2017 Dodge Grand Caravan Buyer's Guide

By Allyson Harwood on September 21, 2016 7:53 AM

Last Laps for the Original

The Dodge Grand Caravan is the minivan that started it all, way back in 1983. Dodge has announced that the Grand Caravan will cease production, but not until at least late 2017. Until then, Dodge's minivan will continue to offer the lowest starting price in the minivan segment. The current-generation Grand Caravan dates back to the 2008 model year and its resale values are below the category average, things to keep in mind when weighing Dodge's people-mover against some of the others.

Driving It

"While you’ll get better steering response and a firmer ride from the Honda Odyssey and Nissan Quest, the Grand Caravan isn’t sloppy, and its softer ride may actually be a bonus. Dodge’s 3.6-liter V6 is a wonderful engine, delivering 283 horsepower that is most welcome when trying to get a fully loaded van around slow-moving traffic or across high-elevation passes." Find out more in our 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan full review.

Cool Features

Available Stow 'n Go seats in the second row can be folded flat into the floor with one hand in less than 5 seconds. When the seats are up, you can use those same bins to store smaller items that will be hidden from view. The third row folds flat as well, allowing for a cargo area akin to that of a moving van. If you want a minivan with a little more attitude, the Grand Caravan GT features more responsive suspension tuning, sportier wheels and black leather seats.

Consumer Feedback

KBB.com reader and Grand Caravan owner ellen has this to say: "Everyone loves the stow and go and the "airplane" lighting overhead. Plenty of room. Comfortable. Handles well. However. I am tired of all the service repairs needed at this point. I have had brakes completely redone twice including rotors. Transmission has been done too." Read more Dodge Grand Caravan consumer reviews.

Build and Price

With a starting sticker price of just over $25,000, the 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SE is the lowest-priced minivan in America. A fully loaded Grand Caravan GT can top $40,000. How much should you really pay? Build and price your own 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

More Minivans

When do you know you've found the right minivan? Only after you've explored them all. Check out our Minivan Buyer's Guide to become an instant expert on all your options.

 


 

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