2017 Dodge Grand Caravan

#13
in Midsize vans
2017 MODEL

$25,495 - $33,395

6.0

Overall Rating

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Overview

Being a no-nonsense family hauler, the 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan is a decent minivan for buyers who are on a limited budget. As the car has been designed with a budget minded approach it skips out on most of the luxury features that its rivals seem to offer.

Even with a lower price the Grand Caravan boasts of a punchy engine which delivers a quick acceleration. Nevertheless, some of the materials used inside the minivan comes off as cheap quality and adding the woes are the poorly padded seats

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Pros

Low price for the base trim

Easy-to-fold Stow and Go seats

Cons

Lesser standard features than competition

Ride-quality can be harsh

What's New?

No significant changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25495

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

suspension front

front independent suspension

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

cargo volume

33 cu ft.

towing capacity

9600 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

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan in Octane Red Pearlcoat color  2017 Dodge Grand Caravan in White Knuckle Clearcoat color  2017 Dodge Grand Caravan in Granite Pearlcoat color  2017 Dodge Grand Caravan in Contusion Blue Pearlcoat color  2017 Dodge Grand Caravan in Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat color  2017 Dodge Grand Caravan in Billet Clearcoat color
Octane Red Pearlcoat

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Ratings

Features

5.5

Engine

5.8

Fuel Economy

5.7

Interior

6.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

4.9

Driving

7.4

6.0

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SE Fleet

SE Fleet

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 7

$25,495

Configurations
SE Fleet 4dr Minivan (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
Transmission: 6A Drivetrain: FWD
MPG: (17/20/25) Torque: 260 ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm

 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SE

SE

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 7

$25,995

Configurations
SE 4dr Minivan (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (17/20/25)
HP: 283 -hp @ 6400-rpm Torque: 260 lbs.-ft. @ 4,400 rpm

 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SE Plus Fleet

SE Plus Fleet

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 7

$28,195

Configurations
SE Plus Fleet 4dr Minivan (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
Transmission: 6A Drivetrain: FWD
MPG: (17/20/25) Torque: 260 ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm

 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SE Plus

SE Plus

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 7

$28,695

Configurations
SE Plus 4dr Minivan (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (17/20/25)
HP: 283 -hp @ 6400-rpm Torque: 260 ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm

 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT

SXT

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 7

$31,395

Configurations
SXT 4dr Minivan (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (17/20/25)
HP: 283 -hp @ 6400-rpm Torque: 260 lbs.-ft. @ 4,400 rpm

 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan GT

GT

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 7

$33,395

Configurations
GT 4dr Minivan (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (17/20/25)
HP: 283 -hp @ 6400-rpm Torque: 260 lbs.-ft. @ 4,400 rpm

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial October 6, 2018

6.0

Overall Rating


5.5/10
Features

 

5.8/10
Engine

 

5.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.0/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

4.9/10
Safety

 
 
 

Being available in multiple powertrains the Dodge Caravan still has the 3.6-liter V6 which produces enough power to ride a minivan full of people or cargo. Even after adding the high rated optional package the price of the minivan still remains much less to that of its high-rent rivals.

Features

5.5/10

The 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan is a seven-passenger minivan which is available in four trim levels: SE, SE Plus, SXT, and GT. The base variant has some solid standard equipment like 17-inch steel wheels, heated mirrors, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, tri-zone climate control, cruise control, rearview camera, and power locks, mirrors and front windows. There are some infotainment add-ons like a six-speaker audio system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack which is controlled by a 6.5-inch touchscreen display placed at a reachable distance.

Switching to the SE Plus model will give you the above-mentioned equipment as standard, along with 17-inch alloy wheels, upgraded upholstery, and trim, a front floor console, second-row captain's chairs with an additional floor console and rear privacy glass. Based on which trim you choose you’ll be able to avail a host of option packages. For instance, if you go for the SE Plus or SXT trim then you'll be eligible to add Blacktop appearance package to your car which would not only give silver interior accents and a black grille but also wheels and leather interior accents.

