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2014 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.8

The 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan remains as a leader on the list when a family starts shopping for a minivan, and with good reason. Going head-to-head with segment leaders like the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna, the Grand Caravan features a smooth and powerful V6 engine that deals well with full loads and freeway merges, a nicely-finished interior that includes attractive ambient lighting and the thoughtful features Stow `n Go system (allows folding the 2nd-row seats into the floor), and a very affordable price. It might be somewhat plain on the outside, but where you need it to work is on the inside, and the Dodge Grand Caravan does that very, very well.

You'll Like This Car If...

This is simple. You have a family, need to haul people and cargo, and you're working with a modest budget. Given those requirements, the 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan should top your list.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Maybe you want something less, well, utilitarian-looking and you'd like a higher retention of resale value. Check out the alternatives from Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Kia. And, if you can benefit from all-wheel drive, that sends you to the Toyota Sienna.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 6.8
  • 6.2
  • 7.0
  • 6.2
  • 6.2
  • 7.8
How It Ranks

#3

out of 3

Fuel Economy

#1

out of 3

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

6.7 out of 10
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2014 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

The major Dodge Grand Caravan news for 2014 is the availability of an optional 30th Anniversary model, which includes numerous luxury, convenience and trim features that are otherwise, for the most part, either parts of packages or stand-alone options.

Driving the Grand Caravan Passenger
2014 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions For all its work-a-day appearance and family-oriented reputation, the 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan is much more of an enthusiast's driving minivan that you would expect. The strong engine, with 283...

horsepower, moves the Grand Caravan with responsive and impressive performance. The suspension and steering handle the curves with precision and ease, and the 4-wheel disc brakes bring things safely and surely to a stop. The engine is really the star of this minivan's show – it not only deals with any load you might reasonably pile in or on the Grand Caravan but, with the optional towing package, it can handle trailers up to 3,600 pounds. And, in the bargain, it's rated by the EPA with city/highway fuel-economy figures of 17 and 25 mpg, respectively. The only driving aspect we found slightly problematical was a somewhat wide turning radius that made U-turns and tight parking lots a bit of an issue.

3.6-LITER V6 ENGINE
With 283 horsepower, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is as well-suited to the Grand Caravan as an engine can be. Matched with a 6-speed automatic, the powertrain is smooth, responsive and potent, and returns commendably good fuel economy.

TAILGATE SEATING
Perfect for a day at the game or a shaded family picnic, the Dodge's 2014 Grand Caravan's third-row seat can be flipped 180 degrees backward, creating a comfortable couch on which to perch your weary bones.

2014 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Details
2014 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

A minivan makes friends with its interior, and the 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan wins lots of friends. Facing the driver is a handsome instrument panel with soft-touch surfaces, detailed instrument clusters with chrome bezels, and attractive ambient lighting. There is storage apparently everywhere, but the R/T model adds an extra-large console between the front seats. Adding versatility is the Grand Caravan's Stow `n Go system, which allows folding the 2nd-row seats completely into wells in the floor or, with the seats up, those deep wells can be used to store even more of the stuff of family travel.

Exterior
2014 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger photo

The 2014 Dodge Caravan is not a style leader. Not that it looks bad, it's just plain. However, that blandness covers a very functional, family-friendly vehicle. The large sliding side doors are available with power operation and power-opening windows. Around the rear, the shaded privacy glass helps keep the insides cooler on hot days. On higher trim levels the rear-most glass panels offer an opening, venting function. On top, the Stow `n Place roof-rack system uses swiveling roof-rack crossbars that can be stowed away, out of sight, in the side rails. Beautiful? Perhaps not. Highly functional? You bet.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A 2014 Dodge 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 2nd-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.

Optional Equipment

Beyond the base AVP, the 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan is available in SE, SXT and R/T trim levels. 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.

Under the Hood
2014 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Engine photo

All models of the 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan are powered by the Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 engine of 283 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. It's a remarkable powerplant and delivers smoothness, response, plenty of power and noteworthy fuel economy. It's matched with 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)

The base 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan, the AVP, has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) under $21,000. The cargo version is under the Ram brand and is the C/V, for Cargo Van; its base price is under $24,000. At the opposite end, the Grand Caravan can approach $40,000 for a fully-loaded R/T model. The Grand Caravan's base price is among the lowest in the category, yet it features a quite powerful standard engine. By comparison, the Toyota Sienna V6 is about $4,000 more, while the entry-level Honda Odyssey is roughly $7,000 more. We expect our Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to reflect real-world transaction prices – before any available incentives – within a few hundred dollars of sticker price. And, although the 2014 Grand Caravan minivan may have a lower entry price, we don't expect it to retain resale value as well as the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.

