2018 Dodge Grand Caravan

#18
in Midsize vans
2018 MODEL
$25,995 - $34,495 See Inventory Prices

6.2

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The Dodge Grand Caravan, by modern standards in not a good minivan. It has an old, outdated and dull design and screams on your face that it desperately needs an update


5.6/10
Features

 

6.3/10
Engine

 

5.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

4.9/10
Interior

 

6.3/10
Exterior

 

6.2/10
Safety

 
 
 

The base trim level of the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan starts at $26,250. It comes with 3 different trim levels. All the variants of this minivan use the same 3.6-litre engine. This Dodge is only offered with a six-speed automatic transmission.

2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Features

5.6/10

"The minivan that started it all gets another year's reprieve".- Caranddriver

The Dodge Grand Caravan is offered at three different levels. The base level SE variant starts at $26,250 and is offered with features like the six-speaker audio system, third row Stow' n Go seats and more. All the trim levels are offered with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. All the power is directly sent to the rear wheels.

The mid-spec SE Plus variant is priced at $29,015 and in addition to all the features offered in the SE variant, it also gets three-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlamps and remote start. The top of the line SXT variant of the Grand Caravan is priced at $31,750 and along with the features offered with the SE Plus variant, it gets powered driver seats and dual sliding doors.

Trims SE SE Plus SXT
MSRP $26,250 $29,015 $31,750
Features
  • Six Speaker Audio System
  • Third-Row Stow 'n Go with Storage System with Tailgate Seating
  • 6.5-Inch Radio with ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera
  • Power Second and Third Row Windows
  • Available Black Top Appearance Package
  • Uconnect Hands-Free Group
  • Three-Zone Automatic Temperature Control with Rear Heat
  • Automatic Headlamps
  • Remote Start
  • Premium Seating with Suede Inserts
  • Power Driver Seat
  • Stow 'n Go Seats
  • Super Console
  • Dual Power Sliding Doors

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The base SE variant of the Dodge Grand Caravan is actually a great buy. It gets all the features and equipment that are essential for a family car. Plus, it comes at a bargain price of $26,250. The next two trim levels are priced pretty high and the equipment and the features that they offer do not justify their pricing. So, overall the SE trim level is the best buy.

2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Engine

6.3/10

"A strong engine isn’t enough to overcome the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan’s lumpy ride quality".-The Car Connection

The Dodge Grand Caravan gets a 3.6-litre V6 engine and it comes mated to a 6-speed automatic box. The power plant of the Grand Caravan churns out 283 HP and delivers 280 lb-ft of torque. All the power and the torque is fed to the front wheels of this minivan.

Models Dodge Grand Caravan SE Toyota Sienna L Chrysler Pacifica L Honda Odyssey LX
MSRP $26,250 $30,750 $26,995 $29,990
Engine 3.6L V6 24V VVT 3.5L V6 DOHC 24-Valve 3.6L V6 24V VVT 3.5L V-6
Transmission 6-Speed Automatic 8-speed automatic 9-speed automatic 9-Speed Automatic
Power 283 hp 296 hp 287 hp 280 hp
Torque 260 lb-ft 263 lb-ft 262 lb-ft 262 lb-ft

The Grand Caravan' s engine isn' t the most powerful engine amongst its rivals. The Toyota Sienna and the Chrysler Pacifica produce 296 HP and 287 HP respectively. The Grand Caravan stands third in the competition with 283 HP and is followed by the Honda Odyssey that makes 280 HP.

Acceleration

The Grand Caravan isn' t the quickest of the lot which is surprising since it comes from the house of Dodge and Dodge is known for making some of the fastest cars in the world. The Grand Caravan takes 7.9 secs to reach the 60 MPH mark starting from rest. The quarter-mile distance is covered in 15.7 secs. The high curb weight of this minivan is responsible for those unimpressive acceleration timings.

Models Dodge Grand Caravan SE Toyota Sienna L Chrysler Pacifica L Honda Odyssey LX
0-60 MPH 7.9 sec 7.3 sec 7.2 sec 6.9 sec
Quarter mile 15.7 sec 15.6 sec 15.1 sec 15.4 sec
Engine 3.6L 3.5L 3.6L 3.5L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 8.9 8.0 8.0 8.0

Credit to its low curb weight, in spite of being the least powered car, the Honda Odyssey has the best 0-60 MPH acceleration timings at 6.9 secs. On the drag strip, the Chrysler Pacifica is the fastest car and hits the quarter-mile mark in just 15.1 secs.

