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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
Fabrics, leathers, and cushions for all seats have been improved, the latter especially noticeable on the Stow N’ Go seats.
the level of road noise is a bit high
Car and Driver
You can't host a picnic lunch from its back seats anymore--well, there's no more table, at least--but the Grand Caravan remains one of the most spacious vehicles you can buy.
Minivans are all about utility, and the Grand Caravan shines at adapting to the needs of the day, whether it's running the school carpool or toting home all of aisle 4 at Sam's Club. It's an eight-seater when pressed to the extreme, and the 2012 Dodge minivan has room for five adults or more, depending on how long the road ahead is.
The front seats can feel a little too spongy compared to the firmer pieces in other minivans, but it's a small price to pay for the Dodge's plentiful leg and head room. The fold-away second-row seats are just a better idea, and while other vans have abandoned, or never adopted them in the first place, the Caravan keeps them as a best-in-class feature. The cushions are a little flatter than in some other vans, but these seats fold completely into the floor at the flip of a lever; even when they're up, they make those under-floor bins available for other storage.
The third row is still useful for smaller adults, and it too folds out of sight when needed--by power, if you pay for that option. We do lament the Swivel 'N Go back seats and the pop-up picnic table they brought with them, but the space and excellent use of it remains intact. We'd opt for the movable, and removable, "super console" with its many cubic inches of covered space, so perfect for expensive music players, spare change and the odd French fry gone rogue. It's a box within a box--what's not to love about that?
The most flexible seating system in the minivan business remains the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan's hallmark.