Dodge Grand Caravan Review & Ratings
- 10 December 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Dodge Grand Caravan can be traced back to 1984 when Chrysler first came out with the minivan, introducing these efficient and practical spacious vehicles to American consumers. The Grand Caravan did not appear on the market until a few years later, but its overall design was heavily influenced by its predecessors. This van was an instant success and immediately began growing in popularity since its initial launch. Despite the fact that this vehicle was not the most reliable at first, it did have stow n’ go seating which was definitely a major innovation at the time.
Over the years the Dodge Grand Caravan has undergone numerous improvements and revisions, turning it into an ideal van for families with plenty of cargo space. The strong engine and improved quality cabin also make this vehicle a smash hit, but that wasn’t always the case. This vehicle has gone up against quite a bit of competition over the years and continues to be challenged by numerous vehicles from other automakers. While it is true that Honda and Toyota still offer alternatives to this vehicle, most of them cannot compare in terms of reliability, power, and overall design.
The current Dodge Caravan minivan can seat up to seven different people at once and is available in four different trim levels, including American Value Package or AVP, SE, SXT, AND R/T. All of these trim models use a 3.6 liter V6 which is able to produce a total of 283 horsepower. Power is driven to the front wheels of this vehicle by a six-speed automatic transmission. And despite the fact that this minivan may have a fairly powerful engine in it, it is still half of a second slower than the Honda Odyssey as well as the Toyota Sienna, both of which have become incredibly popular throughout the years.
The AVP version of the Grand Caravan is the base model which features full power accessories, dual-zone climate control, and an auxiliary audio jack. This is, however, the only trim that offers a two-person second-row bench seat, which is a feature that is not found in many minivans these days. The upper level trim of this vehicle has Stow ‘n’ Go seats which fold into the floor with just the tug of a lever. Going through more of the trims reveals a number of other features, such as a power-operated liftgate, air conditioning, a rearview camera, leather upholstery, a blind spot warning system, and power sliding doors.
The electronic features that come with this vehicle are many and very nice with regards to sheer convenience, including Bluetooth connectivity as well as a navigation system and rear seat entertainment system with Blu-Ray player and an HDMI port. The fully equipped Dodge Caravan is definitely a luxury vehicle without question and perfectly suited for small and large families because of all the space they offer. The Grand Caravan does come up a bit short when it comes to passenger comfort though, especially compared to some of its rivals.
The fact that there is no option for an eight passenger is a bit of a drawback, but the Stow ‘n Go seating is definitely a plus because of all the space it offers once the seats are folded in. With most other vans, the second row seats have to be physically taken out in order to maximize cargo space. While it is true that the Dodge Grand Caravan definitely has some small drawbacks, it is still a great vehicle for families as well as individuals who need a lot of cargo space for transporting just about anything.