2018 Dodge Grand Caravan
[The least expensive minivan present in the market]
The Dodge Grand Caravan is a mini-van built in Canada, that is the cheapest in rate and has the strongest engine among its class. It is simple in design, spacious, and also affordable. It has a low-rent interior that lets you accommodate seven to eight people in it. Moreover, it had a generous cargo space but buyers looking for an attractive infotainment system or those who prefer high safety features often reject it. Its only selling point is ‘thrift’
Some good features of this minivan, other than its thrift are:
- It has a capacious cargo.
- It bears a V6 engine which is the strongest for its class.
- It is relatively more economical than its competitors.
- The Dodge Grand Caravan is a minivan with flexible and suitable seats.
- It has the lowest safety features among its competitors.
- It has low reliability.
- It lags in the infotainment system as well as in safety features.
- Its rivals have better handling and a smooth ride than the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan itself.
- The quality of material used in its cabin is very low.
- The very old infotainment system of the 2018 dodge grand caravan is a big flaw for it.
Interior of Dodge Grand Caravan
The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan has an outdated interior. Its cabin is plasticky and the interior looks unattractive. It is because the vehicle was redesigned in 2008 lastly. Its seating position is high and allows a clear forward view it. However, the passenger space of the Grand Caravan has not matched its competitors. As long as cargo space is considered, it doesn’t compete with its rivals in that game. Toyota Sienna wins the most spacious cargo among its competitors. The 2018 Grand Caravan has sufficient spots for storing small items but still, its volume measures up to one-forty cubic ft.
TRIMS OF THE 2018 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN
This model is available in four trims. That are SE, SE Plus, SXT, and GT. The SE trim is the base trim and is affordable among others. Whereas, the SE Plys trims are recommended more for second-row padded seats which are far better than the SE model’s standard bench seat.
The 2018 Dodge Grand Model SE model:
The standard features of the SE trim of the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Model are enlisted below:
|Second Row bench seat|
|Infotainment system||(6.5-inch screen)|
|The third-row stow-and-go seats|
|Manual climate control||(Trizone)|
|Sound system based on 6 speakers|
2018 Dode Grand Caravan SE Plus:
The SE Plus model adds up to the standard features of the SE model, updating its bench seat with padded stow-and-go seats.
|Voice recognition system|
2018 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT model:
The SXT trim includes more advanced features than SE and SE Plus models. Its added features are enlisted below:
|Adjustable driver’s seat||(8 ways)|
|Keyless, start with remote|
|Sliding rear doors|
The 2018 Grand Caravan GT model:
This trim comes with better features than other trims if you are looking for better technologies. Its standard features are in the table below:
|Power adjustable front seat||(eight ways adjustable)|
|Power adjustable driver’s seat that goes 8-ways|
|Second-row seats are heated|
|Sound system||(nine speakers)|
The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner’s Manual covers the specs, operation, and routine maintenance of the vehicle. Manuals for other years of the Dodge Grand Caravan Owner’s Manual are also available.
Engine and driving
This 2018 mini-van model has a strong 283hp, 3.6l V6 engine among its class. It offers a front-wheel-drive with automatic transmission and provides the user with quick acceleration from stop and highway power. However, the engine makes noises when experiencing high acceleration. It offers an overall comfortable ride as compared to its competitors. It has a bad-quality suspension to keep the ride smooth when on a rough pathway. Moreover, it comes with a turning radius that is large and hence becomes challenging in parking lots.
The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan has a bad fuel economy. It offers a mileage of 17/25 mpg in the city/highway.
Its standard seating features of the 2018 model dodge caravan include:
- Cloth fabric seats
- The second Row has bench-type seats
- Stow and go seats in the third row.
Other seating features that are also available in dodge grand caravan trims include:
- Leather seating
- Power adjustable seats on the front
- Second-row seats are heated and are stow-and-go seats.
- Side doors are power sliding.
Length: 16 feet and 11 inches.
Weight: Curb weight: 4,510 lbs
Total weight: 6050 lbs
Cargo space: It has good cargo space for its class. The cargo is 31.1 cubic ft. behind the third row and by folder, both rows offers a space of 140 cubic feet.
Cost to own 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan
The estimated price to own a 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan for five years is about $24,800 including the price for gas, insurance, repairments, and maintenance. The estimated price to own a 2018 dodge grand caravan per year is $4960, which is the average for a minivan.
|Affordable mini-van that is cheapest among its type.||Lacks safety features.|
|Has a strong V6 engine.||Ride quality is rough and can’t be compensated with its economical cost.|
|Has adjustable, stow-and-go seats||The Interior is antique.|
While buying the 2018 grand caravan instead of new models, things that need to be kept in mind include that it was designed in 2008 and its interior is antique. The cabin is made up of low-quality plastic. The infotainment system is outdated. Moreover, its suspension quality is bad compared to other minivans. The stow-and-go seats use fixed handles on the floor which results in the second row not sliding for the passenger’s convenience.
If only low cost is the preference of customers while buying the mini-van then the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan is a perfect fit for them. But if one has deep pockets, one should consider other mini-vans too.