Ride and Handling

Being a front wheel driven minivan, expect the Grand Caravan to understeer a bit. It has a punchy V6 engine and so cruising on the highways at high speeds is not a big deal with the Grand Caravan. It accelerates easily and does handle well around the corners. Given the fact that this is a 4500 lbs. minivan, there is a certain amount of body roll on high-speed cornering. Ride and handling are just satisfactory and there is nothing exceptional about it.

Braking

It' s been over a decade that the Dodge Grand Caravan hasn' t received any major technical updates. The Grand Caravan uses an outdated set of brakes and fails to impress with its stopping abilities. This minivan rather uses a smaller set of brakes. At the front, the Grand Caravan gets 11.9 inches diameter discs and at the rear, it gets 12 inches diameter discs.

Model Dodge Grand Caravan SE Toyota Sienna L Chrysler Pacifica L Honda Odyssey LX
Brake Front(in) 11.9 12.9 13.0 12.6
Brake Rear(in) 12.0 12.2 13.0 13.0
Curb weight(lbs) 4510 4430 4330 4354
60-0 MPH (ft.) N/A 115 131 127

The Toyota Sienna gets the largest brakes in the segment and thus it delivers the best braking performance figures.

Towing capacity

The 3.6-liter V6  power core provides this Minivan to tow upto a weight of 3600 lbs. Such towing capacity of the Dodge Grand Caravan even after haven a Forward Wheel Drive becomes quite impressive.

Model Dodge Grand Caravan SE Toyota Sienna L Chrysler Pacifica L Honda Odyssey LX
Weight (lbs) 3600 3500 3600 3500
Power Train 3.6L V6 3.5L V6 3.6L V6 3.5L V6
Drive Train FWD AWD FWD FWD

It appears that the 2018 Dodge Caravan has a towing capacity on par with all the three competitors i.e., Toyota Sienna L, Chrysler Pacifica, and Honda Odyssey LX.

2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Fuel Economy

5.5/10

The Dodge Grand Caravan consumes one gallon of fuel for every 17 miles of driving in the city. On the highway, this minivan offers fuel economy rating of 25 MPG. The combined rating sums up to 20 MPG which is decent for a van of this size and weight but it gets completely outclassed by its rivals.

Model Dodge Grand Caravan SE Toyota Sienna L Chrysler Pacifica L Honda Odyssey LX
MPG (city) 17 19 18 19
MPG (highway) 25 27 28 28
MPG (combined) 20 22 22 22

The Toyota Sienna, the Chrysler Pacifica, and the Honda Odyssey all offer a combined fuel economy rating of 22 MPG. The Dodge fails to score on this front too.

2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Interior

4.9/10

"For better or worse, the Grand Caravan’s spartan interior carries over untouched for 2018. Outward visibility and step-in and lift-over heights should be similar as well" .- Caranddriver

The Grand Caravan was last updated back in 2008. Since then there haven' t been any major design and technical changes. The interior design of the Grand Caravan is dull and is outdated. It feels frugal, plasticky and uninspired.

Seating and Comfort

The Grand Caravan has 3 rows and can accommodate 7 people. The only plus of the interior is the positioning of the driver' s seat. The driver' s seat is placed high and it offers great visibility. The passenger space though isn' all that great when compared to its rivals.

At 163.5 cubic feet, this car has the least passenger volume on offer. Also, the head, shoulder and legroom figures on the first, second and the third row are not very impressive.

Comfortable riding experience is one of the important factors a buyer considers when she/he buys a minivan. The Grand Caravan' s suspensions do smoothen out some sharp bumps but its rivals do that job way better than it does. Moreover, the Grand Caravan isn' t really agile and passengers will be thrown around in case of sharp, high speed turns.

Model Dodge Grand Caravan SE Toyota Sienna L Chrysler Pacifica L Honda Odyssey LX
Passenger capacity 7 7 7 7
Passenger Volume (ft cube) 163.5 164.4 165 163.6
Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.8/63.7/40.7 40/65/40.5 40.1/63.8/41.1 40.7/63.1/40.9
Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.3/64.1/36.5 39.7/64.6/37.6 39.6/63/39 39.5/61.6/40.9
Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 37.9/62.0/32.7 38.3/61.1/36.3 38.7/61.2/36.5 38.3/60/38.1

Infotainment System

Although this car gets 6.5 inches touchscreen infotainment interface as standard, its features and functions are all outdated. You don' t get Android Auto and Apple Carplay. The screen has a poor resolution and the controls are a bit confusing. It is not at all an intuitive infotainment system.

