The 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan SE comes standard with a 3.3-liter V6 mated to a four-speed automatic that gets 17 city/24 highway mpg - this is a less-powerful drivetrain than the one in the one-step-up SXT. The SE's interior features Chrysler’s Stow-n-Go seating, in which the second row of bucket seats and third-row bench can be folded flat, and the third row can also be used in a 60/40 split or flipped rearward for tailgate seating. Other highlights for the SE include 16-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, cruise control, a four-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo, overhead console with interior conversation mirror, and a host of safety features, including multistage front airbags, supplemental side curtain airbags for all three rows, antilock brakes, and Chrysler’s Electronic Stability Program.
The 2009 Dodge Caravan SXT costs about $5,000 more than the SE, and that money gets you a more potent drivetrain and plenty of additional comforts. The SXT comes standard with a 3.8-liter V6 paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that gets 16 city/23 highway mpg. The SXT's features include 16-inch aluminum wheels, foglamps, a six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with Sirius Satellite Radio, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, a trip computer with compass and temperature readings, an eight-way power driver’s seat, power adjustable pedals, air conditioning with three-zone temperature control, rear-seat air conditioner and heater with controls, power-sliding doors, and a universal garage door opener.