If you're shopping for a minivan, you may have given up on style in favor of practicality. But not all minivans are as boring as you might think. Take this updated Dodge for example, the exterior's been reworked to give it a fresh, almost masculine look and the interior is full of features that make everyday life a little easier. Suspension and steering improvements also give the van better handling than before.

Here are five reasons you should consider the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan:

 

1. Flexible Interior

If you want a minivan to haul both people and cargo, you'll love the Grand Caravan's flexible interior. Every seat in the van can fold into the floor - converting the Caravan from full people hauler to flat-floored cargo van takes just a few minutes.

2. Tough Exterior Look

It's hard to make a minivan look tough, but Dodge has done it. The bold grille, deep front air dam, 17-inch wheels and taillights that look like they've been lifted straight off the Dodge Dakota pickup all give this latest Caravan a somewhat aggressive stance.

3. Lots of Cool Electronics

Buyers can opt for satellite radio, touchscreen navigation, iPod connection and a rear seat DVD player that will help keep the peace on your next summer road trip. Dual power side doors that open and close remotely are included on the Crew model.

4. New V6

The Grand Caravan now gets just one engine for all models, a 3.6-liter, dual overhead cam V6 with variable valve timing. The new engine feels powerful yet is never harsh or noisy, plus gets 25 mpg on the highway.

5. Improved Ride Quality

Thanks to revised suspension, more sound insulation and even improved tire technology, the reworked 2011 Grand Caravan feels a little smoother and is quieter inside.

 

So there you have it, five reasons to consider the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan. With its updated look, flexible interior and powerful new V6, the Grand Caravan is once again a serious contender.

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Brian Moody heads up the AutoTrader.com editorial team. An automotive writer and presenter for more than 12 years, he's contributed to such media outlets as CNBC, Edmunds.com, Fox Business, Speed TV and The Today Show.

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