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MSRP: $20,895 - $29,995
Invoice: $20,576 - $28,530
MPG: 17 City / 25 Hwy
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Dodge Grand Caravan Interior

Automotive journalists think the 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan has a functional interior with adequate materials and build quality. On the downside, many reviewers say that some passengers may find the seats uncomfortable, and that Dodge’s optional Uconnect infotainment system can be complicated to use. The Grand Caravan doesn’t have the most cargo space in the class, but test drivers say the optional fold-flat second- and third-row seats are very useful.

  • "The Grand Caravan's interior features decent if unexceptional materials and build quality, making it broadly competitive in this segment." -- Edmunds
  • "A minivan makes friends with its interior, and the 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan wins lots of friends. Facing the driver is a handsome instrument panel with soft-touch surfaces, detailed instrument clusters with chrome bezels, and attractive ambient lighting." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The overall cabin design is contemporary, with materials that err on the side of durability versus luxury." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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Seating

The 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan seats seven in three rows. Cloth upholstery is standard. Optional features include leather upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front- and second-row seats and a third-row “tailgate” seat, which can flip around to face out of the back hatch. Some critics think that the front seats are supportive, but lack legroom. Reviewers say the second-row seats lack cushioning and are mounted low and tilted back, so taller riders sit with their knees up. Test drivers say the third row, which is designed for three passengers, can comfortably fit two. Several reviewers write that the third row’s “tailgate” function creates a comfortable place to lounge when the van is parked.

  • "The front seats are supportive, but even drivers of average height will notice that the driver seat doesn't slide far enough rearward to accommodate their legs comfortably. The second-row seatback cushions tilt rearward to better accommodate long-legged passengers. The third-row seatback cushions are reclined even more dramatically, creating a potentially odd sensation for passengers riding back there." -- Edmunds
  • "Perfect for a day at the game or a shaded family picnic, the Dodge's 2014 Grand Caravan's third-row seat can be flipped 180 degrees backward, creating a comfortable couch on which to perch your weary bones." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 2nd-row seats are roomy and supportive, if mounted a bit low, so adults ride in a slight knees-up position. The 3rd-row bench can accommodate 2 passengers comfortably. With the Stow 'n Go system, 2nd-row seat padding is not as robust as it is on rival vans, but it's not much of a comfort penalty." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "And the slant and padding of the second-row seats made them uncomfortable. Kids didn't seem to mind, though." -- USA Today (2011)

Interior Features

The base 2014 Grand Caravan AVP comes standard with remote keyless entry, power front windows, dual-zone climate control, heated side mirrors and a four-speaker sound system with an auxiliary input. Optional features include power-sliding doors, power rear windows, a power liftgate, navigation, a Uconnect infotainment system with touch-screen display, tri-zone automatic climate control, a Blu-ray dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, a nine-speaker sound system, 115-volt power outlets, Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, two USB ports, blind spot monitoring and a rearview camera.

Reviewers agree that the optional Uconnect infotainment system can be difficult to figure out because it complicates simple tasks, such as adjusting the audio system. However, one test driver says that the Grand Caravan has large, legible gauges and a straightforward control layout.

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  • "Grand Caravan's dashboard features large, easy-to-read gauges. Most controls are logically arranged. When equipped with Chrysler's Uconnect multimedia suite, a few audio functions become a bit more complicated than they should be. The CD player and its associated buttons are mounted very low on the dashboard and have small markings." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "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 (2011)

Cargo

The 2014 Grand Caravan has 33 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 83.3 cubic feet behind the second row and 143.8 cubic behind the front seats, which are decent cargo volumes for a minivan. However, the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna both have more room behind all three rows. Dodge’s Stow ‘n Go seats, which are optional on the base model and standard on higher trims, allow you to fold the second- and third-row seats flat into the floor. Reviewers agree that Stow ‘n Go is a very helpful feature, especially in comparison with competing minivans where you have to remove the second-row seats from the vehicle to expand cargo space. However, a few critics note that you have to move the front seats forward to make room for the second row to flip, and that the third-row seat is heavy. On the other hand, reviewers like that the Grand Caravan features multiple small-item storage spaces.

  • " Stowing the seats couldn't be easier -- you simply pull a lever and down they go, flipping forward into the floor." -- Edmunds
  • "Adding versatility is the Grand Caravan's Stow 'n Go system, which allows folding the 2nd-row seats completely into wells in the floor or, with the seats up, those deep wells can be used to store even more of the stuff of family travel." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • “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 you can't get this feature on the Grand Caravan (though it's offered on the Town & Country). Numerous pockets, bins, and cubbies mean you can store small items to your heart's content." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "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 (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/14/14

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