2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T

When Dodge first introduced its refreshed Grand Caravan, we were promised a sporty trim that was jokingly referred to as the “man van.” The official R/T moniker is more politically correct, but we still wish Man Van had been approved for production. Machismo comes courtesy of sportier suspension tuning, body-color exterior trim, and unique 17-inch wheels, and there’s an all-black interior with a nine-speaker, 506-watt sound system. Oh, and a subwoofer. Power is delivered by the 283-hp Pentastar V-6 mated to a six-speed automatic.

The black seats are upholstered in red-stitched and perforated leather, and the steering wheel and shift lever are wrapped in hide, too. The changes are kind of cool, but anyone hoping for more performance upgrades—like, dare we mention it, a manual gearbox—will be disappointed. The Man Van starts at $31,430, making it the most expensive Grand Caravan on sale today. The next most expensive, the Crew, runs $29,530.

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By Jake Holmes