2017 Dodge Grand Caravan Release Date, Review and Info

With a lot of versatility and features in an inexpensive package, the new 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan promises to offer a high level of refinement than most of its rivals.

Some of the pros include an affordable base price, versatile cargo and bay and seating configurations. Its release date should be expected sometime early next year.

Except for subtle shuffles of the equipment and packages, the Caravan returns virtually unchanged for 2017. Despite the exponential growth of SUVs in the last decade, the popularity that has long been associated with minivans has not faded an inch, if at all, it has witnessed a growth curve itself.

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Minivans are known for their abundance cargo room, third row comfort, and unparalleled versatility which you get at a fraction of the SUVs’ cost. The Grand Caravan is a great deal for anyone looking for a lot of space but with limited funds.

In a nutshell, the vehicle offers a lot of value. As you’d expect, the lower trims don’t come stuffed with a lot of features and technologies and are often plain and “boring,” however, the top trims offer upscale features most of which are bundled in packages galore.

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Not everything is a bed of roses for the new 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan, as it still comes with its faulty features. Some of them include: an unrefined powertrain; unimpressive ride quality; not-so-good safety-scores; and the driver has limited legroom.

Available Trims – Dodge Grand Caravan

The redesigned 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan is offered in six trims: AVP, SE, SE Plus, SXT, SXT Plus, and R/T.

Exterior Colors & Interior Review – 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan

The entry-level American Value Package (AVP) comes standard with power front windows, locks and doors, air-conditioning (dual-zone), 17” steel wheels, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, reclining bench seat, and a conversation mirror. Technology features include an auxiliary audio jack, CD player, a four-speaker sound system, and optional Stow ‘n Go seats.

2017 Dodge Grand Caravan interior, steering wheel and leather seats

The SE comes equipped with a six-speaker sound system, climate control (tri-zone), second-row captain’s chairs, and a rear privacy glass.

Opting for the SE Plus gets you a Power Window and Uconect packages, a special seat upholstery, 17” wheels, special trim, and an overhead console.

2017 Dodge Grand Caravan gear shift knob and lcd screen

Picking the SXT gets you all the contents of the SE trim plus a larger floor console, roof rails, 17” alloy wheels, a power liftgate, and a power sliding rear door. The Plus version of the SXT comes with a leatherette upholstery, chrome exterior trim, automatic headlights, foglights, the Uconnect package, an eight-way power driver seat, and suede inserts.

The top-of-the-line 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T comes equipped with an automatic climate control (tri-zone), unique interior lighting, a body-colored grille, full leather upholstery, a 115-V household styled power outlet, black interior accents, a 6.5” touchscreen display, remote engine start, a performance-tuned suspension, and a nine-speaker sound system.

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Additionally, there are features grouped into special optional packages. They come fitted with a 9” touchscreen display, DVD entertainment system, a 115-V power output, two USB charging ports, a back-up camera, a silver interior accent, foglights, leather interior accents, and a black grille.

2017 Dodge Grand Caravan Engine Specs

All the trims come with a single engine fitted under their hood. The engine in question is a 3.6L V6 rated at 282 horsepower and 260 pounds of torque. Both the front wheel drive and a six speed automatic transmission system are standard.

During our own 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan test drive, it posted a time of 8 seconds for an acceleration of 0-60 mph. this is the average time for minivans but much could have been done to improve the time.

2017 Dodge Grand Caravan engine

As for the EPA fuel economy ratings, buyers should look forward to average consumption ratings of 17/24/20 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

Some of the standard safety features available include side curtain airbags, antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front seat side airbags, rear parking sensors, rear-cross traffic alert, and an optional blind-spot monitoring system.

Release Date & 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan Price

Expect the base 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan to cost you an MSRP starting from $22,095, which isn’t a significant increase over the previous model. However, it all depends on the number of optional features you add for your Caravan. We should expect to see the new Caravan during the 1st Q of 2016.

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2017 Dodge Viper ACR Release Date, Review and Specs

The new 2017 Dodge Viper ACR unleashes the next chapter for the hand-built, street-legal, and truck-focused performance. It combines the latest in terms of technology, braking, and aerodynamic features to continue carrying on its legendary résumé into 2017 and beyond. If you want to learn more about this incredible supercar, this review is the best there is in the entire automotive blog-sphere – an overstatement no doubt, but you get the point, don’t you.

