This Dodge Grand Caravan video includes information about fuel economy, interior space, safety features, crash scores and available equipment like Stow No Go seats. For more information, read the 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan review. The Grand Caravan is one of the most versatile minivans and its starting price is thousands less than its competition. If you're looking for simple family transportation, it's worth consideration.
Every minivan has a third row seat that folds into the floor, but only the Dodge and Chrysler vans can do this. It's called Stow N Go. If you need extra space in a Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna, you have to lift out the entire second row. Stow N Go isn't included with that rock bottom base price, but you don't have to pay much more to get it in a Grand Caravan like this SXT, which has other useful features like tri-zone climate control and power operation for the liftgate and sliding doors. Similarly equipped competitors cost more. Then again, those competitors will also get you more than can be seen on a list of features. Quite simply, they're more refined, comfortable and efficient than even a loaded Grand Caravan.
For starters, the Caravan has only seven seats. Toyota and Honda offer eight. Plus, the seats themselves are less comfortable. The driver seat doesn't slide far enough back, those Stow N Go seats aren't as supportive as competitor captain's chairs and the third row seat bottom is oddly tilted back. Cabin quality is greatly improved from earlier Caravans, but other minivans are nicer. Plus, the antiquated electronics interface is frustrating to use, especially compared to the new touchscreens offered in other Dodges.
Competitors are also better to drive. The standard 283-horsepower V6 is powerful, but it's noisy and the combined fuel economy is a segment worst. The transmission and ride also aren't as smooth as we've come to expect from other minivans. None of this means the Grand Caravan's a bad choice for your family. It should satisfy your family's basic needs, including a four-star government crash rating and top crash scores from the IIHS. But if you're looking for more than just simple family transport, we'd recommend an Odyssey, Sienna or Quest.