2020 Dodge Grand Caravan

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2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: January 18, 2020
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Plymouth Voyager was the one that got the ball rolling for minivans in the US in 1984. The idea behind designing one was to provide for a vehicle that could comfortably accommodate the entire family along with all of their stuff. Handling was also meant to mimic the likes of regular cars. 

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Pros

Cheaper than the competition

Distinctive design language

Cons

Cheap quality materials used in the interiors

Unintuitive and dated infotainment system

What's New?

Grand Caravan SE Plus features standard second-row Super Stow ‘n Go bucket seats and in-floor storage bin, power eight-way driver seat, an all-black interior with Cranberry Wine accent stitching on the seats.

Optional Blacktop Package (SE Plus and SXT models).


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Exterior
Interior

Styles

 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan in Billet Clearcoat color  2020 Dodge Grand Caravan in Black Onyx color  2020 Dodge Grand Caravan in Indigo Blue Clear Coat color  2020 Dodge Grand Caravan in White Knuckle Clearcoat color  2020 Dodge Grand Caravan in Granite Pearlcoat color
Billet Clearcoat

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan SE

SE

power
TBD
fuel
TBD
mpg
TBD

$27,290


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr Van (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $27,290 MSRP TBD 3.6 L, V-6,
TBD TBD TBD

 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT

SXT

power
283 hp @ 6,400 rpm
fuel
TBD
mpg
TBD

$32,540


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SXT 4dr Van (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $32,540 MSRP TBD 283 hp @ 6,400 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6,
6-Speed Automatic front wheel drive TBD

Expert Review


Minivans became very popular in the following decades. The pop culture catapulted its sales. However, things went south pretty quickly for this segment. As more and more SUVs flooded the US market, people soon forgot about the minivans. 

However, these vans are not yet ready to wave the white flag. The new crop of minivans, such as the Grand Caravan, Pacifica, Odyssey, and Sienna is trying hard to breathe life into this dying segment. The Grand Caravan has been the most successful of the lot, staying at the top of the sales chart. However, does it have what it takes to resurrect this segment? Let’s find out.

2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Front View
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Front View
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Rear View
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Rear View

2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Features

2020 Dodge Grand Caravan is segregated into 3 well-defined trim levels in the US market. There is no change in the trim ladder from the last iteration and the features on offer essentially remain the same as well. 

Models

Grand Caravan SE

Grand Caravan SE Plus

Grand Caravan SXT

MSRP

$26.790*

$29,555*

$32,290*

Key Features

17-inch steel wheels

17-inch alloy wheels

Chrome exterior trim

 

Heated mirrors

Automatic headlights

Roof rails

 

Tri-zone climate control (with rear air-conditioning)

Foglights

Power-sliding rear doors

 

Rearview camera

Black exterior styling elements

Power liftgate

 

Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel

Remote ignition

Larger floor console

 

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Front floor console

Dual-zone air conditioning

 

6.5-inch touchscreen

Upgraded upholstery and trim

Leather upholstery with suede inserts

 

6-speaker audio system

2nd-row captain’s chair. 

8 power driver seat (with two-way power lumbar adjustment)

*2019 price used

However, the SE Plus trim does get some new features for the 2020 model year. It now gets a standard second-row Super Stow ‘n Go bucket seats and in-floor storage bin, power eight-way driver seat, an all-black interior with Cranberry Wine accent stitching on the seats.

Which trim do we recommend?

We suggest you opt for the SE Plus trim as it hits the sweet spot between feature and price. Also, with the addition of the new features for the 2020 model year, the difference with the top SXT trim has become even finer.

2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Engine and Performance

The engine remains the same for the 2020 model year from the previous iteration. Thus, you’ll get the same tried and tested naturally-aspirated 3.6L V6 powering this minivan. This motor is good for 283 horses and 260 lb/ft of pulling force.

