For those looking to live the van life we just got in this wicked Nissan Caravan GT Cruise. The Caravan is on the same chassis as the Homy but with some awesome bonus features. The exterior is finished in an awesome Grey Blue Metallic (KK1) which looks awesome due to the size of the Caravan. The paint has been kept in great shape overall with only minor blemishes. There is a scratch in the plastic below the windshield that can be see in the pictures. There’s some discoloration on the plastic trim divide on the passenger rear quarter as well as a spot on the driver side rear quarter. I’m impressed by how well someone did avoiding door digs on something with such long panels. Since the factory wheels are a bit drab a set of 7 spoke 15″ wheels were added. Otherwise everything has been kept pretty much the way Nissan intended. While integrated into the front fascia, there is a pair of factory fog lights which really help when sitting right over the nose of the van.
As the old adage goes “it’s whats on the inside that counts” and that couldn’t be more true than with the Caravan. These things truly were deigned with comfort and practicality in mind. From the driver’s seat you’ve got control of just about everything within reach. Both the front and rear have separate climate controls that way everyone can find a happy medium on longer trips. The A/C blows cold and functions just as expected. When it’s nice out and you’d rather go with the windows down you’ve got the massive power sunroof in the rear, as well as a smaller pop up venting skylight up front (that does still have the factory cover.) Nissan even has you covered when it’s wet out with factory rain guards on the front windows and all of the side windows open out as a venting function. Once you arrive and set up camp all of the window shades can be closed for privacy (or individually.) The seats have their own set of tricks. The middle row can fold flat or swivel 180 degrees so you can face everyone in the third row. Or when you have a lot of gear the third row can be folded up along the sides, flat, or removed all together. Years before we saw anything like this in the US, these came with a soft closing hatch and sliding door. The Caravan really is a jack of all trades.
Power is sent to the rear wheels via a four cylinder turbo diesel. The motor fires right up and sounds healthy at idle. Power delivery is smooth and revs surprisingly hard all the way to 5K. The transmission shifts in and out of gear easily with little drama. Don’t expect to haul a 25 foot boat behind you, but the four cylinder is plenty capable around town and getting you up to speed on the highway. Despite the high center of gravity and COE layout the GT is very comfortable at speed and remains stable under braking/turning. Whither loading up for a camping trip or running the family around town the Caravan really can do it all.