2014 Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan - Rating Details


B
Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Passenger Minivan (3.6L V6 FFV 6-speed Automatic) Driven On 5/23/2014 Ratings Summary From the creators of the contemporary minivan, the Dodge Grand Caravan offers all of the utility, convenience and features you expect in a modern counterpart. Though it lacks refinement in some areas, the Grand Caravan offers probably the most versatile interior among the current crop of minivans. It also has a very low starting price.
C
Performance Dynamically the Grand Caravan is adequate. Though it does little truly wrong from behind the wheel, it lacks refinement in both its powertrain and suspension tuning relative to its competition.
Acceleration
B
The Grand Caravan hits 60 in 8.0 seconds, which is average among minivans. Manual gear selection, though awkward, is a nice feature. Engine noise is acceptable at full throttle.
Braking
B
The DGS's stopping distance from 60 to 0 is better than its competitors, but pedal feel and response during these stops is awkward. This problem doesn't exist in normal driving, however.
Steering
C
There's enough information available through the wheel to prudently guide this van. Weight and feedback, though not substantial, are appropriate for the segment.
Handling
C
Instrumented testing shows the Grand Caravan to be on par with its competition. During normal use the van is easy to handle but not nimble.
Driveability
C
We observed gear hunting from the six-speed automatic transmission in certain situations. The Grand Caravan's throttle calibration could be less jumpy, too. Overall, though, these are nitpicks to which most drivers will adjust or drive around.
Towing
C
At 3,600 pounds, the Grand Caravan's towing capacity is average for minivans. Light towing is expected in these vehicles.
B
Comfort This is a minivan with enough amenities and features to handle all-day drives. Ride comfort is acceptable and its interior is loaded with comfort-enhancing amenities.
Seating Comfort
B
Seat comfort, especially in the first two rows, is very good. The third row's seat bottom is tilted at an angle (high front, low rear) that might bother some occupants. Space is ample in every row.
Ride Comfort
B
With reasonable spring and damping rates, the DGC is tied to the road fairly well. Like most minivans, comfort is a priority here and we could manage long drives in the first or second row easily.
Quietness
B
Road and wind noise are at or below segment standards and this Grand Caravan didn't exhibit any rattles. However, its complex second-row seats make us wonder if they be rattle-free in 5 years.
B
Interior Interior flexibility is the Grand Caravan's biggest strength. Space, utility, storage and features are at a premium in this van and are, in many cases, segment leading.
Ergonomics
B
Primary controls, with the exception of the bizarre dash-mounted shifter, are all easy to use and reach. Secondary controls, too, fall readily at hand. HVAC knobs are a plus. Most storage and utility functions are intuitve.
Ingress/Egress
A
First and second rows offer average ingress/egress. Third-row access is very good thanks to second-row seats that fold, tumble and slide inward. Overall, it's hard to do better than this.
Space/Room
A
The Grand Caravan uses its space very well. Small-item storage, from the dual glove boxes to the multiple bins, is abundant. The unusual center console offers expandable storage for the second row.
Visibility
B
Overall visibility is good, but rear-quarter visibility is marginally inhibited by the third-row headrests, though they can be flipped down.
Cargo/Storage
A
Stow 'N Go second-row seats are segment leading in terms of functionality. Manual operation of the third row is a little busy but works well. And there's massive storage in the second-row floor if you don't need to stow the seats.
C
Value The Grand Caravan's value proposition is mixed relative to others in the segment. Though its utility is unmatched, its quality, in some areas, could be better.
Build Quality (vs. $)
C
There's less attention to quality details in the Grand Caravan than there is in its Japanese competition. Though some materials are high quality, they're matched with large swaths of plastic trim. We question the durability of the complex second-row seats.
Features(vs. $)
B
Certainly the DGC is packed with utility features, which earn it high marks. Our $32,475 tester included navigation, 3-zone temperature control, a heated steering wheel and a Blu-Ray DVD player with two screens.
Cost
C
Depending on your priorities, this DGC might be a solid value. If utility and features are your highest priority, it ranks well. If quality is your highest priority, you'll be better served elsewhere.
MPG
C
At 20 mpg Combined (17 City/25 Highway), the DGC isn't the most efficient offering in the segment. We saw 21.4 mpg on our 116-mile highway-heavy test loop in the mechanically identical Chrysler T&C.
Warranty
B
Basic: 3 years/36,000 miles; Powertrain: 5 yr/100,000 mi; Rust: 5 yr/100,000 mi; Roadside: 5 yr/100,000 mi. With the exception of the now very dated Kia, the DGC offers the best powertrain warranty in the segment.
Ownership
C
Dodge's reputation for quality, though improving, isn?t stellar. And the DGC has many complicated interior systems which give us pause. On the plus side, there's a solid roadside assistance warranty.
B
Fun To Drive Few minivans are truly fun to drive. Rather, the fun comes in their massive utility and here the Caravan does very, very well.
Driving Experience
B
Few qualities of the DGC's driving experience are rewarding, but that's true of all minivans. Still, this is a comfortable and highly functional van -- more so than most others.
Personality
C
Like a good pocket knife, the Caravan is going to meet many needs with its vast swath of utlity.
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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan in VA is:

$118 per month*
* Explanation
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