Trim SE SXT SE Plus GT
MSRP (FWD) $25,995 $31,395 $28,695 $33,395
Key Features
  • 17-inch steel wheels
  • Heated mirrors
  • Tri-zone climate control (with rear air-conditioning)
  • Cruise control
  • Rearview camera
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls
  • Second-row bench seat,
  • Power locks
  • Entertainment comes in the form of a six-speaker audio system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen display
  • Rear overhead console
  • Overhead storage bin
  • Automatic climate control
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Second- and third-row sunshades, heated front and second-row seats, ambient lighting and voice controls.
  • SE Plus comes with the above equipment as standard
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Upgraded upholstery and trim
  • Front floor console
  • Second-row captain's chairs with an additional floor console
  • Rear privacy glass.
  • Body-colored grille
  • Performance-tuned suspension
  • Black interior accents
  • Driver information center
  • 115-volt household-style outlet
  • Full leather seating
  • Eight-way power passenger seat
  •  6.5-inch touchscreen display with navigation
  • Rearview camera (if previous to the midyear update)
  • An upgraded nine-speaker audio system

We Recommend

Although the base Grand Caravan SE would suffice most needs you can consider going for the SE Plus if you want to get some extra features by shedding few thousand dollars more. The exclusive second-row Stow 'n Go seats is very unique and is worth all your money. You’ll also be able to make use of satellite radio and voice recognition. Go for SXT or GT models only if you crave for added luxury. These trims would get you leather upholstery, power-adjustable seats, and many more features.

Engine

5.8/10

"From a driver’s perspective, the 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan isn’t thrilling, but it’s also not laborious. While you’ll get better steering response and a firmer ride from the Honda Odyssey and Nissan Quest, the Grand Caravan isn’t sloppy, and its softer ride may actually be a bonus"- TheCarConnection

Engine and Transmission

All the models of the Grand Caravan come with a single-engine variant which is a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The front wheels draw its powers from a six-speed automatic transmission and the combination arguably makes it one of the best engines available in a minivan. It may not have the most refined engine and can feel rough when shifting under heavy acceleration.

Toyota Sienna, however, leaves its rivals far behind with a powerful engine which roars with 296 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque and is coupled by an eight-speed automatic transmission which is class-leading. Honda Odyssey is the least efficient among its peers with 248 horsepower being produced by its 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine.

Models Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan Kia Sedona Honda Odyssey Toyota Sienna
MSRP $25,995 $26,900 $29,850 $29,750
Engine 3.6L 6 cyl 3.3L 6cyl 3.5L 6cyl 3.5L 6 cyl
Transmission 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 8-speed Automatic
Horsepower 283 hp 276 hp 248 hp 296 hp
Torque 260 lb-ft 248 lb-ft 250 lb-ft 263 lb-ft

Acceleration

The Caravan minivan accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 8 seconds, a respectable time for a vehicle of its class. The minivan feels adequately powered with its 3.6-liter V-6 engine. Most minivans in this category run in the low-seven-second club, the only exception being the 2017 Honda Odyssey which is able to muster 6.6 seconds from 0-60 mph nearing the acceleration levels of a hot hatchback.

Models Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan Kia Sedona Honda Odyssey Toyota Sienna
0-60 MPH 7.9 sec 7.6 sec 6.6 sec 7.0 sec
Quarter mile 15.1 sec 15.9 sec 15.0 sec 15.5 sec
Engine 3.6 L 3.3L 3.5L 3.5L

Ride and Handling

Riding the Grand Caravan may not be the best of experience as it lacks the highs and lows. The suspension of the minivan soaks most of the bumps faced in an uneven terrain but the larger ones may cause the vehicle to send a shudder across the cabin. It is able to manage body roll to some extent while remaining poised and calm through corners. Caravan's well-weighted steering gives its rider a sense of engagement and maintains a relaxing mode when cruising.

Sometimes outside noise can be a tad bit bothersome inside the Caravan and its peers are able to reduce that to a large extent. The 2017 Dodge Caravan comes up a bit short in overall driving performance but you can live with at considering it a vehicle for everyday commuting.

Braking

The Grand Caravan pulls up an average number in the panic brake test as it comes to halt from 60 mph in 137 feet which is ok for a minivan. The brake pedals of the Caravan are certainly firm and reliable underfoot but in the real-world testing, some of the models have longer stopping distances.

