Dodge prices the 2011 Grand Caravan, now the least expensive minivan

The Chrysler Group has offered up pricing of the mildly refreshed 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan and thanks to a reduction in price, the minivan that started the whole segment is now the least expensive minivan in the industry with a starting price of $23,995 for a comfortably equipped model.

The 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan is offered in five trimlines – Cargo Van, Express, Mainstreet, Crew, and R/T (the Man Van) – with the pricing beginning at just $21,800 for the stripped down Cargo Van models. This is a super bare-bones model intended more for commercial use with items like steel wheels, cloth low back bucket seats and “commercial wagon suspension” but most importantly, even this entry level commercial model comes with the 283 horsepower, 3.6L Pentastar V6. This is very comfortably the least expensive minivan in the industry although this stripped out model is not for everyone.

To get items like the 2nd row of seats and other luxury items, you have to step up to the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Express but with a price of just $23,995, it is still less expensive than any non-Dodge minivan on the market. Ford and General Motors no longer offer a minivan and while Toyota, Honda and Nissan all offer the family-friendly people movers, the cheapest of those three is the Toyota Sienna at $24,560 - $565 more expensive than the Grand Caravan Express.

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