2017 Dodge Grand Caravan

Performance


#6 out of 6 in 2017 Minivans

$18,122 - $21,569

2017 Dodge Grand Caravan Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 6.7

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 be the most comfortable ride. It cushions out most bumps, but some competitors manage to be both smoother and more composed through turns than the Grand Caravan.

  • "The 2017 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
  • "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)

Acceleration and 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.

However, when you press the gas pedal hard, the engine gets unpleasantly noisy and the automatic transmission doesn't always make sharp shifts. Thanks to the V6's grunt, the Grand Caravan can tow up to 3,600 pounds when properly equipped.

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 only manages a marginally better 19 mpg in the city 27 mpg on the highway.

  • "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
  • "One of the best V6 engines in the industry, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is a perfect match to the Grand Caravan, delivering smooth operation, instantaneous power and decent fuel economy." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "… the Grand Caravan has more than enough power to get out of its own way." -- Autotrader (2015)

Handling and Braking

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 more shaking and jittering transmitted into the cabin than you'll get in the Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna. The Odyssey and Sienna aren't sporty, but they are both lither than the Grand Caravan and stay stable and composed around turns. They're also easier to maneuver, helping you navigate parking lots. Like most minivans, the Grand Caravan has front-wheel drive. The Sienna is available with all-wheel drive, which is helpful if you live in an area where inclement winter weather can be an issue.

  • "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
  • "While the Grand Caravan's suspension returns a smooth ride, it takes a back seat to the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna in the areas of cornering and turning radius." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "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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