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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan

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Expert's Rating

3.9Good

MPG 17 City / 25 Highway
Pros
  • Comfortable and quiet ride
  • Confident brake pedal feel
  • Plenty of cargo room
Cons
  • Suspension noisy on uneven pavement
  • Front seat cramped for taller drivers
  • Stow 'n Go seats not standard
, Automotive Editor -
The Dodge Grand Caravan remains one of the best minivan choices on the market.

Introduction

In 1984 Dodge created the first minivan, the Caravan. Despite firm competition, the Caravan (and now Grand Caravan) remains the standard bearer for what a minivan should be. Even so, other manufacturers have bridged the once-massive gap for families in need of a versatile seven-passenger vehicle. Dodge continues to push the envelope and remain at the forefront of minivan excellence, with innovative storage capabilities, second-row captain chairs, and a well-designed and thoughtful interior.

The Grand Caravan is powered by a 3.6 liter V6 engine with 283 horsepower and 260 foot-pound of torque. Front-wheel-drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard. This engine still manages to produce a respectable 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. Available in five trim levels, the Grand Caravan has a robust list of standard features and options, allowing drivers to customize the vehicle to their needs.

What separates the Grand Caravan from many other minivans is interior design. The materials are solid and of high quality. It comfortably seats seven, and the seats are comfortable and supportive. Second row captain's chairs are a welcome addition, and legroom is plentiful. Third row seating is slightly cramped though. Second row seats can be easily removed, creating a massive amount of storage capacity. Third row seats fold down as well. All told, there's 143.8 cubic feet of storage, putting the Grand Caravan on par with the competition.

Driving the Grand Caravan is much like driving any other minivan, for better or worse. The V6 engine is better than some of the four-cylinder options found in the competition, but it's not quite as strong as others. The engine accelerates at a decent rate and the ride quality is firm and quiet, though the suspension is a bit stiff.

Overall the Grand Caravan offers drivers ample interior space, seven-passenger seating, versatility, and a comfortable driving experience. A wide array of options and the adaptability of the well-designed interior make the Caravan a great choice for families on the go.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Dodge Grand Caravan
Starting price
$11,999

2013 Dodge Grand Caravan SE

Recommended for: Families wanting more privacy and passenger comfort

Standard equipment on the SE includes: second row stow-and-go seating, three-zone temperature control, deep-tinted glass, a six-speaker audio system, easy to clean floor mats, a mini floor console with cup holders, and body-color bodyside moldings.

2013 Dodge Grand Caravan
Starting price
$11,999

2013 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT

Recommended for: Busy families needing all the power options and roof storage

The SXT is identical to the SE trim level with some key additions: a power liftgate, dual power sliding doors, power adjustable pedals, a stow-and-place roof rack, 17-inch aluminum wheels, second-row power windows, one-touch front-row windows, third-row power quarter vented windows, and body-color heated side-view mirrors. SXT options include an available video entertainment system (VES).

2013 Dodge Grand Caravan
Starting price
$11,999

2013 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew

Recommended for: Those needing to seat and entertain up to seven people on a daily basis

The Crew trim level is an upgraded version of the SXT with extras including: the Uconnect system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, a satellite radio, a rearview backup camera, a roof rack, remote start, 17-inch painted aluminum wheels, an eight-way adjustable driver seat with lumbar support, three-zone automatic temperature control, fog lamps, an auxiliary power outlet, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and speed controls, a leather-wrapped shift, and an interior LED overhead ambient light.

Options are the same as the SXT, with the addition of an upgraded security system package which includes an alarm, power liftgate and remote start.

2013 Dodge Grand Caravan
Starting price
$11,999

2013 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T

Recommended for: Minivan drivers wanting a fully loaded entrtainment driving experience

The top of the line Grand Caravan is the R/T. It includes all of an SXT's standard features plus: a unique exterior design, high-performance suspension system, 17-inch painted aluminum wheels, a black interior, premium leather-trimmed seats, a nine-speaker sound system with subwoofer and amplifier, an eight-way power driver's seat, and a four-way power passenger seat.

Options include: a Blu-ray compatible entertainment system that includes an HDMI and USB ports.

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