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2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Driving Impressions


Acceleration from the strong V6 engine is admirable, sufficient to propel the Grand Caravan with a sense of authority. The 6-speed automatic shifts promptly, not often impeded by annoying gear-hunting. The engine is well-muted, as if it’s actually some distance away from the minivan occupants. At times, hard acceleration can cause the steering wheel to pull toward one side.

Unfortunately, that impressive powertrain cannot overcome the Grand Caravan’s lumpy ride quality, stemming from its firm suspension and a weak overall structure.

The firm ride seems to transmit pavement flaws right into the cabin’s trim pieces. Don’t be surprised to hear a periodic rattle from interior fittings. On the other hand, even when traversing rough terrain, sounds from the outside world are commendably subdued.

Grand Caravan fuel economy is beaten by newer designs such as the Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Odyssey. Grand Caravan is EPA-rated at 17/25 mpg City/Highway, or 20 mpg Combined.

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