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“The Dodge Brand as an extension hopes to offer driving enthusiasts with the ultimate performance that will in no doubt dominate world race courses,” said Tim Kuniskis – CEO and President of Dodge Brand. He continues to say,” The new model aims to even further its street-legal capability thanks to its wide array of strengths that very few vehicles in its class can rival.”

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The new Dodge Viper ACR 2017 emphasizes more on these three areas: tires and chassis to max out on traction, aerodynamics, unprecedented lap times, and never-seen-before handling capabilities. Again, the new model, when specified with the optional Extreme Aero package, offers 1 ton of downforce – the highest ever aerodynamic downforce of any production car – at a top speed of 177 miles per hour.

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The package aforementioned above comes bundled with four dive panes, front splitter with a detachable extension, unique SRT hood, a rear carbon fiber diffuser and a huge adjustable dual-element rear wing. The rear wing – designed specifically to minimize straight line drag and in the process achieve maximum downforce – stands taller, features unique gurney lip and end-plates, and sits further rearward.

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When it comes to the heart of the engine compartment, expect an all-aluminum V10 engine with a displacement of 8.4L able to generate a whopping 645 hp and 600 pounds-ft. of torque. Do we have to remind you that that is the most torque a sports car with a naturally aspirated engine has ever offered? Reduced exhaust pressure has been achieved through the unique exhaust tips that have been mounted aside the exhaust pipes.

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There’s much to talk and hype about the 2017 Dodge Viper ACR, but one things is for sure, the new model is ludicrously amazing. Other strengths that it offers include excellent infotainment interface, a tenacious handling, a stonking V10 power, and unapologetic, unfiltered sports car character. On the downside though, it comes a bit short in terms of seat comfort, exterior visibility, ride quality, and lacks an automatic transmission system. Competition is staged by the likes of Nissan GT-R, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Porsche 911, and the Ford Shelby GT350.

2017 Dodge Viper ACR auto show, rear view, taillights, badges, and tailpipe

2017 Dodge Viper ACR Exterior

The exterior comes with several changes over the model it replaces. Extreme aero dynamism is offered by the Extreme Aero package. To achieve this it changes the way air flow flows around the Viper’s body. The result is a car that manages to offer three fold the downforce of the Viper Time Attack. The splitter is detachable in order to provide a balanced performance and outstanding grip at speed. The rear diffuser – made of carbon fiber – optimizes downforce and straight-line stability.

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For handling performance and uniform weight transfer, the Viper ACR comes with an aluminum body construction and Bilstein race shocks that work synergistically with the height adjustment feature.

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2017 Dodge Viper ACR Interior

The interior, just like the exterior, is chock full of redesigns. Some of the features include ACR-exclusive Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, unique dash plaque, distinct badging sets, color racing stripe, and a slightly redesigned instrument panel relative to the existing model.

2017 Dodge Viper ACR interior, steering wheel, dashboard and lcd screen

Some standard features you can expect include power-adjustable pedals, keyless entry and ignition, a navigation system, an 8.4-inch touchscreen display, twelve-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and Bluetooth connectivity. Premium features include carbon brake rotors, lighter-weight carpeting, six-piston brake calipers, adjustable spring rates, a front splitter, and carbon aerodynamic elements.

2017 Dodge Viper ACR interior, leather seats

Engine Specs

Beneath the hood of the 2017 Dodge Viper ACR is a mammoth 8.4L V10 engine able to generate 645 horsepower and 600 lbs. ft. of torque. 0-60 mph takes a blistering 3.6 seconds with the Viper GT model. We are yet to get the 0-60 mph rating of the Viper ACR model. Check back for more details on its weight, ¼ mile run, and top speeds.

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2017 Dodge Viper ACR release date

The government is yet to offer the ratings of the 2017 Dodge Viper ACR, however, judging from the 2016 model which boasts of a five star rating out of five for overall crash impact protection, we have an unwavering confidence that the newest of the breed will also impress on the same as well.

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2017 Dodge Dart Release Date and News

A sporty appearance, spacious interior, and able handling is what you get with the new 2017 Dodge Dart. However, most aspects are outclassed by its rivals which offer better features and technologies. Its release date should be expected in late February.

