For 2012, Dodge is releasing five Grand Caravans - the Grand Caravan Sport, Grand Caravan ES, Caravan SE, Grand Caravan eX and Caravan eL. Each version seats seven passengers. As the size increases, the engine strength grows as well. Each successively larger version has a proportionately stronger engine for extra towing authority.
From the 180 horsepower, 3.3-liter V-6 of the base model to the 215 horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 sport model, the Grand Caravan is meant to get you from here to there quickly and comfortably. Twenty years after being invented, the Caravan's power sliding door and liftgate remain its most popular standard features. Both openings are protected by an obstacle detection system to prevent accidents.
The 2012 Caravan is packed with innovative safety features. Front seat belt pretensioners reduce the slack in the belt before deploying the airbags. A four-wheel disc antilock brake system helps maintain traction when braking to prevent collisions. In the event of a side impact, the energy is absorbed by the collapsing structure of the body. Front, side and head-curtain airbags protect the passengers in all three rows of seats from side-impact crashes. There's even an airbag for the driver's knees. Safety experts believe the 2012 Caravan is safer than the five-star rated 2002 model.
Creature comforts are everywhere. The Grand Caravan has three-zone automatic temperature control - the first ever in a minivan. Other improvements include wireless audio headsets, a heated steering wheel, a roomy center console with ambient lighting and middle-row bucket seats with swing-out cup holders.