If the latest and best minivan prices seem a bit too expensive for you, do not worry. The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan is not a new player in this segment, as it offers safe family transportation at affordable prices sufficient to attract your attention than its more expensive rivals.
Like most minivans, The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan delivers superior third row space and cargo capacity compared to a three-row SUV. One of its best features is the Stow ‘n Go seating arrangement. Unlike the other minivans that require removing the rear seats to maximize the cargo space, the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan folds them neatly into storage under the floor boards. This creates a nearly flat surface load to carry large and long sized items. Along with that, the Grand Caravan price-oriented will definitely win the hearts of many buyers.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan is a seven-passenger budget-friendly minivan available in four trim levels: SE, SE Plus, SXT and GT.
Standard features for the base SE includes 17-inch steel wheels, remote unlocking and locking, heated mirrors, a conversation mirror, tri-zone climate control, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, rear air-conditioning, full power accessories, rearview camera, a second-row bench seat, a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, a six-speaker audio system with an auxiliary audio jack and a CD player.
The optional Uconnect Hands-Free Group package adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a USB port and satellite radio. Second-row captain chairs are an optional upgrade, its offer the Stow and Go fold-into-the-floor feature.
The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan SE Plus include all above equipment plus black exterior styling elements, 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, automatic headlights, remote engine start, upgraded upholstery and trim and a front floor console.
The Grand Caravan SXT adds chrome exterior trim, roof rails, a power liftgate, power-sliding rear doors, an eight-way power driver seat with two-way power lumbar adjustment, a larger floor console and leather upholstery with suede inserts.
Two optional packages are available for the SXT. The Blacktop package get the SE Plus exterior trim but removes the roof rack. The Driver Convenience Group package adds automatic climate control, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a rear overhead console, ambient lighting, an overhead storage bin and second- and third-row sunshades.
The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan GT takes the SXT standard equipment, the Driver Convenience Group (except the roof rails and chrome) plus different wheels, a performance-tuned suspension, a body-colored grille, a driver information center, an eight-way power passenger seat, full leather seating, heated second-row seats, black interior accents, voice controls, navigation, a 115-volt household-style outlet and an upgraded nine-speaker audio system.
Some trims also get access to special options packages. All the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan can be equipped with a rear-seat entertainment system, which includes a 9-inch overhead touchscreen display screen, satellite radio, an HDMI input, a 115-volt power outlet and two USB charging ports.
Only for the GT is Safety Sphere group, which adds blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors. The Trailer Tow Group adds a hitch, load-leveling feature and wiring harness.
All the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Power sends to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.
In performance testing, the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 8 seconds, an average time for a minivan. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the Grand Caravan is 20 mpg combined (17 mpg city/25 mpg highway), which is average for the segment.
Inside, you will find excellent outside visibility from the upright position of the front seat, but some of the higher-bodied drivers will find the seat placement awkward, because the pedal looks too close to the driver. The gauge is simple and easy to see at a glance. Plastics and other materials such as cloth seat upholstery are satisfactory, but some rival interiors has look and feel a little more upscale.
The standard 6.5-inch touch screen interface is not sufficient, it’s better to switch to a sleek 8.4-inch screen with a stronger Uconnect interface and quite easy to use.
One of the most preferred features of the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan is the very handy Stow ‘n Go second-row seats that fall to the floor with a touch of lever. It’s transitioning from transporting people to cargo mode with minimal effort required. The third row seats fold deep into the cargo, though it takes some extra straps and lever pull to get it. The cargo space behind the third row is 33 cubic feet, and you can open a maximum of 143.8 cubic feet by folding all the rear seats, a figure that is almost the same as most other minivans.
Release Dates and Price
The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan is expected to enter production this December and for deliveries to start sometime in January. Key competitors include the Honda Odyssey, Kia Sedona and Toyota Sienna.
Official pricing will start at $25,995, the same price as the previous year. The Grand Caravan SXT will top out at $31,495.