2018 Dodge Grand Caravan

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2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Review

The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan ranks at the bottom of its class. In a segment where safety, comfort, and features are priorities, this minivan just can't keep up with rivals.

7.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.9
Performance: 6.6
Interior: 7.2
Safety: 8.4
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Useful Stow 'n Go seats
  • Low base price
  • Subpar safety ratings for a minivan
  • Fewer features than rivals
  • Low-rent interior
  • Ride can be unsettled

Is the Dodge Grand Caravan a Good Minivan?

The Dodge Grand Caravan hasn't been redesigned in a decade, and it's not a good minivan by today's standards. Most rivals boast more features or better interior comfort. The Grand Caravan also has a rougher ride than many competitors do, and its safety scores are nothing to write home about either.

Should I Buy the Dodge Grand Caravan?

If you need budget-friendly transportation for the family, a new Dodge Grand Caravan could be worth buying. With its Stow 'n Go seats, you can easily collapse the rear seats into the floor to get more cargo room. Still, if you have wiggle room in your budget, you’re better off with a competing vehicle. Both the Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica are better minivans because they have nicer interiors, cutting-edge features, and better overall performance.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Dodge Grand Caravan?

Dodge made no changes to the Grand Caravan for 2018, so you can potentially save some money by shopping for a nearly identical 2017 Grand Caravan instead. You could save even more money by looking at older models in this generation (which goes all the way back to 2008), but a more recent model like the 2017 is probably a better buy. For that year, the trim lineup was reduced from six to four, with the elimination of the low-end American Value Package and the performance R/T model. The 2017 Grand Caravan also received a standard rearview camera and 6.5-inch touch screen. While you could find those features in prior model years, you'll have to hunt for them. 

To research some other models in this generation, read our reviews of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 71 Reviews Analyzed

To help you decide if the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan is the right minivan for you, we've gathered and analyzed 71 professional reviews. We've also included information about the Grand Caravan's fuel economy, safety scores, features, and more to give you an idea of its strengths and weaknesses. This 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2008 through 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Dodge Grand Caravan Cost?

The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan starts at around $26,250 for the SE trim, making it the cheapest base model in the class. The fully loaded GT trim starts at about $34,395, which is still lower than the most expensive trim levels of rivals. However, the Grand Caravan GT lacks many of the family-friendly features and advanced safety systems you can get in most other minivans.

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Dodge Grand Caravan Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Dodge Grand Caravan or Chrysler Pacifica?

The Chrysler Pacifica is only in its second year of existence as a minivan. It has a hip cabin design fitted with first-rate materials. This Chrysler is also equipped with loads of family-friendly features, like a built-in vacuum and rear-seat touch screens. Nimble handling and a very smooth ride make the Pacific easy to live with day-to-day. Since Chrysler and Dodge are part of the same company, both vans offer the Stow 'n Go seats that provide easy cargo access. The Pacifica also offers a plug-in hybrid version, but it doesn’t have Stow ‘n Go seats and costs quite a bit more. This battle is pretty clear-cut: while the Pacifica costs several thousand dollars more than the Grand Caravan, it's definitely worth the money.

Which Is Better: Dodge Grand Caravan or Honda Odyssey?

Fully redesigned for 2018, the Honda Odyssey is a modern, incredibly well-rounded minivan. It's one of the more expensive entries in the class (starting at a hair under $30,000), but it’s a much better vehicle than the Grand Caravan. The Odyssey's cabin features high-end touches and materials that are also durable enough to stand up to families. These two rivals have similarly equipped base models, but higher Odyssey trims include amenities like a built-in vacuum cleaner, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane keep assist. You can't get any of those in any Grand Caravan model. The Odyssey also has a higher maximum cargo capacity than the Grand Caravan, but you’ll have to take the second-row seats out of the vehicle to open the whole space up. The Odyssey provides a great combination of quality and value, which is why we name it our 2018 Best Minivan for the Money. We also named it our 2018 Best Minivan for Families due to its long list of features, spacious cabin, and wealth of positive reviews.

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Grand Caravan Interior

How Many People Does the Grand Caravan Seat?

The Grand Caravan has seats for seven in three rows. Due to the placement of the pedals, some tall drivers may find it difficult to find a comfortable driving position. The high-mounted front seats offer excellent outward visibility. Though the second- and third-row seats have plenty of space, even for adults, the seats themselves have very little padding and are not particularly comfortable.

Cloth upholstery and a second-row bench seat come standard, while available upgrades include leather upholstery, power-adjustable and heated front seats, second-row Stow 'n Go bucket seats, and heated second-row seats.

