2012 Dodge Grand Caravan

SE FWD 4-Dr Minivan V6 auto trans

2012 dodge grand caravan Reviews and News

2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
Other manufacturers have quit the segment, but the Grand Caravan will stay around for at least another two years, when it is slated to be replaced by a crossover. Last year, Dodge brought out a face-lifted Grand Caravan with a standard 3.6-liter flex-fuel 283-hp V-6, making it the most powerful minivan on the market. For 2012, Dodge aims to make the Grand Caravan the most affordable minivan as well, with the American Value Package model that gives the seven-passenger vehicle a starting price of less than $22,000. The Grand Caravan comes with power windows, locks, and mirrors; air-conditioning; antilock brakes; electronic stability control; seven air bags; second-row Stow 'n Go seating; second- and third-row Stow 'n Go storage; remote keyless entry; and cruise control. The SXT model includes dual power-sliding doors, a power liftgate, and power-adjustable pedals. The Crew adds features like seventeen-inch aluminum wheels, chrome exterior accents, a 6.5-inch touch-screen media center, a backup camera, an eight-way power driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, and SiriusXM satellite radio. The Grand Caravan is a family machine, not an enthusiast's dream, but there is a sportier R/T model available. It has a black leather interior with red accent stitching, nine speakers with an amplifier and subwoofer, and a suspension with retuned shocks and higher spring rates. All of this means that the Grand Caravan is determined to take a back seat to no other people mover.
2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Side
Pinching liftgates in the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan are main cause of concern in this week's latest round of recalls, along with headrests in certain BMW 3 Series models. Ferrari is also concerned over a problem with the crankshaft that could damage the engine in some 458 Italia and California models.

2012 Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan

The Problem: Chrysler has announced it will be recalling certain 2012 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans due to an issue with the power liftgate. According to Chrysler, the pinch sensor on the right side of the power liftgate may not work, and may require increased force to stop it from closing during its final stages. This increases the risk of injury if someone accidentally gets their arm or leg trapped in the liftgate.
2012 Dodge Grand Caravan RT Front Left Side View
With the new-for-2012 R/T, which Dodge has characterized as the "man van," the Dodge Grand Caravan is not exactly transformed, but there is reason to take another look at this minivan mainstay. Outside, we find a body-colored grille and fascias and polished aluminum wheels. Inside, the black interior (the only color to get when kids are involved), in standard leather, is enlivened a bit by red contrast stitching and aluminum-look trim. I also liked the thick-rim leather-wrapped steering wheel with Chrysler's underappreciated audio controls on the back of the spokes.
2012 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T
2012 Dodge Grand Caravan R T Front Right View
In the Automobile Magazine letters mailbox, there is a certain genre of complaint that I'd characterize as, "Why don't you guys get real?" The theme is that we're a bunch of out-of-touch hedonists who spend our days driving Pagani Huayras up the side of the Matterhorn with Scarlett Johansson riding shotgun. And while that's a great idea, now that I mention it, it does behoove us every now and then to dip a toe into the cold bath of reality. Well, how about driving a Dodge minivan to Atlantic City? And after that, how about off-roading in rural Pennsylvania? Is that real enough for you? It's as real as the 1000 percent of the recommended daily allowance of sodium in a bag of truck-stop beef jerky, my friend.
First, we hit heavy traffic in Philadelphia, even though it's Saturday. As Philly gives way to farmland, we pass a billboard for a church that reads, "Heaven or Hell: Your Choice." The very next billboard is for an amusement park. It reads, "Choose Your Own Adventure!"
FIat Ducato Front Three Quarter
After its split from Daimler, Chrysler stopped selling the successful and popular Sprinter commercial van. Fiat, however, is coming to the rescue with the Ducato, its own commercial van currently on sale in Europe.
2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Front Three Quarter1
Part of CEO Sergio Marchionne’s plan to consolidate the Chrysler Group’s models is to eliminate Dodge’s Grand Caravan in favor of the Chrysler Town & Country. Or is it? According to The Detroit News, the Dodge Grand Caravan may live on…but only in Canada.