Model Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan Kia Sedona Honda Odyssey Toyota Sienna
Brake Front (in.) 11.9 12.6 13.1 12.2
Brake Rear (in.) 12.0 11.9 12.6 12.9
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4510 4414 4396 4375
60-0 MPH (ft.) 137 125 127 128

Best performance in this segment is given by the Kia Sedona which fares well in the emergency brake test taking only 125 feet to come to stop. A close second is the Honda Odyssey which has 12.6 inches of front brakes and 13 inches of rear brakes and taking mere 127 feet in panic brake testing.

Fuel Economy

5.7/10

The estimated fuel economy by EPA for the 2017 Grand Caravan sits at 20 mpg combined mpg (17 city/25 highway), which is not that impressive. Even in the real-world highway fuel-economy test the Caravan fared poorly and trails behind most of its competitors.

Model Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan Kia Sedona Honda Odyssey Toyota Sienna
MPG (city) 17 18 19 19
MPG (highway) 25 24 27 27
MPG (combined) 20 20 22 22

Most of the minivans in its class have a couple of miles per gallon of the Dodge Caravan. Both Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna pulls up identical mileage numbers with 27 mpg highway and 19 mpg city which is better than Kia Sedona and Grand Caravan.

Interior

6.0/10

"The 2017 Grand Caravan by Dodge offers a clever and comfortable interior for its seven passengers. One of its aces is cargo flexibility, primarily due to the Stow 'n Go 2nd-row seats, which quickly fold into the floor to maximize cargo space without removing the heavy seats" - KBB

Seating and Comfort

The seat placements at the front is a bit awkward as the driver (especially the taller ones) may feel the pedals too close and it makes it a very uncomfortable driving position. Seats in the second-row are not well padded and can feel unpleasant mostly during longer hauls. The high-mounted front seats offer excellent outward visibility which is a good news for minivan drivers.

Cloth upholstery and a second-row bench seat come standard with the vehicle while some other luxury features for maximum comfort can be available on higher trims.

Model Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan Kia Sedona Honda Odyssey Toyota Sienna
Passenger capacity 7 7 7 7
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.8/63.7/40.7 39.8/63.9/40.9 39.7/64.4/- 41.0/65.0/40.5
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.3/64.1/36.5 39.4/63.1/41.4 39.5/63.5/40.9 39.7/64.6/37.6
Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 37.9/62.0/32.7 38.9/59.4/34.8 38.0/60.9/42.4 38.3/61.1/36.3

Infotainment System

Most of the minivans offer optional infotainment features but Dodge Caravan chose to offer an infotainment feature as standard equipment. Unfortunately, it doesn't offer Android Auto nor Apple CarPlay even on its higher trims. Some of the features which come standard with the minivan:-

  • USB
  • Mobile WiFi
  • Navigation
  • Voice Recognition
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment display

Interior Features

Let's see what else it has to offer us on the inside: 

  • Audio And Cruise Controls On Steering Wheel
  • Overhead Console With Storage
  • Front Seatback Storage
  • Cruise Control
  • Front, Rear And 3rd Row Cupholders
  • Power Steering
  • Cargo Floor Mats
  • Rear View Camera
  • Tilt And Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Front Door Pockets
  • Dual Vanity Mirrors
  • Interior Air Filtration
  • Dual Zone Air Conditioning

Cargo volume

The super useful Stow 'n Go second-row seats of 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan is hard to not fall in love with as it takes no time to disappear into the floor with the flick of a lever. This feature is standard on almost every model of the Caravan which can transform the minivan into a cargo hauler from a passenger carrier with minimum effort. Storage area behind the third-row seats is a decent 33 cubic feet which is only shadowed by Sienna's 39 cubic feet of space.

Model Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan Kia Sedona Honda Odyssey Toyota Sienna
Cargo Volume to seats 1 (ft.3) 143.6 142.0 148.5 150.0
Cargo Volume to seats 2 (ft.3) 83.3 78.4 93.1 87.1
Cargo Volume to seats 3 (ft.3) 33.0 33.9 38.4 39.1

You can open a maximum of 143.8 cubic feet by dropping all the rear seats which are similar to most other minivans in its class. Toyota Sienna leads the class with its maximum capacity of 150 cubic feet of trunk volume which by far is the highest cargo area available in this segment.

