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2018 Dodge Grand Caravan

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2018 SE Front-Wheel Drive Passenger Van
most popular
Price:   -  From $26,250
2018 SXT Front-Wheel Drive Passenger Van Price:   -  From $31,750


The Dodge Grand Caravan has some of the best street cred of any minivan, as it can trace its roots back to 1984. Not much, though, has changed for the current iteration of the Grand Caravan, which appeared on the scene in 2008 as the fifth generation of the vehicle. While the majority of its more modern rivals outclass the minivan, the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan is a bargain for consumers willing to look past its flaws.

What's New for 2018

Last year's GT trim is no more, which means buyers no longer have the option to upgrade to advanced features like blind spot detection. There's also a new color this year: Indigo Blue.

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Choosing Your Dodge Grand Caravan

All Grand Caravans come with one powertrain, which features a 283-horsepower, 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that’s matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. Power goes down to the front wheels, while fuel economy for the minivan is rated by the EPA at 17 miles per gallon in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, resulting in a combined rating of 20 mpg. The minivan doesn’t mind doing heavy-duty tasks either, as the Grand Caravan, when equipped with an optional package, is capable of towing up to 3,600 pounds.

The Grand Caravan might be showing its age, but that doesn’t mean the vehicle’s out of tricks. The minivan features a two-two-three seating arrangement that offers a capacious amount of room for seven passengers. But the nifty thing about the minivan has to do with its Stow 'n Go Seating and Storage System that allows owners to get the most out of the vehicle.

The minivan's second and third row of seats can disappear into the floor, leaving a flat area of approximately 140 cubic feet of cargo capacity. The ingenious part of the system, though, is it can still be used if the seats are in place, providing owners with 12 cubic feet of hidden cargo space. In addition, the Grand Caravan’s 60/40-split folding third-row seats can turn 180 degrees, allowing individuals to sit comfortably in the seats while looking out the rear of the vehicle.

The Grand Caravan is available in three forms:

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The entry-level Grand Caravan is the SE trim that costs $27,595 (prices include the $1,345 destination fee). Standard exterior features on the SE trim include 17-inch steel wheels, daytime running lights, body-color door handles, heated exterior mirrors, and a black grille. On the inside, the SE trim features a second row bench seat, a 60/40 Stow ‘n Go Bench seat for the third row, cloth bucket seats, remote keyless entry, a 12-volt auxiliary power outlet, three-zone manual air conditioning, an interior observation mirror, power windows, a six-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen display.

Available packages on the SE trim include the Uconnect Hands-Free Group ($690) that adds Bluetooth Streaming Audio, a leather-wrapped shift knob, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a remote USB port, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, steering wheel mounted audio controls, Uconnect Voice Command with Bluetooth, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. The Single DVD Entertainment package ($995) adds a 115-volt auxiliary power outlet, an overhead 9.0-inch video screen for the second row, a second-row overhead DVD console, a high-definition multimedia interface, a remote USB port, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, a video remote control, and wireless headphones. Lastly, the Premium Edition Group by Mopar ($350) alters the minivan’s exterior with Mopar door sill guards, slush mats, and splash guards.

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SE Plus

Moving up to the SE Plus version of the SE costs $30,360. The Plus comes standard with the Blacktop Appearance package, which brings 17-inch aluminum wheels with black pockets, a gloss black grille, and an all-black interior. The trim also adds body-color exterior mirrors and a rear fascia scuff pad on the outside. The majority of differences between the two trims can be spotted on the inside, where the SE Plus comes with second row Stow n’ Go seats, third-row tailgate seats, premium cloth bucket seats, second-row bucket seats with fold-in-floor seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, silver accent stitching, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth streaming audio, a remote USB port, and Uconnect Voice Command with Bluetooth. The SE Plus trim has a lot of the same optional packages as the SE trim.

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The SXT trim starts at $33,790 and adds a variety of exterior and interior features over lower trims. The exterior of the minivan features 17-inch wheels, a power liftgate, automatic headlights, and integrated roof rail crossbars. The interior is a little more comfortable than lower trims thanks to an eight-way power driver’s seat and a power sliding door.

The SXT shares a lot of the same available packages as the SE Plus trim, but adds the Blacktop Package ($695) as an option, as well as the Driver Convenience Group ($995). The Blacktop Package adds 17-inch gloss black wheels, black headlamp bezels, black interior accents, fog lights, a gloss black grille, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a rear fascia scuff pad, and silver accent stitching. The Driver Convenience Group brings second-row window shades, three-zone automatic temperature control, cup holders with overhead illumination, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, illuminated front door storage, overhead ambient surround lighting, overhead storage bins, rear swiveling courtesy lamps, a single rear overhead console, sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors, a universal garage door opener, and third-row window shades.

