After providing practical transportation to families for more than three decades, Dodge and Chrysler minivans continue to hang on, despite massive competition from crossovers and other, more "modern" vehicles.
Their popularity has diminished considerably, true, and several competitive minivans have left the market in recent years. Yet, plenty of family-focused shoppers remain attracted to the minivan’s spacious and versatile interiors, and to such handy features of the Chrysler/Dodge duo as Stow ‘n Go seating.
What's New for 2016
Little has changed for the 2016 model year. Rumors of discontinuing the Grand Caravan after 2016 have persisted for some time, and its demise now seems likely.
Choosing Your Dodge Grand Caravan
Developing 283 horsepower, the familiar 3.6-liter V6 engine power all minivan models, teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission that incorporates manual gear selection. Fuel economy is estimated at 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway (20 mpg combined).
Each minivan has front-wheel drive and holds as many as seven passengers (six if second-row captain’s chairs are installed). All but the budget-priced AVP trim level include those Stow ‘n Go second- and third-row seats as standard equipment. They fold fully into the floor to provide plenty of useful cargo-carrying capacity.
Upper-level Grand Caravans can be fitted with navigation, as well as DVD/Blu-ray entertainment system -- two extras worth thinking about for vacation travel.
Dodge is a bit behind the times in standard safety features, including lack of a rearview camera on lower trim levels. Otherwise, most of its minivans are nicely equipped. Standard equipment on the budget-priced AVP is rather modest, but when you consider how much passenger/cargo space you’re getting, its value is hard to beat.
"Plus" packages for the SE and SXT cost only about $1,000 each -- a bargain for the number of equipment upgrades they provide. Only the R/T can have leather seats, but the extra performance-aimed features don’t amount to all that much.