2014 Dodge Grand Caravan

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2014 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Blacktop Package Front Passengers Side
2014 Dodge Grand Caravan

New For 2014

Since 2014 marks thirty years since the debut of the Caravan, Dodge is rolling out 30th Anniversary editions of the SE and the SXT to celebrate. The package content is different in the SE and the SXT, but it's essentially a bundle of optional equipment with special trim. Another new appearance option is the Blacktop Package, also available on the SE and the SXT, which -- as you might suspect -- features blacked-out exterior trim and more use of black inside, with contrasting silver stitching.

Vehicle Summary

The Dodge Grand Caravan is the original minivan, and through three decades of updates and redesigns, Chrysler has worked hard to keep the Grand Caravan (and its Chrysler Town & Country twin) at the forefront of the segment it created. Dodge has pioneered innovations such as dual sliding doors, power sliding doors, a power liftgate, and stowable rear seats. Most of the features introduced by Chrysler have become commonplace, but the Grand Caravan still demands a serious look from anyone shopping for a minivan.

Overview

The minivan market has shrunk, as many families have migrated away to crossovers and SUVs, but for those seeking the maximum people- and cargo-hauling capability for the price, nothing beats a minivan. Whereas past versions of the Grand Caravan offered multiple powertrain choices (including optional all-wheel drive) and short or extended-length body styles, the current model offers a single V-6 engine, comes with front-wheel drive only, and is available in only one size. There are, however, four trim levels: the base AVP has an ultralow starting price under $21,000 (with very limited availability of options); the SE and the SXT are the volume models; and the top-spec version is the R/T. The R/T portends to be the sporty offering, but aside from a firmer suspension, its sportiness is limited to body-color exterior trim, leather-and-suede upholstery, and contrast stitching. It's fine as far as it goes, but you'd never mistake it for something from Chrysler's SRT division.

The Grand Caravan does boast the most powerful engine among minivans, however, a 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 283 hp. Unfortunately, the six-speed automatic transmission seems determined to hide that fact, so reluctant is it to downshift. Switching off the Eco button on the dash helps somewhat but not enough. Speaking of economy, the Grand Caravan is a tick or two behind its three main competitors in its EPA combined fuel-economy ratings. We do, however, appreciate the Dodge's fairly direct, nicely weighted steering and its well-controlled ride, neither of which is what you might have expected from a minivan.

If you're at all aware of Chrysler's history of innovation, you probably are expecting some special features, and the Grand Caravan certainly has its share. The signature item is its Stow 'N Go seating (standard on all but the AVP, where it's optional). This allows both rows of rear seats to drop into the floor, to easily convert from passenger to cargo hauling and back again. Other minivans have a similar arrangement for their rearmost seats, but their second-row seats must be carried out of the vehicle. Stow 'N Go is a big deal if you often switch between hauling people and stuff; if your minivan will be used almost exclusively to shuttle a crowd, it's less of a factor -- and in fact, the stowaway seats are rather low to the floor and not the most comfortable, although Dodge claims to have improved them this year. Other noteworthy equipment includes a backup camera with rear cross-path detection (it warns you if traffic is approaching as you back up), a roof rack with stowable crossbars, and an available heated steering wheel.

You'll like:

  • Unrivaled space efficiency
  • Easy conversion to cargo hauling with Stow 'N Go
  • Chassis not the soggy mess you were expecting

You won't like:

  • Transmission could be more responsive
  • Fuel economy can't quite match competitors'
  • No available all-wheel drive

Key Competitors

  • Honda Odyssey
  • Kia Sedona
  • Nissan Quest
  • Toyota Siena

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2014 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
12-31-1969:21:35:40
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


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:41
Component
TIRES:PRESSURE MONITORING AND REGULATING SYSTEMS
Summary
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2014 Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles manufactured March 20, 2014, to April 22, 2014, and 2014 Jeep Wrangler vehicles manufactured March 21, 2014, to April 22, 2014. Due to a software error, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) may fail to learn the locations of the individual sensors while the vehicle is being driven. As a result, the low tire pressure warning light will illuminate, despite the the tire pressures being within specification. Should one of the tires lose air pressure, the driver would not be notified of the change in air pressure. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 138, "Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems."
Consequences
If the TPMS light illuminates because the sensors cannot be located, it could mask an actual low tire pressure condition, possibly resulting in tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Chrysler has notified owners, and dealers will reprogram the TPMS module, free of charge. The recall began on October 23, 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P63.
Potential Units Affected
10,390
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 Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan

Depreciation
35.8%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$13,220
35.8%
Insurance
$6,255
16.9%
Fuel Cost
$11,955
32.3%
Financing
$2,336
6.3%
Maintenance
$2,274
6.2%
Repair Costs
$528
1.4%
State Fees
$394
1.1%
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Value Rating: Poor