with added rollover protection; ESP with brake assist and traction control; passenger assist handles located on the A-pillar, B-pillar and headliner above the sliding passenger doors; four-wheel anti-lock brakes; brake-park interlock; LATCH child seat anchor system; analog clock; overhead console that includes a rearview interior conversation mirror with sunglass holder; standard front-row center floor console with four removable, dishwasher safe cup holders; rear window defroster; power door locks; dual manual-sliding doors; sunscreen glass; first- and second-row bottle holders; dual glove boxes; third-row rear seatback grocery bag hooks; halogen quad headlamps with headlamp-off time delay; manual liftgate with single floodlamp; 12-volt power outlets in the instrument panel and rear quarter trim; AM/FM/CD/MP3 radio with four speaker sound system; Sentry Key remote, keyless, illuminated entry with anti-theft engine immobilizer; YES Essentials anti-stain, anti-odor, anti-static fabric seats; removable second-row two-passenger bench seat and third-row 60/40 split bench seat that folds into the floor; second-row, in-floor covered storage bins; DoorAlert; power rack and pinion steering; FOBIK; tire pressure monitoring system; 16-inch steel wheels; power front windows with driver-side one-touch down and intermittent front and rear wipers.

2008 Chrysler Town & Country Touring
With a starting U.S. MSRP of $28,430 (including $730 destination), the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country Touring minivan offers customers luxury amenities at a price they can afford. In addition to those offered on the Chrysler Town & Country LX, some of the standard features the Chrysler Town & Country Touring adds include: a 3.8-liter V-6 engine that produces 197 hp (147 kW) and 230 lb.-ft. (312 N•m) of torque and is mated to a new, minivan-first six-speed transaxle; Stow 'n Go seating and storage system; power sliding driver side and passenger doors; power liftgate; HomeLink Universal Tranceiver; rear, moveable courtesy/reading lamps; door courtesy lamp; removable, rechargeable LED flashlight; fog lamps; illuminated visor vanity; foldaway, power-heated body-color exterior mirrors; power adjustable pedals; 115-volt inverter located on the front of the driver-side C-pillar trim panel; roof rack; eight-way power driver seat; leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel with steering wheel mounted audio controls; six-speaker sound system and 16-inch aluminum wheels.

2008 Chrysler Town & Country Limited
With a starting U.S. MSRP of $36,400 (including $730 destination), the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country Limited sets the standard for luxury minivans. In addition to the standard equipment included on the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country Touring model, the Town & Country Limited also includes a new 4.0-liter V-6 engine that produces 251 hp (189 kW) and 259 lb.-ft. (350 N•m) of torque and is mated to a new, minivan-first six-speed transaxle; three-zone automatic temperature control; luxury front- and second-row floor mats; High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps; auto-dimming rearview mirror; power, foldaway, heated multifunction chrome mirrors with supplemental side signals and driver-side memory; ParkSense rear park assist system, MyGIG AM/FM/CD/DVD/HDD/MP3 Multimedia Entertainment system, ParkView rear back-up camera and SIRIUS satellite radio; remote start system; leather-trimmed first- and second-row seats with suede microfiber accents; security alarm; premium sound system which includes ten speakers with a minivan-first subwoofer and 506-watt amplifier; premium removable front center console that slides rearward 21 inches and offers four cup holders, a 12-volt power outlet and multiple storage areas; premium tire pressure monitoring system with Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) and 17-inch chrome-clad wheels.

Available equipment for the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country models includes Swivel 'n Go seat system; three-zone automatic temperature control; remote start; foldaway, power-heated chrome mirrors that include supplemental signals and driver-side memory; auto-dimming exterior driver side mirror; Parksense rear park assist system; ParkView rear back-up camera; SIRIUS Satellite Radio; SIRIUS Backseat TV satellite TV with three channels of family programming including Disney Channel, Nickelodeon Mobile and Cartoon Network Mobile; heated first- and second-row seats (cloth or leather); second- and third-row retractable sunshades; premium sound system which includes ten speakers with a minivan-first subwoofer and 506-watt amplifier; premium removable front center console that slides rearward 21 inches and offers four cup holders, a 12-volt power outlet and multiple storage areas; premium tire pressure monitoring system with EVIC; integrated child booster seat (late availability); power sunroof; remote start; one-touch power folding third-row seat; sunroof; trailer tow package; single or dual DVD entertainment systems and 17-inch aluminum wheels.

2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Pricing:
Following is U.S. MSRP for the new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan models. (All prices include $730 destination.)

2008 MSRP Outgoing MSRP

Grand Caravan SE: $22,470 $24,420
Grand Caravan SXT: $27,535 $28,505

Chrysler Town & Country Pricing:
Following is U.S. MSRP for the new 2008 Chrysler Town & Country models. (All prices
include $730 destination.)

2008 MSRP Outgoing MSRP

Town & Country LX: $23,190 $26,775
Town & Country Touring: $28,430 $29,265
Town & Country Limited: $36,400 $37,335

Dodge Brand
Whether it's cars, trucks or minivans, the Dodge brand offers bold, powerful, capable and street-smart vehicles that are known for affordable performance. With nine new vehicles launching in the last two years, Dodge, the Chrysler Group's best-selling brand, continues its product offensive with the launch of the all-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. With more than 1.3 million units sold globally in 2006 (1,077,579 units in the U.S.), Dodge is the Chrysler Group's best-selling brand and the number five nameplate in the U.S. auto market with a 7 percent market share.

