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2020 Dodge Grand Caravan

#6 in Minivans

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2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Review

The 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan is one of the lowest-ranked vehicles in the minivan class. It has a low-rent cabin, a somewhat harsh ride, and a slim list of standard features.

Pros & Cons

  • Potent V6 engine
  • Convenient Stow 'n Go Seats
  • Budget-friendly base price
  • Not many standard tech or safety features
  • Second-rate interior materials
  • Weak acceleration
  • Unrefined ride compared to rivals

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan's #6 ranking is based on its score within the Minivans category. Currently the Dodge Grand Caravan has a score of 5.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 76 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

5.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 4.8
Performance: 5.6
Interior: 5.8
Safety: 8.2
Reliability:
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 Is the Dodge Grand Caravan a Good Minivan?   

No, the Grand Caravan is not a good minivan. Its cabin is filled with low-grade materials and features an outdated infotainment system. Also, it doesn't offer any advanced driver assistance features aside from a standard rearview camera.

The Grand Caravan comes with one of the most powerful V6 engines in the class, but this power plant gets noisy when it’s pushed hard, and the automatic transmission hunts for gears at times.

This Dodge isn't all bad, though. Its flexible Stow 'n Go seats maximize the available cargo space, and it has a budget-friendly base price. Still, it doesn't stack up well against rivals that have more refined rides and nicer, feature-filled cabins.

Should I Buy the Dodge Grand Caravan?

The Dodge Grand Caravan's low starting price is appealing. However, we recommend bypassing the Grand Caravan for one of its more expensive classmates, where you’ll get more bang for your buck. These include the Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Odyssey. Both of these minivans offer more advanced safety features and higher-quality interior materials than the Grand Caravan.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Dodge Grand Caravan?

The 2020 Grand Caravan is part of a generation that started for the 2008 model year. It last underwent a refresh for 2011, receiving updated interior and exterior styling and a stronger V6 engine. Only minor changes have been made since, including the removal of second-row Stow 'n Go seats as standard equipment and the introduction of an optional Blu-ray entertainment system for 2013. SE Plus and SXT Plus trims were added for 2015.

For 2017, Dodge streamlined the trim lineup and added a 6.5-inch touch screen and a rearview camera to the standard features list. There are no major changes for 2020.

With so few changes over the years, we recommend purchasing an older model. You can go as far back as the 2011 Grand Caravan to get a vehicle that’s very similar to a new Grand Caravan and much less expensive.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 Grand Caravan, 2018 Grand Caravan, and 2019 Grand Caravan reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 76 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 76 Dodge Grand Caravan reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, reliability ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

This 2020 Grand Caravan review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2008.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain impartial, we do not accept extravagant gifts from automakers, and an outside source handles our advertising.

How Much Does the Dodge Grand Caravan Cost?

At the time of writing, there is no official pricing information for the 2020 Grand Caravan. For reference, the similar 2019 Grand Caravan starts at $27,040, which is one of the lowest base prices in the minivan class.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Dodge dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Dodge deals page.

Dodge Grand Caravan Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Dodge Grand Caravan or Chrysler Pacifica?

The Chrysler Pacifica is superior to the Dodge Grand Caravan. It is one of the few minivans to offer all-wheel drive, and it was a finalist for our 2020 Best Minivan for Families award. Though it may be one of the most expensive options in this class, it boasts a wide range of standard safety and technology features, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The Grand Caravan offers none of these while also trailing the Pacifica in cabin quality. On the plus side, both vehicles offer Stow ‘n Go seats. Still, the Chrysler is the better pick.

Which Is Better: Dodge Grand Caravan or Honda Odyssey?

We named the Honda Odyssey our 2020 Best Minivan for Families,, and it's a much better option than the Dodge. It doesn't offer Stow 'n Go seats like the Grand Caravan, but it has a larger cargo capacity of 158 cubic feet. This Honda also has a more attractive interior with soft-touch materials, as well as available tech and safety features like Apple CarPlay, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert, which are not available in the Dodge. Add in its gentle ride, and the Odyssey is miles ahead of the Grand Caravan.

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Grand Caravan Interior

How Many People Does the Grand Caravan Seat?

The Grand Caravan can seat up to seven people. It offers a spartan yet spacious environment, and the third row can even accommodate adults. The front seats are supportive, but the available Stow ‘n Go second-row seats are a bit more utilitarian and don’t provide as much cushioning.

Third-row Stow 'n Go seats and sliding rear-passenger doors are standard. Optional features include power-sliding rear-passenger doors, leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Grand Caravan and Child Car Seats

This Dodge has three complete sets of LATCH connectors: two for the second-row seats and one for the third-row middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for its ease of use. The upper tethers are hard to find, and some lower tethers are set too deeply in the seats.

Grand Caravan Interior Quality

The Grand Caravan's dated interior has a mix of soft-touch surfaces and hard plastics. Most class rivals offer richer cabin materials.

Grand Caravan Cargo Space

There's 31.1 cubic feet of room behind the third row, 78.9 cubic feet behind the second row, and a total cargo capacity of 140.3 cubic feet. The Grand Caravan's Stow 'n Go seats fold into the floor to make it easy to access the available space, but some minivans offer even more room.

