Chrysler might have invented the modern minivan, but time has marched on, leaving the Dodge Grand Caravan feeling dated and past its prime. At least the GC’s ride is very comfortable and settled, and passengers will find a quiet, well-equipped cabin that offers considerable versatility. Both the second- and third-row seats can fold away into the floor, a big convenience for times you need to maximize cargo space.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2008. Side air bags available from 2001-2004. Head protection air bags available from 2005, standard from 2008. ESC standard from 2008.
Road Test

Chrysler might have invented the modern minivan, but time has marched on, leaving the Dodge Grand Caravan feeling dated and past its prime.

At least the GC’s ride is very comfortable and settled, and passengers will find a quiet, well-equipped cabin that offers considerable versatility. Both the second- and third-row seats can fold away into the floor, a big convenience for times you need to maximize cargo space. Unfortunately though, that trick also compromises the seats' comfort.

Seating
2 front, 2 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
minivan extended
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.6-liter V6 (283 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Had to replace calipers after 8000 km."

Anonymous, SK (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Express 3.6-L V6)

"I have had to replace them from early in the life of the van they seized up"

Dave A., ON (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T 3.6-L V6)

"I brought it in for a leaking LR Caliper They found the Master Cylinder was leaking A had caused a issue with the booster all 3 were replaced"

Dennis K., IL (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)
Master cylinder

"Master cylinder was causing front brakes to remain engaged while driving, leading to overheating and damage to rotors, pads, and fluid"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Express 3.6-L V6)

"The original master cylinder failed about 16 months ago and the replacement failed about two months ago. I wish you would also allow me to describe another problem: intermittent hard slow) starting, which no one so far has been able to diagnose definitively. There are indications this may be due to a fuel pump relay inside the vehicle TIPM computer. The relay problem is covered by an extended warranty on certain models but not other vehicles with the same problem (including mine)."

Robert T., TN (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Brakes seem to wear out more quickly than normal."

Anonymous, (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)
Parking brake

"Parking brake was worn down, as if it had remained engaged- for no apparent reason."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"the brakes on this vehicle have been prematurely worn out since we got it. front brakes alone have ben done 3x in 7 years"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T 3.6-L V6)

"Front brake pads wore out after only 30000 miles"

Ryan F., NC (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"Need to completely replace the brakes (pads, rotors) almost annually."

Anonymous, ON (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure 3.6-L V6)

"With my last 5 vehicles I have never had to replace the brakes and rotors at lees than 65000 km. Rotor on this Caravan are cheap and undersized fo,r the vehicle according to dealer service rep. Chrysler supposedly increased the size of the rotors in subsequent years"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"I have had to replace the breaks and rotors every 18000km since purchase. I would say they put the breaking system of a Neon on a car 3x it's weight"

Joshua B., QC (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"Believe the pads wore out premature, Dealer installed long wearing pads. Read breaks only!"

Rod S., WI (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"I have to completely replace the brakes (rotors, calipers, everything) WAY MORE OFTEN than I'd expect. On average, about every 10,000-12,000 km. At a cost of over $1000 each time."

Anonymous, ON (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"Had brakes replaced including new rotors but still get a pulsation when stopping"

Anonymous, IN (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)
Rotors

"Rotors need to be replaced frequently. Very costly. Premature wear unlike any vehicle owned previously. In fact every aspect of cars braking system has proven to be a dismal failure"

Robert P., CT (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"Already discussed previously"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"if u do not drive much the break pads fuse themselves to the rotors. They actually form rust which causes premature wearing for the pads and rotors. I have replaced them 3 times"

Dave A., ON (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T 3.6-L V6)

"rotors warped form high speed stoping. replaced rotors and pads"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Mainstreet 3.6-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"The main fuse panel/relay panel went bad. Individual relays are not replaceable. The repair was over $1200 and took two days"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6-L V6)

"Car would not start. Some module was bad. Took weeks to resolve. Cost thousands. Luckily, I bought an after market warranty. Had to bring it in three separate times"

John A., NY (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6-L V6)
Gauges

"this was part of the same problem with the battery shorting out and being unable to remove key from ignition"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6-L V6)
Keyless entry

"I have 3 remote keys. none work to open door. will start car, but changing batteries does nothing to fix problem"

Anonymous, (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure 3.6-L V6)

"out of town - couldn't remove key from ignition and all the cluster lights on dash were flashing = ended up being a short in the battery"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"Tire Pressure Monitor (Dash Light) stays on"

George D., SC (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Mainstreet 3.6-L V6)

"TPS warning light stays on even though all tires have proper pressure"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Express 3.6-L V6)

"TPM randomly lights up, even though all tires are within the threshold limits. Light goes out after 10 to 20 km of driving"

Adriaan P., ON (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"Low Air light comes on after starting Van and don't go out"

George D., SC (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Mainstreet 3.6-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Camera intermittently stops working for weeks at a time"

Tom M., ON (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)
CD player

"Quit working suddenly and too expensive to repair"

Anonymous, KS (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure 3.6-L V6)

"The CD player will no longer play or eject a CD"

Patricia W., MI (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6-L V6)

"CD won't eject from CD player at all times"

George D., SC (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Mainstreet 3.6-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"When you backup and it's day light you can not see the screen, only at night."

Paul L., MD (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)
Radio

"Its ability to receive stations has severely diminished and it is too expensive to fix or replace"

Anonymous, KS (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure 3.6-L V6)
Routine software updates

"Within several months of getting the vehicle brand new, we started having issues with the iphone directory not being transferred accurately to the van. There are errors in the names and their contact information. The manufacturer said the problem is out an out-of-warranty issue and we would have to pay the cost to replace or fix the system. The problem has escalated over the years where the car directory is totally corrupt, even after deleting it and downloading again. Now to make a phone call, I must dial each number from my memory to use the in-car phone system."

