2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Review
The 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan has everything families are looking for in a minivan, including one of the lowest starting prices in the class.
Since 2011, the minivan class has become more competitive, with car companies adding high-tech features, building luxurious interiors and focusing on improving performance. That’s good news for anyone shopping for a minivan as it’s hard to make a bad choice in this competitive class.
It’s not fantastic news for the vans themselves, however. The 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan is an example of this: a perfectly good van that offers the price, safety ratings and features that today’s families want. However, reviewers say other vans are simply better, even if they can’t always articulate why.
The 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan gets points for its practical and comfortable interior, which is more basic than some luxury-oriented vans, but still loaded with cargo space and plenty of available high-tech features. Test drivers also like its aggressive and macho (for a minivan) styling, and good crash test ratings. Its low starting price is another draw. Still, reviewers write that other vans are better all-around packages. If you’re shopping vans, make sure the Grand Caravan is on your list – but don’t forget to shop the competition.
Other Minivans to Consider
Vans like the Toyota Sienna will cost more upfront than the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan, but also tend to have higher resale value. Reviewers also prefer the Sienna’s performance and interior, which doesn’t have any of the niggling complaints about comfort that the Dodge’s interior does.
For value shoppers, reviewers also recommend the 2012 Kia Sedona. While its styling can’t hold a candle to the Grand Caravan’s, the Sedona has a large and comfortable interior, plus a longer powertrain warranty. For something more upscale than the Grand Caravan, check out the Chrysler Town & Country or Volkswagen Routan. All three share the same engines and architecture, but the Chrysler and VW have nicer interiors.
Details: Dodge Grand Caravan
The Dodge Grand Caravan was significantly revamped for 2011. For 2012, five trims are available: AVP, SE, SXT, Crew and R/T. See full 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan specs.
- "Grand Caravan's V6 drivetrain is smooth, refined, and reasonably frugal. The cabin is simple and modern, with a slightly sporty look that's sure to please shoppers looking for something outside the minivan norm. Dodge's trump card of best-in-class cargo flexibility remains in play thanks to its Stow 'n Go seating. Grand Caravan and its sibling, the Chrysler Town & Country, are a formidable tag-team. If you're shopping for a minivan, put them at the top of your list." -- Consumer Guide
- "If you regularly change your minivan's interior configuration from passenger transport to cargo hauler, the (2012) Dodge Grand Caravan beats the competition with Stow 'n Go seats. Otherwise, we recommend checking out the competition first."-- Edmunds
- “Big upgrades; put it back on your list." -- USA TODAY
- "Dodge overhauled its Grand Caravan minivan last year, giving it a vastly nicer interior, improvements to its Stow 'n Go seating and a new V-6 engine. With room for seven in three rows of seats, the Grand Caravan competes against the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna, and it's related to the Chrysler Town & Country." -- Cars.com
- “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