2018 Dodge Grand Caravan

Performance


#6 out of 6 in 2018 Minivans

$19,298 - $23,182

2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 6.6

The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan has OK performance. Its engine is powerful, but its automatic transmission is unrefined. The ride and handling are both decent, though many rivals offer smoother rides and more composed handling.

  • The Grand Caravan is adequate from a performance perspective, which is all you really need from a minivan. Though it does little truly wrong from behind the wheel, it lacks refinement in both its powertrain and suspension tuning relative to its competition." -- 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

The Grand Caravan is propelled by a 283-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine that's paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The V6 is among the most powerful engines available in a minivan, and it has plenty of punch to quickly get you up to speed, whether you're accelerating from a stoplight or merging onto the highway. Under hard acceleration, the engine can be noisy, and the transmission feels a bit unrefined.

Most minivans get similar fuel economy estimates, and the Grand Caravan is right in line with competitors. It gets up to 17 mpg in the city, or 25 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

The Grand Caravan provides a relatively smooth ride, but competitors do a better job of cushioning their passengers. Rival minivans are also more athletic than the Grand Caravan, which feels more unsettled around corners than class leaders like the Honda Odyssey. The Grand Caravan has front-wheel drive, like most minivans. If you need an all-wheel-drive minivan, the Toyota Sienna is your only option.

  • 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 (2017)
  • 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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