View Full Version : Chrysler's Manly Family Haulers in Chicago


TriShield
02-12-2011, 12:52 AM
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)

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2011/02/03-dodge-grand-caravan-rt.jpg

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2011/02/01-dodge-grand-caravan-rt.jpg

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2011/02/04-dodge-grand-caravan-rt.jpg

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

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2011/02/01-dodge-durango-heat.jpg

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2011/02/02-dodge-durango-heat.jpg

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2011/02/05-dodge-durango-heat.jpg

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.

http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/wp-content/uploads//2011/02/DG011_002MM.jpg

Latch
02-12-2011, 01:55 AM
An R/T badge on a... minivan? Umm...

IZRED
02-12-2011, 08:58 AM
I can see it now, soccer mom #1 tells soccer mom #2, I can pick up my kids faster than you can.

Darksol
02-12-2011, 10:53 AM
This answers a question no one ever asked.

ThisBlood147
02-12-2011, 03:26 PM
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.

Irunelevens
02-12-2011, 03:28 PM
Still rather have an Odyssey.

Spoolin
02-12-2011, 04:28 PM
+1 on the Durango looking good.

ChaseSS
02-12-2011, 04:46 PM
is the durango the same platform as the new Grand Cherokee?

Cheap Guy
02-12-2011, 04:59 PM
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.

Tainted
02-12-2011, 05:40 PM
:lol:

really? are we going there now? Hyped up mini vans and soccer mobiles

TriShield
02-12-2011, 06:12 PM
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.

ThisBlood147
02-12-2011, 07:11 PM
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:D)

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.

TriShield
02-12-2011, 07:49 PM
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.

Tom's_03SVT
02-12-2011, 08:38 PM
Dodge Caravan R/T = Awesome! I can't wait to see what's next.

Darksol
02-12-2011, 09:29 PM
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.

Irunelevens
02-12-2011, 09:33 PM
I'd rock it :nod:

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c47/darrbar/Car%20stuff/CIMG0965Medium.jpg

Buckwheat
02-12-2011, 10:12 PM
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.

Irunelevens
02-12-2011, 10:15 PM
What year Odyssey?

Buckwheat
02-12-2011, 10:55 PM
2004 silver. I see about 5 others just like it every time we go to the store.

Irunelevens
02-12-2011, 11:05 PM
Well there is definitely a reason why they are so popular. My uncle has a black '04.

IZRED
02-13-2011, 03:12 AM
We just bought a 2011 Odyssey today in Richardson, TX. 248 horsepower is plenty enough, no need for 283 horsepower for a minivan.

HioSSilver
02-13-2011, 09:10 AM
Hotrod minivans would rock!! I wondered for years why no one made a performance version of a van. I mean hell....if dumbasses will hotrod a heavey ass truck they'll hotrod anything.

HioSSilver
02-13-2011, 09:13 AM
We just bought a 2011 Odyssey today in Richardson, TX. 248 horsepower is plenty enough, no need for 283 horsepower for a minivan.

way to discourage production of a another performance vehicle....I guess you don't like horsepower....why are you on a ls web site??? I mean what the hell.....did you even think before you typed that?

IZRED
02-13-2011, 02:07 PM
way to discourage production of a another performance vehicle....I guess you don't like horsepower....why are you on a ls web site??? I mean what the hell.....did you even think before you typed that?

It's a minivan dumbass! Do you really think you need to go over a 100 mph in a minivan?

HioSSilver
02-13-2011, 05:53 PM
Yes ....do you really need to go over 100mph in anything stupid......not really.....but it sure makes it more fun.

Buckwheat
02-13-2011, 06:33 PM
Yes ....do you really need to go over 100mph in anything stupid......not really.....but it sure makes it more fun.

God bless America!

1CAMWNDR
02-13-2011, 10:12 PM
I am one of seemingly few Americans that would love the idea of hot rod wagons.
Caddy CTS-V Wagon baby!!!:D

skorpion317
02-13-2011, 11:59 PM
This is the only minivan I would ever drive:

http://rahmadi.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/1995-Renault-Espace-F1.jpg

And while we're on Volvo wagons, how about the V70R?

http://old.culturegarage.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/07v70r.jpg

BanditTA
02-14-2011, 07:50 AM
If GM ever did this with the SS name, people would be head hunting.

WarShrike
02-14-2011, 08:30 AM
If GM ever did this with the SS name, people would be head hunting.

They came close enough with the HHR SS.

TriShield
02-14-2011, 01:49 PM
If GM ever did this with the SS name, people would be head hunting.

They did already.

justin455
02-14-2011, 05:13 PM
I'll take any and every vehicle with more power any day of the week.

