The 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan is still on par with the leading minivans like the Toyota Sienna and the Honda Odyssey. With the powerful V6 engine, Stow ‘n Go system and a nicely crafted interior, the Grand Caravan is a great deal for families at a starting price of just over $20,000. This minivan from Dodge should be in the shopping list of every family vehicle shopper.
NEW FOR 2014 GRAND CARAVAN
- 30th Anniversary Edition
- discontinuation of the Crew trim level
- standard power liftgate, rearview camera and security alarm on the R/T
UNDER THE HOOD
A 3.6-liter V6 engine with 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque sits under the hood of every 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan. It goes with a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.
The Dodge minivan gets 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway/20 mpg combined fuel economy ratings from the EPA.
ON THE ROAD
The 2014 Grand Caravan’s handling is impressive for a minivan. The V6 delivers enough power to make it move but it tends to be noisy under hard acceleration. Many reviewers, however, see it as powerful enough to pull a fully loaded Grand Caravan.
The 6-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly but not all the time. The suspension is also not as refined as the Grand Caravan’s rivals. Although these flaws may not affect every buyer’s purchase decision, they allow the likes of Sienna and Odyssey shine brighter in the market in terms of driving experience.
INSIDE THE 2014 GRAND CARAVAN
The interior design of the new Grand Caravan is not exceptional but it is decent and modern. The seven-passenger seating capacity is excellent even if some of its rivals offer room for eight. All seats are comfortable but taller passengers may find the legroom in both the second- and third rows lacking.
What’s outstanding in the Grand Caravan is the cabin storage. Cup holders are present up to the rearmost seats. Small storage bins abound. And the Stow ‘n Go storage system features box-like storage spaces between rows and split-fold flat rear seats which give way to more cargo space. The Grand Caravan offers 33 to 143.8 cubic feet of cargo space.
The Dodge Grand Caravan has four trim levels—American Value Package, SE, SXT and R/T. But for 2014, the minivan has a 30th Anniversary Edition in either SE or SXT model. Here are select standard and optional features on the Grand Caravan.
AVP: second-row bench seat, 60/40 split fold-flat third-row bench seat, black cloth upholstery, dual glove boxes, overhead console, 4-speaker Uconnect AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, auxiliary audio jack, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, 17-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, cruise control
SE: second-row split fold-flat seat, tri-zone manual climate control, 6-speaker audio system, 17-inch aluminum wheels
SXT: roof rack, power liftgate, left power sliding door
R/T: remote start, security alarm, performance suspension, leather seats, power-adjustable front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, black interior accents, electronic vehicle information center, overhead storage spaces, ambient interior lighting, 9-speaker Uconnect audio system (with 40GB hard drive, 6.5-inch touchscreen display and DVD capability), rearview camera
30th Anniversary Edition: special key fob, voice command technology, Bluetooth, satellite radio, remote USB port, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, auto-dimming rearview mirror with microphone, 8-way power driver seat (SXT), leatherette/suede upholstery (SXT)
Options: auto-dimming rearview mirror, Blu-Ray/DVD entertainment system, second- and/or third-row 9-inch overhead VGA screen, navigation system, video remote control, wireless headphones, blind spot and cross path detection
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