Some of its highlights include a responsive handling and steering, an excellent optional touchscreen interface, and a spacious cabin. For 2017, buyers should expect a Rallye Appearance package on the SE trim, limited visual upgrades, and a Blacktop package for the GT model.

2017 Dodge Dart front angle, grille and headlights

It has now been close to three years ever since the Dart debuted and heads to 2016 without much changes. That said, the vehicle comes with subtle changes on most parts including its performance. The most appealing thing though is the practical space that the Dart comes with inside. Taller people will find it very appealing.

Interior wise, it comes with a user-friendly, functional, and attractive cabin with a setup that rivals even the best vehicles in the segment. The performance-oriented GT model, too, offers an impressive handling.

2017 Dodge Dart exterior, alloy wheels

However, little can be said of the engines beneath its hood. In theory though, the vehicle offers an impressive power output as well as EPA fuel economy ratings, however, in reality the opposite is true.

Also, the smaller turbocharged engine is mated to a lackluster automated0clutch transmission system that most of the time causes the powertrain to lurch especially at low acceleration.

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That said, it’s only natural for anyone looking for a performance-oriented vehicle to look elsewhere. Other alternatives to expect include the 2017 Kia Forte, 2017 Mazda 3, 2017 VW Jetta, and 2017 Honda Civic.

Available Trims – Dodge Dart

The compact 2017 Dodge Dart sedan is available in a dizzying five trims: SE, SXT, Aero, GT, and the plush Limited trim. Both the SRT is reviewed separately.

Exterior Redesign & Interior Reviews – 2017 Dodge Dart

The base 2017 Dodge Dart SE comes standard with height-adjustable front seats, auxiliary audio jack, a four-speaker sound system, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, 16” wheels, a folding rear seat, power windows, and a CD player.

2017 Dodge Dart interior, steering wheel and gear shift knob

Picking the optional Convenience Group gets you steering-wheel audio controls, cruise control, underbody aerodynamic enhancements, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, power locks and mirrors, active grille shutters, a USB port, 17” black aluminum wheels, and keyless entry and ignition.

Next up the trim lineup is the Aero trim that comes featuring a turbocharged 1.4L engine, a 7” instrument panel, a bright grille, LED taillights, automatic headlights, low-rolling resistance tires, a rearview camera, auto-dimming mirror, a six-speaker sound system, and an 8.4” touchscreen interface.

The SXT bundles everything the SE comes with plus LED taillights, a six-speaker sound system, cloth upholstery, a rearview mirror, automatic headlights, 16” aluminum wheels, interior trim, six-speaker sound system, a rear seat armrest, and active grille shutters.

2017 Dodge Dart exterior, grille and headlights

Several options are available for the SXT including but not limited to an 8.4” touchscreen interface, satellite and HD radio, heated front seats, 17” black aluminum wheels, an underbody dynamic enhancements, special exterior and interior wheels, fog lamp, unique black trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel, a sportier tune, active grille shutters, and a leather wrapped steering wheel.

The 2017 Dodge Dart GT trim comes equipped with keyless entry and ignition, a leather wrapped steering wheel, a six-way power driver seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 18” wheels, automatic climate control (dual-zone), keyless entry and ignition, LED interior lighting, different exterior trim, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

2017 Dodge Dart interior, leather seats and lcd screen

The Limited trim comes equipped with 17” wheels, perforated leather upholstery, remote ignition, chrome exterior trim, and remote ignition.

SRT Engine Specs – 2017 Dodge Dart

Coming with a 2.0L engine rated at 160 hp and 148 pounds of torque is a four-cylinder engine is the base SE model. During our test drive, the manual-equipped Dart was able to sprint from 0-60 mph in a lackluster 9.9 seconds.

Next up is a 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 160 horsepower and 184 pounds of torque. Its fuel economy ratings stand at 28/41/32 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

2017 Dodge Dart engine

A 2.4L four-cylinder engine good for 184 hp and 174 pounds of torque is available for the SXT, GT and Limited trims. Their EPA ratings are underwhelming and stand at 23/35/27 mpg.

Release Date & Price – 2017 Dodge Dart

The new 2017 Dodge Dart sedan should cost you an MSRP starting from $16,995. As for its release date, expect it sometime during the first quarter of 2016.

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