Change is in the future for the Dodge brand. As Dodge moves further towards a concentration of performance in their muscle car line-up, the big question becomes what is going to happen to their other models, like the Dodge Grand Caravan. The current production of the Grand Caravan is slated to end in 2019. So what is next for the crossover?
In an article in the Windsor Star, Sam Fiorani, the VP of global vehicle forecasting with AutoForecast Solutions had some thoughts at what the future for the Grand Caravan may be. His thoughts is that the Grand Caravan will be going on ice and be replaced by a new version of the Chrysler Pacifica or something all new. The Grand Caravan is an older crossover and anything that comes next will certainly something new.
A new Pacifica seems reasonable. It’s been getting critical love and the sales certainly show that Chrysler should concentrate on pushing it as their premier minivan. Giving it another option that is aimed at the same buyers of the Grand Caravan is certainly a great idea.
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Ron Burgundy has been doing his job getting people ready to embrace the Dodge Durango. Now it’s up to the critics to give their opinion on what they think of the new SUV. One such review comes courtesy of the Dupont Registry.
Their brief write-up details that there is a lot to like about the new Dodge Durango. The first impression was in how much more beefy the profile of the Durango looked with the new visual aesthetics added, such as the headlights been made narrower from last year’s models. The biggest surprise, however, came in the build. It’s a larger vehicle being a SUV after all, but as the reviewer noted upon getting into the driver’s seat, “it required much less of a hop than expected for an SUV of its stature.”
The interior gets high-marks as well for being classy and stylish while still remaining comfortable. The navigation and the popular UConnect system were very easy to use. For passengers, they get to enjoy the dual screen Blu-ray entertainment center.
But that’s all the look and feel aspects, what about the engine? The Dodge Durango isn’t going to be considered the type of vehicle one takes out to the racetrack. But a car-savy reviewer on the other hand is more than willing to test it out.
The Dodge Durango has a 5.7-liter V8 HEMI engine with an eight speed transmission. The reviewers time with the SUV was positive. The engine is strong and the and shifting gears is smooth. The braking is noted to be very strong, an important feature to have in a vehicle marketed to the more family oriented.
The final decision is that the Dodge Durango is the perfect car for the family unit who need a vehicle to take the kids to school, to get away for the weekend, or to take the boat out on the lake.
The midsized SUV, the Dodge Durgano, is back with a full redesign. It’s an SUV that is not only designed to perform but it’s also made to be affordable.
The Durango has an amazing body design. Not only is it a muscular profile, one that’s very unique, but it’s also a sculpted modern body. With a lean forward profile that is complimented by the new Dodge split cross-hair grille makes it unmistakably a Dodge car. This is all accented by a browed headlamps and is seamlessly blended by the sculpted corners into the arched and muscular fenders. Other available features include chrome mirrors and door handles, sunroof, an engine block heater, and a trailer towing package.
A standard feature on the Durango is the Smartbeam headlamps that adjust the high beam brightness automatically whenever there’s oncoming traffic. This feature also makes it so that the Durango headlamps turn on automatically at dusk and off when there’s daylight to save you battery life and trouble. For more lighting, there’s also the four inch fog lamps that is standard with all models.
The Durango comes with two possible powertrains. The 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 engine features a lightweight aluminum construction with variable valve timing. It is a 5 speed automatic transmission with 290 horsepower at 6400 RPM capable of getting up to 16 miles per gallon driving through Brooklyn and up to 22 miles per gallon when you get on the highway on your way to a vacation in the Adirondacks. There’s also the 5.7 liter HEMI V8 engine. This engine puts out an amazing 360 horsepower and 390 pounds of torque. It’s an incredible engine that when you take your foot off the pedal the multi-displacement system kicks in and uses only four cylinders to make sure you have more gas in your tank for that lengthy trip. It helps that it can get 20 miles per gallon on the highway on an astonishing high 24.6 gallon tank capacity.
All this just goes to show you that the Durango is built for someone looking to take the road less traveled. With offering an active all-wheel drive that gives extra traction for when the road gets terrible. The best part of that all wheel drive option is that it’s completely automatic meaning that you don’t need to push any buttons or pull a single lever, it’s all ready to go when needed.
Inside of the Durango, it shows that Dodge brings a certain air of sophistication to its incredible design. With an interior made with soft touch surfaces, it shows refinement for every passenger. The steering wheel is wrapped in leather and can even be heated. The seats themselves are trimmed in leather and hand stitched with the highest quality given. The Durango is built for comfort and for dealing with the colder times of the year, offering heated seats not just for the driver but also for any passenger that decides to ride along.
For those passengers that do decide to tag along, they can do so without worry. The Durango is built with all new passive and active safety measures. Standard airbags for driver and front seat passenger and seat mounted airbags work with the side curtain airbags keep everyone in the car safe. The active head restraints are made to prevent and reduce injury and do this all while providing a four way adjustment of the head restraint to make sure it’s always comfortable. To ensure that an accident doesn’t even occur, the Durango offers features to keep you on the road without worry about the dangers around you. With such features as a blind spot monitoring system on the side view mirrors uses a dual radar sensor to keep track of your blind spots and gives notice with light icons and a chime. There’s even a system for parking assistance for those tight parking spots in Brooklyn and Queens that detects and alerts you to obstacles you wouldn’t normally see in your rear view.
The Dodge Journey is back after listening to all the feedback given and it’s very clear that Dodge took the responses very seriously in the new design.
This starts the moment you see the SUV. Sporting a new front grille design and lower front fascia. Other new features include 19 inch aluminum wheels, jeweled LED tail lamps. Bold and muscular line design and with heated mirrors to keep you out of the winter cold to clean them off. It’s all about offering the best value with the best style and never giving up it’s identity.
The inside of the Journey is just as revamped as the outside. There’s an impressive level of comfort in the craftsmanship here. The instrument panel is a very rich design with a whole new center console with an improvement on the shifters location and angel. The gear letters were made easier to read and even the cup holder has been raised by 4.2 inches making it easy to get to your drink. If that doesn’t show a dedication to making sure that the Journey is a quality SUV then nothing will.
The seats come with additional comfort in the form of an all new comfort foam. They are finely tuned to give the best level of support and comfort to anyone lucky enough to be riding. The seats themselves are offered in a variety of premium cloth and leather. There’s even more knee clearance now due to the center stack being rounded and raised. There’s even an available child’s booster seat that is integrated right into the seat and doesn’t need anymore work then to fold it out.