Vehicle Profile: The 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
The Dodge Grand Caravan is one of the best-known vehicle nameplates ever created. It’s also one of the most popular models of all time. The Grand Caravan is the best-selling minivan in the United States, and with an MSRP of $20,995 for 2012, it’s also now the most affordable.
For nearly 30 years, Dodge has delivered minivan innovations like Stow ’n Go® seating and smart packaging that gives buyers plenty of space and comfort in a well-handling, fun to drive package. The 2012 Grand Caravan models are powered by the sophisticated new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that makes a best-in-class 283 hp while still returning an EPA-estimated 25 mpg highway.
The American Value Package (AVP) is new for 2012 and it’s what makes the 2012 Grand Caravan the most affordable vehicle of its type in America. For less than you’ll spend on a typical midsize sedan, the Grand Caravan AVP packs the Pentastar V6, six-speed automatic transmission, air conditioning, Stow ’n Go seating in the second and third rows, keyless entry and cruise control.
Available trim levels for the Grand Caravan start with the AVP (MSRP $20,995) and move on through SE, SXT, Crew and R/T. All trims have been tweaked for more value in 2012. The SXT, for example, is the only minivan you can buy for less than $30,000 that features power sliding doors, a power liftgate and power-adjustable pedals. That’s $1,800 worth of equipment that comes at no extra charge in the Grand Caravan SXT.
Alloy wheels and additional chrome accents set off the Grand Caravan Crew, which is loaded-up inside with a Uconnect™ Media Center and a 6.5-inch touchscreen that also serves as the display for the backup camera, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, ambient lighting and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter. Grand Caravan R/T models are the most visually distinctive with monochromatic exteriors and a unique wheel design. Inside, you’ll find premium black leather interior with contrasting red stitching. Grand Caravan R/T buyers will enjoy a more athletically tuned suspension and an audio system sporting nine speakers, a more powerful amplifier and a subwoofer.
The 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan is the easiest ever to use. Super Stow ’n Go seating is available exclusively in the Caravan, and the more comfortable seats now fold with one easy touch. It takes less than five seconds to make the second-row seat disappear into the floor, and you can do it one-handed. When the seat is in use, the in-floor bins are perfect for extra storage. The third-row seat also boasts Stow ’n Go functionality and a 50/50 split. The 2012 Grand Caravan has a new, Sapphire Blue interior lighting option, and R/T models offer a quad leather seat option, too.
On the distinctive exterior, the Grand Caravan wears the trademark split crosshair grille that graces all Dodge vehicles. LED taillamps have a “ring of fire” design that sets off the sculpted rear fascia and liftgate. The Stow ’n Place™ roofrack system is a new feature for 2012. The roof bows cleverly stow in the side rails when not in use. This reduces aerodynamic drag and aids fuel economy while reducing wind noise. Further aiding fuel economy, the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan features a switchable shift program for its automatic transmission that further reduces fuel consumption. Teaming the efficient powertrain with class-leading aerodynamics, reduced rolling resistance tires and lessened mechanical drag helps the 2012 Grand Caravan maximize your fuel dollars.
The 2012 Grand Caravan takes care of you and your precious cargo with a full list of occupant protection and accident avoidance features. Front, side and three-row side-curtain airbags are standard, plus a driver’s knee airbag. Electronic Stability Control and standard tire pressure monitoring are also ever-present safety sentinels. The Safety Sphere Package wraps ParkSense® rear parking assist, ParkView® rear-view camera, Blind-Spot Monitoring and Cross-Path Detection, rain-sensing windshield wipers and automatic headlamps into one ball of watchdog goodness to have your back without breaking the bank.
The 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan will be a reliable member of your family, too. Dodge stands behind it with a 100,000-mile powertrain warranty that will allow you to rest easy. The cavernous interior offers class-leading cargo capacity, and no other minivan has the level of easy flexibility offered by Stow ’n Go seating. With pricing that starts at the impressively low point of $20,995, the 2012 Grand Caravan’s biggest cargo is value.
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