Used Car: 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan Review
Though automotive journalists raved about the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan’s flexible Stow ‘n Go seating system, they said it has a stiff ride and a complicated available touch-screen infotainment system.
Most critics wrote that the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan’s V6 engine delivers decent acceleration, though some said it doesn’t feel as powerful as they expected given its relatively high horsepower rating. While a few reviewers noted that the Grand Caravan’s six-speed automatic transmission hesitates during downshifts, most felt that it changes gears smoothly. According to the EPA, the 2013 Grand Caravan gets 17/25 mpg city/highway, which is slightly less than what most rivals get. Test drivers reported that the Grand Caravan has a stiffer ride than its competitors. Some critics said the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan handles as nimbly as its rivals, but others wrote that there’s marked body lean during quick cornering.
A few automotive journalists said the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan’s interior materials befit a luxury vehicle, while others described them as more sturdy than luxurious. Most reviewers said that the seats in all three rows of the 2013 Grand Caravan are comfortable, though some test drivers wrote that the second-row seats have an awkward slant and uncomfortable padding. The 2013 Grand Caravan comes standard with Stow ‘n Go third-row seats that fold flat into the floor, and second-row Stow ‘n Go seats are available. Critics agreed that the Stow ‘n Go system makes it convenient to expand the Grand Caravan’s cargo area. The 2013 Grand Caravan has a maximum of 143.8 cubic feet of cargo space, which is on-par with the space in other minivans. Standard features in the base Grand Caravan include a four-speaker audio system and dual-zone climate control. Available features include leather upholstery, a dual-screen Blu-Ray entertainment system and Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system. Critics wrote that the Uconnect system has a small touch screen and confusing controls.
Other Minivans to Consider
The 2013 Chrysler Town & Country has a comfortable ride, reviewers said, and a luxurious interior. The 2013 Town & Country also comes with more standard features, including a rear-seat entertainment system and leather upholstery.
The 2013 Mazda5 gets good fuel economy for the class, and test drivers were impressed with its nimble handling. Though it’s smaller than most minivans, reviewers noted that the Mazda5 is maneuverable in parking lots and seats four adults and two children comfortably.