Dodge Grand Caravan

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2017 Dodge Grand Caravan Overview

The 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan ranks 6 out of 6 Minivans.

The 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan has a low starting price and convenient Stow 'n Go seats that make it an appealing choice for hauling cargo. However, its safety scores lag behind competitors’, and it doesn’t offer a comparable list of standard or optional features.

SEATING


7

MPG


17

  CITY


25

  HWY

DRIVETRAIN


FWD

HP


283
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Pros & Cons

  • Easy-to-fold Stow 'n Go seats
  • Low starting price
  • Low safety score for a minivan
  • Fewer features than rivals
  • Subpar cabin materials
  • Competitors have smoother rides

Notable for 2017

  • Streamlined trim structure
  • 6.5-inch touch screen and rearview camera now standard

Dodge Grand Caravan Rankings and Research

The 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan ranking is based on its score within the Minivans category. Currently the Dodge Grand Caravan has a score of 7.1 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 66 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Scorecard

Overall: 7.1
Critics' Rating: 7.1
Performance: 6.7
Interior: 7.3
Safety: 8.5
Reliability: 3_0

Rankings

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2017 Dodge Grand Caravan Review

By Keith Griffin August 4, 2017

The 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan has a low starting price and convenient Stow 'n Go seats that make it an appealing choice for hauling cargo. However, its safety scores lag behind competitors’, and it doesn’t offer a comparable list of standard or optional features.

Is the Dodge Grand Caravan a Good Minivan?

The Dodge Grand Caravan is a good minivan, but it sits in a segment where very good and excellent are the norm.

An important issue for the Grand Caravan is its safety scores. While it does well in most categories, it scores poorly on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s small overlap front crash test. This test measures what happens if the front corner of the minivan strikes a pole or another vehicle. As for active safety features (technology designed to help you avoid accidents), the Grand Caravan lacks many. However, you’ll find them in the Chrysler Pacifica. For example, the Pacifica offers blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors with automatic braking, a 360-degree parking camera system, automatic forward braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane keep assist. The Grand Caravan offers none of these.

Though the 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan has ample power from its V6 engine to haul your family on the daily commute or trips across the country, it won't provide the most comfortable ride. It cushions most bumps, but there’s a lot of body roll through turns. When you press the gas pedal hard, the engine gets unpleasantly noisy, and the automatic transmission doesn't always make sharp shifts.

The Grand Caravan’s interior hasn’t been updated since 2011, and the materials used inside are designed more for long-term wear and tear than style. One saving grace for the Grand Caravan is its standard third-row Stow 'n Go seats, which optimize its cargo capabilities.

Should I Buy the Dodge Grand Caravan?

You will not find a cheaper minivan than the Grand Caravan. With a starting price of $25,995, the Grand Caravan is about $900 cheaper than its closest-priced competitor, the Kia Sedona. It’s $3,000 less than its corporate sibling, the Chrysler Pacifica, and about $3,850 less than the Honda Odyssey.

The Grand Caravan will provide you with a good, functional minivan that moves people reliably from place to place without a lot of bells and whistles. And the standard third-row Stow 'n Go seating gives you a lot of flexibility for hauling cargo. If you want a more comfortable, family-friendly minivan, however, the Pacifica and the Odyssey are worth a look – even though they cost more.

The Pacifica not only delivers more standard features, like second row Stow 'n Go seating, an 8-way power driver’s seat, a more powerful engine, and better handling, but it comes with a lot of entertainment options. Its optional rear-seat touch screens can play DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, or whatever's on your HDMI-equipped devices – video games included. If you forget to bring your own entertainment, the touch screens have built-in video games like Checkers and The License Plate Game. Play against the computer or link up the screens and play the person next to you. Of course, all of this comes at a price. It is standard in the Touring L Plus, which has a starting price of $37,895. It is available as an option in the Limited trim level for $1,995.

