2019 Dodge Grand Caravan

Performance


#6 out of 6 in Minivans

$26,790 MSRP
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2019 Dodge Grand Caravan Performance Review

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Performance: 6.7

The 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan’s performance is OK. It has one of the strongest V6 engines in the class and plenty of power, but its automatic transmission sometimes searches for the right gear. Its ride and handling are adequate, but many rivals offer more refined rides and nimbler 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 … lags behind the ride and handling of its newer rivals." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

Acceleration and Power

Powering the 2019 Grand Caravan is a 283-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine that is among the most powerful in the class. It propels the Grand Caravan up to speed with ease, whether from a stoplight or passing on the highway. However, the engine tends to drone under hard acceleration, and the standard six-speed automatic transmission sometimes hunts for the appropriate gear.

The 2019 Grand Caravan gets up to 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. That’s slightly lower than rivals, but not by much, as all minivans tend to get similar fuel economy estimates.

  • "We observed gear hunting from the six-speed automatic transmission in certain situations. The Grand Caravan's throttle calibration is a little jumpy, too. Overall, though, these are nitpicks most drivers will adjust to or drive around." -- 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 is fine to drive. The ride is generally smooth, and braking and steering refinement is adequate. However, most competing minivans provide gentler rides and feel more maneuverable around corners. The Grand Caravan only offers front-wheel drive, which is customary in this class, save for the Toyota Sienna.

  • "The Grand Caravan sticks to the road fairly well. As in most minivans, comfort is a priority. You will be comfortable on long drives in the first or second row easily." -- 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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