The 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan is a budget-conscious minivan. Its base trim offers low prices and a list of functional equipment. Seven passengers, adequate power and typically enormous minivan space mean it’s competent family carriers, even for long trips. It’s also short on options, which means it’s price cuts the competition and your wallet will thank you for that in the long run.
At the top trim, the 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan offers some additional comforts and optional equipment such as rear-seat DVD entertainment system and leather upholstery. But even with the extra equipment, the Grand Caravan still looks outdated. This is a minivan that hasn’t been redesigned in a decade and it’s seen in almost every aspect. If you want to see how much has changed in today’s minivan segment, just look at the Chrysler Pacifica dealer. Its additional features alone, ranging from infotainment features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to safety systems such as automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning, making it a much more attractive minivan. Improved interior quality, better style and driving experience should be really driven home the point.
Even if prices are your main concern, a used or certified version of Pacifica or other newer minivans might give you a better family carrier. But if you only want a new car, the 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan at least provides the basics.
For 2019, an auto-dimming rearview camera is now standard.
Trim levels and features
The 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan is a budget-friendly, seven-passenger minivan offered in three trim levels: SE, SE Plus and SXT.
Standard equipment for the base SE includes 17-inch steel wheels, heated mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rearview camera, a conversation mirror, tri-zone climate control, rear air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a second-row bench seat, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, and a six-speaker audio system with an auxiliary audio jack and CD player.
Optional for the SE trim is the Uconnect Hands-Free Group package, which adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, a USB port, satellite radio, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity. Second-row Stow ‘n Go captain’s chairs is an optional upgrade.
The SE Plus trim get all above equipment plus black exterior styling elements, 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, automatic headlights, upgraded upholstery and trim, remote ignition and a front floor console.
The Grand Caravan SXT adds chrome exterior trim, power-sliding rear doors, roof rails, a power liftgate, a larger floor console, leather upholstery with suede inserts, dual-zone air conditioning, and an eight-way power driver seat with two-way power lumbar adjustment.
There are two optional packages for the SXT. The Blacktop package retains the SE black exterior trim but removes the roof rack, while the feature-rich Driver Convenience Group package adds a heated steering wheel, three-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a rear overhead console, an overhead storage bin, second-row sunshades and ambient lighting.
Available on every 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan is an enhanced touchscreen with integrated Garmin navigation, digital music storage and satellite radio. Other options include the Rear Park Assist package, which adds rear parking sensors, an enhanced trip computer, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter. An optional DVD rear entertainment system includes 115V power outlet, a DVD player, one roof-mounted screen, satellite radio, wireless headphones and a charge-only USB port.
All the 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It paired to a six-speed automatic transmission that delivers smooth shift action and front-wheel drive as standard. The Grand Caravan does offer manual gear selector, but the shifter’s location next to the instrument panel makes it uncomfortable to use.
In performance testing, the 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 8 seconds, which is slower than other top minivans. Fuel economy ratings are about 10 percent lower than some of its more modern competitors, as it earns an EPA-estimated 20 mpg combined (17 mpg city/25 mpg highway), an average number 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 2019 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 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan SE has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $27,645 (all prices include the $1,395 destination fee but before incentives). The SE Plus cost under $30,000, while The top-of-the-line SXT trim is $33,545.