The Odyssey starts some $4,800 more than the Grand Caravan, and that price is hard to justify. Even in the base model, however, you get a large 8-inch touch screen and a rearview camera. It’s a well-made minivan, but adding features requires moving up in trim level. For example, adding Honda LaneWatch, which shows you what is on the right side of your car when you turn on the right turn signal, requires moving from the LX trim level at $29,850 up to the EX trim at $33,000.

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We Did the Research for You: 66 Pieces of Data Analyzed

For this review, our team analyzed 66 pieces of data to help you decide if the 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan is the best choice for you. Our research includes crash test results, reliability ratings, and professional reviews of the Grand Caravan. Our team does this work so you can make an informed choice. The last redesign for the Grand Caravan was in 2008. It’s seen few major changes since. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2008 through 2017 model years.

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How Much Does the Dodge Grand Caravan Cost?

The 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan’s starting price is $24,995, the lowest in the minivan segment. While it’s $1,000 below the base price of the 2016 Grand Caravan, it also has less features. Second-row Stow 'n Go seating used to be standard – it’s now optional.

The SE Plus trim is next up. It starts at $27,695 and adds second-row Stow 'n Go seating. The Blacktop package adds some nice interior upgrades, like a leather-wrapped steering wheel and the Uconnect voice command system.

The SXT trim costs $30,395 and adds items like leather upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and power-sliding rear doors. The line-topping GT trim, starting at $33,395, comes with an eight-way power-adjustable front-passenger seat, heated second-row seats, navigation, and a nine-speaker audio system.

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Dodge Grand Caravan Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Dodge Grand Caravan or Chrysler Pacifica?

There is a $3,600 price difference between the base trims of the Grand Caravan ($24,995) and the Pacifica ($28,595). The content in the Pacifica accounts for the difference. Its stylish and upscale interior is much better than what you’ll find in the Grand Caravan. The Pacifica also adds features like an eight-way power driver’s seat, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and the hands-free Uconnect system. Finally, it has better handling and a more powerful V6 engine than the Dodge.

If you want more, the Pacifica offers it. The Chrysler can be equipped with two rear-seat touch screens that can play different DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, or video games. That way, you won't have to listen to your kids argue over what to watch.

The Grand Caravan looks outdated compared with the Pacifica. Even with its higher price tag, the new-for-2017 Pacifica is the better choice. You get a lot of value, and a lot of standard and available safety features and technology.

Which Is Better: Dodge Grand Caravan or Honda Odyssey?

With a base price about $4,800 more than the Grand Caravan, the Honda Odyssey is one of the more expensive minivans. The Odyssey’s extra cost is not justified in its stripped-down base trim.

On the road, the Odyssey has plenty of power from its V6 engine for daily driving, but at 248 horsepower, it is out-muscled by the Grand Caravan’s 283 horsepower. However, the lower horsepower results in somewhat better fuel economy. The Odyssey leads the class in this arena, beating the Grand Caravan by 2 mpg in the city and 3 mpg on the highway. According to the EPA, however, you’ll only spend $150 more per year on fuel with the Grand Caravan than with the Odyssey. At that rate, you’d have to drive the Odyssey for 32 years to make up the difference in base price.

The Odyssey has more cargo space, but the Grand Caravan's cargo space is more usable. Dodge’s Stow 'n Go seating is standard in the Grand Caravan’s third row in all trim levels and standard in the second row when you step above the base model. To access the Odyssey’s cargo space, you have to physically remove the heavy second-row seats and store them outside the minivan.

The Odyssey starts at around $29,500, and a fully loaded Odyssey can run into the high $40,000s. A Dodge Grand Caravan starts at $24,995 and tops out at $33,395, but it’s not going to have features like the Odyssey’s built-in vacuum (also found in the Pacifica), moonroof, HID headlights, keyless start, integrated turn signal mirrors, and lane departure warning.

The Dodge is a better choice than the Honda if you’re on a budget and need seating for seven.

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Grand Caravan Interior

How Many People Does the Grand Caravan Seat?