Grand Caravan and Car Seats

The outboard second-row seats each have a full set of LATCH child-seat connectors, as does the middle third-row seat. For its ease of use, this LATCH system received an Acceptable rating (the second-highest score available) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Grand Caravan Interior Quality

The Grand Caravan can't match competitors in terms of interior refinement. Some surfaces are soft to the touch, while others are covered in cheap plastics. This could be a positive, though, if you want to ensure easy clean up and durability.

Grand Caravan Cargo Space

With 140.3 cubic feet of cargo room with both rear rows folded, the Dodge Grand Caravan has less overall cargo space than many minivans. However, don't count the Grand Caravan out if you need to do lots of hauling. Thanks to the optional Stow 'n Go seats, it's easier to access all the available cargo space in this minivan than it is in most competitors. Instead of removing the second row from the van, you simply fold the seats into the floor. When the seats are occupied, you can use the convenient cargo bins under the floor.

Grand Caravan Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Grand Caravan's features should keep your family comfortable and content, though it’s worth noting that rivals tend to offer a broader array of equipment. Standard tri-zone climate control lets different areas of the van have separate temperatures. There's an optional rear-seat entertainment system to help keep the kids in the back entertained. All models come with a Uconnect infotainment system. The 6.5-inch touch screen is a bit dated, with subpar graphics and slow response times.

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Grand Caravan Performance

Grand Caravan Engine: Punchy V6

The Grand Caravan's potent V6 is one of the most powerful engines you can get in any minivan. It easily accelerates the Grand Caravan during highway passing maneuvers and when pulling away from a stop. It's not the most refined engine, though, especially under heavy acceleration, when it gets fairly loud. The V6 is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that can feel rough when shifting.

Grand Caravan Gas Mileage: Competitive for a Minivan

The Grand Caravan gets typical gas mileage for a minivan: 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Most rivals have fuel economy estimates within a couple miles per gallon of the Grand Caravan.

Grand Caravan Ride and Handling: Can't Match Competitors

Ride comfort is an important consideration when buying a minivan, and most rivals give you a better ride than the front-wheel-drive Grand Caravan. Most bumps are smoothed out by this minivan's suspension, but many competitors offer more cushioned rides. The Grand Caravan isn't as agile as rivals, either. This may not seem important for a minivan, but it will be if you need to suddenly dodge a lost ball or some other obstacle.

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Grand Caravan Reliability

Is the Dodge Grand Caravan Reliable?

The 2018 Grand Caravan has a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power. This is slightly above average among the industry as a whole, but most other minivans score about the same.

Dodge Grand Caravan Warranty

The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan is covered by a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Most other minivans have similar warranties.

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Grand Caravan Safety

Grand Caravan Crash Test Results

The 2018 Grand Caravan doesn't do as well in crash tests as most competitors. It receives four out of five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s front and rollover crash tests. While the Grand Caravan earns the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's top score of Good in four tests, it receives the lowest rating of Poor in the small front overlap test.

Grand Caravan Safety Features

All models come with a rearview camera, and the range-topping GT trim is available with rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Most minivans have longer lists of safety features with systems like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and 360-degree cameras.

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Which Dodge Grand Caravan Model Is Right for Me?

Though the base Grand Caravan SE has a decent number of standard features, you should step up to the SE Plus to get some key extras for a few thousand dollars more. The second-row Stow 'n Go seats are absolutely worth the added cost. You'll also get satellite radio and voice recognition. If you need more luxury, you'll want the SXT or GT models, which have leather upholstery, power-adjustable seats, and many more features. All models can be equipped with a rear-seat entertainment system for $995.

Dodge Grand Caravan SE

The base Dodge Grand Caravan SE starts at around $25,995 and comes standard with 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

Starting around $28,695, the SE Plus trim gets you second-row Stow 'n Go bucket seats, satellite radio, and a voice recognition system.

Dodge Grand Caravan SXT

The SXT trim ($31,395) 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

The top-of-the-line GT model starts at around $34,395 and 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).

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.

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The Final Call

The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan is a decent minivan for budget shoppers looking for a basic people and cargo hauler. That low price comes with a lot of tradeoffs, however. The Grand Caravan has a punchy engine for quick acceleration, but its ride and handling aren't as comfortable or composed as competitors. The Grand Caravan's interior is fine, but the back seats aren't very well padded, some materials are cheap, and there aren't as many state-of-the-art tech features as you’ll find in most minivans. The Grand Caravan also earns lower safety ratings than rivals.

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
  • "Thanks to often-generous incentives, the Grand Caravan may sell for thousands of dollars less than its rivals. Still, you get what you pay for." -- Consumer Reports
  • "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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