The Grand Caravan gets a 6 speaker audio system with a CD player. It also gets an AM/FM radio system. The UConnect infotainment system is borrowed from Chrysler and is offered as an option.

Interior Features

  • Stow' n Go seats.
  • 6.5-inch radio with Parkview.
  • Dual sliding doors (optional).
  • Powered second and third-row seats.

Cargo Volume

With the third row up, the Dodge Grand Caravan offers a cargo space of 33 cubic feet. Once you fold up down the third row of seats, you open up to 83.3 cubic feet of storage volume. With the third and the second row of seats folded, you now have 143.8 cubic feet of storage volume.

Model Dodge Grand Caravan SE Toyota Sienna L Chrysler Pacifica L Honda Odyssey LX
Behind 3rd Row (cu. ft.) 33.0 39.1 32.3 31.3
3rd Row Folded (cu. ft.) 83.3 87.1 87.5 84.8
2nd & 3rd Row Folded (cu. ft.) 143.8 150.0 140.5 138.5

The only rival that offers better storage space than the Dodge, is the Toyota Sienna. With the third and the second row folded down it offers a massive 150 cubic feet of luggage storage volume and if all the rows of seats are up, it provides a decent 39.1 cubic feet of cargo storage volume.

2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Exterior

6.3/10

"A new exterior color—IndiGo Blue —is the sole change to the Grand Caravan for 2018 and replaces last year’s Contusion Blue paint option. Otherwise, the value van’s style carries over unchanged" -Caranddriver

Dimensions and Weight

The Dodge Grand Caravan is the heaviest in its segment at 4510 lbs. It measures 202.8 inches in length, 78.7 inches in width and is 68.9 inches tall. This is certainly not the car you could put into narrow lanes and maneuvering it is a tough task. It gets a decent ground clearance of 5.6 inches just to ensure that you don' t scratch to the floor when you hit a sharp pothole or a speed bump.

Model Dodge Grand Caravan SE Toyota Sienna L Chrysler Pacifica L Honda Odyssey LX
Curb weight(lbs) 4510 4430 4330 4354
Length(in) 202.8 200.2 203.6 203.2
Width(in) 78.7 78.1 79.6 78.5
Height(in) 68.9 68.9 69.9 68.3
Ground clearance(in) 5.6 6.5 5.1 4.5
Wheelbase(in) 121.2 119.3 121.6 118.1
Track width(in) F/R 65.6/64.8 67.7/67.7 68.3/68.2 67.3/67.2

In comparison to its rivals, the Dodge is neither the longest nor the widest and neither is it the tallest minivan. The Chrysler Pacifica is the longest, widest and the tallest minivan and at the same time happens to be the lightest vehicle in the segment.

Exterior Features

There are not many exterior features on the Dodge Grand Caravan. Some of them are listed below.

  • Blacktop appearance package.
  • Optional powered doors.
  • Rear back up camera.

2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Safety

6.2/10

Safety Features

The Dodge Grand Caravan does offer some advanced safety equipment as standard. Some of them are listed below.

  • Dual Front Advanced Airbags
  • Dual Front Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Full-Length Side Curtain Airbags
  • Rollover Mitigation (ROM)
  • 3-Point Seat Belts for All Seating Positions
  • Front Seat-Belt Pretensioners
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD)
  • Brake Assist System (BAS)
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH)
  • Rear Child-Safety Door Locks

NHTSA

Overall Rating 4 Star
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating 4 Star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver 4 Star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger 4 Star
Overall Side Crash Rating 5 Star
Side Barrier Rating 5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver 5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat 5 Star
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat 5 Star
Combined Side Rating Front Seat 5 Star
Rollover Rating 4 Star

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also rates the Grand Caravan as good' in most of their safety tests.

IIHS

Crashworthiness
Small overlap front driver side Poor
Small overlap front passenger side Not rated
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Crash Prevention and Migration
Front crash prevention Not rated
Headlights Poor
Child seats anchors (LATCH) Acceptable

 

2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Competition

Toyota Sienna L VS Dodge Grand Caravan

The Toyota Sienna L is almost $4000 costlier than the Dodge Grand Caravan. It produces 13 more horses than the Dodge, it has slightly better acceleration, braking, and fuel economy numbers than the Dodge and it also offers more luggage space. Moreover, the Toyota is a younger car and comes with all the latest tech and design updates.