The 2017 Grand Caravan has three rows of seats to accommodate seven people. Cloth upholstery and a second-row bench and third-row Stow 'n Go seats are standard. The driver and front passenger have a high seating position, giving them a commanding view of the road ahead. Tall drivers may find it difficult to get into a comfortable position because the pedals are mounted close to the seat.

The rear seats are spacious and have enough room for adults, even in the third row. The seats aren't well-padded, though, so they may get uncomfortable during lengthy drives.

Grand Caravan and Car Seats

The Grand Caravan has three full sets of LATCH connectors to help you safely install child safety seats. They can be found on both of the second-row seats, as well as the middle third-row seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Grand Caravan’s system an Acceptable rating for ease of use, the second-highest score possible. The one problem is that the connectors are hard to find, with the lower anchors buried deep in the seat cushion.

Grand Caravan Interior Quality

With its original design now nearly a decade old, the 2017 Grand Caravan's cabin is looking outdated. The materials fall short of those in rivals, including the Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica, both of which feel upscale inside. The Grand Caravan's materials seem designed more to stand up to years of wear and tear.

Grand Caravan Cargo Space

The Grand Caravan has 31.1 cubic feet with all seats in use, 78.9 cubic feet if you fold the third row, and 140.3 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. You can get nearly 5 extra feet of room for your stuff in the Honda Odyssey, but about 3 feet less in the Chrysler Pacifica.

However, to use all of the space in the Odyssey, you have to remove the second-row seats. Not so in the Grand Caravan, thanks to the Stow 'n Go system. With the second- and third-row Stow 'n Go seats, you fold the seats into the floor to access the full cargo area. The Stow 'n Go third row is found in all trims; the Stow 'n Go second row comes in all trims above the base Grand Caravan. Stow 'n Go seats are standard in the Pacifica. If the seats are in use, the under-floor bins that they fold into can be used to provide extra storage. There's also plenty of other places to stow your small items throughout the cabin.

Grand Caravan Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

A 6.5-inch touch-screen infotainment system is newly standard for 2017, but it's not a new system overall. It has poor graphics and slow response times that show its age compared to the intuitive 8.4-inch touch screen in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. The Grand Caravan's system isn't even easy to use; it's difficult to change commonly used controls, like those for audio settings. The Honda Odyssey comes standard with a rearview camera, a seven-speaker audio system, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a USB port, and an 8-inch infotainment display.

The Grand Caravan, Odyssey, and Pacifica do not have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The Kia Sedona is the only minivan to include them. For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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Grand Caravan Performance

Grand Caravan Engine: Potent Power

A 283-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 mated to a six-speed automatic comes standard in the 2017 Grand Caravan. The V6 is one of the most potent engines in the class, and it delivers plenty of power for nearly any driving situation. The good acceleration can help you dart through city traffic or merge onto the highway.

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica comes with a 287-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. The 2017 Honda Odyssey gets its power from a 248-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine.

Grand Caravan Gas Mileage: Competitive for a Minivan

Most rivals earn slightly higher fuel economy estimates than the Grand Caravan, though they're all pretty similar. The Grand Caravan gets up to 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The class-leading Honda Odyssey manages a marginally better 19 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway. Fuel economy estimates for the Pacifica are 18/28 mpg city/highway.

Your annual fuel costs won’t differ much among the three. The Grand Caravan has an EPA-estimated annual fuel cost of $1,750, while the Pacifica and Odyssey have equal annual fuel costs of $1,600. The best fuel efficiency comes from the Pacifica Hybrid Plug-in, which has a predicted combined gas and electric annual cost of $900.

Grand Caravan Ride and Handling: Below Expectations

When you have a minivan full of passengers, you want a comfortable ride. The Grand Caravan doesn't meet expectations as well as some competitors in this regard. While most bumps are smoothed out, there's still shaking and jittering transmitted into the cabin.

Like most minivans, the Grand Caravan has front-wheel drive. The Pacifica has surprisingly poised handling for a minivan and feels stable even on twisty roads, which will give you confidence as you pilot your family around town. The Odyssey isn’t sporty, but it is better than the Grand Caravan and stays stable and composed around turns.

