The Dodge Grand Caravan is one of the most sought after of all minivans. The big minivan boom is now over and there are fewer companies that are still making these family vans. The Dodge Grand Caravan is the best selling and highest rated in its class. The stow-n-go seats allow you to literally hide the seats away in the floorboard or use the same area for extra storage while the seats are in their upright position. This and the automatic side sliding doors that can be controlled with your remote, really make the Grand Caravan a class act and a very smart choice for families that are always on the go.
Dodge only has to really compete with Toyota and Honda because there is no heaving competition in the minivan market. However, the most recent release of the Grand Caravan has a more squared look and may not be as attractive as earlier models. The exterior design is largely due to the new swivel seats on the inside, these additions needed more room.
Engines: 3.3L V-6, 3.8L V-6, 4.0L V-6
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic, 4-speed automatic
Models: SE, SXT
The current-generation Dodge Grand Caravan is still fairly new, so the 2010 model receives only four minor tweaks. Active head restraints for front-row occupants are added as standard across the lineup, SE models receive three-zone climate control as a standard feature, SXT models with the 4.0L V-6 get a new 3.16 axle ratio, and the Security Group package adds a rear-obstacle detection display.
The Grand Caravan’s boxy design lends itself well to maximizing interior space, but this minivan can hardly be accused of being stylish. Dodge’s signature crosshair grille separates it from its Chrysler Town & Country sibling.
The Grand Caravan’s interior is loaded with cupholders and storage cubbyholes. Stow-N-Go second-row seats and power third row make creating a flat floor easy, but interior fit and finish is lacking.
Of the three engines offered on the Grand Caravan, only the 4.0-liter available on the SXT makes respectable power, 251 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque. It also achieves the best fuel economy of the range. The SE’s 3.3-liter V-6 makes just 175 horsepower and 205 pound-feet of torque, the SXT’s base 3.8-liter makes 197 horsepower and 230 pound-feet.
The Dodge Grand Caravan comes equipped with side curtain airbags for all three rows in addition to stability control and the requisite dual-front airbags. A rear-backup camera is optional along with a rear-park assist system.
SE: 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway
SXT 3.8L: 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway
SXT 4.0L: 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway
- Stow-n-Go seats
- 4.0-liter’s 25 mpg highway
- Underpowered base engines
- Lacking interior fit and finish
Hampered by unpolished interior, powertrains
- Kia Sedona
- Honda Odyssey
- Toyota Sienna