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2014 Dodge Grand Caravan Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
6.7
Out of 10

Based on 250 Ratings for the 2008 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    7.3/10
    Quality
    6.8/10
  • Reliability
    7.3/10
    Performance
    7.2/10
  • Comfort
    7.7/10
    Styling
    7.7/10

2013 sxt Great Van with a few shortcomings

By on Tuesday, July 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Power baby, Power"

Cons: "Quirky transmission"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Pros: 1)A Ton of Power! This ain't your momma's minivan, this van can take on the best with its pickup and power. 2)Stow and Go is great, very convenient. 3)Highway mileage is awesome. You can get about 34 mpg traveling at 55mph on flat highway, 4)I use this van for business purposes and the power doors are very useful. 5) Interior dash is solidly built 6) Good crash test ratings Cons: 1) Transmission is really quirky, I don't like. 2) Highway mileage is awesome, however city mpg is pathetic. On hilly terrain in stop and go traffic 13 mpg 3)Boring appearance, but then again it is a minivan. In all great for my purposes. I purchased used @ 44,000 miles and have put 12,000 miles on it with no problems. Really a great highway or travel van."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

2014 Dodge Grand Caravan - Great Reliable Car

By on Sunday, July 06, 2014

I don't own this car

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great price, reliable, good mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Got this as a rental car for 10 days and put 1,400 miles on it in that time. Over the time, it was remarkably reliable. air conditioning was ice cold in 108 degree temperatures. The car is very spacious and has many compartments for holding and storing things which is a plus. if we were in the market for a new minivan the 2014 grand caravan would be at the top of the list for sure."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

disappointing van to own

By on Saturday, June 28, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Poor quality,reliability

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "none"

Cons: "Poor quality"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"We bought our Caravan to replace our old Toyota Sienna.Our 02 Sienna gave us ten plus years of worry free driving.Only had to repair the breaks,struts,and one ball joint during that time. We bought our Caravan used for a fair price,and it seemed like a great car for the first 6 months. Then a transmission cooling line and a power steering line went bad fixed it for $700 and thought that should be it for a while.During the last six months check engine light came on and wont go away no one can figure it out.The passenger a/c stopped blowing cold air,the 3.8 engine is burning about 2 quarts of oil every 3000 miles now and the automatic sliding door broke!Today after about one year I traded it in on a newer Sienna. I lost some money on the deal,but I defiantly gained some peace of mind!A friend of mine owns a 2012 Caravan and he is having a lot of the same sort of issues . I think they are just a poorly made vehicle ."

Don't buy this van

By on Monday, June 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 159,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "None"

Cons: "Tons of problems, electrical, mechanical"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"We have owned this van since January 2013. We bought is used at a dealership with 68,000 miles on it. Driving off of the lot, the seal on the windshield came off and was flapping against the window. Then within the first four months of owning it, we had to replace the front brake pads, rotors and calipers ($700). We had to replace two tires. Then we started having problems with the shifter. It would stick in and lock so that you can't remove the key. Then the ignition started malfunctioning so that the car doesn't always start. And, the A/C went out. This car is a joke. For a car that is marketed and designed for families, this is a huge disappointment and financial burden. Do not buy this car! Wish we hadn't!"

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

The car was just OK!

By on Friday, May 16, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Trade in for a new car

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Great gas mileage, room and comfort."

Cons: "Paid way too much for a used car."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I honestly liked the feel of this car, the safety I felt when driving but I bought this car from a dealership and I was ripped off in every sense of the word and paid way too much, so much that on trade in I had negative equity value toward a new car which made my down pretty much void. Unfortunately, I was naive and should have done things differently but I can't change what happened. The car is technically a good car and great for a family but watch for people who will try to sell it overpriced. Always check Kelly Blue Book to make sure you are getting a fair deal!"

13 people out of 21 found this review helpful

2014 SE Great buy!

By on Wednesday, May 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Value, Performance, Interior/Hauling functionality"

Cons: "Expensive packages"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The interior is by far the most functional out of all the 2014 minivans and the cost was 5000 or more less than anything else in the same class. What more could you want? No idea where the "road noise" comments in a lot of the reviews are coming from, maybe a previous year? It is very quiet on the road. The only real con is that the base equipment is a joke. The AVP base model is missing things like rear AC vents and the critical stow and go middle row. Go for the SE and beware the extremely high cost for all the optional equipment and higher package levels. ($500 for a spare tire? Is it gold plated?) Not rating the quality or reliability since I haven't had it long enough to say."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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