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2015 Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan Review

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Review of the 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan

  • The 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan is priced right and chock-full of handy features, but its lack of refinement keeps it a notch below the Japanese-brand competition in the minivan segment.

  • Safety | Reliability
  • Pros

    Versatile seating and cargo bay configurations; affordable base price.

  • Cons

    Ride not as smooth as that of competitors; limited driver legroom; unrefined powertrain.

  • What's New for 2015

    A value-focused "Plus" package is added for 2015 for Grand Caravan's SE and SXT trim levels, bringing a slight reshuffling of some equipment and content for those models. Seventeen-inch wheels replace 16-inchers as standard, and power-adjustable pedals are no longer available.



2014 30th anniversary edition

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Vehicle: 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan

I Traded a 2012 GMC Acadia. I drove a Chrysler Town & Country rental while having hail damage repaired on my Acadia. I was highly impressed as were my kids. I decided it was time for comfort rather than over priced SUV. My husband 6'2" fits comfortably. I compared the Grand Caravan to Chrysler T&C, Honda Odessey, Nissan Quest. Ultimately it was the stow and go as well the fact the grand caravan feels like I'm riding higher off the ground than Odessey. You get more bang for your buck with the Grand a Caravan. I bought it brand new 3 months ago with 14 miles on it. Now after a trip across the country with 6 people, I have over 9,000 miles




My 2008 grand caravan was

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Vehicle: 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan

I had a 2008 Grand Caravan SXT that I LOVED. It saved my life in a terrible accident. I had a 2010 Journey after the van that I loved. I got rid of the Journey and got a 2010 Sebring that I loved. I decided to go back to a van and purchased a 2014 Grand Caravan SE with Rear Entertainment Package. I liked my 2008 better... I have 6000 miles on the 2014 and the blower is making a grinding noise. I liked the 3.8 in the other van better than the 3.6 I have now. I really wished I would have got another SXT. The SE has nothing compared to the SXT. I do love the mygig radio. Fuel mileage is averaging 24 MPG. I would purchase another van but would never get another SE to save a few dollars.



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Get serious dodge

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Vehicle: 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan

As an owner of 4 Caravans since 1985 I was seeking to replace my present Caravan with a 2014 "Grand Caravan." Much to my chagrin Dodge has a base seat in all but the SXT which has no height adjustment. This is not Grand at all as th tall driver does not have legroom. This I see has been noted by other consumer reviews. You can get a power seat that has decent adjustments, but your going to have to pony up serious dollars to get the SXT model. I contacted the Dodge Customer Assistance Center and this is their response,Dear Art: Thank you for contacting the Chrysler Customer Assistance Center with your product improvement suggestion, however Dodge only works thru consumer forums. Thanks Dodge



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Improved minivan

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Vehicle: 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan

This is my fifth minivan. These are not the minivans of old. I bought the AVP with some upgrades. Just got back off long trip, got 20 mpg in the city, and 29.5 mpg highway, with 24.7 with a mix situation. Love it. Used the stow and go seats variable positions for a different need everyday. I love the handling. I love the cab forward design, easy to see the road and park. The ride can be a little bouncy, but not bothersome. I have the base seats but they are very comfortable. I had a long drive at night and can see the road much easier than in a sedan. The best value in a vehicle period. My only complaint is that the transmission wants to shift out and then back down in the hills.



Full 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan Review

What's New for 2015

A value-focused "Plus" package is added for 2015 for Grand Caravan's SE and SXT trim levels, bringing a slight reshuffling of some equipment and content for those models. Seventeen-inch wheels replace 16-inchers as standard, and power-adjustable pedals are no longer available.

Introduction

All manner of vehicles -- particularly the ever-growing "crossover" class -- purport to be family-oriented, but if you have either a lot of family or a lot of cargo to consistently move from place to place, it's still almost impossible to beat a minivan. And in many respects it's hard to beat the originator of the genre, Dodge's all-things-to-all-people Grand Caravan.

Chrysler long had a rather confusing array of minivan models from both its Dodge and Chrysler brands, but buying one is much simpler now that each brand's lineup has been pared to a single model. For Dodge, the 2015 Grand Caravan essentially is the culmination of everything most minivan buyers over the years proved was most important in a family hauler: plenty of engine power combined with reasonable fuel economy, Chrysler's still-brilliant Stow 'n Go instantly disappearing second-row seating and good crash test safety scores.

What you don't get, unfortunately, is the utmost in refinement. For many drivers simply doing the weekly school-run and grocery-store duties, the Grand Caravan's shortcomings may not even be noticeable. But longer trips likely will reveal that this Dodge people mover doesn't ride as compliantly as its Japanese competitors, nor are its engine and transmission as smooth and silent. There's a little more road and wind noise, too, although once again, this is conspicuous more at highway speeds than around town. The Grand Caravan's cabin finishes also aren't quite up to the competition's standards in a few places.

These are small flaws, certainly, but they show up nonetheless when comparing the Dodge Grand Caravan to its well-executed rivals such as the 2015 Honda Odyssey and the 2015 Toyota Sienna. Both of these popular choices have fine engines, nicely appointed cabins and excellent road manners. The Sienna can also handle up to a total of eight occupants, whereas the Grand Caravan's limit is seven. Slightly rarer, though no less worth your consideration, is the Nissan Quest, nor should you overlook Kia's fully redesigned 2015 Sedona this year.

As there is a rich pool of strong entries, we recommend thoroughly considering all of the choices for a minivan. But given that a well-equipped Caravan is generally less expensive than the competition, that advantage could be the ultimate deciding factor in the Dodge's favor.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan is a seven-passenger minivan offered in four trim levels: American Value Package (AVP), SE, SXT and R/T.

