By KBB.com Editors
KBB Expert Rating: 6.9
The Chrysler Town & Country's history dates back 1989, when it broke new ground as the first luxury minivan ever produced. Since then, competitors such as the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey and the Nissan Quest have entered the market with varying degrees of success, but the 2013 Chrysler Town & Country continues its long-standing position as one of the top-selling people movers in America – and for good reason. Its interior quarters are stuffed with practical and convenient niceties, including Chrysler's popular Stow 'n Go second-row seating and a newly-available Blu-Ray disc player. Add in class-leading horsepower, and the 2013 Town & Country becomes a minivan you actually want to drive – with or without the family.
If features-per-dollar, power and fuel economy are more important than styling and best-in-class resale value, the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan makes a very tempting prospect.
If you value exterior styling and a vehicle that holds its value well over time, you're probably going to be happier with a Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna. Also, those needing all-wheel drive will find the Sienna is still the only game in town.
The 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan American Value Package (AVP) is made even better this year, with a lower price and more features that make it the most affordable 7-passenger minivan in America. A rear-seat entertainment package with Blu-Ray-compatible DVD player is offered on R/T and Crew models.
Driving Impressions With its 283-horspower Pentastar V6 engine, the Grand Caravan is the closest thing to a driving enthusiast's minivan you can buy. The suspension, steering and brakes are in complete harmony,...delivering excellent response and good feedback in all driving situations. The V6's low-end torque is so plentiful it feels as though it could tow two Grand Caravans with no problem. Yet, despite all this power, the Grand Caravan still manages EPA city/highway figures of 17 and 25. The thin Stow 'n Go seats may look a bit stiff, but they are actually quite supportive and comfy, designed with special foam cushions that help fight fatigue on long trips. Although we found the Grand Caravan easy to drive, its somewhat-wide turning radius makes U-turns and tight parking maneuvers a bit more burdensome.
UCONNECT HARD-DRIVE NAVIGATION
With navigation by Garmin, Sirius Travel Link and a 30GB hard drive for music storage, the voice-activated navigation system does everything except drive. You can even add a mobile Wi-Fi unit to the system, transforming your Grand Caravan into a rolling internet hot spot.
Perfect for a day at the game or a shaded family picnic, the Dodge's 2013 Grand Caravan's third-row seat can be flipped 180 degrees backward, creating a comfortable couch on which to perch your weary bones.
While the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan's exterior doesn't thrill us, its interior is a different story altogether. The large one-piece dash and detailed instrument clusters are among the nicest in the minivan world, featuring soft-touch surfaces, chrome bezels and colorful backlighting. Although loaded with storage areas, the Crew and R/T trims go further with an available "super console" capable of holding a 1-liter bottle between the front seats. The Grand Caravan's Stow 'n Go seating folds completely into the large floor wells, which can be used to store more stuff when the seats are in place.Exterior
Where it was once on the cutting edge of minivan design, the Dodge Grand Caravan is now behind the curve. Compared to the flowing features of the Nissan Quest and Honda Odyssey, the Grand Caravan's slab-sided styling just falls flat. The Grand Caravan's large sliding side doors can be power-operated and fitted with roll-down power windows (SXT, Crew and R/T trims). Rear shaded privacy glass covers most of the side glass and, on upper-level trims, the rear-most glass panel can be vented for better airflow. Unique features include the Stow 'n Place roof-rack system which employs swiveling roof-rack crossbars that can stow away in the side rails.
