Chrysler might have invented the modern minivan, but time has marched on, leaving the Dodge Grand Caravan feeling dated and past its prime. Their major competitors, the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna, are both far better choices. Not that these minivans lack good points. The ride is very comfortable and settled, and passengers will find a quiet, well-equipped cabin that offers considerable versatility.
Alerts
There are 5 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. Their major competitors, the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna, are both far better choices.

Not that these minivans lack good points. The 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, that trick 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 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"We've noticed water entering in along the tailgate in heavy rain. Dealer is unable to fix it under warranty"

David C., NY (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"I use the afore mentioned WD40 fix on this too."

Anonymous, MO (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"The 2 sliding doors rattle constantly on slightly rough roads."

Anonymous, SK (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)

"the sliding side doors have a rattle resulting from rubbing of the bumper on the top rear opening of the body and the door. this was unable to be repaired, after several attempts, by the dealer. So...I, after researching the web, fixed it myself with the application of WD40. I do this when necessary on both of the rear doors and all is well."

Anonymous, MO (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6-L V6)

"Annoying noise from the rear sliding doors while driving which started days after purchase and the dealer "couldn't reproduce""

Anonymous, CA (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"There is an annoying rattle noise coming from under the van that nobody can find the cause. I've had it to the Chrysler dealer twice & twice I asked the garage where I get the oil changed, but neither can pinpoint the cause. The dealer first tightened the taillights & re-installed them the second time, but that didn't make any difference"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"This van is a conversion with wheelchair ramp made by BraunAbility and this where the rattles come from"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"The sliding doors rattle. Dealership is unable to rectify it under warranty"

David C., NY (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"Sliding doors on both sides have an annoying rattle. Dodge not interested in fixing under warranty. Will if I pay, but van less than 2 years old."

Niles L., FL (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T 3.6-L V6)

"Persistent squeak from rear door area since new. Dealer unable to fix and it is getting worse."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"Thumping noise in rear of vehicle at low speeds has been occurred ever since the vehicle was purchased used. Have not attempted to fix it."

Anonymous, KY (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)
Wind noise

"When driving at highway speeds there is a whistle noise that I can't locate. Problem doesn't occur on all trips."

Robin L., IL (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan American Value 3.6-L V6)

"The cabin of the vehicle has excessive wind noise. I took it back to the dealer to complain and they said it was normal."

John V., IL (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T 3.6-L V6)

"Strong crosswords produced rattle in front bumper on passenger side. Took to dealer, they said no issue found. But noise is gone"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan American Value 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

Automatic climate control

"Several actuators for air and heater blend doors failed but were covered under warranty. It's been 2-1/2 years since they were replaced and there have been no problems since. Otherwise, the climate control system works very well."

W B., ON (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)

"system wouldn't respond, not turn off, when off, turned itself back on, switched back and forth between settings"

Anonymous, MN (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T 3.6-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"as part of climate control issue: the blower wouldn't respond to manual control"

Anonymous, MN (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T 3.6-L V6)

"The fan began making a whining/rubbing noise. I took the vehicle to the local dealership, but was told it's supposed to make that noise. They refused to repair the fan, despite the vehicle still being under warranty."

David B., VA (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)

"Fan motor was blowing hot air during air conditioning phase"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"Given that I make 400km a week on the highway, I use the air blower a lot. After 80 km, it became noisy and got worse until I paid 200$ to have it repaired. In the last year, the ventilation system cost me 600$. Way too much in my taste."

Anonymous, QC (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan American Value 3.6-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Rt. passenger seat stopped working. Dodge replaced it even tho it was out of warrantee because we were repeat customers."

R T., IL (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)
Heater system

"The actuator for setting the heat on the passenger side (Three zones heating) broke and stayed at maximum heat all the time. The cost at the dealer for this (time and parts) is somewhere over 200$. The same kind actuators are used to set where the air goes. It broke too. If Chrysler sold its products with better actuators costing 200$ more, it would have cost me 200$ less... Poor quality product."

Anonymous, QC (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan American Value 3.6-L V6)

"Vent control failed twice now. Unable to control passenger side vents to allow cold air( blows only hot air"

Anonymous, MN (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan American Value 3.6-L V6)

"The heat is stuck and cannot set to cool at all. This problem seems common from what I can see on the net This problems has happened before and then stopped. It has started again recently."

Anonymous, AB (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 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

"Driver side rear sliding door latch/lock failure Car Gurus shows this is a common problem on this model going back to its introduction in 2008/2009. I was lucky being under warranty. The mfgr will not fix and dealer charges $1200 to $1500 to repair."

Tom M., FL (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"One sliding door could not be locked.Repair bill was $642.10."

N D., KY (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)

"Passenger side sliding door does not close properly and rattles at highway speed."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"Power locks stopped working on rear passenger side sliding door."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)

"The Passenger Rear Door when sitting with the sun on it does not want to close all the way and goes in & out repeatedly."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)
Locks and latches

"The rear hatch lock will get stuck in locked position if the keyfob or electronic lock is engaged while the lid (hatch) is open. There is a fix for this online, but the dealer will charge for a repair if they can. Overall, I like Dodge but feel they should stand by their product on these minor issues."

Tom M., FL (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"Fob just would not work at times. Wa not the battery r the program"

Robert M., AZ (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

"Front passenger seat was very uncomfortable on the bottom cushion. Dealer found that it was equipped with heated seats even though our vehicle doesn't have heated seats. Removed heated seat element from seat which resolved the problem."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Trim panel behind right front wheel was not full attached when we received the vehicle. The dealer glued it back into place."

