2003 Dodge Caravan SXT 3.3 V6 from North America
Does what the label says
My family bought this minivan used, and it has become my daily driver. I am 17, in high school, and this van does exactly what the label says: carry lots of friends, stuff, or both, decent fuel economy, general solid performer.
It has pep when it needs it, and gets a respectable 21mpg on the highway. The four-speed transmission shifts fine, and doesn't hunt for gears too often. The handling is standard (i.e. don't take corners at 60km/h) for a minivan, and the ride is pretty smooth. It doesn't have the Stow and Go seats that later versions do, but removing the seats is not difficult (although the rear bench is pretty heavy).
The cargo room is great. I'm a musician, and I move gear around pretty frequently. The ease of loading makes my van great for gigs, etc.
I live in Canada, and the winters can get cold. It starts up every time, nice as you please, and just goes. No fuss, just reliable. I've put about 10,000 km on it, and in that time is has proven itself equal of everything I ask of it. Obviously I don't offroad with it; that would just be setting myself up for disappointment.
Another great thing about this van is the psychological aspect. People laugh because I drive a minivan, but I simply reply: "How many of you can drive six women around at one time?"
Great van, I'll drive it till it dies!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st December, 2010