Should I Choose a Used Dodge Charger or Used Dodge Grand Caravan?

Two of the most popular pre-owned vehicles for sale in Missouri are the Dodge Charger and the Dodge Grand Caravan.

Originally the Dodge Charger was considered a muscle car and was popularized thanks to NASCAR. In recent history, it has become more accessible, changing to a four-door sedan from a two-door muscle car. It is now a sports car that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Used Dodge Chargers

In 2011, the Charger received quite the overhaul. Dodge kept the platform the same but the style, interior quality, driving involvement and refinement were drastically changed for the better. When the current Charger first became available it only had two trim levels (the SE and the R/T). The V6 engine that the Charger now has is a huge improvement from the six-cylinder engine it used to sport.

If you look at the Charger that was out from '06 to '10 you will see that there are quite a few differences. When it was introduced the SE, R/T and SRT8 trims were the only trims. The SE had a 3.5-liter V6 engine that would give you 250 horsepower. The R/T had a 5.7-liter V8 engine that would give you 340 horsepower and the SRT8 had a 6.1-liter V8 engine that would give you 425 horsepower. They all had 5-speed automatic transmissions that came as standard. The only difference is that in '07 the SE came standard with a 2.7-liter V6 engine that would give you 190 horsepower and the 3.5-liter was optional.

From '06 to '10 the Challenger R/T had a few different options to choose from including the Daytona and the Road/Track packages. There was a separate SXT trim level offered from '08 to '10 that had a 3.5-liter V6 engine. In '08 the interior was improved upon and in '09 the horsepower for the R/T was increased to 368. Overall, the Charger impressed people with its huge amount of room, great price, AWD availability and V8 engine.

The Charger was first introduced in 1966 and was quite popular thanks to its unique looks but it did not become hugely popular until its second-generation models came out. This was the Charger Daytona in 1969 as well as the "General Lee" that came out for the 1980s show The Dukes of Hazzard. The popularity of the Charger went downhill for the following three generations before seeing resurgence.

Dodge Grand Caravan

The Dodge Caravan was introduced in 1984 by Chrysler. The larger or "Grand" version was introduced later. It was instantly popular and has remained an excellent seller ever since. Recently the Dodge Grand Caravan has been improved with a stronger engine and improved quality in the cabin.

Used Dodge Grand Caravan Models

The current version of the Dodge Grand Caravan is the fifth generation of the model that was first introduced in '08. Originally there were only two trim levels, the SE and the SXT and there were only three engine options, the 3.3-liter (175 hp), the 3.8-liter (197 hp) and the 4.0-liter (251 hp). The Dodge Grand Caravan was remodeled in '11 and in '13. Added were the Stow 'n' Go second-row seating, Blu-Ray, and HDMI ports.

The fourth generation Dodge Grand Caravan lineup ('01-'07) had a 3.3-liter engine (180 hp) all the way up to a 3.8-liter engine (215 hp). There was Stow 'n' Go seating that you could fold flat, power sliding side doors, separate heating/air conditioning for the rear, power driver seat, 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and many power accessories (the name for the trim levels changed a few times during this period). There was a ton of standalone options including automatic climate control, leather trim, Infinity sound system, rear DVD system, and navigation system. In the early years of this generation, you could get AWD but it was discontinued in '05.

The third generation (1996-2000) had some more innovative ideas such as the driver-side sliding door and "Easy Out" rollers on the center and rear seats so that you could remove them with ease. These were definitely additions that made the van more appealing to families because this made the vehicle more versatile all the way around. There were many different trim levels and options to choose from no matter what your budget was.

The vehicles in this generation came standard with airbags and antilock brakes. It had a 3.0-liter engine (150 hp) as standard but you could also get a 3.8-liter (180 hp) engine. The AWD option disappeared for about a year but came back in 1997 on some models and in 1999 there was an Autostick transmission added to the lineup as well as 17-inch wheels and steering wheel mounted radio controls.

The Dodge Grand Caravan was introduced in 1987 and got its first overhaul in 1991. The second generation was around until 1995 and not only had a completely restyled exterior, but also had a revamped interior and all-wheel-drive. While the dimensions remained unchanged it looked quite different to customers because of the fact that there was more glass so that it wouldn't look quite as boxy as it had in the past. In 1991, the safety of the vehicle was upgraded with anti-lock brakes added to it. In 1992, they were able to incorporate child safety seats into it as well. These safety features are definitely something that interested all the parents out there that were looking to buy a safe vehicle for their family to ride in.

Clearly, the Dodge Charger and Dodge Grand Caravan are different propositions but they make for good options if you're looking at pre-owned vehicles for sale in Missouri. From Lee's Summit to Kansas City we often see used Dodge Chargers and Dodge Grand Caravans plying the roads, as they're well-thought out designs that have stood the tests of time. Lock in your warehouse pricing with Landmark CDJR if you're interested in a pre-owned Dodge in Missouri - we're sure to have the perfect vehicle for your needs.


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