CarsDirect Tip

While the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan is an excellent choice when it’s at its cheapest, the SXT trim adds a few convenience features that'll make living with the minivan more enjoyable. Things like a power liftgate, a power sliding door, and power seats will surely come in handy. Minivans may not been known for having an aggressive look, but the Blacktop Package does make the Grand Caravan look like a muscular machine. But the better decision would be to go with the Driver Convenience Group, as it adds a few luxurious touches.

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Expert Review

Expert Rating

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan scores with its capable V6, Stow'n'Go seats, and strong value proposition. But it's dated and lags behind competitors, offering poor safety features, cheap interior materials, and disappointing ride quality.

Best Value

The 2018 Grand Caravan models range in price from $27,345 for a base SE to over $36,000 for a fully-optioned, range-topping SXT. All are front-wheel drive and equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 paired with a six-speed automatic. On the safety front, a rearview camera is standard, but advanced features like adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane departure warning are unavailable.

With an eye towards the Grand Caravan's value proposition, we'd choose the base SE model that offers the usual power features as well as keyless entry, front and rear air conditioning, third row Stow'n'Go seating, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, and heated outside mirrors. Keeping things simple, we'd only add second row folding seats and an upgrade to the infotainment system that includes Bluetooth connectivity.

Here's how we'd build it

  • Model: 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan SE
  • Engine: 3.6-liter V6
  • Output: 283 horsepower / 260 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • MPG: 17 City / 25 Hwy
  • Options: Uconnect Hands-Free Group ($690, Bluetooth, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, auto-dimming rearview mirror with microphone, remote USB port, steering wheel audio controls), Second-Row Buckets with Fold-in-Floor Seats ($995)
  • Base Price:$27,345 (including a $1,095 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$29,030


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The Grand Caravan's V6 offers crisp acceleration and pairs nicely with FCA's quick-shifting, six-speed automatic. The engine is quiet and, even over rough surfaces, exterior sound levels are fairly muted.

But the highlight reel ends there as the outdated chassis allows torque steer to rear its ugly head – the front-wheel-drive layout is easily overpowered by the V-6's abundant power – while the suspension, tuned for control, produces a buckboard-like ride that transmits even the slightest road imperfections to interior trim panels.


A boxlike exterior surrounds a roomy interior with plenty of storage options, decent visibility, and front seats with great adjustment options. In addition to the requisite fold-into-the-floor third row, the Grand Caravan's available Stow'n'Go middle row (standard on SXT) performs the same magic – eliminating the need to haul seats out for more space, while providing additional under floor storage when the seats are being used.

At the same time, the Grand Caravan's dull, outdated exterior has been eclipsed by competitors that include the Chrysler's own Pacifica, while the interior – trimmed with soft-touch surfaces on top of doors and the dash – cedes every other surface to cheap-looking hard plastics.

The Best and Worst Things

Minivan versatility at this price point makes the Grand Caravan an intriguing value proposition, but that means putting up with outdated styling, a budget-grade interior, and a buckboard-like ride.

Right For? Wrong For?

Dodge Grand Caravan

The Grand Caravan's combination of price and features should appeal to value-conscious family buyers.

A boxy exterior and cheap, dour interior will have style conscious buyers taking a pass.

The Bottom Line

Despite its strong V6 power, versatile Stow'n'Go seats, and value proposition, the Grand Caravan's dated looks, low-rent interior, and poor ride quality keep it from being a true contender in its class. Leave this one as a last resort at the rental car desk.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.6L V-6 / 283 HP / 260 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
17 / 25 / 21 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.6L V-6 / 283 HP / 260 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
17 / 25 / 21 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
20.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
143.8 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
163 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
202.8 "
Exterior Width
78.7 "
Exterior Height
67.9 "
Front Headroom
39.8 "
Rear Headroom
39.3 "
Front Legroom
40.7 "
Rear Legroom
36.5 "
Front Shoulder Room
63.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
64.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,321 Lbs.
Wheel Base
121 "
Turning Radius
19.6 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
17.0 " Steel / 17.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Steel / 17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Grille Moldings
Chrome / Black
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Cloth / Premium Cloth
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
4-way / (8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
4-way / (8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Full Bench / Captain
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan / Am/fm, Seek-scan / Clock / Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Parksense Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Sentry Key
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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