• Mar 4, 2011
2011 Dodge Grand Caravan – Click above for high-res image gallery

Chrysler has announced that the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan will get lob $1,000 off of its base MSRP, making it the least expensive minivan in the United States. This savings applies to the base Express model, which is now priced at $23,995, not including the $835 destination charge.

The slightly higher-grade Mainstreet model (no, the naming structure doesn't make sense to us, either) also benefits from a bit of cost savings, taking $250 off of its base price. The mid-range minivan now wears a $25,745 sticker price.

Both the Dodge Grand Caravan and its Chrysler Town & Country twin were substantially refreshed for the 2011 model year. In addition to the higher-quality, more comfortable interior, both minivans now use the automaker's 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, which produces 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. We still aren't sure if either of the Chrysler vans are the best-in-segment players, but with a new ultra-low MSRP, the Grand Caravan should now be a bit more attractive to prospective buyers.



Photos copyright ©2011 Drew Phillips / AOL

[Source: Chrysler]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Just bought the Canada value package model at a great price. Tried out the Mazda 5 and its just too small. We have a 150# Newfoundland dog that barely got into the back of Mazda,but has all kinds of room in the back of the Caravan. Also my family has owned 8 Mazda's over the years and we would have bought another but they quit building the Van's hence the Dodge.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've seen a huge number of these (the 2011 model year) on the road. Probably over 12 this month if you count the Town and Country. That's alot considering that they just came out.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, the naming structure sort of makes sense. The Express went down the assembly line so fast there was no opportunity to add options. All kidding aside it does seem like a lot of vehicle for the money.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Mainstreet model is probably expected to the the volume seller mid-range model,
        And is also clearly a shot at Chrysler's newfound "American-ness" Detroit-gasm marketing campaign.

        It's corny to me, but makes sense for what their going for. I guess.

        Chrysler has clearly realized that while updated, its vans are aging versus some brand new, very competent competition that can sway buyers who care about style and newer features. But for those who just want something large and inexpensive to put the triplets in and go, this will do quite fine.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Well, we'd expect the Chrysler RT based VW Routan to get a refresh as well...besides the Pentastar, I hope the more refined interior and somewhat lower price(?) would trickle down to the Routan well.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Mazad5 is cheaper and is more of what I consider a 'mini'van. These are full size vans the size of SUVs.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they don't suck, and they're cheapest, Chrysler will sell a ton of these. In this segment those are pretty much the only requirements.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm with those who find the Honda Odyssey less than attractive. The first time I saw one I thought that origami paper was used to mock up the vehicle and someone got one of the folds wrong. Or perhaps the designer had a crack in his eyeglasses and didn't correct for the parallax error. I just find that greenhouse too unnerving visually...lol
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have had three of that corporation's minivans simultaneously at one time.
      Before the high gas prices, they all served me very well, indeed.
      I am leaving the next purchase up to my wife. Which means that our current minivan will likely never get replaced as she is the world's biggest tightwad.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You made me lol!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder how much the hybrid is going to cost.
      • 3 Years Ago
      While the Express trim doesn't have a bunch of wiz-bang stuff, it still has everything one of these appliances needs. With the announcement that the Doblo is coming stateside, that should mark the end of the CV model. Should keep them at the front of the market for the time being. When the new Sedona comes out, look out- Kia hasn't put out any slackers lately.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'd love to know what engine the Doblo will get in the US. Possibly a 1.4 turbo (petrol)with c150hp? In Europe the only one worth having is the 135 Diesel, and that is expensive, but it does its job very well indeed and is a superb car. Sadly, Fiat prices it far too high, and the smaller engined versions are underpowered; the 1.4 N/A petrol has only 95hp!, making it gutless, thirsty and pointless. Fiat in Europe always underpowers its products, at least at first launch, and this is one of their greatest errors when it comes to gaining market share. They seem never to learn that the market prefers slightly more powerful engines, engines that offer better economy. Indeed, the N/A 1.4 petrol gives worse performance, and mileage, in the Grande Punto than the 135 turbo. Go figure, we can't.
      • 3 Years Ago
      in minivans the caravan is a legend, good to see its getting back to what it did best at a good price. 280hp would be unheard of back in the original minivan boom and for many people with kids or just lots of people to move these actually make more sense then an SUV does. Amazing price when you think about it, am not in need of a minivan, but given the upcoming tradesman they do have a product for me too.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Canadians are selling a "Canada Package" for $20,995, pretty well equipped
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cheapest & ugliest!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Have... you seen the new Nissan Quest?

        Seriously?

        I'd probably rather own a Pontiac Aztek over the new Quest, or at least very seriously considering walking/a bus pass.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Let's not forget the Honda Odyssey. Someone stapled two vehicles together:
        http://automobiles.honda.com/images/2011/Odyssey/exterior-gallery/gal_lg11.jpg
        • 3 Years Ago
        Wrong. This isn't ugly at all, in fact it is rather handsome. It simply isn't trying to be fashionably contemporary, which means it hasn't, and won't, date quickly. It is a very attractive car in fact, with good proportions, sensible and smart details and great convenience. I'll bet that it will still look smarter than the fashionista opposition when they have once more adopted the very latest trends and left their present shapes behind.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ nrb

        I was with you right up until the first time I saw one in person. Somehow, as confusing and ugly as it is in pictures, it looks much, much better in person. I think the 3rd dimension is required for the design to be fully understood. I was truly surprised when I saw one, expecting to hate it, but actually finding it an interesting design. Flattened to 2d, not good.
      • 3 Years Ago
      ....now the least expensive minivan
      ... and the most boring too.

      and you thought toyota made the most boring cars....
        • 3 Years Ago
        Actually, for a minivan that has 283 horsepower, which is more then the 266 the Sienna has, this is pretty good. The Grand Caravan also happens to be the best handler out of all the minivans. So no, it's not as boring as the Sienna, which happens to be hideous.
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