Transmission duties are taken care of by a 6-Speed Automatic gearbox that transfers the power to the front wheels. Unlike most of the minivans, the Grand Caravan too does not offer an option for an AWD drivetrain. Only Toyota Sienna offers an AWD drivetrain in the segment. Getting back to the transmission, the shifts are quick and effortless and you’ll hardly have any complaints.

Models

Dodge Grand Caravan SE

Toyota Sienna L

Kia Sedona L

Honda Odyssey LX

Chrysler Pacifica Touring

MSRP

$26.790*

$31415

$27400

$30690

$33495

Engine

3.6L V6

3.5L V6

3.3L V6

3.5L V6

3.6L V6

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

10-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

283 hp @ 6400 rpm

296 hp

@6600 rpm

276 hp

@6000 rpm

280 hp

@6000 rpm

287 hp

@6400 rpm

Torque

260 ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm

263 lb-ft

@4700 rpm

248 lb-ft

@5200 rpm

262 lb-ft

@4700 rpm

262 lb-ft

@4000 rpm

The Grand Caravan is an excellent daily driver. You’ll have no problems maneuvering through the streets or overtaking other cars. However, on the highway, things can be a little different. The drive will not be the most engaging one as it settles down after reaching a certain speed. However, this is the case with all other minivans. 

How fast is it?

Judging minivans on the basis of acceleration is like asking a fish to climb a tree. Nonetheless, the Dodge makes it to 60 miles an hour in 7 seconds. Despite the initial lurch, the V6 carries the minivan surprisingly well. However, it is the slowest to finish the quarter-mile run and takes 16.6 seconds to do the same. 

2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Front View
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van 0-60 MPH In Just 7 sec

Models

Dodge Grand Caravan SE

Toyota Sienna L

Kia Sedona L

Honda Odyssey LX

Chrysler Pacifica Touring

0-60 MPH

7 s

6.9 s

7.6 s

7.6 s

7.4 s

Quarter mile

16.6 s

15.3 s

15.8 s

15.9 s

15.6 s

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

N/A

N/A

8.4

8.0

8.0

Talking about the competition, Toyota Sienna is the fastest of the lot. The AWD drivetrain and the raw power of the motor aid its cause. All the other cars take around 7.5 seconds for the 0-60 run and around 15.5 seconds for the quarter-mile run. 

How well does it stop?

Equipped with disc brakes assisted by ABS on all four wheels out of the factory, the braking performance of the 2020 Grand Caravan is satisfactory. The front wheels get a pair of 11.9-inch brake rotors while the rear ones get 12 inchers. The weight distribution of this car is pretty even that aids in the braking performance. 

Models

Dodge Grand Caravan SE

Toyota Sienna L

Kia Sedona L

Honda Odyssey LX

Chrysler Pacifica Touring

Brake Front (in.)

11.9

12.9

12.6

12.6

13

Brake Rear (in.)

12

12.2

11.9

13

13

Curb weight (lbs)

4510

4430

4411

4354

4330

60-0 MPH (ft)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The brake pedal is not too hard and the application is fairly easy. The brake bite is also fairly responsive and acts almost immediately. A fair amount of nosedive is felt under regular application which only becomes more prominent under emergency situations. However, this is expected from a car that weighs more than 4500 lbs. 

How well does it handle?

The Grand Caravan's ride is surprisingly soft and comfortable, necessary for minivans during long drives or if you're planning to spend all day inside. Although the minivan is quite easy-going for city rides, it might get a little cumbersome in maneuvering and tight cornering. At high speeds, the Dodge holds onto the tarmac pretty well and has respectable driving dynamics.

2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Rear View
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Rear View

The steering wheel is on the lighter side which is good for driving in the city, but might be an issue on the highway. Also, there is significant body roll, especially when approaching a corner at high speeds. 

The competition, however, benefits from driver-assist features like collision warning, which makes the job of city driving and parking much easier. The Honda Odyssey and the updated Chrysler Pacifica handles well not only in the city but also on the highways.

