2008-2011 Dodge Grand Caravan cargo van
The 2008-2011 Dodge Grand Caravan cargo van provided space and durability for commercial customers. It had a 3.3-liter V-6 engine with flex-fuel capability mated to a four-speed automatic transmission delivering 175 horsepower and 205 lb.-ft. of torque, providing EPA gas mileage (2008 cycle) of 17 miles per gallon (mpg) city and 24 mpg highway. The suspension was retuned for heavier cargo without sacrificing ride quality, while the interior provided 143.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity, 58.9 cubic feet of front compartment volume, maximum Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 6,050 lbs., Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of 7,000 lbs., payload capacity of 1,500 lbs. and impressive towing capacity of 1,800 lbs. These ratings were due to a commercial suspension that allowed for heavier cargo without sacrificing ride quality.
For 2012 and later, it was renamed Ram C/V (Ram Cargo Van).
The rear hatch and dual sliding doors eased loading and unloading. Rear seats were not included, saving money and adding to the storage capacity. An industrial cargo floor, with front rubber floor covering, covered the cargo area and front rubber floor covering.
2009 news: new factory upfit options included exterior vinyl window shading, full- and half-width cargo dividers, wire mesh and solid metal window interior inserts, a cargo compartment floor mat, and carpeted and molded wall liners placed over the inside of the windows. Premium fleet options included daytime running lights, power eight-way driver seat, power equipment group, security alarm, UConnect¨ hands-free communication system, and MyGIG™ hard-drive stereo with satellite radio, touch-screen, voice controls, and real-time traffic and navigation. Also available to fleet customers was speed control, security alarm, smoker’s group, heavy-duty engine cooling system, and a fleet delete option that removed supplemental side-curtain air bags, interior trim and sunscreen glass.
Convenience features included dual glove boxes and multiple storage bins and cup holders; dark sunscreen glass panels improved visibility.
Standard features included 16-inch steel wheels, a 20-gallon fuel tank, power front windows and locks, front and rear power outlets, no intermediate or rear seats, industrial cargo floor and front rubber floor covering, sunscreen glass, dual manual-sliding doors, sliding door alert system, halogen headlamps, manual liftgate with single floodlamp, 12-volt power outlets in the instrument panel and rear quarter trim, tire pressure monitoring system, and intermittent front and rear wipers. An interior delete option was offered which removes the second- and third-row interior trim. Additional standard comfort and convenience features included front bottle holders, dual glove boxes, AM/FM/CD/MP3 radio, and YES Essentials® stain-resistant, odor-resistant, anti-static cloth fabric.
Safety features included side-curtain air bags (with option to delete), Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with traction control and brake assist, four-wheel anti-lock braking system, BeltAlert, brake/park interlock, constant-force retractors, Door Alert, dual-folding exterior mirrors, Enhanced Accident Response System (EARS), front crush sensors, halogen headlamps, loose fuel cap message on instrument cluster, pretensioners, side door alert warning, three-point lap/shoulder belt with height adjusters, tire pressure monitoring system, and a patented energy-absorbing steering column.
Exterior colors included metallic silver, black, bright red, white, beige, and blue. The vehicle was made in St. Louis South (Fenton, Missouri) and was available by Fall 2007.
2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Specifications
|3.3 liter||175 hp||205 lb.-ft. (278 N•m)||4 speed|
|Cargo van specifications|
|Cargo Volume, cubic feet||143.8|
|Front compartment volume, cubic feet||58.9|
|Maximum gross vehicle weight||6,050 lb|
|Gross combined weight rating||7,000 lb|
|Specifications (non-cargo minivans)||Inches (mm)|
|Overhang — Front||37.6 (955.4)|
|Overhang — Rear||43.7 (1108.9)|
|Track — Front||65.0 (1651.0)|
|Track — Rear||64.8 (1645.9)|
|Overall Length||202.5 (5142.5)|
|Overall Width||76.9 (1953.2)|
|Overall Width with Mirrors||88.5 (2246.8)|
|Overall Height||68.9 (1750.0)|
|Liftover Height||24.4 (619.9)|
|Cargo Width at Wheelhouse||49.03 (1245.5)|
|Angle of Approach (Curb Load)||14.3°|
|Angle of Departure (Curb Load)||18.7°|
|Breakover Angle (Curb Load)||14.5°|
|Minimum Running Ground Clearance (Curb Load)||6.1 (154.2)|
|Fuel Tank Capacity, gal. (L)||20.5 (77.6)|