2018 Dodge Grand Caravan

Interior


$26,250 MSRP
Save money, save time.

2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.2

While most rival minivans have sleek, modern interiors, the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan's cabin feels more outdated. There's a mix of materials, including low-rent plastics along with some soft-touch surfaces. That's not necessarily a bad thing, though, since most surfaces are designed to withstand the abuse that a family often inflicts on a minivan. The Grand Caravan's seven seats are spacious, but thin padding makes the rear seats uncomfortable. The standard infotainment system is showing its age, with low-quality graphics and slow response times. The Grand Caravan doesn't have as much cargo room as many competitors, but the available Stow 'n Go seats make it easy to switch from hauling passengers to cargo.

  • "Low-quality plastics run rampant throughout the cabin, the touchscreen system is tremendously outdated." -- Edmunds
  • "The dashboard sports a much simpler and more elegant layout, while strategically placed soft-touch materials create an upscale feel." -- Left Lane News (2016)
  • "The overall cabin design is contemporary, with materials that err on the side of durability versus luxury." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Seating

The Grand Caravan accommodates up to seven people. Cloth upholstery, a second-row bench, and third-row Stow 'n Go seats are standard. Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, heated second-row seats, second-row Stow 'n Go bucket seats, and power-sliding side doors are available.

The high-mounted front seats provide a great view of the road ahead for the driver and front passenger. Taller drivers may find the pedals are too close to the seat. The second-and third-row seats are roomy, with even the third row offering enough space for adults. The rear seats don't have much padding, and might not be comfortable on long journeys.

The Grand Caravan is equipped with three full sets of LATCH connectors for installing child safety seats: one on each of the outboard second-row seats and another on the middle third-row seat.

  • You'll find good outward vision from an upright front-seat position, but some drivers, particularly taller ones, are likely to find the seat placement awkward, mostly because the pedals seem too close to the driver." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • The 2nd-row seats are roomy and supportive, if mounted a bit low, so adults ride in a slight knees-up position. The 3rd-row bench can accommodate 2 passengers comfortably. With the Stow 'n Go system, 2nd-row seat padding is not as robust as it is on rival vans, but it's not much of a comfort penalty." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "And the slant and padding of the second-row seats made them uncomfortable. Kids didn't seem to mind, though." -- USA Today (2011)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2018 Grand Caravan include tri-zone manual climate control, a 6.5-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a six-speaker audio system, and a rearview camera. Optional features include tri-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a nine-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a rear-seat entertainment system, remote start, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

The standard infotainment system and optional rear-seat entertainment system help ease road-trip boredom, but the infotainment system is not as state-of-the-art as those in most competitors. The on-screen graphics look dated, and the system is slow to respond to touch inputs.

See 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan specs »

  • "… the overall design looks dated. This is no more apparent than with the inclusion of Dodge's ancient touchscreen interface. Its low-quality graphics and slow response times are outclassed by competitors' systems, especially the Uconnect interface found in the Chrysler Pacifica." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan's ace in the hole is its remarkably low starting price. Even in its most basic form, the Grand Caravan still comes nicely equipped, giving families on a budget a break where it counts most." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • Grand Caravan's dashboard features large, easy-to-read gauges. Most controls are logically arranged. When equipped with Chrysler's Uconnect multimedia suite, a few audio functions become a bit more complicated than they should be." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Cargo

The Grand Caravan has plenty of cargo room, though some competitors have even more. There's 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. Accessing that room is easy thanks to the Grand Caravan's available Stow 'n Go seats, which easily fold flat into the cargo floor. In some competitors, you must physically remove the heavy second-row seats. When the Grand Caravan’s seats are up, there are handy under-floor cargo bins to hide your stuff. Some models have a power liftgate.

  • "As opposed to other minivans that require removing the second-row seats to maximize cargo space, the Grand Caravan's second-row captain's chairs fold neatly into storage bins below the floorboards. With the third-row bench also stowed, this creates a nearly flat load surface for carrying large items." -- Edmunds
  • "One of its aces is cargo flexibility, primarily due to the Stow 'n Go 2nd-row seats, which quickly fold into the floor to maximize cargo space without removing the heavy seats." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "Numerous pockets, bins, and cubbies mean you can store small items to your heart's content." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • Great Savings
  • Minimum Savings Guarantee
  • Hassle-Free Experience

More than 150,000 car shoppers have purchased or leased a car through the U.S. News Best Price Program. Our pricing beats the national average 86% of the time with shoppers receiving average savings of $3,383 off MSRP across vehicles.
Learn More »

Find the Best Price

Enter your zip code to get local pricing.

Get Dealer Quotes

To get dealer quotes, enter your zip code.

Search Used Listings

To search used listings, enter your zip code.

Change Location

Enter your zip code to see listings near you.

Please enter a valid zipcode