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Grand Caravan Reliability

Is the Dodge Grand Caravan Reliable?

The 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan has a predicted reliability of three out of five, which is about average, according to J.D. Power and Associates.

Dodge Grand Caravan Warranty

Dodge covers the 2017 Grand Caravan with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. The Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Odyssey have the same warranty. The Kia Sedona has the best coverage in the minivan segment, with a five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Grand Caravan Safety

Grand Caravan Crash Test Results

When you're driving around in your minivan full of kids, you want to know that your family will be safe. The Grand Caravan earns below-average safety scores for a minivan. The Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica both earn a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Grand Caravan only manages four out of five stars.

The Grand Caravan receives a top Good rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in all but the small front overlap crash test, in which it earns a Poor rating, the lowest score possible. The Chrysler Pacifica receives a Top Safety Pick+ designation from the IIHS, and the Odyssey earns a Top Safety Pick title.

Grand Caravan Safety Features

Most competitors can be equipped with several driver assistance features to help avoid a crash before it happens. For example, the Chrysler Pacifica can come with blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors with automatic braking, front parking sensors, a 360-degree parking camera system, automatic forward braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and automatic parking. The Grand Caravan, on the other hand, only has a standard rearview camera and available rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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Which Dodge Grand Caravan Model Is Right for Me?

The Dodge Grand Caravan in the SE Plus trim positions itself as the best model for families. This is the first trim where Dodge’s second-row Stow 'n Go bucket seats become standard. Combined with the third-row Stow 'n Go seats, you’ll have a minivan that becomes a cargo hauler when needed. A rear-seat DVD entertainment system is a $995 option in all trims.

Dodge Grand Caravan SE

The base Dodge Grand Caravan SE starts at $24,995 and comes standard with a V6 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, front-wheel drive, cloth upholstery, a second-row bench seat, third-row Stow 'n Go seats, tri-zone manual climate control, a 6.5-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a six-speaker audio system, and a rearview camera.

Dodge Grand Caravan SE Plus

Moving up to the SE Plus trim ($27,695) gets you second-row Stow 'n Go bucket seats, satellite radio, and a voice recognition system.

Dodge Grand Caravan SXT

The $30,395 SXT trim adds leather upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, remote start, power-sliding rear doors, and a power liftgate. SXT models can be equipped with the Driver Convenience Group for $995, which adds tri-zone automatic climate control, a heated steering wheel, second- and third-row sunshades, and heated front seats.

Dodge Grand Caravan GT

Finally, the line-topping GT trim, starting at $33,395, comes with an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated second-row seats, navigation, and a nine-speaker audio system. The Safety Sphere Group ($1,400) is optional with the GT; it adds rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. The GT is the only model that can be equipped with the Trailer Tow Group ($995).

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The Final Call

The 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan is a dated vehicle, but it has the lowest starting price in the minivan segment. Its cargo capacity is good thanks to its third-row Stow 'n Go seats. Move up from the base trim, and you get Stow 'n Go standard in the second row for even greater cargo flexibility. When it comes to infotainment and entertainment options, however, the Grand Caravan simply can’t offer what the Pacific and Odyssey can. Yes, you pay more for these vehicles, but you get a lot more in return. When you also consider the Grand Caravan’s lack of active safety features, this minivan becomes a tough call for families.

If you’re on a budget, the Grand Caravan will ably move your family around. But if you want to enjoy a comfortable ride up front while the kids are entertained in the back, the Pacifica or Odyssey are better choices.

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

  • "Though … other minivans can't compete with the Grand Caravan on price, the old maxim that you get what you pay for certainly rings true here." -- Edmunds
  • "While no minivan is really fun to drive, the Dodge Grand Caravan for 2016 lags behind the ride and handling of its newer rivals." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "While the 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan offers a versatile interior and a wide range of comfort and convenience features, the van seems pedestrian next to top models from Nissan, Toyota and Honda." -- Autotrader (2015)
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