Great value; plenty of options; much-improved interior quality; flexible seating configurations
Outdated exterior design; lacks premium vibe and cutting-edge technology of some rivals; no all-wheel-drive option
Pending an all-new model likely set to debut for 2016, the Grand Caravan is unchanged for the 2015 model year.
The Grand Caravan offers several enticing models -- including the unique R/T, which is about as close as any automaker comes to a sporty minivan. The best deal is the Grand Caravan SXT, which includes everything a parent might want -- such as dual sliding doors and tri-zone climate controls -- along with a few special features including a power lift gate and alloy wheels that go the extra mile.
The 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan comes in four trim levels: American Value Package (AVP), SE, SXT and R/T. Each trim level comes standard with the 283-hp V6, a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.
The AVP model ($20,800) 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 ($25,800) adds body-color exterior accents, trizone manual climate control, a removable center console with four cupholders and a 6-speaker audio system.
The SXT ($28,700) steps things up with 16-in alloy wheels, dual power-sliding doors, a power lift gate and power adjustable pedals.
The high-end R/T ($30,500) is the Grand Caravan's luxury-oriented model. In addition to its standard power lift gate and rearview camera, the R/T includes 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 C/V Tradesman as a windowless work van -- the only current minivan to offer such a conversion.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
Honda Odyssey -- The 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 styling that 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 -- The Sienna offers engaging dynamics, a powerful V6, and a novel split-screen entertainment system that allows two kids to do their own thing simultaneously.