Although the Dodge Grand Caravan is an older model, it's still available for purchase in 2020. That said, we would recommend thinking carefully before doing so as it doesn't have many of the features that are now standard among its competitors. The Grand Caravan is very outdated and offers no driver-assistance whatsoever.
Overall, the car's infotainment system is confusing to use and not as high-quality as other systems on the market. However, what it lacks in these areas it makes up for in its spacious interior with standard Stow 'n Go second row seats, durable exterior, and low price tag.
The Grand Caravan's engine is slow, but it does have a surprisingly deep exhaust note. trim level, there is only one powertrain option: a naturally aspirated 283-hp V-6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The proven powertrain has no secrets to tell and is designed more for familiarity than anything else.. Although of pedestrian pedigree
Despite this, it is still more than adequate for what it needs to do. While the six-speed transmission could be better when compared to the eight-, nine-, and 10-speed versions offered by its competitors, gear changes are smooth and infrequent, with the exception being its hesitance to downshift during passing maneuvers. Additionally, ride quality and handling are unremarkable but acceptable , with occasional jarring from bigger road bumps . However , body roll is managed well for a top-heavy vehicle , making the Grand Caravan feel stable through corners and relaxed while cruising .
Not surprising, the Grand Caravan's fuel-economy estimates are much lower than its more modern rivals because it hasn't been updated in years. In our real-world highway fuel-econony test, it registered a measly 22 mpg at 75 mph for 200 miles while competing minivans like the Chrysler Pacifica and Toyota Sienna got 24 and 26 mpg respectively-- both of which were two points higher than their EPA estimates.
A minivan is still one of the most practical vehicles for carrying people and cargo, and while that's true of the Grand Caravan, its rivals are more so. That's okay though, because the Grand Caravan offers a great view outward, plenty of space for cargo in back, and ample storage throughout the cabin for small items. The Dodge's best feature? Its rear seats can fold into underfloor bins when not in use to convert theGrand Caravan into a hollowed-out cargo hauler.
The Grand Caravan has the same great Stow 'n Go system as the Chrysler Pacifica. The standard third row of seats can be folded down into a space behind the seat, and the available second-row folding seats can be stowed away neatly in underfloor storage bins. With all of the seatsfolded down, there is a large, flat load floor that makes it easy to carry bulky cargo—and you don't have to remove any heavy seats to make this happen.
The Dodge Grand Caravan Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 2nd out of 8 for minivans. The average annual repair cost is $673 which means it has average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average and the frequency of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the Grand Caravan.
The Grand Caravan's Pentastar V6 has above-average reliability, with Motor Reviewer claiming that drivers can hit 300,000 miles with proper maintenance, and some have lasted up to 500,000 miles. Buying a used Grand Caravan also means owning a piece of history.