There was talk that started last year that the Chrysler Pacific would be replacing the Dodge Grand Caravan. There was a little evidence that this was happening, as production on the Grand Caravan decreased, however, the Grand Caravan is still available for purchase. We want to take a look at what the Grand Caravan offers.
Most of us presumed that the arrival of Chrysler’s shiny new high-tech Pacifica minivan would deal a death blow to Dodge’s Grand Caravan. After all, these days most dealers sell both brands, so why bother rebadging a Dodge? Well, it turns out that A) the new Pacifica is a bit too fancy to play at a mid-$20s price point, B) thanks to a flexible manufacturing system and skilled workforce, the old and new minivans can easily be built alongside one another, and C) the old van still makes a reasonably convincing argument for itself with available second and third-row Stow ‘n Go seating and almost the same Pentastar V-6. (Lower compression and the lack of variable intake-valve lift drop the Dodge’s output 4 hp and 2 lb-ft.) So Dodge’s minivan is, in the immortal words of Monty Python, “not dead yet.”
“In an interesting pricing move, Dodge increased the 2016 Grand Caravan pricing by $1,000 very late in the model year, perhaps to minimize the apparent price rise of the 2017 model. As for the model realignment, an entry level American Value Package model that’s been offered for the past few years is gone, leaving the SE model as the base offering with more standard equipment but also an opening price that increases by another $1,400 to $25,990.” -motortrend.com
Test drive the Dodge Grand Caravan at All Star Dodge near Illinois. Experience everything that this minivan has to offer.