2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Fuel Economy

Fuel-economy is the Achilles heel of the Grand Caravan. Despite having an underpowered engine as compared to some of the others in the segment and no AWD drivetrain, this minivan falls well behind its rivals. In the city, you will be able to drive 17 miles for a gallon of gas. This figure goes up to 25 miles on the highway.

Models

Dodge Grand Caravan SE

Toyota Sienna L

Kia Sedona L

Honda Odyssey LX

Chrysler Pacifica Touring

MPG (city)

17

19

18

19

19

MPG (highway)

25

26

25

28

28

MPG (combined)

20

21

21

22

22

Talking about the competition, Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica take the pole position in terms of fuel economy followed by the Asian duo of Toyota Sienna and Kia Sedona. 

2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Interior

Like all other minivans, the Grand Caravan also has seating arrangements for 7 passengers. However, this may go up to 8 depending on the configuration of the 2nd row of seats. You could either opt for a bench seat or a pair of more upscale and comfortable captain chairs.

2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Seats
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Seats

The seating position is high and offers a commanding driving position. The view of the road ahead is also good. There is ample space and comfort throughout the cabin. The driver’s seat is also power-adjustable and has power lumbar support for the comfort and convenience of the driver. 

Models

Dodge Grand Caravan SE

Toyota Sienna L

Kia Sedona L

Honda Odyssey LX

Chrysler Pacifica Touring

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

7

7

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.1/63.8/41.1

41.0/65.0/40.5

39.8/63.9/40.9

40.7/63.1/40.9

40.1/63.8/41.1

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.6/63.0/39.0

39.7/64.6/37.6

39.4/63.1/41.1

39.5/61.6/40.9

39.6/63.0/39.0

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.9/62/32.7

38.3/61.1/36.3

38.9/59.4/38.4

38.4/59.2/38.1

38.7/59.2/36.5

The second row also easily slides to make way for the third row. Staying with the third row, it is not the most spacious of the lot and is best reserved for children. The second row is Super Stow ‘n Go and easily folds to the floor making room for more cargo. 

What’s there to keep you entertained?

2020 Dodge Grand Caravan gets no upgrade in the infotainment department. Thus, you will be treated with the same old and unintuitive setup. On the center console, you'd find a 6.5 touch panel, but you won't have the assistance of either Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. What you'd get is an un-updated version of Chrysler's Uconnect. The tiny buttons are difficult to toggle while driving, and the layout isn't ergonomically intuitive.

On the steering you'd find controls for audio, calling and cruise control. You can connect to the infotainment via Bluetooth or WiFi. The rest of the dash is clad in cheap plastic, however, the low price justifies the lack of expensive materials.

How much cargo can it store?

2020 Grand Caravan has one of the smallest cargo spaces in the segment. With a default capacity of just 31.1 cubic feet, it lags well behind the rest of the competition. Sienna leads the pack with a capacity of 39.1 cubic feet followed by the Odyssey with 38.6 cubic feet. 

2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Cargo Space
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Cargo Volume is 31.1 cu ft.

Models

Dodge Grand Caravan SE

Toyota Sienna L

Kia Sedona L

Honda Odyssey LX

Chrysler Pacifica Touring

Cargo Volume (cu.-ft)

31.1

39.1

33.9

38.6

32.3

However, Dodge has made provisions to increase the cargo space. The second and third-row seats fold down increasing the cargo space to 140.5 cubic feet. However, the Odyssey still leads the pack with 150 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. 

What are the creature comforts on offer?

