2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Interior
The Grand Caravan's interior is versatile, innovative and jam-packed with family-friendly features. While older models were criticized for cheap materials and poor assembly, reviewers say the 2012 model has an interior that matches the Grand Caravan’s price tag.
- "The Grand Caravan's dashboard wouldn't be out of place in a luxury car. It features premium, low-gloss materials and mostly good fit-and-finish. Apart from a few things, like the airplane-style map lights that Dodge insists on using, the Grand Caravan has a top-rate minivan interior." -- Cars.com
- "The cabin design is contemporary, and everything is screwed together well. Materials quality, though, remains more durable than rich, which some minivan buyers might prefer." -- Consumer Guide
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 foldable meant skimping on padding, which is something reviewers complain about.
- "Plenty of room on very comfortable seats. The high seating position provides a commanding view of the road, but the 2nd- and 3rd-row headrests can partially obscure visibility directly aft." -- Consumer Guide
- "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
Though its standard features list is more basic than what’s offered on the Chrysler Town & Country, reviewers say the features on the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan work well and make sense for minivan buyers on a budget. And, if you want to go upscale, you can always opt for features like Uconnect, which turn the Grand Caravan into a Wi-Fi hotspot, and include a rear-seat DVD system.
- "Grand Caravan's revamped dashboard features large, easy-to-read gauges. Most controls are simple buttons that are logically arranged. When equipped with Chrysler's Uconnect multimedia suite, a few audio functions become more involved than they need to be; redundant steering-wheel controls help here. The CD player and its associated buttons are mounted very low on the dashboard and have small markings. Using it requires a long look from the road." -- Consumer Guide
- "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
- "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
Critics appreciate the Dodge Grand Caravan's vast amount of cargo room. It provides 143.8 cubic feet of storage behind the front seats, 83.3 cubic feet behind the second row and 33 cubic feet behind the third row. The standard Stow n’ Go seats are a reviewer favorite, as they make expanding the van’s cargo capacity easy.
- "These vans remain unmatched for cargo hauling. The underfloor bins for the Stow 'n Go seats can be used for storage when the 2nd-row seats are raised. Folding the 2nd row can be a bit tricky, but it's a small price to pay for the convenience it provides. The 3rd row is a bit heavy to stow. A power-fold option would be handy, but this feature is not offered on the Grand Caravan (it's available on the similar Chrysler Town & Country). The interior is festooned with storage bins and cubbies. The center console has many compartments of different sizes, and its retractable cover provides welcome security for cell phones or other gadgets." -- Consumer Guide
- "The standard Stow 'n Go second-row bucket seats have a one-touch folding feature. Lift a lever, and the seat articulates forward and into a bin in the floor. You do have to move the front seats forward quite a bit to give the middle seats the clearance to tumble into the floor, but when you do, the one-touch lever makes the operation simple." -- Cars.com