Dodge Grand Caravan Review
The 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan ranks 5 out of 6 Minivans. This ranking is based on our analysis of 42 published reviews and test drives of the Dodge Grand Caravan, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
The 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan has the lowest starting price in its class, but members of the automotive press have a hard time recommending this van for any other reason.
The Grand Caravan has a 3.6-liter V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Though test drivers like the transmission, a few say the engine seems underpowered. The Grand Caravan gets 17/25 mpg city/highway, which is low for the class. Some test drivers think the Grand Caravan has a stiff ride for a minivan, and a few complain about ungainly handling and a wide turning radius. Such complaints are typical for minivans, though. The Grand Caravan has a low reliability rating for its class.
Reviewers like how much cargo the 2013 Grand Caravan can carry. It also has clever features, like second row seats that fold into the floor, that reviewers say make the interior flexible. However, some reviewers also complain that those folding seats are uncomfortable. Standard features on the base model are sparse and include dual-zone climate control and an auxiliary audio input jack. Available features on higher trims include Bluetooth, navigation, a rearview camera, a rear-seat entertainment system and USB ports.
- “But for all the effectiveness of these upgrades, Chrysler is still saddled with an older design than its competitors, and in some areas that dated base shows through. Close inspection reveals a few of those hard plastic parts from the old Grand Caravan still surfacing, particularly on the headliner and as you move to the rear of the passenger compartment." -- Autoblog (2011)
- "The Dodge Grand Caravan and related Chrysler Town & Country continue to set the class standard for cargo flexibility. Grand Caravan doesn't have the luxury bent of its sibling, but its durable interior materials and lower pricing are appealing in their own rights." -- Consumer Guide
- "If you value exterior styling and a vehicle that holds its value well over time, you're probably going to be happier with a Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna. Also, those needing all-wheel drive will find the Sienna is still the only game in town." -- Kelley Blue Book
Other Minivans to Consider
The Toyota Sienna has a higher starting price than the Dodge Grand Caravan, but it also has more standard features, better performance reviews and a better reliability rating.
If you can give up some interior space to stick to a budget, the Mazda5 is priced in line with the Grand Caravan. Reviewers love the Mazda5's handling, but it can only seat six and has less cargo space than the Grand Caravan.
Details: the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan
The 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan seats seven and is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. The Grand Caravan has five trims, ranging from AVP to the sport-oriented R/T. For 2013, Dodge added the AVP, which stands for American Value Package, trim. That trim has a lower starting price than all 2012 models, but has fewer standard features. A Blu-Ray rear seat entertainment system is also new for 2013. The Grand Caravan was last redesigned in 2011. Since it has seen no major changes since then, this overview uses applicable research from 2011, 2012 and 2013.
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