Dodge Grand Caravan Performance
The 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan gets mixed performance reviews. Some reviewers say its engine doesn't feel as powerful as it should, and others say its ride is a bit rough. No one says the performance overall is bad, however.
- "Quick and accurate steering and a firm structure give these vans a carlike feel. Still, the big box on wheels can feel clumsy." -- Car and Driver (2012)
Acceleration and Power
The 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan has a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 283 horsepower. It's paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The EPA estimates that the Grand Caravan gets 17 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway, which is a little low for the class.
Reviewers say that power in the Grand Caravan is acceptable, but that it doesn't feel as fast as they expected it to, given its horsepower rating. The transmission gets generally positive reviews.
- "Grand Caravan accelerates adequately, not feeling as fast as its high horsepower rating would suggest. The transmission is smooth but can be reluctant to downshift when drivers request more power." -- Consumer Guide
- "This is a great engine. But even though it makes the Grand Caravan feel brawny, it's not quite in the same league as Honda's 250-hp V6, which also uses cylinder deactivation to boost fuel economy." -- Autoblog (2011)
- "We think this is one of Dodge's best V6 engines to date and a long-overdue enhancement for the Grand Caravan. The new 6-speed automatic shifts seamlessly and, unlike in some other minivans we've tested, resists the urge to hunt around for the perfect gear." -- Kelley Blue Book
Handling and Braking
Some reviewers say that the Dodge Grand Caravan has a stiff ride for a minivan and that it has too much body lean in turns. Others say the turning radius is too big, even for a van.
- "Grand Caravan rides firmly for a minivan. .. Not quite as car-like as the Honda Odyssey, but Grand Caravan is still plenty tractable. Though it leans quite a bit in fast turns, this Dodge has an impressively small turning radius." -- Consumer Guide
- "Although we found the Grand Caravan easy to drive, its somewhat-wide turning radius makes U-turns and tight parking maneuvers a bit more burdensome." -- Kelley Blue Book