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.
"Bought new in 2001, now has 140,000 miles on it...mostly has been a good vehicle. Have repaired the driver side window--fell off tracks at 20,000 miles, and replaced brakes more often than I remember with any other vehicle, about every 40,000 miles (I also owned a 1996 and the brakes were an issue), and the a/c compressor went out at 100,000 miles. Overall, still runs really well considering how many miles it has. Like others have said, the engine ticks, which is weird, but I haven't taken it in for that."