Anonymous, ON (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)
Software update fixes

"Another issue is with the gps map system. We have several new highways in our area which the map software doesn't recognize. Three years after the new highways were in existence, I purchased software updates which should have corrected the issue... and it didn't. It is now 7 years since the new highways were in use, and still the software won't update properly."

Anonymous, ON (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

"button to scroll between odometer readings, temperature, gas mileage often does not advance the reading"

Ross L., ON (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Evaporator

"AC quit working due to a corroded evaporator and lines. replacement of same including refrigerant and taxes cost $1300."

Adriaan P., ON (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"There was a refrigerant leak in the rear of the car that required super expensive work to reach the back vents."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"Refrigerant leak required replacement of entire system,"

Anonymous, SK (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Express 3.6-L V6)

"ac lines by r.r. wheel rusted to rear evaporator open to road grime"

Wayne H., MN (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Mainstreet 3.6-L V6)

"Refrigerant leaks had to be fixed a couple of times at significant expense. The mechanic blamed it, in part, on the odd placement of the a/c system (much of it is behind the rear passenger tire)."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"i had a reverse shudder being a retired ASE GM Master Technician i knew it was a valve body issue the dealer replaced it under my Max care warrantee it cost me $100"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"Had transmission repaired in fall 2018, had to replace the transmission in spring 2020 when it died completely. Transmission has often made noise while shifting and still does."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Mainstreet 3.6-L V6)

"Had transmission replaced. Year later, some clutch thing went and I had to pay out of pocket for that. This car is a lemon in the 2011 year. Other"

John A., NY (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6-L V6)

"as a ASE Retired Master Technician I was surprised when the transmission was replaced for a tip in shudder in reverse as a GM tech that has repaired hundreds of transmission I knew the cause was in the valve body after the replacement there have been 2 occurrences where the transmission went into the fail safe mode the first time they replaced a solenoid & harness it occurred a second time when very snowy towed in both times with no problem found we will see if it happens again if so I will contact FCA"

Dennis K., IL (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"It appears that the rattles we are hearing are caused by rear shocks becoming warn out."

Dene H., MI (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"Both side doors rattle and squeak, despite numerous attempts by re-adjusting and lubricating Sto'NGo seats rattle"

Anonymous, SK (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Express 3.6-L V6)
Wind noise

"Wind & road noise unacceptable. Almost as if the vehicle has no sound proofing at all. Highway travel requires ear plugs."

Chris D., IA (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"Unable to talk to others without shooting"

Anonymous, SK (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Express 3.6-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel pump

"Had to replace fuel pump because it would not hold fuel line pressure after engine was shut off. Also spent several hundred $ replacing plugs and other items before confirming the fuel pump was the problem."

Anonymous, TN (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"Car stopped running after a while . Had to have fuel pump replaced."

Gerald J., MS (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"The fuel pump failed about 17 months ago and the replacement fuel pump failed about 2 months ago."

Robert T., TN (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"CEL illuminated. Fuel system sensor indicated evap leak. Dealer could not find leak so replaced sensor. CEL continues to illuminate. Fuel system sensor shows evap leak still present"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"stalls without warning. problem fixed"

Jeff P., MD (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)
Electronic ignition

"replaced fuel pump and tipm when starting problems began. after replacement still have a cranking problem."

Anonymous, (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure 3.6-L V6)
Ignition switch

"The intermittent starting problem caused the dealer to change a starter motor unnecessary, and required a mom and pop shop to change a battery unnecessary, and required a shop to tighten all wiring between the computer and starter. The problem still exists."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Computer was causing check engine light to come on and error codes indicated various cylinder coil problems. One would get fixed then another would show up. Ultimately the computer had to be replaced after probably unnecessary repairs, expense and time in the shop."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)

"on hot days, car will frequently not start. has been in repeatedly, with no fix provided"

Jeff P., MD (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"Cylinder"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T 3.6-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Both sliding doors, at random, do not open with power. (Door button, driver's panel, or remote fob.) They must be opened/closed manually."

Victor D., VA (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

"One of the middle stow 'n go passenger seats stopped folding down into the floor as it should, after only a few years. Service cost is over $500, so we've left it."

Anonymous, ON (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"van would not start in Park. needed replacement of linkage in the transmission"

Adriaan P., ON (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Transmission seal leak. I have had 2 transmissions already in this car. Big lemon."

Anonymous, (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure 3.6-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"TERRIBLE MISSFIRE. TOOK TO DEALER AND THEY REPLACED ONE HEAD OF THE V-6 ENGINE. UNDER WARRANTE"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6-L V6)

"Engine stalling - Had recall to replace one of the heads - No charge"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Mainstreet 3.6-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"Strut makes a slight knocking noice at low spends when driving on less than perfectly smooth roads"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T 3.6-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"With less than 25000 miles on the vehicle, I was putting air in 2 of the tires every other week. Brought in for service, and was told that the tires were bad (tire rot - sidewall) due to age (~6.5 years). Had to replace all 4 tires. Should have got a second opinion, but just needed it fixed."

Anonymous, VA (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"The molding around one of the sliding doors and rear window has been lose since day one. I was told by the dealer that it was an issue with the Braun conversion. Braun dealer said it was a Dodge issue. Still lose."

Anonymous, VA (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"After the dealer preformed a recall service on the air bags, the warning light stays on and the cruise control stopped working."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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