Exterior

7.0/10

"If you think form should follow function, you're going to love what Dodge has done with the 2017 Grand Caravan. It's not ugly by any means, but the plain wraps around a very functional and family-friendly vehicle"- KBB

Dimension and Weight

The Grand Caravan certainly has a sense of machismo about it especially with the Blacktop appearance package it looks attractive. Staying with its boxy-roots the Caravan hasn't resorted to the fancy curves which its rivals have adopted. The minivan can be called as a big vehicle by its size but the special squared-off design makes the Caravan looks tidier than most of its competitors.

Model Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan Kia Sedona Honda Odyssey Toyota Sienna
Curb weight (lbs.) 4510 4414 4396 4375
Length(in) 202.8 201.4 202.9 200.2
Width(in) 78.7 78.1 79.2 78.1
Height(in) 68.9 68.5 68.4 68.9
Ground clearance (in) 5.6 6.7 4.5 6.5
Wheelbase (in) 121.2 120.5 118.1 119.3
Track width (in) F/R 65.6/64.8 68.5/68.7 68.1/68.2 67.7/67.7

Exterior Options

Let's see what can we find outside this minivan:

  • 17" Wheel Covers
  • Spare Tire Mobility Kit
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper
  • Body-Colored Rear Step Bumper
  • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
  • Black Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
  • Fixed Rear Window with Fixed Interval Wiper, Heated Wiper Park and Defroster
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Chrome Grille
  • Sliding Rear Doors
  • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
  • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included with Power Door Locks
  • Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
  • Perimeter/Approach Lights
  • LED Brakelights

Safety

4.9/10

The 2017 Gran Caravan was awarded a total score of four out of five in the government crash testing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, on the other hand, gave an overall top rating of Good in the moderate-overlap front-impact test as well as the side-impact. It, however, did receive the lowest rating of Poor in the small-overlap front-impact test from the IIHS.

Safety Features

  • 2 Rear Headrests
  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • Rear Door Child Safety Locks
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Stability Control
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
  • 2 Front Headrests
  • Auto Delay Off Headlamps
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Traction Control
  • Ventilated Front Disc / Solid Rear Disc Brakes
  • Front, Rear And Third Row Head Airbags

NHTSA

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

IIHS

Crashworthiness
Moderate overlap front Good
Small overlap front driver side Good
Small overlap front passenger side NA
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Crash Avoidance & Migration
Front Crash Prevention Superior
Headlight Good
LATCH Acceptable

Competition

Kia Sedona vs Dodge Caravan

The distinctive cockpit of Kia Sedona looks more like a car than a minivan. There are a lot of features available even with its vase trim. The Sedona has a versatile second-row seat which can be used for various purpose. The vehicle has been fitted with many sound deadening materials which makes the cabin pleasantly quiet on the highways and city lanes. The biggest let-down of the Sedona is its unimpressive fuel-economy and limited cargo space compared to its rivals.

Honda Odyssey vs Dodge Caravan

As the Honda Odyssey has seen a massive overhaul this year it has turned out to be a modern incredibly well-rounded minivan. Although one of the most expensive entries in its class the Odyssey excels in many aspects when compared to the minivan and clearly comes out as a winner. Its cabin reflects high-end touches and the materials used in the vehicle can withstand regular wear and tear. Some of the higher trims of Odyssey comes with many first-class features like a built-in vacuum cleaner, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane keep assist. In fact, the Honda Odyssey proves to be a better combination of quality and value compared to the 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan.

Toyota Sienna vs Dodge Caravan

The refined ride quality experienced inside the 2017 Toyota Sienna gives it a confident feel from the driver seat. The materials used inside all of the models of Sienna are made up of high-quality materials. It gives a wide range of adjustment features for its second-row seat occupants. Sienna is the only vehicle in its class which has the option of all-wheel drive. Arguably the Sienna has the maximum amount of luggage carrying capacity but the second-row seats of the vehicle are heavy and awkward to remove can be a deal breaker for many.

Final Verdict

Being a no-nonsense family hauler, the 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan is a decent minivan for buyers who are on a limited budget. As the car has been designed with a budget minded approach it skips out on most of the luxury features that its rivals seem to offer. Even with a lower price the Grand Caravan boasts of a punchy engine which delivers a quick acceleration. Nevertheless, some of the materials used inside the minivan comes off as cheap quality and adding the woes are the poorly padded seats. Caravan also lacks many state-of-the-art tech features which you can find in most of its competitors. Neither does the vehicle promises good ride quality nor does it provide composed handling as you'll expect from it.

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