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2016 Dodge Grand Caravan Review

The 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan has one of the most powerful engines among minivans, and its available Stow 'n Go seats are exceptionally useful. While these attributes (along with its low price tag) are appealing, some noteworthy issues pull the Grand Caravan down to the bottom of our rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Convenient Stow 'n Go seating option
  • Lower purchase price than most competitors
  • Below-average safety and reliability scores
  • Rivals offer sportier, smoother handling
  • Few standard features

Rankings & Research

The 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan's #6 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Minivans category. Currently the Dodge Grand Caravan has a score of 7.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 63 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 8.4
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2016 Dodge Grand Caravan Overview

Is the 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan a Good Used Minivan?

The 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan is tough to recommend as a used minivan. It lacks the standard active safety features found in competitors, and rivals offer smoother rides and better handling. Still, the Grand Caravan’s second-row Stow 'n Go seating – standard in all but the base trim – is a favorite among buyers. Neither the Honda Odyssey nor the Toyota Sienna offer this feature.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know about the Dodge Grand Caravan in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions) with 63 professional Dodge Grand Caravan reviews.

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How Much Is the 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan?

With an average price tag of $17,300, the 2016 Grand Caravan is one of the least expensive minivans you can buy. This is based on almost 2,800 listings for the vehicle on our used car site. Depending on the trim level, prices range from $14,500 to $20,600. Each vehicle’s condition and mileage, as well as your ZIP code, can impact the price of a used Grand Caravan.

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How Much Does the 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan Cost to Own?

Buying the 2016 Grand Caravan may be easy on your pocketbook, but owning it is another story. Over the course of five years, you’ll pay around $25,800 for insurance, maintenance, repairs, and fuel for the Grand Caravan. In comparison, you'd save $900 or more on these costs over five years for a Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Town & Country, or Kia Sedona

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Grand Caravan?

If you've weighed the pros and cons of the Grand Caravan and still feel it's the best minivan for you, then you should buy a 2016 model instead of a 2018. For starters, a new Dodge Grand Caravan has a base MSRP of $26,250. That's almost $9,000 more than the average price of a 2016 model. In addition, very few changes have been made to this vehicle over the last couple of years. The 2018 Grand Caravan does have a standard rearview camera and a 6.5-inch touch screen, but you can get these features (along with the available Stow 'n Go seats) in a well-optioned used model – and still spend less money overall. You can also buy a certified pre-owned Grand Caravan to get coverage that's almost as good as a new-car warranty (a smart idea, considering this minivan's low reliability rating).

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Because the Grand Caravan has the lowest MSRP in our 2018 minivan rankings, no other new rivals are even close to the price range of a 2016 Grand Caravan. That's also the case for 3-row SUVs.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan?

The 2016 Grand Caravan has a reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power. That's lower than the average used car – and the scores of most competitors. 

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2016 Dodge Grand Caravan Recalls

As of this writing, there are six recalls for the 2016 Grand Caravan. Vehicles that are equipped with a fire extinguisher can get it replaced under one recall. Other recalls address potential problems with a damaged fuel rail, the transmission pump, the hardware securing the third-row seat, a cracked brake caliper, and a faulty hood latch. It's easy to search a car's VIN to see if any of these problems affect a specific vehicle you are considering. Before you buy, make sure all applicable recalls have been addressed.

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Which Model Year of the Dodge Grand Caravan Is Best?  

The 2016 Grand Caravan is part of a generation that launched in 2011 and includes the 2018 model year. Other than a reshuffling of trim names, Dodge has made few major changes to this minivan over the years. If you want to save money, consider buying a 2014 or 2015 model year, which have similar features and scores to the 2016 model year.

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Which Used Dodge Grand Caravan Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan comes in six trims: American Value Package, SE, SE Plus, SXT, SXT Plus, and R/T. The American Value Package comes with just a few standard features, including a four-speaker stereo and keyless entry. The Grand Caravan SE comes with tri-zone manual temperature control, second- and third-row Stow 'n Go seats that fold into the floor, and the ability to reverse the third-row seats for tailgating. The SE Plus adds premium cloth bucket seats, power third-row windows, satellite radio, and Bluetooth phone and audio streaming.

The Grand Caravan SXT has cloth bucket seats and dual power-sliding rear doors. The SXT Plus includes leather upholstery and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. The Grand Caravan R/T (the top trim) comes with remote start, leather-trimmed bucket seats, power-adjustable front seats, an auxiliary power outlet, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 6.5-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker stereo, and a rearview camera. Out of these trim levels, the Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Plus is the best choice for its mix of practical standard features, including standard power-sliding rear doors and power-adjustable front seats.