A Grand Caravan AVP includes keyless entry, heated side mirrors, 2-zone manual air conditioning, rear wiper/washer, rear defroster, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, second-row in-floor storage bins, AM/FM/CD/MP3 4-speaker stereo with steering-wheel audio controls and auxiliary audio input jack, cloth seating and 16-inch steel wheels with wheel covers. Available on the AVP and standard on all other trims are second-row Stow 'N Go seating and tinted side glass. All models feature a 3.6-liter V6 engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, 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.h
The 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan offers four additional trims beyond the base AVP: SE, SXT, Crew and R/T. Among the more notable options are the Stow 'n Place roof rack, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, a power liftgate and the Uconnect hard-drive-based voice-activated navigation and entertainment system. Other options of note include an Infinity 506-watt 9-speaker audio upgrade, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, satellite radio, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, rearview monitor, Uconnect Web mobile Wi-Fi Hot Spot, rear backup sensors, Blind Spot Monitoring system with Cross Path protection, manual sunshades, rain-sensing wipers, power-adjustable pedals and power-sliding side doors.
Beneath the hood of every 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan minivan is a dynamo 3.6-liter V6 engine developing a class-leading 283 horsepower. We think this is one of Dodge's best V6 engines to date and a long-overdue enhancement for the Grand Caravan. The new 6-speed automatic shifts seamlessly and, unlike in some other minivans we've tested, resists the urge to hunt around for the perfect gear. The new V6 is also E85-compatible, meaning it can run on a combination of gasoline and ethanol.
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)
By mskier on Tuesday, March 10, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 57,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Cons: "car starts making lots of noises around 75,000"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I've been driving Caravans since 1984, starting with 4-speed manual trans on floor (that's right). I take them into deep snow with 4 snow tires to top of VT, great cars; stow'n go seats are very good, drop the middle seats and kids sleep on the floor, plenty of leg room. Have had good luck with my vehicles despite complaints by others. Could be because I take good care of them and don't beat them. Front seats are designed to cup your body like a baseball glove vs. arched lower-back seats in Odyssey and Sienna. For long drives this makes a huge difference. No, I don't work for Dodge or Fiat, just a loyal customer going back to 1970's slant six engines in Dodge vans and Darts"
7 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By Teri on Saturday, March 07, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 118,621overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "inside only has 1 small (tiny) hole in drver's sea"
Cons: "CV joints clicking barely, right rotor not the bes"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Needs CV Joints they're clicking real quietly right now. Back passenger tail-light still works at least, but the light cover is glued, but at least still works. Small (tiny) dent on the right of the rear light.....I mean tiny."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By Ford lover on Friday, February 20, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "about 18 to 19 mpg in everyday driving"
Cons: "no heat vent to warm up feet area"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Only bought it to carry my handicapped dad around, but do really like it. Comfortable, drives good and has been very dependable with no mechanical problems."
4 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Ole Fred on Sunday, February 15, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 69,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great combination of sports car and dump truck"
Cons: "Poor cruise control speed maintenance on hills"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Not eye catching; blends in with the crowd. Excellent acceleration, braking and handling. Cruise control loses 5 mph on highway hills (most annoying feature of vehicle). Interior is spacious, comfortable and well laid out. Lots of space for cargo and passengers. I'll keep this until one of us dies (me or the van)."
4 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By Festus on Friday, February 06, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good mileage, good acceleration, good traveling ca"
Cons: "brakes, supsension noise, flaky tranmisson."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4
"Had to replace brake rotors.....suspension noise in rear cannot be found nor solved. Car drives ok, good mileage..but seems cheap...lousy resale. Previously had a 98 Gr Caravan. Great vehicle. Bought an 05 and hated it...traded it with 2000 miles...for a 2008...had transmission issues, lousy rear suspension. Traded that for the 2011...transmission is flaky. Most likely will NOT buy another. EXCEPT--they are (minivans) the most sensible vehicle on the market and can't find an equal for the price. A true conundrum.."
6 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By Momma G on Wednesday, January 28, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "cheap, convenient stow and go seats"
Cons: "it's just a mini van"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"Adequate transportation for a family of six and their stuff. Our SXT has some convenient features but lacks a lot of little things that would make it a really nice vehicle. You get what you pay for. Unfortunately they don't hold their value very well so unless you pay cash or put a LOT down you'll be upside down in your loan really fast."
8 people out of 13 found this review helpful