I would drive a minivan pushing 300hp. Luckily I stopped at 2 kids though, so I can get away with sedans.

And for the record, If I'm in the market for any vehicle that comes in wagon form, it's always my first choice. Now on to the wagon awesomeness...

http://supercar.biz/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Audi-RS4-Avant.jpg

http://www.exoticsandluxury.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/bmw-m3-wagon-front-picture.jpg

http://cache-02.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/12/2010/12/500x_01-cts-v-wagon-burnout.jpg

http://image.automotive.com/f/features/9033319+pheader/0501cr_01_z+1956_chevy_nomad+.jpg

http://c.photoshelter.com/img-get/I0000PZkVEPXE2SQ/s/700/700/09-HSV-R8-Tourer-Shoot-05.JPG

:drool:

HioSSilver
02-14-2011, 06:16 PM
If GM ever did this with the SS name, people would be head hunting.

If they would've my mom would've been all over a SS minivan in a heart beat!!!!But since they did'nt, she bought a Toyota Seinna.....so if you wanna see GM not sell SS stuff keep thinking like that.

BanditTA
02-15-2011, 11:09 AM
I never had a problem with using the SS name, I admire the HHR SS, others however are stuck in the 60s where nothing can be an SS unless it said Camaro on the back. It was a statement that everybody thinks this is great but SS cobalts, hhrs and malibus are horrible.

Bob@BruteSpeed
02-21-2011, 06:12 AM
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.

It's really sad that minivans somehow got the image that they have. They do everything better than many other platforms. I've owned a '98 Venture with a 3.4L since it was several years old. It has 260,000 miles on it and still runs great. A valve job and an 02 sensor and spark plugs were done at 150,000 miles, and that's it other than regular oil changes. One of my son's has it at College now. Bob

Codprice
02-23-2011, 02:31 PM
remember the dodge caravans with the turbos, 80s into early 90s i believe? same engine that came in the shadow, charger, etc. About a year ago i was at a red light. it turns green and hear the whine of a turbo. look around, nothing. oh wait, its one of those old caravans with the turbo, plus it was being used as a taxi. funny stuff.

Bob@BruteSpeed
02-23-2011, 02:47 PM
remember the dodge caravans with the turbos, 80s into early 90s i believe? same engine that came in the shadow, charger, etc. About a year ago i was at a red light. it turns green and hear the whine of a turbo. look around, nothing. oh wait, its one of those old caravans with the turbo, plus it was being used as a taxi. funny stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3Gdm_e_hxs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ntbsg_frgP8&feature=related Bob

01ssreda4
02-24-2011, 02:28 AM
Mini-vans suck. I don't care what engine/options they have. Anyone who says any different musta been forced to buy one by their better half. Not me, I wear the pants in my house.

HioSSilver
02-24-2011, 07:33 AM
The only people who think minivans suck are the narrow minded ones who have never traveled in one.

01ssreda4
02-24-2011, 08:53 AM
The only people who think minivans suck are the narrow minded ones who have never traveled in one.

My first car was a mini-van mr. smarty pants.:gtfo:

HioSSilver
02-24-2011, 12:45 PM
My first car was a mini-van mr. smarty pants.:gtfo:

then if you drove that vehicle without seeing the marrits of it your dumber than I thought. you must not of got much trim in it with all that room to get it on.

01ssreda4
02-25-2011, 12:57 AM
then if you drove that vehicle without seeing the marrits of it your dumber than I thought. you must not of got much trim in it with all that room to get it on.

Oh I fucked in it a bunch of times. :jest: I have lots of great memories in it. I can still say without a doubt I would never buy a mini-van. Now if thats not convincing enough, I dunno what to tell you. Maybe you are one-sided.

jmurray87
02-25-2011, 01:20 AM
R/T = the SS badge of Dodge.

At least Chevy has yet to toss it on a minivan though...:jest:

HioSSilver
02-25-2011, 07:35 AM
Oh I fucked in it a bunch of times. :jest: I have lots of great memories in it. I can still say without a doubt I would never buy a mini-van. Now if thats not convincing enough, I dunno what to tell you. Maybe you are one-sided.

You never got any ass in or you would be saying how much you loved mini vans there stud. Yea I'm one sided, ....that's why you saud you never buy one....=one sided. I would buy one if I needed one and I have traveled in them. They're great for that.

TriShield
02-25-2011, 08:36 PM
Chrysler walk arounds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_ExurJDmP8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRvtaFSWpVM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W43g7GMQFGc

1970Turtle
03-05-2011, 10:12 PM
Yea, it's still a minivan...