Dodge has loaded to 2020 Grand Caravan with quite a few creature comforts. Some of them are

  • Super Stow ‘n Go second-row seats
  • Front seat storage
  • Overhead bin
  • Observation mirror
  • Three-Zone Automatic Temperature Control system
  • Two-way power lumbar adjustment
  •  Adjustable LED reading lamps above all three rows
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Exterior
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Exterior
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Exterior
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Exterior
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Exterior
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Exterior
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Exterior
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Exterior
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Exterior
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Exterior

2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Exterior

From the outside, the minivan has subtle styling and blends into the crowd with ease. However, there have been very little upgrades to the exterior shell and this minivan could do with a stylish refresh. The cross at the front grille gives the Grand Caravan a signature Dodge character. The boxy design is a departure from the curvy styling most brands have adopted for their modern minivans. Sliding side doors on the minivan improve accessibility to the second and third seats.

2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Three Quarter View
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Three Quarter View

Models

Dodge Grand Caravan SE

Toyota Sienna L

Kia Sedona L

Honda Odyssey LX

Chrysler Pacifica Touring

Length (in)

202.8

200.6

201.4

203.2

203.8

Width (in)

78.7

78.1

78.1

78.5

79.6

Height (in)

68.9

68.9

68.5

68.3

69.9

Ground clearance (in)

5.8

6.5

6.7

N/A

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

121.2

119.3

120.5

118.1

121.6

Track width (in) F/R

65.6/64.8

67.7/67.7

68.7/69.0

67.3/67.2

68.3/68.3

Curb weight (lbs)

4510

4430

4411

4354

4330

Talking about the dimensions, 2020 Grand Caravan spans 202.8 inches bumper to bumper with a wheelbase of 121.2 inches. This is also one of the heaviest cars in the segment with a curb weight of 4510 lbs. The ground clearance is also respectable at 5.8 inches. Talking about the competition, the Pacifica is the largest of the lot followed by the Honda Odyssey. 

What are the highlights of the exterior shell?

  • Power sliding side doors
  • Power liftgate
  • Quad Halogen Headlamps
  • LED taillamps
  • Heated power exterior mirrors
  • Sunscreen glass
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Interior
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Interior
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Interior
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Interior
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Interior
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Interior
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Interior
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Interior
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Interior
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Van Interior

2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Safety

Customers take the safety of cars very seriously, and Dodge acknowledges this fact. 2020 Grand Caravan comes with a host standard safety tech. Some of them are

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts

2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Competition

Dodge Grand Caravan vs Chrysler Pacifica

This is the most important rivalry in the minivan segment. Grand Caravan has been the top-selling minivan in the US for a while now, while the Pacifica has been in the second spot, closing the gap every year. Both of these cars are similar in many ways. They offer almost the same power figures and performance. However, the Pacifica has more space on offer that adds to its practicality. Also, the design language of both the minivans is very different. While the Grand Caravan has stuck to the boxy form factor, the Pacifica has a more contemporary fluidic design. 

2020 Chrysler Pacifica
2020 Chrysler Pacifica

Dodge Grand Caravan vs Toyota Sienna

If you want a reliable minivan, the Sienna should be your pick. However, the exterior shell is really dated as there have been very minor upgrades since 2011. Also, the Japanese minivan lacks various features that are offered by the rivals. On the other hand, the Dodge seems to be a complete package. Except for the below-par fuel economy, this minivan ticks all of the right boxes. 

2020 Toyota Sienna
2020 Toyota Sienna

Dodge Grand Caravan vs Honda Odyssey

Honda Odyssey is perhaps the best entree in the minivan segment. It has a stylish exterior shell, a comfortable cabin, and excellent fuel economy. Thus, if you are looking for a minivan as your daily driver, the Odyssey should be your pick. The Dodge is also a great alternative to the Odyssey. However, it misses out on the fuel economy front

2020 Honda Odyssey
2020 Honda Odyssey

 

2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Final Verdict

The Dodge Grand Caravan is a great minivan. It ticks all the right boxes. The exterior is dated but still looks good. The interiors are spacious and comfortable, but you will find cheap plastics here and there. The biggest flaws of this minivan are the infotainment system and the poor fuel economy. However, it is cheaper than almost all of its competitors.