EDITORS' NOTEBOOK: 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan, Day 1
Read Sam Smith’s comments on driving the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan.
Wow, does this thing feel German. Not in the build quality – the hollow doors and clunky control feels and the razor-sharp mold edges on the interior plastics – but in high-speed feel and highway heft. Correct me if I’m wrong here, but I don’t remember Caravans and Chrysler minivans of old feeling this tied-down on the highway. Tick along at a hundred? Sure. No sweat; there isn’t even an excess of wind noise. Hell, it’s even kind of quick. No wandering, no wavering, a nice heft to the steering – if you didn’t know better, you’d think you were driving something . . . er, fun.
That said, it’s still a minivan, and it’s still a Chrysler product. And to that end, it’s still a little rough around the edges, both literally and figuratively. The plastics and control edges are all sharp and feel crude (check a Dodge/Mercedes Sprinter if you want durable and inexpensive that still retains a premium feel). The ergonomics and button layouts remind me of import stuff from five years ago.
Didn’t really use the Swivel ‘n Go, but it seems clever and relatively spacious…