2009 Dodge Grand Caravan Van
Benefits of Driving a 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan Van
The Dodge Grand Caravan--along with the mechanically identical Chrysler Town & Country--continues to have some of the most innovative features, and the 2009 model stands out for its interior, with the Swivel 'n Go arrangement. Chrysler claims that its minivans are still the only ones to offer a seating system like its Stow 'n Go, which allows both the second- and third-row seats to fold fully into the floor. The automaker also says that their optional DVD entertainment system, which is capable playing different media at simultaneously, is a minivan first. Many of the other features now available on the Grand Caravan, including ambient lighting, heated second-row seats and sunshades, are as yet unavailable on much of the competition.
What's new for 2009?
Following a redesign in 2008, the Grand Caravan returns for 2009 with few changes. Braking has been improved on both SE and SXT models. The SXT model gets a sportier suspension and an iPod adapter has been added to the optional UConnect phone system. The SE trim gets standard Stow 'n Go seating with stain-resistant seat fabric, as well as cruise control, an improved instrument cluster, three rows of power seats, and some other minor upgrades. Blind spot monitoring, Rear Cross Path sensing, and rain-sensitive wipers are now options.
- Innovative Swivel 'n Go interior arrangement
- interior versatility
- available convenience features
- available entertainment systems.
Two Grand Caravan models are offered for 2009: SE and SXT. The SE is powered by a 3.3L V6 that makes 175 horsepower and 205 pound-feet of torque and is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission, while the SXT comes with a 3.8L V6 making 197 horsepower and 230 lb-ft. At the top of the engine range is the optional 4.0L V6, making 251 horsepower and 259 lb-ft. Both the 3.8L and 4.0L V6s are mated to a six-speed transmission.