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2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Review

The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan ranks near the bottom of the minivan class. It has below-average safety scores, a subpar predicted reliability rating, and a relative lack of comfort and driving refinement compared to its rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Useful Stow ‘n Go seats
  • Low average list price
  • Subpar safety rating for a minivan
  • Fewer features than rivals
  • Low-rent interior
  • Ride can be harsh

Rankings & Research

The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan's #5 ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Minivans category. Currently the Dodge Grand Caravan has a score of 7.1 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 67 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 6.9
Performance: 6.6
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 8.4
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2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Overview

Is the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan a Good Used Minivan?

The Dodge Grand Caravan is a decent used minivan. If you simply want a roomy and affordable minivan, it may work for you.

The 2018 Grand Caravan has a few high points:

  • Convenient and flexible Stow ‘n Go seats
  • Spacious cabin
  • Strong V6 engine
  • Typically more affordable than rivals

However, it also has many drawbacks:

  • One of the lowest safety scores in the class
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating
  • Fewer tech and safety features than competitors
  • Ride and handling refinement can’t match rivals
  • Poor turning radius
  • Second- and third-row seats need more cushioning
  • Low-rent cabin materials
  • Antiquated infotainment system
Why You Can Trust Us

Our Dodge Grand Caravan review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 71 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan?

Based on listings for the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan on our site, the average price is $19,000, which is the lowest in the class. Prices range from $17,000 to $22,400 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Cost to Own?

The 2018 Grand Caravan’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $24,800, or $4,960 per year. That’s about average for the minivan class.

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

The 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan, which starts at $26,790, is little changed from the 2018 model. You can save money by purchasing a 2018 Caravan that has the same standard features, options, and styling as a 2019 model.

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The 2018 Grand Caravan is part of a generation that dates to the 2008 model. From 2013 to 2016, it received few updates. The 2017 Grand Caravan was the first to come standard with a rearview camera and a 6.5-inch touch screen. We recommend you start your shopping with this model.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan?

The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Recalls

At the time of writing, there are two recalls for the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan:

  • Rear break caliper pistons may be insufficiently coated
  • Voltage regulator may fail and could cause the engine to stall

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Dodge Grand Caravan Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan is available in four trims: SE, SE Plus, SXT, and GT. The base model SE is among the most affordable minivans in the class and comes with a rearview camera, an infotainment system, and third-row Stow ‘n Go seating. However, we recommend beginning your search with the SE Plus trim, which adds second-row Stow ‘n Go bucket seats that have better padding than you’ll find in the base model’s standard bench seat.

  • Dodge Grand Caravan SE: The base Grand Caravan SE comes standard with 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: The Grand Caravan SE Plus adds satellite radio and a voice recognition system, and it replaces the second-row bench seat with Stow 'n Go bucket seats.
  • Dodge Grand Caravan SXT: The Grand Caravan SXT includes leather upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, remote start, power-sliding rear doors, and a power liftgate.
  • Dodge Grand Caravan GT: The Grand Caravan GT 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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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 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2018 Grand Caravan the highest rating of Good in four crash tests. It received the lowest rating of Poor in the driver-side small overlap front test. The Grand Caravan received the worst rating of Poor for how well the headlights illuminate the road ahead.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Grand Caravan an overall safety rating of four out of five stars. It received four stars in the frontal crash and rollover evaluations and five stars in the side crash test.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • rear parking sensors

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2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan or 2018 Toyota Sienna?

The 2018 Toyota Sienna has just about everything the Grand Caravan lacks. The Sienna has a modern, intuitive infotainment system with a larger touch screen, and it comes standard with navigation, smartphone integration and five USB ports. The Sienna handles better, and if you are looking for a more athletic ride, a sport-tuned model is available. It’s also the only minivan with available all-wheel drive. Add in its good projected reliability and safety ratings, and the Sienna is the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan or 2018 Chrysler Pacifica?                     

The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica is one of our top-ranked minivans. The Pacifica’s cabin features premium materials and handsome styling, and it’s available with several family-friendly features, including a vacuum cleaner and seatback touch screens. It handles better than the Grand Caravan and offers a smoother ride. The Pacifica also has better safety scores and a higher predicted reliability rating than the Grand Caravan. The Chrysler and Dodge offer similar cargo capacity, and both come with Stow 'n Go seating. The Pacifica has a higher price than the Grand Caravan, on average, but you’ll get a lot more from the Chrysler than the Dodge.

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2018 Grand Caravan Performance

How Does the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Drive?

The Grand Caravan’s engine is one of the strongest in the class, delivering highway-ready power and quick acceleration from a stop. However, the engine can be noisy under hard acceleration. The ride is generally comfortable, but it’s just not as good as what you’ll find in rival minivans. The Grand Caravan’s suspension does a poor job of keeping the ride smooth over rough pavement. It has a large turning radius, so parking lots can be a challenge.

  • Engine: 283-horsepower 3.6-liter V6  
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: six-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Grand Caravan’s fuel economy is one of the worst in the minivan class.

  • 17/25 mpg city/highway

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2018 Grand Caravan Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Grand Caravan Seat?

The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan seats seven people in three rows. The high-mounted front seats offer a commanding view of your surroundings, though taller drivers may find that the pedals are too close to the seat. The second- and third-row seats are spacious, even for adults, but they could use more padding. The quality of cabin materials is subpar for the class.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery
  • second-row bench seat
  • third-row Stow ‘n Go seats

Available seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • power-adjustable front seats
  • heated front seats
  • heated second-row seats
  • second-row Stow ‘n Go bucket seats
  • power-sliding side doors
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan?

The Dodge Grand Caravan has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the second row and a full set of connectors on the third-row middle seat. For ease of use, the system received the second-highest rating of Acceptable from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Features

The Grand Caravan’s infotainment system is relatively unsophisticated. The on-screen graphics look dated, and the system is slow to respond to user inputs.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 6.5-inch touch screen and a six-speaker stereo
  • Available infotainment features: navigation, a nine-speaker audio system, and satellite radio
  • Other standard features: tri-zone manual climate control
  • Other available features: a rear-seat entertainment system, tri-zone automatic climate control, and remote start

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2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Dimensions

Dodge Grand Caravan Cargo Space

The Grand Caravan has a good amount of cargo space for the minivan class. It has 31.1 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seats, 78.9 cubic feet behind the second row, and 140.3 cubic feet with both rear rows folded. The Stow 'n Go seats, which easily fold flat into the cargo floor, allow you to make the most of the minivan’s cargo capacity. A power liftgate is available.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 11 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,510 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight: 6,050 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Built?

Dodge built the 2018 Grand Caravan in Canada.


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