Posts from ‘Minivans’
Miles Driven: 302
Fuel Used: 15.8
With the demise last year of the midsize Avenger and this year of the compact Dart, Dodge has few mainstream cars in its lineup for 2017. What it does have, however, are some fire-breathing performance cars, a pair of 3-row SUVs, and the most popular minivan of all time.
There are only three vehicles that wear the winged Chrysler badge, and while two carry over with few changes for 2017, one is all new – and though it was introduced some months ago, it gains a significant new version this fall.
2016 Ram ProMaster City
Miles Driven: 369
Fuel Used: 14.7
Miles Driven: 895
Fuel Used: 44.6 gallons
It was the summer of 1974. Having spent the day at the amusement park then known as Six Flags over Middle America, my family and I hit the swimming pool at the Safari Camp Ground at which we were staying for the week.
It was during a rather spirited session of Marco Polo involving several families that someone’s mother—not mine—interrupted the aquatic merriment. She had brought a radio poolside, and yelled for everyone to shut up and listen.
Fun minivan-history fact: The 1984 Toyota Van actually reached the U.S. market a few months before the first Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager did. That would be the only way in which the quirky mid-engine Japanese van would trump Chrysler’s family-friendly duo, as the media and public vastly preferred the latter.
Two Toyota minivans. A 3500-mile whirlwind racing tour across 12 states that includes road-course racing, autocrossing, drag racing, and skidpad competition. Hard to imagine that these, uh, twain should ever meet, but this year they did. Toyota recently fielded a pair of Sienna minivans—a mostly stock “SE+ Concept” and a more seriously race-modified “R-Tuned” van—in the 2016 One Lap of America competition.
Just a few short months ago, Chrysler took the wraps off its long-anticipated all-new minivan at the 2016 North American International Auto Show… and revived a dormant name from its recent past in the process. Gone is the Town & Country moniker; Chrysler is calling its redesigned minivan Pacifica, a name last used on Chrysler’s not-very-popular midsize crossover SUV that was sold from 2004 to 2008.
Strangely, Chrysler is abandoning the long-running Town & Country name for its minivan’s redesigned replacement due in late spring as a 2017 model. Instead, the company is going with “Pacifica” … odd, because the last vehicle to bear that badge – a sport-luxury 3-row crossover sold from 2004 to 2008 – was not exactly a resounding success.