I had the pleasure of test driving recently and this minivan turned out to be full of surprises for our family. Even though the Caravan was generous with its interior space, on the outside, it looked quite compact and well designed.
Thirty years later since the Caravan of first generation launched in 1984, the 2013 Grand Caravan is five years into its fifth generation. Facing tough competition all the time with the competing Crossovers in the market, Dodge Grand Caravan still holds its place with steadfastness and pride. As the bigger vehicles evolved over time based on the needs of the customers, especially the family class, the Grand Caravan also underwent quite a bit of changes in terms of features and style.
The feature that attracted me most in this vehicle was the Stow-n-Go in the second row. The floor works as a storage space to keep your things. You can fold the seats down when you are ready and you can activate the folding mechanism using the lever. But before you do this, the front row seats need to be moved all the way forward to make room for the second row to come down.
On the road, Grand Caravan turned out to be smooth and manageable. The handling of the minivan was commendable on rough pavements and took the corners nice and easy. Driving along in the Grand Caravan with my family was nothing but a joy and I could easily see myself taking peaceful long trips in its company.
Kevin and Krista instantly fell in love with the wide berth and the space that the Grand Caravan offered as it provided a lot of room for them to root around and have fun while traveling. The overhead DVD console became an instant hit obviously as it had the potential to keep them quiet and happy for extended time period. There were Video remote control and wireless headphones if they need to use them and I thought of it as pretty cool.
Other specifics particular to my test drive vehicle are as follows:
Model- Grand Caravan SXT Plus Stow-n-Go
Engine: 3.6L V6 VVT
Transmission- 6 Speed Automatic
Price tag: $37,740 CAD. But the base model price begins at $27,995 CAD.
Air conditioning with dual-zone temperature control
Power windows with Driver’s One-Touch-Down feature
Unconnect 130 CD/MP3, 4 speakers/ High Definition Multi Media interface
6.5’’ Touch Screen Display
Steering wheel mounted Audio controls
Outside temperature display in odometer- Isn’t this one amazing?
Lots of cup holders and floor console
Park View Rear Backup Camera ( 5 Thumps up for this one! )
Flex fuel vehicle – The fuel efficiency was incredible for Dodge Grand Caravan! I was actually prepared to witness an assault on the minivan’s gas tank due to its bigger size. But it turned to be a winner and gave me a better fuel consumption than I imagined possible! According to Government of Canada’s approved testing methods, Dodge Grand Caravan could give you 12.2 L/100 Km in the City and 7.9L/100 Km in a Highway. Impressive, isn’t it?
In the SXT- Plus Group
Second row power windows
Anti- lock 4-wheel disc brakes to name a few…
If you have a family of 7 or less (really doesn’t matter ) and looking for lots of space in your vehicle and prefers it to be a bit fuel efficient (if it is not too much to ask. Ha-ha), then Grand Caravan is the way to go!
Enjoy your time on the road with Canada’s best selling Minivan!
****Disclosure: I was provided with this vehicle for a week to keep for test driving purposes. The opinions expressed here are my own and they are honest****