The bargain-priced AVP trim has a reasonably solid standard-equipment list:17-inch steel wheels, heated mirrors, power locks, mirrors and front windows, dual-zone air-conditioning, a second-row reclining/folding/removable bench seat, an overhead console, a tilt-and-telescope steering wheel, a conversation mirror and a four-speaker audio system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.

The SE adds rear privacy glass, tri-zone climate control (with rear air-conditioning), second-row captain's chairs with the Stow 'n Go fold-into-the-floor feature, a front floor console and two additional speakers for the audio system, for a total of six.

The SXT adds alloy wheels, roof rails, power rear windows and a larger floor console. Moving to the SXT also brings a power liftgate and power-sliding rear doors as well as access to certain optional equipment and packages, including a rearview camera and a Blu-ray DVD rear-seat entertainment system.

Top of the line for the 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan is the R/T. It incorporates all of the standard equipment of the other three trim levels, plus 17-inch alloy wheels with special tires, a body-colored grille, a performance-tuned suspension, remote engine start, automatic headlights, foglights, black interior accents, unique interior lighting, tri-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather first- and second-row seats, an eight-way power driver seat (with power lumbar adjustment), a rear overhead console, a trip computer, a 115-volt power outlet, a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone connectivity and an upgraded nine-speaker audio system with satellite radio and a USB port.

Other options and option packages are available depending on trim level. For those who deem Bluetooth audio streaming vital, for example, the UConnect Handsfree group (which also includes voice-command capability, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, steering wheel audio controls and satellite radio) can be had with all trim levels.

For the midlevel SE and SXT, the Plus Package is the primary option group to consider; it includes body-colored heated side mirrors, special upholstery and trim, an overhead console, power windows for the second and third rows and the content of the UConnnect Hands-Free package.

A single-DVD entertainment bundle also is available for the Grand Caravan SE and SXT. It adds the R/T's standard touchscreen and audio system along with a 9-inch second-row display screen and an HDMI input.

The SXT can be outfitted with the Dual-DVD/Blu-ray Entertainment package, which boasts 9-inch screens for the second and third rows as well as the touchscreen display, rearview camera and a few other standard R/T features. A more affordable UConnect Hands-Free Group offers Bluetooth audio connectivity.

Also of note for the SE and SXT is the Blacktop package, which features 17-inch aluminum wheels, a black grille, foglamps, leather interior accents, premium cloth seats and silver accent stitching.

The R/T is eligible for the Blu-ray system as well, and all Grand Caravans with the touchscreen infotainment system can be equipped with an integrated Garmin navigation system.

The Driver Convenience Group (standard for R/T) also is optional for the SXT; it adds Bluetooth audio connectivity, heated front- and second-row seats, automatic temperature control, a heated steering wheel and second- and third-row window shades. The Safety Sphere Group (R/T only) adds blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic detection and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Powertrains and Performance

There's a single engine for all versions of the 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan: a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels.

In Edmunds testing, a Grand Caravan accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 8 seconds, an average time for a minivan. Its EPA-estimated fuel economy is a combined 20 mpg (17 city/25 highway). The combined rating for competitors is a bit better, with the Honda Odyssey achieving a 22-mpg combined rating and the front-drive Toyota Sienna earning a 21-mpg combined rating.

Safety

Standard safety features for the 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan include stability control, antilock disc brakes, active front head restraints, a driver knee airbag, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Optional features in the Safety Sphere Group -- available only for the Grand Caravan R/T -- include a blind-spot monitoring system, rear parking and cross-traffic sensors and a rearview camera.

In Edmunds brake testing, a Grand Caravan came to a stop from 60 mph in 130 feet -- a bit longer than average for a minivan. An R/T with its grippier tires and sport suspension did better, racking up a 119-foot stop.

In government crash testing, the Grand Caravan was given an overall score of four out of five stars, with four stars for frontal impacts and five stars for side impacts. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the Dodge Grand Caravan was awarded the highest possible rating of "Good" in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset impact test as well as the side-impact, roof-strength and head restraint (whiplash protection) tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

You'll find good outward vision from an upright front-seat position, but some drivers -- particularly taller ones -- are likely to find the seat placement awkward, mostly because the pedals seem too close to the driver. Gauges are simple and usable. Cabin plastics and other materials, including the cloth seat upholstery, are satisfactory, but most of the Japanese competitors' interiors manage to look and feel a little more upscale.

It's hard not to love Dodge's ultra-useful Stow 'n Go second-row seats that disappear into the floor with the flick of a lever. The Stow 'n Go seats are standard for every Grand Caravan except the base AVP model, where they're optional. Transforming from max people-carrying mode to max cargo-carrying mode couldn't be simpler, while the third-row seats fold backward into a deep cargo well, although they demand a few extra strap and lever pulls to make the transition. Luggage space behind the third row is a useful 33 cubic feet, while you can open up a maximum of 143.8 cubic feet, a space similar to most other minivans, by dropping all the rear seats.

It's worth the money to make sure you buy a trim level or option package that includes the UConnect 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment interface. It's not the big 8.4-inch screen found in other Dodges, but the system is pretty easy to use otherwise.

Driving Impressions

Take a test-drive in the 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan and you'll find the 3.6-liter V6 engine generates satisfying acceleration, while the minivan's handling is stable and confident. It's the Grand Caravan's overall refinement that runs behind the smoother Japanese competition. There is more ruckus from the Dodge Grand Caravan's V6, and its automatic transmission doesn't always shift as smoothly as we'd like. The van's ride quality can also get a little course at times. The rival minivans seem to have more thoroughly integrated all of the moving parts, though in everyday use this nuance can be difficult to notice.

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