Unwilling to bid farewell to its family-hauling icon, Dodge has elected to rewire the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan. The automaker has chosen to redesign the Caravan despite the fact that it is critically outshined by its rivals as well as its corporate sibling, the Chrysler Pacifica. Being an affordable new minivan on offer, the Dodge Grand Caravan will have a single selling point—thrift.
The latest Grand Caravan has a low-rent interior providing space for at least seven passengers. While it has an excellent cargo capacity, it might not be the right option for buyers looking for a suite of active safety features or a hi-tech infotainment package. Here’s a full review of the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan.
2018 Dodge Grand Caravan – What’s New for 2018?
The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan does not stray much from the earlier edition. Perhaps the most noticeable aspect is the introduction of a new IndiGo Blue color scheme. Besides, few things appear to contrast the latest Caravan to the incumbent model that is currently on sale. One of the revisions is the reduction in the number of trims.
The outgoing Caravan brandishes up to six trim levels, but the new one comes in only four separate trims. These include the SE, GT, SE Plus, and SXT. In comparison to its Chrysler minivan cousin, the Dodge Caravan’s looks seem to be obsolete. Maybe the reason is that it is undergoing a design overhaul for the first time since 2008.
There isn’t much to write home concerning the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan interior. But, it is trying to keep itself in line with its contenders. One of the areas where the Grand Caravan seems to excel in is the utility. It gets equipped with easy-to-use Stow ‘n’ Go seating, which folds into the floor rapidly and with absolute ease.
Each trim level is reinforced with a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment unit alongside a backup camera. The SE Plus versions will feature Dodge’s legendary Blacktop appearance package as standard. The supposed package includes an all-black interior, 17-inch aluminum wheels, and black exterior detailing.
We also believe that the incoming Grand Caravan continues offering the same standard features as the model enjoying temporary incumbency. Hence, it likely comes with heated mirrors, 17-inch steel wheels, a rear-view camera, cruise control, and three-zone climate control. Additionally, there will be a six-speaker audio system along with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display.
2018 Dodge Grand Caravan – Under the Hood
Under its hood, the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan highlights a 3.6-liter V6 engine with the capacity of 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. This unit is hooked to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Its city/highway fuel economy is 17/25 mpg (gasoline) and 12/18 mpg (E85).
Unfortunately, the latest Grand Caravan is devoid of advanced safety features, such as automatic emergency braking. So, safety is likely to be a concern in the new edition just like it is in the previous one.
2018 Dodge Grand Caravan – Debut Time, Price and Competitors
The Dodge Company will begin the production of the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan in November, and deliveries are likely to kick off in January. As for the pricing, the inbound Dodge Grand Caravan starts at $25,500 including the destination charges.