Great value; plenty of options; much-improved interior quality; flexible seating configurations; available Cargo Van version
Outdated exterior design; lacks premium vibe and cutting-edge technology of some rivals; no all-wheel-drive option
The Grand Caravan saw a refresh in 2011, but for 2013 it has received one new feature: a class-exclusive optional Blu-Ray DVD player.
Call us cheap, but we'd take the AVP for a hair under $21,000. You get incredible utility for that price, and if you want more features, you can take some of the savings and add them via the aftermarket.
The 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan comes in five trim levels: American Value Package (AVP), SE, SXT, Crew and R/T. Each trim level comes standard with the 283-hp V6, a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.
For a shockingly low MSRP of $20,995, the AVP model offers 16-inch steel wheels with plastic covers, heated exterior mirrors, power accessories, dual-zone manual climate control, cruise control, handy Stow 'n Go rear seats, a full roster of safety equipment and a 4-speaker audio system with an auxiliary audio jack.
The SE ($24,190) adds body-color exterior accents, tri-zone manual climate control, a removable center console with four cup-holders and a 6-speaker audio system.
The SXT ($27,690) steps up to 16-in alloy wheels, dual power-sliding doors, a power lift gate and power adjustable pedals, while the Crew ($28,795) gets fancy with 17-in alloy wheels, chrome exterior trim, tri-zone automatic climate control, a power driver's seat and a 6.5-in touchscreen infotainment system with hard-drive-based digital music storage and an integrated rearview camera.
The sport-themed "Man Van" R/T ($30,995) includes a sport-tuned suspension, black leather upholstery with red stitching, a power front passenger's seat and a 9-speaker Infinity audio system with a subwoofer.
Notable options include iPod connectivity, Bluetooth and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with a 9-in flip-down screen.
The Grand Caravan is also sold under the name RAM Cargo Van as a windowless work van -- the only current minivan to have undergone such a conversion.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
Honda Odyssey -- The recently redesigned Odyssey boasts comfy accommodations and an impressive technology suite, including an optional vacuum in the rear cargo area. The Odyssey suffers from dull dynamics and a body design some will find questionable.
Nissan Quest -- Based on a Japanese-market van, the Quest is taller and narrower than the rest, but it also has the nicest interior and an eager-to-please V6 engine.
Toyota Sienna -- Also recently redesigned, the Sienna offers the unusual option of a 4-cylinder engine. Customers not obsessed with fuel-efficiency will appreciate the 3.5-liter V6. The Sienna also offers a novel split-screen entertainment system that allows two kids to do their own thing simultaneously.