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I did not mean to imply the eL did not come with ABS. Also, my information was from the Dodge spec sheet on the Grand Caravan, as it said the eL had rear drums ( http://dodge.com/pdfs/caravan.pdf ). Apparently, the T&C has slightly different specs than the GC. It also showed that the GC eL did not have traction control.
I don't necessarily doubt your claims about acceleration. If you do find comparative testing from any auto mag that shows the 180 hp 3.3L in the Grand Caravan eL (or equivalent) to be faster than the 240 hp 3.5L in the Odyssey LX (or EX), please post. I test drove the 2001 models, where the Odyssey had an engine with less power and torque than the current Odyssey. As I posted, my findings did (this time) agree with Consumer Reports.
Congrats on the new vehicle, BTW.
A lot depends on how advanced the AWD system is. The simplest AWD systems have no locking or limited slip mechanism in any of the differentials. With such a system, you can get stuck just as easily as a front wheel drive vehicle. More advanced systems add traction control or limited slip differentials, and thus more wheels must lose traction for you to get stuck. Better AWD systems should always be better than a front wheel drive vehicle, traction control or not.
I don't know the details of the system on the T&C, but quality snow tires or chains on a FWD vehicle (preferably with traction control) should do very well in all but the worst situations.
Our Odyssey (stock Michelin Symmetry all season tires) does very well in Chicago snow, but it is very flat here. Even so, our Subaru Outback gets going much quicker in unplowed or slippery areas. Our Outback does have a slip limiting mechanism in the center and rear differential, so three wheels must lose traction for the vehicle to spin and get stuck.
Traction Control vs. Versatrak
AWD vs Traction Control
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