Dodge Grand Caravan Performance
Reviewers say the 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan has a powerful engine and decent handling, but they also note that a noisy engine and a stiff ride make the Grand Caravan less refined than rival minivans.
- "The 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan accelerates and handles rather well for a minivan, but there's a coarseness to its character that's largely absent from the Japanese-brand competition." -- Edmunds
- "For all its work-a-day appearance and family-oriented reputation, the 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan is much more of an enthusiast's driving minivan that you would expect." -- Kelley Blue Book
Acceleration and Power
The 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan has a 283-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engine, which is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. The 2014 Grand Caravan gets an EPA-estimated 17/25 mpg city/highway, which is below-average for a minivan.
Reviewers say that the Grand Caravan’s engine is powerful but unrefined. They write that it becomes noisy under acceleration and doesn’t deliver as much acceleration as you would expect from an engine with 283 horsepower. Some test drivers think that the six-speed transmission is smooth-shifting and responsive, but others disagree, saying that it can be slow to downshift and that gear changes can be abrupt at times.
- "The V6 engine is powerful enough, but it gets noisy under hard acceleration and the automatic transmission doesn't always shift as smoothly as we'd like." -- Edmunds
- "With 283 horsepower, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is as well-suited to the Grand Caravan as an engine can be. Matched with a 6-speed automatic, the powertrain is smooth, responsive and potent, and returns commendably good fuel economy." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "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 (2013)
- "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)
Handling and Braking
Test drivers say the Grand Caravan handles fairly well around corners, but has a stiff ride, which makes it less comfortable over bumpy pavement than its competitors. Critics agree that the Grand Caravan’s brakes have plenty of stopping power.
- "The suspension and steering handle the curves with precision and ease, and the 4-wheel disc brakes bring things safely and surely to a stop." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The Odyssey, Sienna and Quest still deliver more refined performance, and their suspensions smother bumps more capably." -- Edmunds
- "Grand Caravan rides firmly for a minivan. Bump absorption is still good, but it tends to clatter a bit over rougher pavement surfaces." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
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