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Old 02-11-2011, 11:52 PM   #1
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Got a wife and some children? Chrysler's been busy tweaking Dodges to make them a bit more man friendly as well as family friendly.

2011 Dodge Caravan R/T (283HP)







2011 Dodge Durango Heat (292HP) and R/T (360HP)







Dodge now offers the performance oriented R/T trim with over 250hp on most of it's lineup. From the family minivan on the left to the crossover on the right.

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An R/T badge on a... minivan? Umm...
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I can see it now, soccer mom #1 tells soccer mom #2, I can pick up my kids faster than you can.
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This answers a question no one ever asked.
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The Durango finally looks proper again. I like what they've done there. But the Caravan? Sorry, no amount of badges can turn a minivan into something it is not...........cool. In any way.
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Still rather have an Odyssey.
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+1 on the Durango looking good.
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is the durango the same platform as the new Grand Cherokee?
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is the durango the same platform as the new Grand Cherokee?
Yes, a stretched version of the same platform.

When I recently went to the Detroit (North American) Auto Show, the Durango was one of the cars/trucks that I really liked. I've always liked Tahoes and Suburbans (Escalades) but the Durango was just as nice.
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really? are we going there now? Hyped up mini vans and soccer mobiles
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I don't see an issue with offering a minivan with a sportier look inside and out. Those of you who have small kids and hauled them in a car versus a minivan where they have more of their own space may see it the same way.
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I don't see an issue with offering a minivan with a sportier look inside and out. Those of you who have small kids and hauled them in a car versus a minivan where they have more of their own space may see it the same way.
Unless you've got to tote around 3 or more kids constantly (and at least 1 or 2 of them is a small child) then there's plenty of non-minivan options that work perfectly fine. And IMO, if you're up over the 4 kid mark already.........you've long ago blown your right to drive anything sporty (until your kids are grown and you're in your 50's, that is)

Besides all that, there's still nothing remotely sporty about this new Caravan. It looks like the same old bland originator of the segment that it's always been.
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Besides all that, there's still nothing remotely sporty about this new Caravan. It looks like the same old bland originator of the segment that it's always been.
It looks great inside and out, the monochromatic R/T look is really a plus on it.

Minivan packaging (and fuel economy) is vastly better than SUVs as well. It's also a bonus that they drive like cars.

A friend of mine had an Element SUV that was used to truck around kids and replaced it with a low mileage 2nd gen Pontiac Montana (the original sporty minivan). The Montana is about a million times better and it returns 23mpg city overall compared to 19mpg city.
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Dodge Caravan R/T = Awesome! I can't wait to see what's next.
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It looks great inside and out, the monochromatic R/T look is really a plus on it.

Minivan packaging (and fuel economy) is vastly better than SUVs as well. It's also a bonus that they drive like cars.

A friend of mine had an Element SUV that was used to truck around kids and replaced it with a low mileage 2nd gen Pontiac Montana (the original sporty minivan). The Montana is about a million times better and it returns 23mpg city overall compared to 19mpg city.
Or get a used Volvo 850/v70 wagon and get a reliable car (very common to see 200,000 + miles on them) and a extremely safe mommy mobile. And still see up to 30+ mpg on the highway. Wagons can be sportier than the minivan. A 850 t-5 is a rocket compared to a warmed over minivan. And many have a third row if needed. Americans are scared of wagons for some reason.
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I'd rock it

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We have a Odyssey and it's an excellent people mover. It will also outrun most sport utes (Vtec baby!!) and handles way better. Kudos to Dodge for their efforts.
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What year Odyssey?
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2004 silver. I see about 5 others just like it every time we go to the store.
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Well there is definitely a reason why they are so popular. My uncle has a black '04.
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