Is it me, or have automobile companies gone out and hired image consultants in an attempt to get us to think that minivans are cool. Toyota for instance has spent big money trying to convince us that their Sienna minivan or “Swagger Wagon” is the answer to making those with kids feel young again. Then there’s the new 2011 Honda Odyssey commercial which states, The Van Beckons, and treats us to some 1980’s hairband music with a black panther thrown in for good measure. Granted it’s hokey, but in the end it’s fun to watch. Lastly we’ve got the latest entry from Dodge in the form of the new 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T that recently debuted at the Chicago Auto Show. This baby has 17-inch wheels, double stitched black leather seats and a V6 that pumps out 283 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. It also rolls on Michelin Energy Saver A/S tires… now I ask you, is that cool?
*Photos Credit: 2011 Drew Phillips / AOL
Believe it or not, but I’m actually a huge fan of these family haulers. They’re big enough to cart you and your loved ones around with ease, provide you with plenty of storage room and also treat you to a great ride with some wonderful features. All of this makes them great vehicles, but “cool” – I don’t think so. Whatcha’ think – are you with me or against me on this one?