Being very neutral, if you have no problem at shelling out 4000 bucks more to avail some better features and equipment, then the Toyota Sienna is the better option. The Sienna is a fresher car, offers better power and economy and beats the Grand Caravan on all fronts. You may settle for the Dodge if you do not wish to spend the extra $4000.

Chrysler Pacifica L VS Dodge Grand Caravan

The Chrysler Pacifica costs just $745 more than the Dodge Grand Caravan. It has slightly better power, acceleration, fuel economy and braking figures than the Dodge. The Chrysler has a slightly smaller storage volume but you can still live with it. Moreover, the Dodge borrows most of the gadgets and the gizmos from the Chrysler.

Again the Chrysler Pacifica is fresher and updated car. At a few bucks more than the Grand Caravan, the Pacifica is the more sensible option.

Honda Odyssey LX VS Dodge Grand Caravan

The Honda Odyssey makes 6 horses less and costs $5500 more than the than the Grand Caravan. Yet the Odyssey has the better acceleration figures and also beats the Dodge in terms of braking and fuel economy. The Honda' s luggage storage volume is lesser than the Dodge.

In this case, the scores are leveled. In some areas the Honda scores while the Dodge does well in the other areas. Again the major drawback i.e. the older design and antiqued features of the Dodge Grand Caravan will be highlighted giving the Honda an edge over the Dodge.

2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Final Verdict

The Dodge Grand Caravan, by modern standards in not a good minivan. It has an old, outdated and dull design and screams on your face that it desperately needs an update. Most of its rivals offer better features and better interior comfort. The ride quality of the Grand Caravan is also not really great and safety scores are also just average.

While the Grand Caravan does most of the things right, it lacks that extra bit of lustre that its rivals possess. If you are looking for a frugal family and cargo transporter, then the Dodge Grand Caravan can be good buy. But if you can extend your budget a little bit, then you should rather go for the Honda Odyssey or the Chrysler Pacifica or the Toyota Sienna.

Pros

Smooth transmission

Efficient Engine

Suave looks

Cons

Not so good handling

Larger carbon footprint

What's New?

2 colors added to the lineup

No significant Change


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25995

bodystyle

4dr Minivan

passenger capacity

7

top speed

113 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

220 cu. in.

horsepower

283 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

260 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

11.9 in. ventilated front disc/12 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

121.2 in.

length

202.8 in.

width

78.7 in.

height

68.9 in.

curb weight

4510 lbs.

ground clearance

5.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

163.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

33 cu ft.

towing capacity

3600 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.2 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.7 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

168 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/20/25 mpg

highway range

500 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan in White Knuckle Clearcoat color  2018 Dodge Grand Caravan in Octane Red Pearlcoat color  2018 Dodge Grand Caravan in Granite Pearlcoat color  2018 Dodge Grand Caravan in Black Onyx Crystal Pearlcoat color  2018 Dodge Grand Caravan in Billet Clearcoat color
White Knuckle Clearcoat

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Exterior

6.3

Engine

6.3

Interior

4.9

Safety

6.2

Fuel Economy

5.5

Comfort

6.5

Driving

8.0

Features

5.6

6.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan SE

SE

power
283 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
20 combined

$25,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr Minivan (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $25,995 MSRP (17/20/25) 283 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 7   Billet Clearcoat
  Black Onyx Crystal Pearlcoat
  Granite Pearlcoat
  Octane Red Pearlcoat
  White Knuckle Clearcoat

 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan SE Plus

SE Plus

power
283 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
20 combined

$28,760


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE Plus 4dr Minivan (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $28,760 MSRP (17/20/25) 283 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 7   Billet Clearcoat
  Black Onyx Crystal Pearlcoat
  Granite Pearlcoat
  Octane Red Pearlcoat
  White Knuckle Clearcoat

 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT

SXT

power
283 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
20 combined

$31,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SXT 4dr Minivan (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $31,495 MSRP (17/20/25) 283 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 7   Billet Clearcoat
  Black Onyx Crystal Pearlcoat
  Granite Pearlcoat
  Octane Red Pearlcoat
  White Knuckle Clearcoat

 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan GT Fleet

GT Fleet

power
283 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
N/A
mpg
20 combined

$34,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GT Fleet 4dr Minivan (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $34,495 MSRP (17/20/25) 283 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V6,
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 7   Billet Clearcoat
  Black Onyx Crystal Pearlcoat
  Granite Pearlcoat
  Octane Red Pearlcoat
  White Knuckle Clearcoat