Dodge's "Man Van" is the aggressive minivan for road and track

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A minivan with "attitude" is how Dodge is positioning the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T. By attitude, it implies a less emasculating experience for guys, a minivan audience the company must attract to beat market saturation. But will dudes bite?

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To be fair, the official line is "a little bit of attitude," so don't expect Hemi-level performance. Such attitude comes from the R/T package, whose "road and track" promise is served solely by a performance-tuned suspension, which likely means stiffer and with more roll control.

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The R/T style play includes all-black interior, black leather seats with red stitching, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and a nine-speaker, 506-watt sound system with a subwoofer. All that plus body-color grille and side moldings and 17-inch wheels.

Granted, Chrysler's new Pentastar V6 puts out a fair 283 hp and 260 lb/ft in minivan trim, so while its no family burnout machine, the Caravan won't leave dad whistling "Viva Viagra" on his way to get the cat groomed.

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LuckyChuck
LuckyChuck

Sick, man! This man van will be the perfect mansportation for me and my best mans when we go on man dates to pick out furniture for the man cave. That leather should be good on the ol' man hides after a day at the man-spa and a man-icure.

We may even spend so much quality man-time together that our manstrual cycles will line up.