The aggressive nature of the 2011 Grand Caravan is more than skin deep. The vehicle is equipped with the new 3.6L Pentastar V-6, which produces 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. Not too shabby, especially considering that the 5.9L V-8 found in the Dodge Ram just a few years ago produced only 245 horse and topped out at around 15 mpg (on a good day). Coupled with a six-speed transmission, the 3.6L engine is expected to return up to 23 mpg on the highway. A driver selectable Fuel Economizer Mode adjusts shifting to maximize fuel efficiency. A factor which should not be overlooked by drivers whom enjoy keeping control is the term "driver selectable."
Safety, of course, remains securely in focus. In addition to standard safety features, an available Safety Sphere package includes ParkSense(r) rear park assist system, a rear back-up camera, blind spot monitoring and rear cross path detection system, rain-sensitive wipers and automatic headlamps. Chrysler's press release rattled off the following list of standard security and safety features:
- Front seat mounted side air bags
- A new driver side knee blocker air bag
- Supplemental three-row side-curtain air bags
- Electronic stability control
- Tire pressure monitoring
- Remote keyless entry