The 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan is simply the most recent version of the minivan that started it all in 1984. Still wildly successful, more than 122,000 Grand Caravans went out showroom doors last year, as compared to just over 99,000 units of the Honda Odyssey. That’s why Dodge continues building and selling the Grand Caravan. Because production costs for the Grand Caravan are relatively low at this point, there’s no reason yet to stop building the Dodge minivan. Moreover, Chrysler understands there is no guarantee those 122,000 sales would go to the freshly minted and similarly priced Chrysler Voyager if the Grand Caravan went away.
The Grand Caravan, however, is showing its age in several areas, such as fuel economy, technology and suspension architecture. Its biggest selling point today is the price. That and name recognition keep the Grand Caravan in the minivan hunt.
What’s New for 2020?
As has been the case for the past several years, Dodge hasn’t done anything to really enhance the Grand Caravan for 2020. For 2019, it eliminated the SE Plus trim level for a somewhat better-contented SE 35th Anniversary Edition. With the anniversary celebration over, the 35th Anniversary Edition is gone and the SE Plus is back, but with standard second-row Super Stow ‘n Go bucket seats and in-floor storage, 8-way power driver’s seat, and an available all-black interior with red wine-accent stitching. That interior is now also available on the SXT grade. Likewise, Dodge discontinued the SXT 35th Anniversary Edition. See the 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan models for sale near you
What We Like
- Low base price
- Available price incentives
- Flexible seating configurations
What We Don’t
- Subpar fuel economy and crash scores
- Interior looks and feels low-rent
- Overall lack of refinement
- Lack of safety/driver-assist technologies
- Fewer available features than rivals
Every 2020 Grand Caravan has a 3.6-liter V6 rated at 283 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. Fuel economy estimates stand at a disappointing 17 miles per gallon in the city, 25 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg in combined driving.
Standard Features & Options
The 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan now comes in three trim levels: SE, SE Plus and SXT. All prices include the $1,495 factory destination charge.
The SE ($28,785) comes standard with seating for seven, a second-row bench seat, third-row Stow ‘n Go seating, 17-in steel wheels, tri-zone manual climate control, remote keyless entry, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a backup camera, cloth upholstery, a 6.5-in touchscreen and a 6-speaker audio system. A package called the Uconnect Hands-Free Group adds must-have features like a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth, satellite radio capability and a USB port.
The SE Plus ($31,585) adds all the features in the Hands-Free Group plus 17-in alloy wheels, auto on/off headlights, remote start, a floor-mounted center console, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, nicer cloth upholstery and second-row Super Stow ‘n Go bucket seats. A couple of available radio/navigation upgrades are options.
Next, the SXT ($34,285) steps things up with roof rails, fog lamps, power-sliding doors, a power lift gate, upgraded center console and leather/faux-suede mix upholstery. The Blacktop package is optional, as is the Driver’s Convenience Group with automatic tri-zone climate control, heated steering wheel, heated front seats, overhead storage bin, illuminated vanity mirrors, rear swiveling reading lamp, second-row sunshades and a universal garage-door opener.
All trims can be equipped with a rear-seat entertainment system that includes a single overhead screen, a DVD player, an HDMI input, an extra USB port, satellite radio and wireless headphones.
The 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan comes with standard stability control, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, a backup camera and six airbags (front, front-side and full-length side-curtain).
In crash testing performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Grand Caravan received an overall rating of four stars out of five, including four stars for frontal impacts, five stars for side impacts and four stars in the rollover test.
In tests conducted by the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Grand Caravan earned strong scores in four of the group’s five tests — though it received a troubling Poor rating in the firm’s challenging small-overlap front crash test.
Behind the Wheel
The Grand Caravan’s aging chassis is evident over big ruts and potholes, which causes the Dodge to shimmy and shake worse than most rivals. Despite the comparatively crude chassis, the Grand Caravan’s highway ride is at least reasonably quiet and relaxed. With a strong horsepower rating, it also has more than enough power to get out of its own way.
Still, every other minivan is more refined and comfortable to drive, usually handling better, as well. Their cabins also boast more comfortable and spacious seating. Although, the driver’s seat doesn’t slide back far enough for taller drivers.
Other Cars to Consider
2020 Chrysler Voyager — The Grand Caravan’s biggest competitor is just across the showroom wearing a Chrysler badge. A bargain-basement version of the Pacifica, Voyager offers many of the latest safety features and high-tech gadgets. Voyager pricing is on par with the Grand Caravan.
2020 Honda Odyssey — The Odyssey boasts comfortable accommodations and an impressive technology suite, including an optional vacuum in the rear cargo area. But the Odyssey suffers from dull dynamics and styling that some will find questionable.
2020 Kia Sedona — The Sedona touts handsome styling, a lot of equipment for the money and an impressive array of features and gadgets. It also comes with Kia’s excellent 10-year powertrain warranty. Realistically, it’s the smarter budget buy.
2020 Toyota Sienna — The Sienna offers a powerful V6, two different driving flavors (comfort and sport), an especially comfortable and versatile second row and the unique availability of all-wheel drive.
A used version of any of the above minivans — If one of those new minivan rivals is too expensive, finding a used or certified pre-owned version will still represent a better overall minivan than a new Grand Caravan.
Yes, the Grand Caravan is inexpensive, but it is really showing its age. We recommend getting something different (check out the Voyager), be it new or used. However, if your heart is set on a Grand Caravan, we would go with the SE Plus with a couple of option packages. Find a Dodge Grand Caravan for sale