I wish I could have spent more time in the Grand Caravan to fully judge the interior of this van versus the Chrysler Town & Country and the others that recently passed through our garage. But for ten grand less than the Honda Odyssey and five grand less than the Chrysler and the Toyota Sienna, this Dodge is tough to quibble with. In fact, the most glaring complaint I have about the Caravan still holds in the Town & Country: the light gray plastic on the doors is too plasticky and also is a bad choice as a color, since it is too light and will immediately look scuffed, worn, and dirty in the hands (and feet) of any family.
The rest of the interior is much improved and, although not up to the standard set by the Odyssey, is perfectly acceptable and, in my opinion, superior to that of the Toyota.
To me, the Grand Caravan is the sleeper of the bunch. Considering the likelihood of getting a more favorable deal on the Dodge, while the Japanese dealers presumably hold out for the last nickel, you could drive away with a real bargain here.
Matt Tierney, Art Director