Michael R., CA (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T 3.6-L V6)

"The wind blew molding off"

Robert M., AZ (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)

"Just blew off and dealer replaced it"

Anonymous, (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure 3.6-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint bubbling and peeling on the leading edge of the hood."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)
Rust

"Leading edge of hood's paint began to blister and was caused by corrosion inside the hood and worked out."

Paul P., WI (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)

"Had a little under paint rust on hood, 2 small spots. Covered by dealer."

Anonymous, NE (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)

"The hood was rusting. The factory replaced it at no cost to me."

Keith M., OH (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"Hood rusted. Dealer referred to body shop, which repaired under corrosion warranty. We were given a rental car to use while the van was in the shop."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T 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

"Clunking sound coming from inside the left rear shock. Dealer said no problem found so I changed the rear shocks and problem went away. Dealer is hopeless!"

Anonymous, VA (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)

"A failed rear shock or shock mount"

Thomas F., LA (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)

"Premature failure. Already need to be replaced."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan American Value 3.6-L V6)

"The rear suspension was too cushy and would bottom out on driveway curbs and the like. I had stiffer springs installed"

Anonymous, LA (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)

"Rear shocks had to be replaced."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure 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

Radio

"The aux plug did not work. Radio was replace and works fine now"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)
Software update fixes

"The dash mounted GPS is 3 years old. I have not been able to update the maps. The local Chrysler / Dodge dealer is of no help. Sys it is not a Chrysler Co. product. One line reneal service says they do not intend to provide an up date and Chrysler has not requested it. I spent big $$$ and there is no recourse!!"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

"The button on the steering wheel used to scroll between the different readings on the trip computer would not always change the display when the button was pressed. Sometimes I would have to press the button 2 to 3 times before the display would change."

Alan S., WI (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan American Value 3.6-L V6)

"Cruise control stopped working"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"A rock stuck in the drive-belt idler pulley split the drive-belt lengthwise. Both the belt and the pulley were replaced."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T 3.6-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"TWO ignition coils (of six) died. Under warranty but not covered! At approximately 59750 miles, of the 60000 mile warranty. NAPA says Bosch is OEM for these and they are lifetime warranty! To get this diagnosis, one dealer replaced the cyl head per TSB but never addressed the complaint. IN TEN DAYS. Second dealer service manager diagnosed ACTUAL problem inside 30 seconds and repaired in a day. Original issue was chugging/violent skipping. *I* had spark plugs replaced for half of dealer estimate! Improved greatly but still skipped/chugged a tad."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.6-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Oil filter housing was replaced under warranty for having a leaking crack in it's side. First oil change done at Firestone, remaining oil changes done AT DODGE DEALER to Chrysler spec. One would assume that if Dodge can't use their own oil filter system without breaking it, it's a crap design!!!"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 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

"At 65452 miles one of the cylinders had a compression issue. Because I was over the warranty mileage it was not covered. Fortunately, i had purchased an extended warranty which covered most of the cost of the cylinder head replacement"

John V., IL (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T 3.6-L V6)

"Compression loss due to exhaust valve sealing on cylinder 6"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T 3.6-L V6)
Head gasket

"Unexplained burning of anti freeze. Heads were removed, sent out and checked and the block was checked. They said everything including the head gaskets looked good, but it quit burning anti freeze after that. They later finally found a antifreeze leak at the lower side of the oil filter at a o ring. All seams to be good now"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 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 module had to be replaced since it would make all the gauges, lights, and wipers intermittently turn on and flash."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan American Value 3.6-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Mother Board had to be replaced"

Robert B., MA (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.6-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Sliding door on the right side will not lock, either by the remote or manually"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 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

Transmission leaks

"purchased dodge 2016 from Enterprise auto sales, and when I took it to my mechanic to get required New York state inspection, my mechanic called me to come down and showed me the transmission leak.. seams Enterprise never prepped my van, and didn't notice the leak..."

Luz R., NY (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T 3.6-L V6)

"Found by the dealer when in for regular maintenance"

Anonymous, (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure 3.6-L V6)

"Was found by dealer at time of oil change"

Anonymous, (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The car suddenly died in the middle of the street no forward motion, had to towed it to the dealer. The transmission had to be replace cause the pump failed destroying it. I had a extended warranty because their transmission always goes bad. Also, repaired loose rocker arms that started to ping."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)

"Occurred when vehicle was 4 yrs old. For about 4 months before it would sometimes not respond initially to depression of the accelerator when driving at highway speeds. One day while driving on the highway it didn't respond at all and was stuck in a low gear so the van had to be towed and the transmission rebuilt. It was covered under a purchased extended warranty."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan Unsure 3.6-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

"We live in Ontario Canada and get a lot of snow in the winter. The roads are heavily salted in our area. Routine maintenance dictates that brakes need to be disassembled and cleaned every 25,000 km. We had driven about 30,000 km since the last disassembly / cleaning service and the rear brake pads started to stick and drag so we cleaned the calipers and installed new brake pads and rotors. I will take a close look at the front brakes this fall when changing to winter tires but they are working well now. It seems the rear brakes get more salt spray and don't last very long in this environment."

W B., ON (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.6-L V6)
Rotors

"I took it back to the dealer twice for the same problem. Ended up taking it to Mavis tires and the problem was resolved by replacing the rotors which were suppose to have been replaced by the dealer."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Found a anti freeze leak at a o ring in the oil filter housing. Bad design in the housing"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 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

"It had to do with the fuel delivery system. It was subject to recall and repaired free of charge but took a full day."

Michael G., IL (2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 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.

Exhaust

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

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

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