Chrysler Brand
Driven by award-winning new models, the Chrysler brand has seen a dramatic increase in sales, market share and brand image in recent years. Since 1990, Chrysler brand sales have jumped more than 250 percent. No other American automotive brand has grown as much during the same time frame.

Minivan Production
The 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country models will be built at Windsor Assembly Plant in Windsor, Ontario, Canada and St. Louis South Assembly Plant in Fenton, Missouri.

The 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country will arrive in U.S. dealerships in the fall of 2007.


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  • 31 Comments
      • 7 Years Ago
      No diesel engine? Chrysler used to be the innovator, now it is just more of the same.
      My 2002 van has heated wiper pads, comfortable seats and looks a lot better.
      If Toyota brings a hybrid van, that what I'll get.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I watched this video on the new Town & Country last night.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycpoeCXaWZY

      Chrysler's new vans look extremely well executed. Hopefully for Chrysler's sake (as well as the American auto industry's) they sell well.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Just watched the video, and I gotta say it isn't hard to make an interior look good when it's computer rendered. Makes all the textures look expensive, and makes all panel gaps disappear as well.

        I do like the swivel seat idea though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, that's a lot of car for the money, even if it does look like the '91 model.
        • 7 Years Ago
        it really does look like an early 1990s design.

        Anyways, with the Sebring fiasco (77% Fleets) Chrysler cant have another miss.

        However I think this will miss the mark. The underpowered and archaic 3.3 pushrod 175hp 4speed auto $22,000 will do well but if you had to pay 30 grand for this or any of the competition my bet is on the competition.
        • 7 Years Ago
        it really does look like an early 1990s design.

        Anyways, with the Sebring fiasco (77% Fleets) Chrysler cant have another miss.

        However I think this will miss the mark. The underpowered and archaic 3.3 pushrod 175hp 4speed auto $22,000 will do well but if you had to pay 30 grand for this or any of the competition my bet is on the competition.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Will this new 6 speed transmission be of the same quality as the transmissons used in the Chrysler minivans of the 90s?
        • 7 Years Ago
        That depends on which part of the 90's you're talking about. Early 90's (90-92 or so) terrible reliability, first year was something like 18% failure rate. After that no worse than anyone else (and probably better than Honda). all reports I've read is that the 6 speed is based off of existing designs so I would expect the tranny to about the same. I've owned 94, 97, and 03's of various models with the 4 speed auto and had absolutely NO problems with any of them. Our current 03 has 45k miles on the clock.
        • 7 Years Ago
        MikeW
        I really enjoy all your technical knowhow. Keep it up.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Chrysler/Dodge have had Load-leveling suspension for as long as I can remember. Its part of the Trailer Tow Group on the vehicles. Look harder.
      • 7 Years Ago
      srivendel @ Jul 12th 2007 2:36PM
      I agree it's a good value, but with only 178hp, this thing will barely be able to get out of its own way. Fill it up with 7 people and cringe.

      Not true. I owned a 94 Grand Caravan with the 3.3 rated at only 162 hp. I had NO problems accelerating in traffic or on highway on-ramps. Actually I surprised a lot of people who thought they could pass me/beat me because I was just driving a minivan. 178 doesn't tell the tale. You have to factor in torque as well.

      As to the styling I think compared to the Japanese vans the new Mopars exhibit European style "restraint" in the looks department. The design is very clean and un-encumbered. Is this the influence of Daimler? I don't know. But the design was approved at least 2 years ago so maybe.
      • 6 Years Ago
      We own this model and I love it. There is plenty of room up front for my legs (I'm 6'2") and the kids have a great time and plenty of personal space in the back. There is also a great amount of cargo space behind them. I have installed the Engel Slide for our MT60F-Combi 12 volt refrigerator. I like the idea of using the slide incase of an accident. It will hold onto the refrigerator/freezer and not let it go flying. We bought our 12 volt portable refrigerator freezer from http://www.12volt-travel.com/12-volt-refrigerators-c-630.html
      • 7 Years Ago
      did they finally make ALL ROW AIRBAGS standard??? it says "supplimental" in the SE catagory, not in Base?

      they were the LAST to do that, if they finally did this year.

      even the KIA makes full curtain bags standard on base models.
        • 7 Years Ago
        i did read. i was under the impression SE was special edition/top model as with many manuf. Glad to see they finally put air bags in for the 3rd row. took long enough.
        i owned a 2004 caravan. worst pc of crap van ever made,
        rattles, thumping, constant brake work, molding falling off, hope the new ones fair better but somehow i doubt it... from what i've read 2005-2006 were'nt any better.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This kind of price cutting is the reason why we don't get the Mazda MPV here - a car that is actually good to drive. I still find it hard to believe that the Odyssey hasn't taken the top spot from Chrysler. Would that be due to fleet sales?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Some people arent concerned with it being slow. i have a 99 town and country. i know its not gonna win any races so why even try, it gets the job done that i bought it for. no problems either and 93k miles. if i want fast i'd buy a sports car
      • 7 Years Ago
      I want to know if Honda is going to put a regular fuel cylinder shutoff version of the 300hp 3.7V6 (from MDX) into the Odyssey for '08 ~270hp.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree it's a good value, but with only 178hp, this thing will barely be able to get out of its own way. Fill it up with 7 people and cringe.
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