If you were comfortable with your Caravan, then the VVT 2.4 will actually be a bit of an upgrade. The most powerful 3.3 had @ 180 BHP in a 3900 lb. vehicle. The 2.4 puts out 169 BHP but the Malibu weighs in at only 3300 lbs. Power to weight ratio is in favor of the Bu. Also, I'm almost positive that the 3.3's did NOT provide Variable Valve Timing.