Grand Caravan Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Grand Caravan’s standard infotainment system pales in comparison to its competitors. Its graphics are dated, its screen is small, and its response times are sluggish. Additionally, neither Android Auto nor Apple CarPlay are available, which limits your smartphone integration options to a USB port or Bluetooth, neither of which is standard.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 6.5-inch touch screen and a six-speaker stereo
  • Available infotainment features: navigation, satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB ports, a rear-seat entertainment system and DVD player, and wireless headphones
  • Additional standard features: tri-zone manual climate control
  • Other available features: remote start and tri-zone automatic climate control

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Grand Caravan Performance

Grand Caravan Engine: Powerful but Unrefined

The Grand Caravan's 283-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine is among the most potent in the minivan class. However, it isn't very refined, and it’s noisy at higher speeds. It's mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that's fairly smooth but hesitant to downshift when passing other vehicles. This Dodge also takes more time to accelerate than most class rivals.

Grand Caravan Gas Mileage: A Little Low

The Grand Caravan gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, which is a bit subpar for the minivan class. If you’re looking for something more efficient but at a similar starting price, check out the Kia Sedona.

Grand Caravan Ride and Handling: Not the Most Comfy

The Grand Caravan's suspension system is tuned to smooth out bumps in the road, but its somewhat firm ride makes it less comfortable than many other minivans. And while its handling is fairly poised, most class rivals are easier to maneuver. Front-wheel drive is standard.

Grand Caravan Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the 2020 Grand Caravan can tow up to 3,600 pounds.

Does the Dodge Grand Caravan Have All-Wheel Drive?

No, the Dodge Grand Caravan is not available with AWD. The only minivans to offer AWD are the Chrysler Pacifica and Toyota Sienna.

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Grand Caravan Reliability

Is the Dodge Grand Caravan Reliable?

The 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Dodge Grand Caravan Warranty

Dodge covers the Grand Caravan with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. This is on par with other minivan warranties.

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How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Dodge Grand Caravan?

The cost of insuring a Dodge Grand Caravan will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

Grand Caravan Safety

Grand Caravan Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 Grand Caravan an overall safety rating of four out of five stars. The Grand Caravan received five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover evaluations.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2020 Grand Caravan the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the lowest rating of Poor in the small overlap front driver-side test. The Grand Caravan also received the lowest rating of Poor for how well its headlights illuminate the road ahead.

Grand Caravan Safety Features

A rearview camera is the only standard active safety feature in the Grand Caravan. Most other minivans offer more advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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Grand Caravan Dimensions and Weight

The Grand Caravan is nearly 17 feet long. Its curb weight is 4,510 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Built?

Dodge builds the 2020 Grand Caravan in Canada.

Which Dodge Grand Caravan Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 Grand Caravan is available in three trims: SE, SE Plus, and SXT. All models come with a 3.6-liter V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission.

The base SE trim lacks many basic modern features, so you'll probably want to go for the midlevel SE Plus. It gains common amenities like Bluetooth, USB ports, and satellite radio. It also adds second-row Stow ‘n Go seats.

Dodge Grand Caravan SE

The entry-level SE trim has a base MSRP of $27,530. It comes with cloth upholstery, third-row Stow ’n Go seats, tri-zone manual climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote keyless entry, and a rearview camera. It also features the Uconnect infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touch screen and a six-speaker stereo.

Dodge Grand Caravan SE Plus

The SE Plus trim starts at $30,330 and gains second-row Stow 'n Go seats, premium cloth upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, voice command, and fog lights.

Dodge Grand Caravan SXT

The SXT trim starts at $32,995 and adds leather upholstery with suede inserts, a power liftgate, and power-sliding rear doors.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Dodge dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Dodge deals page.

See 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan specs and trims »

The Final Call

The 2020 Grand Caravan's low price and great cargo flexibility via its Stow 'n Go seats are nice. But this Dodge fails to stand out in the minivan class. It features an outdated cabin, and several rivals provide smoother rides and more standard technology.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The Grand Caravan is, quite literally, from another decade and offers zero driver-assistance features that are commonly standard among its more modern rivals. The same can be said of its infotainment system, which lacks both an intuitive interface and competitive hardware. What the Grand Caravan offers, though, is a handy and hard-working interior with standard Stow 'n Go second row seats, a durable (read: plasticky) interior, and a bargain price." -- Car and Driver
  • "Yes, the Grand Caravan is inexpensive, but it is really showing its age. We recommend getting something different, be it new or used." -- Autotrader (2019)
  • "The … Dodge Caravan is a no-nonsense minivan. At base trim levels, it offers a low price and a list of functional equipment. Seven-passenger seating, typically enormous minivan space and adequate power mean it's a totally competent family hauler, even on road trips. It's low on frills, which means it's priced less than rivals and your wallet will thank you for that in the long run." -- Edmunds (2019)    

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: July 9, 2020

Falling Sales: Despite its age, the Dodge Grand Caravan finished 2019 with the highest sales of any minivan. Since then, it has been overtaken in the sales rankings by both the Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica. Dodge dealerships have moved 58 percent fewer Grand Caravan models in 2020 compared to the same period last year.

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