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2015 Dodge Grand Caravan: Used Car Review

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The 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan may not have the resale numbers of the Honda Odyssey or the reliability record of the Toyota Sienna, and it's certainly not as distinctive as the Nissan Quest. However, if you're looking for a roomy, highly versatile minivan with tons of clever features at a really good price, then the Grand Caravan hits the sweet spot.

Among the Grand Caravan's more noteworthy components is its Stow N Go seating and storage system, which allows the available second-row bucket seats to fold into a small compartment under the floor. It also has a Stow N Place roof-rack system that pivots so you can store it flush with the rack's side rails. All Grand Caravans seat seven: two up front, two in a second-row bench seat (in the SE trim) or in a pair of folding bucket seats (in the SXT) and three on a bench in the rear, which also folds neatly into the floor on higher-level trims. With the second- and third-row seats folded into the floor, the roomy Dodge offers more than 140 cu ft. of cargo space, providing a more practical, space-efficient people- and cargo-toting alternative to an SUV or a crossover. For 2015, two new value-added Plus packages were added for the SE and SXT trim.

What We Like

Low price; cool features such as Stow N Go seating; good safety ratings; powerful standard V6 engine; upscale interior on upper-trim models

What We Don't

Boring styling; so-so repair and reliability ratings; low resale value; no all-wheel-drive option; seating limited to seven passengers

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

A 3.6-liter V6 with direct injection that's backed with a 6-speed automatic transmission is standard on all Grand Caravans. This engine delivers a very respectable 283 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is rated at 17 miles per gallon in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. All Grand Caravans can tow up to 3,600 pounds with the optional trailer-tow package.

Standard Features & Options

For 2015, Dodge offered the Grand Caravan in six trims: AVP, SE, SE Plus, SXT, SXT Plus and R/T.

The Grand Caravan AVP (American Value Package) includes a 3.6-liter V6 engine, a 6-speed automatic transmission, power front windows, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, a rear wiper/washer, a second-row bench seat, a 4-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo, steering-wheel audio controls, 17-inch steel wheels with covers, heated side mirrors and automatic temperature control. Standard safety equipment includes electronic traction and stability control along with front, front side-impact and full-length side-curtain airbags.

The SE trim adds a color-keyed exterior trim, rear-seat air conditioning, a second-row captain's chair, Stow N Go seating, a front storage console and two additional speakers to the audio system.

The SE Plus adds unique carbon-colored aluminum wheels, piano-black and chrome interior accents, a black headliner and overhead console, heated power outside mirrors, power second- and third-row windows and the Uconnect Hands-Free Group with satellite radio and Bluetooth streaming.

The SXT trim goes further with alloy wheels, power windows in the sliding doors, a power rear lift gate, power-sliding side doors, color-keyed side mirrors and more.

The SXT Plus adds 17-in polished aluminum wheels, a super-center console, a 10-way power driver's seat, a bright-chrome roof rack, leatherette and suede seats, automatic headlights and the Uconnect Hands-Free Group.

Finally, the sporty R/T trim tosses in leather seating, 17-in polished aluminum wheels, an upgraded suspension and brakes, R/T exterior-body treatment, a rear backup camera, a power passenger seat and a 506-watt, 9-speaker Infinity sound system.

Most of the better options are bundled into packages reserved for the SXT and R/T trims. Among the more desirable available features are a DVD entertainment system with a 9-in screen, navigation radio, heated front- and second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, a blind spot monitoring system, rear-parking assist, a power rear lift gate, second- and third-row retractable sunshades and a removable center console.

Pricing

The Grand Caravan does not hold the same strong resale figures as its Japanese rivals. This may be bad news if you're selling your car, but it's great news if you're looking to get the most bang for your buck. To get a good idea of the Grand Caravan's price range, we suggest checking the used car values at KBB.com. You can also search on Autotrader to see which models are currently for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued the following recalls for the 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan:

A recall was issued for the possibility that the transmission pump may seize and cause a loss of hydraulic pressure. The loss of hydraulic pressure will result in a loss of motive power, increasing the risk of a crash.

A recall was issued regarding windshields installed with expired urethane primer, which may allow the windshield to become dislodged in the event of an accident.

Recall repairs are required by law even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed, and if not, they'll fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

The NHTSA gave the Grand Caravan four out of five stars in the frontal crash test and five stars in the side-impact test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Grand Caravan its highest rating in all tests performed and ranked it as a Top Safety Pick.

The Dodge Grand Caravan left the factory with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty with roadside assistance and a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Dodge certified pre-owned cars must be less than 5 years old and have no more than 75,000 miles on the odometer. The vehicles come with a 3-month/3,000-mile Maximum Care all-inclusive warranty, plus a 7-year/100,000 mile extended powertrain warranty from the date of the vehicle's original sale date.

Other Cars to Consider

2015 Toyota Sienna -- The Sienna will hold its value better and has stronger overall reliability ratings than the Grand Caravan. It also has an all-wheel-drive option.

2015 Honda Odyssey -- The Odyssey isn't as versatile when it comes to storage and features, but it can hold eight passengers, has much better resale and reliability ratings and is more stylish (for a minivan).

2015 Kia Sedona -- Filled with features and a better standard warranty, the Sedona is the bargain leader here; it holds about the same resale value as the Grand Caravan.

Autotrader's Advice

The SXT Grand Caravan is the best choice for those looking for value and features. It's nicely equipped as is but can also be optioned up, which is the case with many models. Budget-minded shoppers will find all of the basics in the AVP trim, minus rear windows that roll down. You should be able to get a good deal on a base model.

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