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2015 Dodge Grand Caravan

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/24/2015 Stefan Ogbac
2015 Dodge Grand Caravan© IZMO 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan

New for 2015

The 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan adds a Plus package for SE and SXT trims. In the SE model, it adds 17-inch wheels, heated exterior mirrors, silver and piano black interior accents, black cloth seats and leather-wrapped steering wheel, black headliner and overhead console, and UConnect infotainment system. For the SXT variant, the Plus package adds power sliding doors, power liftgate, black leatherette seats and power 10-way driver's seats.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan is a minivan with seating for up to seven passengers and is sold in four grades. Its sole engine is a 3.6-liter V-6 with 283 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The related Chrysler Town & Country picks up where the Dodge leaves off in price, offering more upscale features.

Overview

Flexibility and utility are the 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan's strengths with its available Stow n' Go seats and up to 143.8 cubic feet of cargo volume with the second and third rows folded down. Additionally, material quality inside the cabin has improved after the significant refresh in the 2010 model year.

Acceleration is another strong point, thanks to the van's powerful V-6 engine and returns 17/25 mpg city/highway. The 2015 Grand Caravan prioritizes power over fuel economy, which means it isn't as fuel efficient as its competitors. Additionally, its heavy 4,510-pound curb weight makes detracts from the van's overall gas mileage.

The 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan earned a four-star overall safety score from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and good ratings on four IIHS tests except the small overlap front category where it received a poor mark.

What We Think

The 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan represents good value starting at $22,390 (including destination) for a base model. After a major refresh for the 2010 model year, the van has gained better cabin materials and a more powerful V-6 engine that improves acceleration. The cabin's flexibility and utility make it a good family car since it enables owners to configure the cabin in a variety of ways. Its heavy curb weight, however, hurts its overall fuel economy while its exterior styling and interior displays are dated compared to its competition.

You'll Like

  • Flexible and utilitarian interior
  • Strong V-6 engine
  • Good value

You Won't Like

  • Average fuel economy
  • Dated styling

Key Competitors

  • Honda Odyssey
  • Toyota Sienna
  • Nissan Quest
  • Kia Sedona
  • Chrysler Town & Country

Rating

2 star

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