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The Consumers Digest 2012 Best Buy for families for many years has added some features to keep this family van a top choice. New for the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan lineup is revised trim levels, including a new lower price point base model. This means you have many options to ensure that you pay for what you want, and get what you want out of your vehicle. The Grand Caravan ranks 6 out of 8 for minivans by USNEWS.com

The interior of the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan has inspirational styling is both modern, bold and  just plain smart. There are black materials with red stitching which highlight the texture and is pleasing on the eyes. The creativity doesn’t stop with the innovative steering wheel having a demanding appeal. It has all the controls that you need within hand’s reach, this way you never have to take your eyes off the streets or your passengers.

The exterior has a bit of an aggressive feel to it, it isn’t a soft looking minivan. The 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan utilizes the Dodge inspired bold crosshair front grille and tapered rear end. It also comes standard with sporty 17-inch aluminum wheels which add a little excitement to your ride. There is also an abundant amount of colour options to make sure you stand out in a crowd.

The ability to spend less is an option we want to have. There is no need to cut out in other areas of your life to afford weekend trips to your favorite camping spot. The 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan has a nifty tool you can use to keep your fuel costs down, the fuel economizer mode. This option gives you the ability to maximize fuel efficient with the press of a button. When activated, it helps save fuel by cleverly changing the transmission shift schedule.

The available trim options are: CVP, SXT Stow N’ Go, Crew, Crew Plus and R/T. The engine of choice for the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan is the 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine with Best-In-Class power, that has 283-horsepower, 260 lb-feet, six speed automatic transmission. The fuel economy of the Pentastar city is 13.8 (17) and highway 9.4 (25).

The safety of the Grand Caravan is the best on the market. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives this Dodge minivan an overall rating of four stars, with an individual five-star rating for side-impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the Grand Caravan a Top Safety Pick. Standard safety features include: mandatory dual front airbags and stability control; curtain air bags extend protection to all three rows of seats, advanced safety-New Safety Sphere Group provides segment-exclusive blind spot monitoring/rear cross path detection as well as rain sensitive wipers, automatic headlamps and Park-Sense rear park assist (available).

The 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan is comfortable enough to spend a great deal of time in it. Dodge knows life can get busy when you have to run errands and children around. The cockpit of the Caravan is airy and has great outward visibility. This van is a great choice for the family. You will not be disappointed with the results.