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The Dodge Grand Caravan continues on, as its corporate sibling Chrysler Town & Country has been replaced, complete with a new name: Pacifica. The Dodge offers a lower price, but there is no escaping the reality that this is an older design that falls short as a family road-trip machine. For instance, the second-row seats are thin, low, and uncomfortable. Although the 283-hp V6 is powerful, its fuel economy is lousy at just 17 mpg overall--the worst among all minivans in our tests. And the van scored a Poor in the IIHS small-overlap frontal crash test. Don't be swayed by the massive incentives that will probably be available on this minivan, already the cheapest one on the market.

Road Test

Chrysler might have invented the modern minivan, but time has marched on, leaving the Dodge Grand Caravan and its Chrysler Town & Country twin feeling dated and past their prime. Their major competitors, the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna, are both...

Highs

  • Very utilitarian, with plenty of room and big cargo bins beneath the floor
  • Class-exclusive Stow 'n Go second-row seats fold flat into floor, facilitating cargo carrying

Lows

  • 17 mpg is worse than many all-wheel drive SUVs
  • Scored Poor in IIHS small overlap crash test

Best Version to Get

For the best Dodge, we'd go all the way to the top R/T trim, adding the Safety Sphere group for its blind-spot monitoring and other safety aids.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 2 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 3 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/unlimited
Body Styles
minivan extended
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.6-liter V6 (283 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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