Consumer Reviews Summary
28 of 32 (87%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Dodge Grand Caravan Overview
The 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan is a budget friendly alternative to the pricier minivan options, but still offers the same utility and people carrying prowess that you’d expect.
To start off, the Grand Caravan looks like the rest of the Dodge lineup with stretched sheetmetal over prominent bulges. The headlights are quad-bulb halogen units while the front grill is the familiar cross-hair look with a black background. Both back doors and the rear liftgate open automatically, a convenient feature for loading up the Grand Caravan. Options include color matching trim and a roof rack for carrying up to 150 pounds of bikes, canoes, or screaming children (kidding, don’t put kids on the roof).
The interior can seat seven while the rear seats can also be folded down for a weekend shopping run. The second row is especially convenient, with a standard “stow-n-go” feature in which each of the seats can be folded into the floor individually to add space as needed. Other standard features include air conditioning and 60/40 split rear seats. There are enough available features to suit the whole family’s needs as well such as an optional Blu-ray player for the back seat passengers, Uconnect hands-free technology, and a central console screen that does anything from satellite navigation to playing SiriusXM radio. In addition, the Grand Caravan can be equipped as a Wi-Fi hotspot, meaning that within 150 feet of the car, everyone who knows the password can use the Internet.
Under the hood, the 2013 Grand Caravan features a 283-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 making 260 pounds-feet of torque. While this engine is seen in several Dodge/Chrysler vehicles, it has been tuned to give most of its torque mid-range to aid in family hauling and towing. The engine is connected to the wheels via a six-speed automatic with a manual shifting mode. This combination returns 17/25 mpg city/highway, a respectable numbers when considering the size/weight of the Grand Caravan. There is also available sport suspension; most carmakers would never dream of putting a sport suspension under a minivan, but Dodge has created a top-of-the-line R/T edition with stiffer suspension and chassis setups. Dads of the world rejoice; you may finally be excited to do the 7:00 AM school run!
Every 2013 Grand Caravan comes standard with seven airbags (front, side-impact, side-curtain, and driver’s knee), traction control, and active front head restraints. The four-wheel disc brakes with ABS are especially advanced; they are computer controlled to detect an emergency stop and respond quickly, thus reducing stopping distance. Optional features include back up cameras and radar, blind-spot monitoring, and a nifty central information display unit to alert the driver of emergencies. All of these safety features contribute to the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan earning a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS.