Dodge substantially revised its bread and butter minivan to make it safe, more powerful, smoother and quieter. This popular Caravan is given a new list of comfort and convenience features that finishes the job. Either the Caravan is moving up market at an amazing pace, or customer expectations for what is normal for this class of vehicle are rising even faster. One sign of rising expectations is the proliferation of rear seat entertainment systems. Once a luxury reversed for the wealthiest plutocarts, these mobile theaters are becoming increasingly common in American family vehicles. The Caravan can be equipped with a DVD rear seat video system. It includes an dash DV, and audio CD player, a 6.4.in. liquid crystal display screen and two seat of wireless headphones. The DVD system joins the existing videocassette player rear seat entertainment system on the equipment list. An optional rear seat remote audio system also includes two sets of wireless remote headphones, allowing the kids to tune out mom and dad’s stuffy oldies station in favor of the hot boy band CD of the moment. Power adjustable pedals are now available on all models except the EX.
Steering wheel mounted radio controls have been added to the power accessory delay feature. A new electronic convenience group packages together a tire pressure monitoring system, an Electric Vehicle Information Centre (EVIC), and third row reading lamps. Purchasing a Caravan requires some homework. There are eight models to choose from, two built off the standard wheelbase platform, and six off the extended wheelbase Grand Caravan platform.