The Dodge Caravan is a popular line of minivans made with the family in mind. Dodge came out with it in November of 1983. It was intended for sale for the 1984. Chrysler released its twin, the Plymouth Voyager at the same time. The Chrysler Town and Country was release in 1990 but was basically the same model and platform as the Caravan.
The Caravan is basically the same as the voyager and is built on the extended Chrysler K platforms. The Dodge Caravan became quite popular and was the basis for the stereotype of the soccer mom hauling her kids and their friends to practice and to fast food joints. This was the marketing tool used heavily by Dodge to appeal to families who felt that the station wagon had become outdated and wanted something hype and trendy but also with plenty of room for the two kids, their friends, tons of sporting equipment and the family dog. The Dodge Minivan fit this role perfectly and tons of the popular van were sold all across the country.
The first generation of the Caravan was given a 2.5 Liter KI4 engine and had one driver door, one forward passenger door and rear side passenger that gave access to the seats in the back. The transmission was a five speed manual, although not many of these were sold, and a three speed A413 Automatic transmission. The automatic transmission was by far the more popular version
The Caravan was also released ten years later in 1994 as the Anniversary Edition Dodge Caravan And came with different badging and special two tone paint. There was also a 2004 Anniversary Edition SXT Caravan. The second year it was in production, the Grand Caravan made Car and Driver’s ten best list. It had third row seating, plenty of cargo space and could carry up to 7 passengers.
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