2012 Dodge Grand Caravan vs. Its Competition

2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Every minivan on sale in America was revamped for the 2011 model year, and this year new safety scores are in.

The Grand Caravan tops the safety charts as does its slightly ritzier cousin, the Chrysler Town & Country, which really is just a Grand Caravan with more luxury features.

The Honda Odyssey is new, and now offers a class-leading wide-screen entertainment system and class-leading fuel economy--provided you pay top dollar for the top version's six-speed automatic.

The latest Toyota Sienna is new, too, and feels bigger, but it's also so refined, it may as well have a Lexus badge.

The Nissan Quest was new last year, and while it handles and steers well, its smaller cabin and door openings means it's a relative bust, especially for folks who carry lots of cargo along with people.

The Kia Sedona is due for a major change, but as it stands, has a decent portfolio of space and features; unfortunately its roof-crush ratings keep it from being a Top Safety Pick.

For an alterna-take on minivans, the Ford Flex has great features and styling, but no sliding side doors to match its huge interior.

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2012 Chrysler Town & Country2012 Chrysler Town & Country
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2012 Ford Flex 4-door SEL FWD Side Exterior View2012 Ford Flex
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2012 Honda Odyssey 5dr EX Angular Front Exterior View2012 Honda Odyssey
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2012 Toyota Sienna2012 Toyota Sienna
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Quick Specs
7.8
With its worst penalty-box trim neatly excised, the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan is a high-functioning box on wheels.
8.2
The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country isn't substantially different from the Dodge Grand Caravan, but it's fully equipped and a significant bargain compared to well-equipped minivans from Japan.
9.2
One of our top-rated vehicles, the 2012 Ford Flex has real distinction, along with top-shelf turbo power, great seats and great features.
8.2
The 2012 Honda Odyssey is the priciest of the minivans, but innovative seating and excellent handling set it apart from all the rest.
7.4
It's less spacious and less flexible than before, but the 2012 Nissan Quest drives better than other minivans.
8.0
It's not as flexible as some minivans, but the 2012 Toyota Sienna is large, safe, and still has options for four-cylinder power and all-wheel drive.
MSRP From     
$20,995$29,995$29,465$28,375$25,990$25,060
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas/Ethanol V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Minivan2WD Minivans2WD Minivan
Style Name     
4-Door Wagon SE4-Door Wagon Touring4-Door SE FWD5-Door LX4-Door S5-Door 7-Pass Van I4 FWD (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
777777
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Passenger Van4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door Minivan5 Door Reg WB
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticContinuously variable ratioAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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