• Feb 9, 2011
2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T – Click above for high-res image gallery

As part of Chrysler's giant product onslaught for the 2011 model year, The Pentastar has released new R/T trim levels of both the Dodge Grand Caravan and Journey crossover. Both models make their debut at the Chicago Auto Show this week, and while there aren't any big power boosts, the spruced up exterior and interior designs speak of sportiness.

Both the Grand Caravan and Journey R/T use Chrysler's 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, pumping out 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission. The minivan is only available with front-wheel drive, though an all-wheel-drive variant of the Journey R/T is available.

Outside, the Grand Caravan R/T gets new appearance tweaks like a "dipped" body-colored grille, body-colored side moldings and a new set of 17-inch alloy wheels. Likewise, the Journey R/T features the same sort of exterior treatment, but rides on larger 19-inch aluminum wheels with a satin carbon finish. Inside, both vehicles benefit from upgrades like black seats with red contrast stitching throughout, as well as the latest in Chrysler connectivity and infotainment.

The 2011 Grand Caravan R/T and Journey R/T will arrive at dealerships this Spring, priced from $30,595 and $28,995, respectively. Opting for the all-wheel-drive Journey R/T will set you back $30,695, and you can read the full suite of details in the automaker's press release, after the jump.




[Source: Chrysler]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Not good enough - for all the obvious reasons
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why are minivans coming out with 300HP engines?
        • 3 Years Ago
        How else are you going to kill your precious ones while driving like Mario Vandretti?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Who has 300?
        I was hoping Toyota was going to be the first with a supercharged 2gr-fe (maybe 320 with an intercooler)
        • 3 Years Ago
        So they still seem ballsy with 6 people in the back.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Shades of my 1994 Grand Caravan LE Sportwagon (try saying that 5 times fast!). It came with a body colored grill, fog lights, alloy wheels (in those days, a "mere" 16 inches), front air dam, body cladding and "Sportwagon" decals on the doors. The engine was the same 3.3 corporate mill you would find in a regular Grand. I liked it though. For a family hauler it was attractive, rode nice, and had plenty of power. This looks like the same thing. Nothing new under the sun I guess.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Journey's already had an R/T model. I should know. I traded the POS in last week.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish they'd stop using R/T on non high performance cars. And on that note,it's a sore watching compact FWD cars that are supposed to be JDM rivals being called classic names like the Impala, Malibu, and a couple of others I can't remember.


      ..At least there are no hybrid versions of classic car incarnations
        • 3 Years Ago
        "..At least there are no hybrid versions of classic car incarnations"

        Give it time... just give it time... :(
      • 3 Years Ago
      No suspension tweaks or mods? Disappointing.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I found the press release and indeed, the suspension is retuned: http://www.media.chrysler.com/newsrelease.do?id=10513&mid=5

        Still, the DGC looks clean sure...but beyond the grille and wheels..there's not much going on here visually, esp. compared to it's arch rival: Sienna SE. Even a chrome tipped dual exhaust integrated in a way similar to the Ram 1500 would have been nice.

        Overall, its still pretty attractive.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I know this is a tangent, but - Seriously these days I feel reviews on this blog focus too much on power and styling and not enough on feel, responsiveness, and handling.
        • 3 Years Ago
        emperorkoku, welcome to America. You should be astounded that they touched the suspension.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Remember the 1989 Dodge Caravan? It didn't try to look sporty, but this one trim had a Mitsubishi Turbo engine. It was a great sleeper.

      This Grand Caravan R/T, on the other hand... is the polar opposite...
      • 3 Years Ago
      1. The press release seems to be missing.
      2. Please tell me they have addressed the potential for torque steer.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chicago 2011: Dodge gives Grand Caravan, Journey the R/T treatment for 2011
      "Presented by Toyota"
      LOL
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hi,

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        • 3 Years Ago
        it wasnt as funny as the "2011 Jetta presented by toyota" that i just read
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was hoping more for the styling of the Grand Caravan R/T Concept of a few years ago. Better than nothing I guess.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sorry, but those are not 19s pictured.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Waste of options. The new 283hp pentastar motor and new tranny was enuff.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dig the concept, but doesn't look R/T enough.
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