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

Long ago, Chrysler told us that it would be launching a "manlier minivan," and the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T looks to be just the ticket. Sort of.

Power still comes from the automaker's 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, and while there's nothing weak about 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque in a minivan, our own visions of a proper "man van" involved some sort of Hemi-spec power outputs. Nevertheless, the Grand Caravan R/T looks slightly more aggressive, wearing a unique set of 17-inch alloys, and employs design tweaks like body-colored side moldings. Inside, black leather seats are standard kit and red contrast stitching gives off an aura of sportiness, even though the family-hauler won't impress your sports car-driving friends at parties.

Man van? Not so much. But even so, the Grand Caravan's R/T trim package has a good chance of speaking to those consumers who need a minivan's capability while still trying to play it cool. Scroll through our high-res image gallery of live shots direct from the Chicago Auto Show floor to see for yourself.


2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T
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  • 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T
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  • 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T
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  • 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T
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  • 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T
  • 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T

  • 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T
  • 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T

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  • 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T

  • 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T
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  • 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T
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      • 4 Years Ago
      I am a man, and I have put a million miles on Mopar minivans.

      On the farm, I used them instead of a pickup, because 90% of the time they were better than a pickup. (The other 10% of the time I used a real pickup, a one-ton dually with a 12 foot contractor's bed and hoist.) I've driven my minivans out into plowed fields and taken them down roads and trails 90% of SUVs will never see. They are the greatest idea Detroit ever had.

      So, get over it. Minivans are the Swiss Army knife of cars. They are as manly as it gets. I just wish they would put manual transmissions back into them. My favorite vehicle of all time is the 1993 Caravan with the 2.5 liter and 5-speed -- maximum utility on minimum size and 30 mpg in mixed driving.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There was a Caravan SRT a few years back.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The wife wrecked the car last spring and she was given a 2009 Caravan loaner which I thought the dash layout and most of the interior was probably the worse I have ever seen. The difference with this minivan is night and day. I'ts got a wow factor especially with the center console. Never in a lifetime would I be caught dead owning any mini-van, but thumbs up at least for the interior on this one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      R/T power going once.....going twice......yeah figures. We own a 2001 strictly as a family hauler and so it shall remain.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a good start. My 4 cylinder Caravan with THREE speed auto I had over 100mph every day, and up to about 112 or so. I do not condone this behavior, though, and have repented.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @TechySpecy

        The Sedona gets 16/23 in the new EPA cycle, while the Pentastar Caravan gets 17/25...
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you think the rear lights are basically unchanged since 2000 I have can recommend my eye doctor to you. His rates are reasonable.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Okay, so the Sedona has a 1 mpg advantage in the city. But overall, the Grand Caravan is a much better van. It has 283 horsepower, and a much better interior. And the Sedona is an eyesore. Seriously. That thing is hideous. The interior is crap. And that's saying something.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You sir are a brave foolish man. lol
        • 4 Years Ago
        The new Pentastar V6 gives a little sporting creed. But at the end of the day it's still a minivan.

        I just still think it's pathetic that a KIA gets better fuel economy with their van after all the praise and fireworks over this brand new engine. Kia's van has been around with only moderate revisions since late 2005.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The new 3.5 V6 / 6 speed auto KIA Sedona returns 18/25 (and direct injection in the future), and is faster than the Chrysler twins.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now that I think about it, I don't know of a dodge vehicle made today that doesn't have an "R/T" trim package. Way to eliminate any sort of exclusivity that badge ever implied, Chrysler.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tell me something....

      Why is it impossible to put sliding rear side doors on a Magnum SRT8, and call that a man-van?

      SUVs are just as boxy as vans, anyway... maybe with a bit higher ride height, and a bit longer of a hood.... but just as boxy aft of that... Why not have the wider cargo doors that don't give other people's cars door dings and go with that?
      • 4 Years Ago
      sorry you cant sell THAT as a "man van"

      I was imaginig big displacement or forced induction. The wheels are crap, the brake are crap. What edge does this van have?...really
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, it's still a minivan. You can argue that it doesn't have a Hemi, or even a manual transmission. But, I think i'm with most people on this site, and would rather take the Caravan R/T over a Sienna.
      • 4 Years Ago
      weak
      • 4 Years Ago
      Caravan SRT-6 or 8 please. Thanks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where is the HEMI??? 6.4L! now that would be an RT
      • 4 Years Ago
      could the rims be smaller?
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