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Dodge Grand Caravan
Dodge Grand Caravan
  • Type: minivan
  • Passengers: seven
  • Rental companies: Avis, Hertz and Enterprise
  • Gas mileage:
    • City - 17
    • Highway - 25

Apparently the minivan workhorse of the rental companies, the Grand Caravan is a remarkable blend of passenger/cargo-carrying capacity, convenience and comfort. Consumer Reports scored it as "very good" in ride comfort, noise, front- and rear-seat comfort, and cargo space. It's tough to beat when you need to carry several passengers and their luggage.

Under the hood is a 283-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6. A driver-shiftable, six-speed automatic transmission ushers the power to the front wheels.

You won't find a lot of bells and whistles on Grand Caravan rentals, but all will have second-row as well as third-row seats that easily fold flat into the floor, remote keyless entry and seven air bags.

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