As an old model, the 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan competes with newer and more sophisticated minivans such as the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, Kia Sedona, and its company’s cousin, the Chrysler Pacifica. But there is a reason why the Grand Caravan remains a best-seller. Its $28,000 starting price undercuts rivals by thousands. Still, it can’t help avoiding “you get what you pay for”. Active-safety features, which almost standard on the Toyota Sienna not even optional on the Grand Caravan. The same applies to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan does at least boast a powerful V6 engine and smart Stow n Go seats.
The 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan minivan is available in three trims: SE, SE Plus and SXT. The base Grand Caravan SE is pretty basic, with steel wheel covers, 3-zone climate control, a urethane steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rearview camera, manual-adjust cloth seats and the Stow n Go seats. The infotainment system is a 6.5-inch touchscreen unit with a radio, CD/DVD player, and hard-disc drive for storing music. Unfortunately, no version of the Grand Caravan offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration.
Powering the 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan is a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 283 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Known as the Pentastar, it’s an excellent engine, with smooth power delivering and decent fuel economy. A 6-speed automatic transmission provides smooth shift action. Unlike some other transmissions in other vehicles, it doesn’t have the annoying characteristic of continually “hunting” for the correct gear. Also, the V6 engine is E85-compatible, so it can operate on blends of ethanol and gasoline. The Grand Caravan is front-wheel drive only. In track testing, the 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan went from 0 to 60 in 8 seconds, which is slower than other minivans.
3.6-liter V6 with 6-speed automatic transmission
283 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
260 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 17/25 mpg (gasoline) or 12/18 mpg (E85)
The 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. The SE trim has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $27,645, (include $1,395 destination fee) but before incentives. The SE Plus start under $30,000, while the SXT comes in just from $33,000.