2016 Dodge Grand Caravan Expert Review

3.8 Overall Score
Performance 3.7 Comfort 3.8 Styling 3.8 Value 3.8

Editor's Overview

The Caravan was the vehicle that started the whole minivan craze. Its descendent, the 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan minivan, keeps the leadership role alive by offering a powerful V6 engine, an amazingly low starting price and some of the most clever storage and seating features ever put into a family-friendly hauler.

You'll Like The 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan If...

If a minivan is the only vehicle that can accommodate your family’s hauling needs, Dodge’s Grand Caravan for 2016 will give you everything you need at the best price possible. Impressive power comes standard, thanks to a 283-horsepower V6.

You May Not Like The 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan If...

The 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan doesn’t have the same reliability and resale history as the Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna. You’ll get a longer warranty with the Kia Sedona and better fuel economy from the Honda Odyssey. All-wheel-drive fans have only one choice: Toyota Sienna.

What's New

There are no major changes for the 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan minivan.

Interior Features

The 2016 Grand Caravan by Dodge offers a clever and comfortable interior for its seven passengers. One of its aces is cargo flexibility, primarily due to the Stow 'n Go 2nd-row seats, which quickly fold into the floor to maximize cargo space without removing the heavy seats. The downside is that this limits the Grand Caravan to only seven passengers, unlike most of its competitors, which can seat up to eight. Those seven have comfortable seats, two available rear video screens and plenty of other amenities. The driver gets a nicely designed instrument panel and plenty of knickknack space.

Exterior Features

If you think form should follow function, you're going to love what Dodge has done with the 2016 Grand Caravan. It's not ugly by any means, but the plain wraps around a very functional and family-friendly vehicle. The two sliding doors are a godsend to anybody who's ever been trapped in a crowded parking lot, and they're available with a power sliding mechanism as well. If there's not enough cargo space behind the third row, the Stow 'n Place roof-rack system uses swiveling roof-rack crossbars that can be stowed away, out of sight, in the side rails.

Driving Impressions

While no minivan is really fun to drive, the Dodge Grand Caravan for 2016 lags behind the ride and handling of its newer rivals. The 283-horsepower V6 and 6-speed automatic deliver world-class acceleration and smoothness, and the brakes feel strong and competent. All that power comes in handy when hauling not just the Grand Caravan’s seven passengers and their gear, but an additional 3,600 pounds when equipped with the optional towing package. While the Grand Caravan’s suspension returns a smooth ride, it takes a back seat to the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna in the areas of cornering and turning radius. Though Dodge loads the Grand Caravan with lots of cool features, its aging architecture negates certain electronic safety and infotainment features found on newer Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Pricing Notes

Dodge’s Grand Caravan AVP for 2016 carries a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of a little under $23,000, including the destination charge. The SE adds about $3,000 to that price, but the $28,600 SXT model offers the best blend of features and price, in our opinion. The R/T starts at about $32,000, and with options, can run into the $38,000 range. The Dodge's price advantage over the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna is clear: The base price on a Sienna is nearly $6,000 higher, while a base Honda Odyssey LX is nearly $7,000 higher than a Grand Caravan AVP. Before heading to the dealer, be sure to check KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price to see what others are paying in your area. Also, note that while the prices are lower in the beginning, the Dodge doesn't hold its value as well as its Japanese or Korean competitors.

Notable Equipment

The base Grand Caravan AVP comes pretty well equipped, starting with the 283-horsepower engine, 17-inch wheels, remote keyless entry and air conditioning in front and in the rear. It also comes with tilt/telescope steering wheel, power windows, power locks, steering-wheel-mounted controls for the audio system and cruise control, and storage bins hidden in the floor in front of the 2nd-row seats. All Grand Caravans come with electronic traction and stability control and 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. Standard safety equipment includes front, front side-impact and full-length side-curtain airbags.

Notable Options

The Grand Caravan SE is the step up from the AVP, and includes Stow 'n Go and tinted glass standard, plus 3-zone automatic climate control. The SE Plus package adds 2nd-row power windows, the Uconnect Voice Command with Bluetooth, along with streaming audio. The SXT comes standard with power sliding doors and a power liftgate, all for less than $30,000, while the R/T gets a monochrome exterior and upgraded interior treatment. Other options include parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring with cross-path detection, dual DVD screens, Garmin navigation radio, load-leveling suspension, heated front seats and steering wheel and rain-sensing wipers.

Favorite Features

3.6-LITER V6 ENGINE

One of the best V6 engines in the industry, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is a perfect match to the Grand Caravan, delivering smooth operation, instantaneous power and decent fuel economy.


LOW PRICE

The 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan’s ace in the hole is its remarkably low starting price. Even in its most basic form, the Grand Caravan still comes nicely equipped, giving families on a budget a break where it counts most.

Under the Hood

Only one engine is available for the 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan: a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 283 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Known as the Pentastar, it's an excellent V6 engine, delivering smooth power and pretty good fuel economy. The engine gets paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission that delivers smooth shift action and, unlike some other transmissions in other vehicles, doesn't have the annoying characteristic of continually "hunting" for the correct gear. Finally, the V6 is E85-compatible, so it can operate on blends of gasoline and ethanol.


3.6-liter V6

283 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm

260 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 mpg (gasoline), 12/18 mpg (E85)

Editors' Notes

The minivan market has shrunk over the years, but the 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan remains a major player, right alongside the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. The Grand Caravan’s clean, boxy exterior may look boring compared to the more stylish designs from Honda, Kia and Nissan, but it provides maximum interior space, which is what families care about most. Inside, features such as the 2nd-row Stow ‘n Go seating give the big Dodge an advantage over other minivans, as does its low sticker price. And, although the entry-level AVP trim costs thousands less than its rivals, the Grand Caravan delivers the most powerful V6 engine in its class, standard.

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Owner Reviews

4.46

220 Reviews

57% 34% 8% 2 star 0% 1%

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I love my Dodge grand Caravan!

I love my Dodge grand Caravan! Where do I start? Tons of room for kids. Plenty of space for groceries. The stow and go is great to store seats when hauling bigger objects. The r/t engine is nothing like other minivans! This things has the get up and go! Not sluggish at all! The back seats offer plenty of legroom for teenage boys. I love that I was able to save all my music to the hdd. I have no problem getting within reach to strap two littles into car seats. Plenty of plugins for all the tech stuff. The absolute only negative I have to say is it is not great on gas mileage! Highway mpg is ok, but riding around town it is definitely a gas guzzler.

- Sarah S

2016 Dodge grand caravan rx.

My Dodge grand caravan is a comfortable vehicle for both myself and my children. The features I enjoy the most are the hands-free doors, touch screen, leather, heated seats, and the ample amount of space that the caravan offers. The only issue I have had with my vehicle since owning it is the sliding doors will sometimes stop working. I am not sure for the reasoning behind this, as they will start working again after a bit. I enjoy the feeling of safety that the caravan offers. I am at nearly 100, 000 miles without any major issues so I am confident in my decision to purchase my second Dodge grand caravan.

- Courtney S

Dodge Grand Caravan is the perfect family vehicle. Minivan mom for life!

I use to say i�d never be a �minivan mom� but I love my Grand Caravan and never want to drive anything else. It is so roomy and is perfect for all the long road trips we take. One of my favorite features is how the captain seats in back and the bench seat all stow and go. I can fit more in my van than my husband can in his truck! When the seats are up, the storage cubbies are huge. Love the ease of having power sliding doors and liftgate, it makes life with kids so much easier. Plus, it is honestly a really nice looking van. I feel safe and I know my family is safe when we are traveling.

- Denise H