Dodge
Grand Caravan
2016
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James Flammang
Contributing Editor - September 9, 2015

2016 Dodge Grand Caravan OVERVIEW

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.

American Value Package (AVP)

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.

SE

Just about all of the essentials are included with this entry-level edition, priced under $22,000, including power front windows, dual-zone manual air conditioning, heated power mirrors, tilt/telescopic steering column, remote keyless entry, second-row bench seating, and 17-inch steel wheels. Four-speaker audio includes a CD player. Stow ‘n Go is optional.

SXT

Stepping up a notch from AVP adds second-row captain’s chair (for six-passenger capacity) in place of the bench, as well as tri-zone manual climate control, six-speaker audio, and a removable front floor console. Body-color door handles and bumpers give the body a more finished appearance. Second-row Stow ‘n Go seating is standard.

An SE plus package adds power second- and third-row windows, a Uconnect Handsfree Group, upgraded black cloth seats and headliner, and unique 17-unch polished aluminum wheels.

R/T

Level three comes with a roof rack system, power second-row windows, third-row power quarter air vents, dual power sliding doors, a power liftgate, bigger front console, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The SXT Plus package adds unique exterior/interior trim, as well as foglamps, automatic headlights, black leatherette seats with suede inserts, and a power driver’s seat.

A Blacktop package for SXT includes an all-black interior with silver accent stitching, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, foglamps, and 17-inch polished aluminum wheels with gloss black pockets.

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.

CarsDirect Tip

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.

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