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2017-dodge-grand-caravan

 

The 2017 Grand Caravan has some great new features that make it an even more compelling buy, but if you like the current or past models, you will be happy as Dodge has kept all the good, while improving in a few areas. The seven-passenger Dodge Caravan is now enjoying a new lease on life, and if you are in the market for a new van, you should give it a spin as you are sure to love it. Yes, Dodge had planned to end production of the ever-popular Grand Caravan and only sell the Chrysler Pacifica, but due to great sales, the Caravan lives on!

The biggest change that will bring smiles to consumers is the lower price tag on the very well-loved SE model. This is rare to see. Most manufacturers of cars, trucks and SUVs never lower prices, especially when they improve upon an already great product. The base SE is a thousand dollars cheaper than last years model. Other models have gone up slightly, but with additions, the price is well worth it, and if you are considering a minivan, the 2017 Grand Caravan SE is a solid choice. If you go to Chapman Dodge, you can see for yourself how great the Grand Caravan is.

The price of the SE Plus package, which Dodge treats as a completely separate model, drops by an eye-popping $900 to $2,700. The investment is well worth it as the package comes with second-row bucket seats, which you can fold into the floor. There are also power windows for the second row, and the Uconnect multimedia system to keep kids and adults alike entertained. With 17-inch allow wheels, premium cloth seats and a higher-grade interior trim, the SE Plus package is a great investment as you will love the add-ons and comforts.

While the base price on the SXT went up $1,200 to nearly 32k, it will have more standard equipment such as leather and suede upholstery, automatic headlights, Uconnect and a power driver’s seat.

Finally, the new GYT model will be replacing the R/T, and it will have a $1,000 base price jump, and it will sale for just shy of $35k. For this price, drivers will be treated to heated first and second-row seats, heated steering wheel, the Uconnect system, an auto-dimming mirror with a microphone, along with window shades to keep everyone comfortable.

Coming standard with all models is a 3.6-liter V-6 engine with a six-speed auto transmission and front-wheel drive. With Stow ‘n Go seats in the second and third rows that fold into the floor, all models will be perfect for camping or hauling stuff around town. Any model you choose should suit your needs, and they all come with a host of features.

The Grand Caravan is one of the most innovative minivans on the market, and it’s been very popular in its more than three decades in production. This model still offers it all, whether you want to haul a family or move apartments. And, it’s a great value for the budget-conscious shopper who desires a minivan with all the goodies. Simply put, the 2017 Grand Caravan is a great choice.

Hellcat and ChargerD

The Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcats are here, and driving enthusiasts the world over are ecstatic. And who can blame them. Every real car lover wants a sensible family sedan that has a top speed of 204-mph, like the Dodge Charger Hellcat. But have you ever wondered what it took to make this muscle car lover’s dream a reality?

The battle was between horsepower and fuel economy. And with the 2016 Woodward Dream Cruise coming up and the worship of American horsepower about to kick into high gear, now is a great time to let real car enthusiasts get a look behind the curtain and see the machinations and negotiations that took place at the headquarters of Dodge and lead to the development and production of the Charger and Challenger Hellcats.

It was in 2014 that Dodge unleashed these two magnificent beasts with incredible straight-line speed on an unsuspecting public. From the first whispers about what Dodge had up its sleeve and in its garage until the incredibly sleek and powerful new Hellcat versions of the Charger and Challenger hit the asphalt, Mark Phelan of the Detroit Free Press followed the developments closely. He knew about the horsepower wars that raged inside the company. He heard that the output targets that started at 600 horsepower had been upped first to 675 and finally to 707 by the time production started. You can read numbers and be impressed, but you should test drive one at Chapman Dodge if you want to see how great the horsepower feels.

Mopar had long earned a reputation for creating groundbreaking vehicles with specs that were off the charts. But although the specs on the Charger and Challenger Hellcat models were reportedly quite amazing, even Phelan was stunned when the cars hits the streets in all their muscle car glory. He and many others were impressed with the handling and blown away by the drivability of the vehicles. If you looked past its top speed of over 200 miles per hour and simply focused on the comfort, amenities and style of the vehicles, you might even be able to convince yourself the Charger Hellcat was the ideal family sedan.

It’s true that the Charger and Challenger Hellcats were simply a way to for Dodge to get the driving public’s attention. And they did indeed do that with the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat being unofficially crowned King of Woodward. Still they are fun vehicles that can appear civil and tame at first glance. But step on the gas and put them through their paces on city streets, the open road or a dragstrip and the inner beast rears its beautiful head and leaves bystanders and other drivers with their mouths agape. It’s a wonderful and wondrous sight to behold.

The Charger and Challenger Hellcats are by no means perfect, but they’re great. Like other high-performance vehicles, they don’t focus on gas mileage, but they are reliable, fast and fun to drive. Sales have never been a problem and are up almost 10% in 2016. And rumor has it there’ll soon be a Hellcat version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Welcome to the new Golden Age of Horsepower.