2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Interior
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The Grand Caravan's interior is versatile, innovative and jam packed with family-friendly features. Reviewers are impressed with upgrades to the materials for 2011.
- "Inside the cabin, the new DGC sports a more contemporary design as well as welcome improvements in both materials quality and workmanship." -- Edmunds
- "It features premium, low-gloss materials and mostly good fit-and-finish." -- Cars.com
- "Inside, the first thing you'll notice is that most of the old Grand Caravan's hard plastic interior parts have been almost entirely excised and replaced by much nicer, softer stuff. The transformation is perhaps more dramatic than the one achieved by the powertrain and handling improvements, especially considering what most minivan buyers care about." -- Autoblog
Reviewers praise the Grand Caravan for its versatile seven-passenger cabin, which features Stow 'n Go seating that folds into the floor to increase cargo space. However, making the seats fold up meant skimping on padding, something reviewers complain about.
- "But legroom and knee room in second-row seats were just OK for adults when the front seats were back to fit taller front-row occupants. And the slant and padding of the second-row seats made them uncomfortable. Kids didn't seem to mind, though." -- USA TODAY
- "Obviously, a minivan isn't made for commuting, but that comfort will be appreciated on road trips with the entire family. Passengers in the third row did, however, find the ride back there much less hospitable. Instead of putting your wife and mother-in-law there, I'd suggest leaving it to the teenagers, who will likely take the comfort tradeoff for some parental distance." -- Cars.com
- "Chrysler made some changes in the Grand Caravan's seating as well, wrapping them in a new fabric and enlarging the second-row "Stow 'n Go" seats that fold into the floor. These are standard across all trim levels, but they're still not as comfortable as the removable second-row seats found in other minivans, particularly their strange rubbery armrests. Still, there are plenty of customers who appreciate their convenience, which has been improved with a single-button collapse mechanism." -- Autoblog
Auto writers are impressed with the 2011 Grand Caravan's long list of standard and optional convenience features -- though some note minor complaints with its navigation and MyGig media management system's controls.
- "The one glaring weakness of the Grand Caravan's cabin is an unfortunate holdover from the old model: Chrysler's Uconnect Media Center, the infotainment system that bundles navigation and audio/video. The problems start with the dinky 6.5-inch front display and continue from there: A cluttered user interface, counterintuitive controls, and a Garmin-branded navigation system bundled into this package that is among the worst we've tried in any new vehicle. We'll admit that once you figure it out, Uconnect is functional and capable of keeping the family entertained, but dads won't be dragging their buddies out of the man cave to show off this tech." -- Autoblog
- "Inside is where the spice is, thanks to a collection of cool features rather than just one item." -- Autobytel
- "To ensure that the big folks up front retain their sanity, all the audio can be fed through wireless headphones (video can also be viewed in the dash-mounted LCD when the vehicle is in park)." -- Motor Trend
- "Large dials and gauges are simple to locate and easy to read. Most controls are plainly marked and work as expected, though audio controls suffer undo complication on models with navigation system or Chrysler's MyGig media management system." -- Consumer Guide
Critics appreciate the Dodge Grand Caravan's vast amount of cargo room, but find that its versatile seating options make it difficult to utilize. It provides 143.8 cubic-feet of storage behind the front seats, 82.6 cubic-feet behind the second row, and 32.3 cubic-feet behind the third row.
- "Stowing is simpler than before, and much easier than removing the seats, but still hardly handy: Move the front seat forward, set aside the second-row floor mat, lift the hinged bin cover, then use the simple latch to release the second-row seat and fold it forward into the bin." -- USA TODAY
- "There's also an all-new center console -- called the Super Console -- that extends in a gentle arc away from the dash. It's standard on the higher Crew and RT trim levels, while a more conventional cubby is found in the base Express and Mainstreet trims. While I found the console fashionable and useful, with numerous cubbies and cupholders for everything you'd need, I wouldn't really call it super. The lower trims' console is removable and has four cupholders, while the Super Console cannot be removed. Many minivan owners prefer having that area open, for at least some of the time, so they should take that into consideration." -- Cars.com