Dodge Grand Caravan
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After celebrating its 30th birthday, Dodge is putting its feet up in what could be the Grand Caravan’s final year of production.

Solid 3.6-liter V6 with six-speed automatic transmission posts respectable city and highway mpg numbers.

Although Chrysler celebrated the 30th anniversary of the introduction of its “Magic Wagons” for 2014, there’s a real chance it won’t be around for many more. The next-generation minivan, arriving for 2016, will only be in Chrysler Town & Country guise. So, if you’re looking for the Grand Caravan’s combination of a great starting price with plenty of space and decent performance, you’d best act fast. Since its 2011-model-year updating, the GC drives more securely and frugally with a revised suspension topped with low-rolling-resistance tires to help prop up fuel economy. At the same time, the interior was upgraded with new gauges and soft-touch dashboard and door-panel surfaces replacing hard plastic. The 3.6-liter “Pentastar” V6 that was introduced at the same time produces 283 horsepower and, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, easily runs with the minivan herd for fuel consumption. Inside, you’ll find the usual dozen or so cupholders plus a variety of small-item bins and pockets (including dual glove boxes) that showcase the vehicle’s utility. The standard third-row split-folding bench seat can be power folded (as an option) to create a flat load floor. The Stow ‘n’ Go feature comes with a one-touch-down function and provides out-of-sight storage bins when the second-row seats are left in their upright positions. The price-leading American Value Package (AVP), heads the list of trim levels that also includes SE, SXT, Crew and the sporty R/T. The AVP rings in at $21,900 (2014) and includes most of the basic features and safety systems you would expect. At the top end, the R/T comes with a tighter suspension. To get the extra-cost high-definition Blu-Ray video system you need to opt for the R/T or the Crew trim levels.