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.
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.
〉 Answered on Sep 10th, 2013 by Cherie Watters, President of Sales and Marketing at AskPatty.com
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
〉 Answered on Sep 10th, 2013 by Georgia Brown, Director of Education at National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA)