2016 Dodge Grand Caravan

Performance


#6 out of 6 in 2016 Minivans

$15,082 - $18,293

2016 Dodge Grand Caravan Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 7.0

Reviewers think the 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan has a comfortable ride and sharp steering, but they note rivals have better driving dynamics. They add that the engine delivers good acceleration.

  • The 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan comes up a bit short in overall driving refinement, though it's fair to say that not everybody is going to notice the difference in everyday life." -- Edmunds
  • "[B]oth the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna offer a more satisfying driving experience, albeit at a price premium." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

Acceleration and Power

The 2016 Grand Caravan comes standard with a 283-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The EPA estimates the Grand Caravan gets up to 17/25 mpg city/highway, which is a little below average for a minivan.

The V6 engine generates good power and acceleration, according to test drivers. Most reviewers say the automatic transmission shifts smoothly, but others say it feels unrefined and is occasionally slow to downshift.

  • The V6 provides decent acceleration, although it does get pretty loud at full tilt and its automatic transmission doesn't always shift as smoothly as we'd like." -- Edmunds
  • "This 283-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is a perfect fit for this big family hauler. With a 6-speed automatic, shifting is smooth, the engine responds quickly to the gas pedal, and even fuel economy is acceptable, if not class-leading." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "With a best-in-class hp rating, the Grand Caravan has more than enough power to get out of its own way." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • Grand Caravan accelerates adequately, not feeling as fast as its high horsepower rating would suggest. The transmission is smooth but can be reluctant to downshift when drivers request more power." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Handling and Braking

While reviewers report that the 2016 Grand Caravan has a comfortable ride, they note that rivals feel smoother. Some critics say the steering is sharp, but other minivans give drivers more confidence around corners.

  • The ride is generally comfortable, but other vans absorb road bumps better and transmit fewer impacts to the passengers. It's a similar story going around turns or maneuvering through traffic. Although agile handling isn't a requisite in this class, the Grand Caravan doesn't inspire as much driver confidence as the Odyssey." -- Edmunds
  • "The suspension blends competence and comfort nicely, and the decently weighted steering makes the Dodge Caravan an enjoyable long-haul companion." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • As for handling, it's surprising that the Grand Caravan actually has reasonably precise steering, which mitigates the sensation that you're driving a bus." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • Grand Caravan rides firmly for a minivan. Bump absorption is still good, but it tends to clatter a bit over rougher pavement surfaces." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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