Change Vehicle

Research Now

Certified Pre-Owned 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Pricing

Certified Pre Owned Price
$14,875

Used 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Values / Pricing

Suggested Retail Price
$22,995

Free Price Quote

Compare dealer clearance prices and save.
Select this Vehicle

Compare The 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan

Click Circles to Compare

Your Selected Vehicle's Ranking

rank
4
2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
SE FWD 4-Dr Minivan V6
17 MPG City | 25 MPG Hwy
Top Ranking Vehicles - MPG
rank
1
rank
2
rank
3
rank
4
2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
SE FWD 4-Dr Minivan V6
17 MPG City | 25 MPG Hwy
rank
5
2012 Kia Sedona
LX FWD 4-Dr Minivan V6
18 MPG City | 25 MPG Hwy
rank
2
2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
SE FWD 4-Dr Minivan V6
$22,995
Top Ranking Vehicles - Price
rank
2
2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
SE FWD 4-Dr Minivan V6
$22,995
rank
3
2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
SE FWD 4-Dr Minivan V6
283hp
Top Ranking Vehicles - Horsepower
rank
3
2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
SE FWD 4-Dr Minivan V6
283hp

2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
3.6L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
17 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
25 MPG
Horsepower:
283 hp @ 6400rpm
Torque:
260 ft lb of torque @ 4400rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 36 months
Roadside
36,000 miles / 36 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:20
Component
EQUIPMENT
Summary
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 TOWN AND COUNTRY AND DODGE GRAND CARAVAN VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM MARCH 9, 2012 THROUGH MARCH 12, 2012. SOME VEHICLES MAY BE EQUIPPED WITH A RIGHT SIDE LIFTGATE PINCH SENSOR THAT DOES NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY. AS A RESULT, INCREASED FORCE MAY BE REQUIRED IN ORDER TO STOP THE POWER LIFTGATE DURING FINAL CLOSING STAGES.
Consequences
THE POWER LIFTGATE DOOR MAY CLOSE ON AN APPENDAGE, INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURY.
Remedy
CHRYSLER WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND REPLACE THE RIGHT SIDE LIFTGATE PINCH SENSORS, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 18, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.
Potential Units Affected
471
Notes
CHRYSLER GROUP LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:20
Component
SUSPENSION:REAR
Summary
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 TOWN AND COUNTRY AND DODGE GRAND CARAVAN VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM NOVEMBER 15, 2011, THROUGH NOVEMBER 21, 2011. SOME VEHICLES MAY BE EQUIPPED WITH RIGHT REAR HUB AND BEARING ASSEMBLIES THAT WERE NOT FULLY MACHINED.
Consequences
THIS COULD RESULT IN A DECREASE IN DURABILITY, WHICH MAY LEAD TO WHEEL SEPARATION, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
CHRYSLER WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE RIGHT REAR HUB AND BEARING ASSEMBLY, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 27, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.
Potential Units Affected
289
Notes
CHRYSLER GROUP LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:10
Component
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Summary
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 CHRYSLER VEHICLES, INCLUDING 200 AND TOWN AND COUNTRY MODELS, DODGE VEHICLES, INCLUDING CHARGER, DURANGO, GRAND CARAVAN AND JOURNEY MODELS AND JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM AUGUST 31, 2011, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 13, 2011, THAT ARE EQUIPPED WITH 3.6L ENGINES. THESE ENGINES MAY EXPERIENCE CONNECTING ROD BEARING FAILURE DUE TO DEBRIS INSIDE THE ENGINE BLOCK.
Consequences
CONNECTING ROD FAILURE MAY LEAD TO ENGINE SEIZURE WHICH MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
CHRYSLER WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE ENGINE FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT NOVEMBER 18, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.
Potential Units Affected
667
Notes
CHRYSLER GROUP LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Summary
Chrysler Group, LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles manufactured August 25, 2010, through October 31, 2013. The affected vehicles may experience overheating of the vent window switch in the driver's door armrest.
Consequences
An overheated switch may result in a vehicle fire.
Remedy
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the vent window switch with a newer version, free of charge. The owner notification letter was issued and the remedy campaign launched on on December 31, 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P25.
Potential Units Affected
644,747
Notes
Chrysler Group LLC


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Overall
4
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good

Find Used Dodge Grand Caravans For Sale

Search through millions of listings in the Automobile Magazine classifieds

5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan

Depreciation
24.4%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$8,405
24.4%
Insurance
$6,280
18.3%
Fuel Cost
$12,402
36.1%
Financing
$1,747
5.1%
Maintenance
$3,615
10.5%
Repair Costs
$1,586
4.6%
State Fees
$366
1.1%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $34,401 What's This?
Value Rating: Below Average