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2007 Dodge Caravan Passenger

Overview
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2007 Dodge Caravan Passenger Review

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Dodge started the minivan revolution and continues to be a major player in an ever-expanding segment. Though not as large as the newest vans from Hyundai and GM, the Caravan continues to provide a pleasing mixture of family-friendly features and affordability. The Caravan's small wheelbase makes it easier to maneuver and park than its larger sibling, the Grand Caravan, though its standard four-cylinder engine is no match for a good V6. With the demise of the Mazda MPV, the Caravan doesn't face much in the way of direct competition, at least not the four-cylinder model. It does, however, have to contend with the Kia Sedona, a larger and better-equipped minivan that sells for about the same price.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you have a small family or run a small delivery business, the Caravan offers an inexpensive way to get around town. The SXT model comes nicely equipped and offers a V6 engine.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The base four-cylinder engine is rather weak and the all-wheel-drive option has been dropped. For the money, the Kia Sedona EX offers more standard equipment and a better warranty than the Caravan SXT.

What's Significant About This Car?

No major changes for 2007.

Driving the Caravan Passenger

Driving Impressions The base Caravan has a four-cylinder engine that you'll likely find less-than-optimal for pulling the Caravan's weight. The SXT's more potent 3.3-liter V6 offers a much better choice. Though somewhat...

raucous under full throttle, the V6's pick-up is good as long as you are not loaded down with passengers and gear. As for handling, the Caravan has an exceptionally smooth ride, but its steering and braking earn only acceptable ratings from our testing staff when using the Mazda MPV as the standard.

U-Connect Technology
U-Connect hands-free cell phone technology allows the driver to integrate his cell phone with the vehicle's onboard communications and entertainment system.

Knee Airbag
This feature provides shin and knee protection to the driver in the event of an accident.

2007 Dodge Caravan Passenger Details
2007 Dodge Caravan Passenger photo Interior

Base models include cloth-covered seats, full carpeting, a driver's knee airbag and a host of standard features. The Caravan can seat seven but gives up most of its cargo hold with the third-row bench in place. SXT trims can be nicely outfitted to include U-Connect hands-free phone, rear-seat DVD and three-row side-curtain airbags.

Exterior
2007 Dodge Caravan Passenger photo

Like the Chrysler Town & Country, the Caravan and Grand Caravan have a smooth exterior, slightly rounded and handsomely detailed with such features as sporty alloy wheels and Dodge's signature crossbar grille.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base Caravan has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, air conditioning, dual-sliding side doors, AM/FM stereo with CD, rear wiper/washer and full wheel covers. The SXT adds a 3.3-liter V6, power windows, power locks, remote keyless entry, rear defroster, power heated mirrors, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, AM/FM/CD with cassette and six speakers and 16-inch alloy wheels.

Optional Equipment

Options include power adjustable pedals, side-curtain airbags, power windows, power door locks, keyless entry (base models), rear-seat DVD entertainment system and seven-passenger seating.

Under the Hood

Unless you think a 1972 Pinto was really fast, we doubt you'll be happy with the 2.4-liter engine. Minivans hauling families need a V6, so spring for the SXT and avoid a serious case of buyer's remorse.

2.4-liter in-line 4
150 horsepower @ 5100 rpm
165 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/26

3.3-liter V6
170 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
200 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26

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2007 Dodge Caravan Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.2
Out of 10

Based on 360 Ratings for the 2001 - 2008 models.

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  • Value
    7.5/10
    Quality
    7.4/10
  • Reliability
    7.8/10
    Performance
    7.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.0/10
    Styling
    7.8/10

Perfect Family Van!

By on Saturday, August 23, 2014

I don't own this car

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Versatile, roomy, easy on the eyes"

Cons: "Devours brakes, depreciates like stink"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My parents bought our 2006 Dodge Caravan SE brand new and never experienced any problems with it. The van runs well, but has a propensity to gobble up brakes like crazy. It's a shame Dodge killed off this van because it represents a huge value for the customers' money. I know many websites bash this van for its cheapness and total lack of reliability, and I understand what they're going at. This van isn't a luxury car (if you want that get a loaded-up Chrysler T&C), but it was never meant to be one. It is a mildly-rugged (or that's what the black plastic bumpers imply) utility van/family carry-all, which is a role this van fulfills perfectly. There are many good things about this particular car: its seven cup holders (one for each passenger), many storage cubbys, and roominess, for example. There are, however, some issues with this minivan, however. It's fuel consumption isn't Priuslike at all; it sucks down a gallon of gas every 17 miles or so. Be prepared to buy brakes a little more frequently than you would for some other cars, but many cars have this problem. One little caveat with ours is that the fuse in the driver's power window breaks a little more often than we would like, but the replacement is only $5 or so and it lasts for over a year or two. Reliability? In general these vans and their Chrysler siblings have terrible issues (heck, our last van was a 2004 Chrysler Town and Country which was trash-tastic), but our trusty Dodge has exhibited zero issues and will be in our service for many years to come. The last thing that we Caravan owners loathe is the depreciation hit our vans take. Ours only has 43,000 miles and is nearly like-new condition, but it's worth a measly $3500, a fifth of its original MSRP. In conclusion, this van is perfect for those with families to taxi around and stuff to haul. These vans are a good value for your money, cheap to insure, and simple to operate. I would definitely recommend this entire generation of Caravans."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Excellent car with no problems

By on Saturday, August 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great car especially for large families"

Cons: "no cons"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We have a 2006 Dodge Chrysler minivan with no scratches or dents; and even smells new. This model year car was owned by Mercedes Corp. and handles differently when turning. You can feel that it is a much better car than other Dodge minivans since other companies have owned Chrysler since 2006. We do not plan on selling this car for a long time. We have less than 9,000 miles on it."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Love this van but need a conversion van for my son

By on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 69,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very easy to drive. Great power, good gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Hydraulic lift in rear for power chair (not with passenger in chair). Have long seat installed and short seat is stored."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

No better vehicle than a Dodge Caravan!

By on Thursday, July 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 109,789

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Dependable"

Cons: "Only 20 miles to the gallon.....uphill or down"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"In 2006 we bought our first Dodge Caravan, 7 passenger vehicle. It had 20,000 miles on it. In the 8 years we owned it we ran that up to 183,400 miles with no major problems. If not for a recent accident we'd still be driving it. As a result we purchased another one , but a year older, (and with 74,000 less miles than our old one) to carry us on through life. The transmissions on these things just won't die! Dodge hit a home-run when they put these vehicles into production!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Very reliable on road trips

By on Tuesday, July 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 134,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Space, Durability and Reliability"

Cons: "No aux ability on stereo, no power doors"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I've had this vehicle for nearly four years now, and have driven it from North Carolina to Washington, DC on numerous occasions (at least 6 times per year), in addition to other trips to Charleston, SC beaches and Myrtle Beach, SC and it has NEVER let me down. I am able to fit 7 people in the vehicle with no problems and still have ample luggage space in the back. It has been my only vehicle for the duration and has never given me any problems. A great vehicle for families, soccer moms like myself, or road travelers, as well as folks who are driving locally. It's not super bulky, so even if you don't have a family, you'll enjoy it on a daily basis and it comes in handy for hauling things since both the second and third row seats are easily removable! I don't regret making this purchase."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

I love my Van!

By on Wednesday, July 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 121,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "plenty of space, great gas mileage."

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is a great family vehicle and I recommend them to anyone who has a large family. These vans last forever."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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