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What Does Dodge's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Dodge offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Dodge extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. Additional benefits are available, including a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, a CarFax vehicle history report, 24-hour towing and roadside assistance, and a car rental allowance. There are mileage and model restrictions, so read the Dodge warranty page carefully.

Dodge has one of the worst CPO warranties among affordable carmakers, according to our analysis. Kia, Hyundai, Chevy, Ford, Honda, and Mazda are all better.

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How Safe Is the Grand Caravan?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2016 Grand Caravan four out of five stars for overall safety. The Grand Caravan earned four stars in the frontal and rollover crash tests and five stars in the side crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Grand Caravan the top score of Good in all crash tests except the small overlap front test, in which the minivan received the lowest rating of Poor.

The base Dodge Caravan lacks the standard active safety equipment found in other minivans. Parking sensors, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert are available in higher trims.

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2016 Dodge Grand Caravan Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan or 2016 Honda Odyssey?

The 2016 Honda Odyssey has a less powerful V6 engine than the Dodge Grand Caravan, but it outshines the Dodge in every other respect. The Odyssey has better fuel economy, higher safety ratings, a nicer interior, and innovative available features, like a built-in cooler and vacuum. It also comes standard with many more features, including a rearview camera and Bluetooth. The Honda minivan is the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan or 2016 Toyota Sienna?

The 2016 Toyota Sienna offers better second- and third-row legroom than the 2016 Grand Caravan. The Toyota’s V6 is slightly less powerful, but the Sienna makes up for that with more standard features, such as tri-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, a USB port, and a touch screen. The Sienna also offers features the Grand Caravan doesn’t, such as automatic pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, and a Blu-ray player with a dual-view monitor that can show two separate videos at the same time. The Sienna is also available with all-wheel drive. It’s the more versatile minivan overall.

Which Is Better: 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan or 2016 Chrysler Town & Country?

The 2016 Chrysler Town & Country is the Grand Caravan’s upscale sibling. It has a premium cabin and lots of standard features, including leather seats, power-sliding rear doors, a rearview camera, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and an infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touch screen. The Town & Country’s cabin is also quieter than the Grand Caravan’s, which makes it the better choice for long drives.

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2016 Grand Caravan Performance

How Does the 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan Drive?

The 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan has one powertrain: a 283-horsepower V6 engine that generates good power and acceleration. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. It generally shifts smoothly, though it can be slow to downshift at times. The 2016 Grand Caravan has a comfortable ride, but rivals feel smoother. Similarly, its steering is sharp, but other minivans handle corners better.

Does the 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan Get Good Gas Mileage?

The EPA estimates the Grand Caravan gets up to 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, which is slightly below average for a minivan.

2016 Dodge Grand Caravan Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the 2016 Grand Caravan can tow as much as 3,600 pounds.

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2016 Grand Caravan Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Grand Caravan Seat?

The 2016 Grand Caravan seats seven in three rows and comes standard with cloth upholstery. The third-row seats can flip backward to make tailgate seats in the hatch. Leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated first- and second-row seats, second- and third-row Stow 'n Go seating, a heated steering wheel, and dual power-sliding doors are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan?

The second-row seats and the third-row center seat in the 2016 Grand Caravan have complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave its LATCH system a rating of Acceptable for its ease of use, as the lower anchors are buried deep in the seats and the tether anchors are hard to find.

2016 Dodge Grand Caravan Features

The 2016 Grand Caravan’s standard features include a four-speaker audio system and an auxiliary audio input. That's pretty sparse in comparison to some rivals. Features like tri-zone automatic climate control, a 6.5-inch touch-screen infotainment system, navigation, a nine-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system are available.

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2016 Dodge Grand Caravan Dimensions

Dodge Grand Caravan Cargo Space

The Grand Caravan's cargo space is typical for a minivan (31.1 cubic feet behind the third row and 140.3 cubic feet overall), but its optional Stow 'n Go seats give it the edge for hauling. These seats fold into the floor to create a flat cargo floor. By comparison, you have to lift out the second-row seats in the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna to maximize cargo space.

Dodge Grand Caravan Length and Weight

The 2016 Grand Caravan is a 17-foot-long van. Its curb weight is 4,510 pounds, and its gross vehicle weight is 6,050 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan Built?

Dodge built the 2016 Grand Caravan in Ontario, Canada.


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