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I've a ten year old Dodge Caravan that has been virtually maintenance-free except routine replacements (it's at 175,000 miles). This vehicle has excellent traction and got me through a horrendous drive up I-80 when most vehicles couldn't make it. I'm looking at replacing my "friend" and have a modest budget. I like the space but wonder if better mileage is worth the tradeoff of interior cargo room (I've no kids, but I seem to use the space). Front wheel drive is mandatory and good visibility (no blind spots). I find many cars have bad visibility for me (the side rear windows I use to glance before changing lanes. Also, I can't see over those weird headrests manufacturers put on top of rear passenger seats). Can they please stop doing this?! Do you have a "go to" vehicle for someone like me? I may stick with the Caravan (seems to be the best value in vans), but would like better gas mileage.

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Cherie Watters, President Dealer Division at AskPatty.com Hello Laura, Dodge Caravan is an excellent choice. Maybe a newer model is what you need. A lot of new cars offer change lane warnings now to help with blind spots. There are a few nice mini vans on the market but if you are happy test drive the newer one and see what you think. Hope this helps.

Georgia Brown, Director of Education at National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) Sounds like you love that van! Why change a good thing, right? I'd look around for a newer model--some have better gas mileage, depending on the engine. You can check out fuel efficiency at the link: http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/UsedCarLabel.jsp

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