2013 Dodge Grand Caravan vs. Its Competition

2013 Dodge Grand Caravan
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

With the Kia Sedona discontinued and the Toyota Sienna losing its four-cylinder option, the minivan market's a little shaken up this year--almost as much as in 2011, when every model on the market saw some major change.

The Grand Caravan's pricier cousin is the Town & Country--it's worth a look if your budget factors in a little luxury and more bells and whistles.

The Honda Odyssey is the gas-mileage, safety and handling leader in the segment, but its gets quite expensive when configured with Bluetooth and the six-speed automatic needed for top fuel-economy figures.

The Sienna no longer has a thrifty four on order, but it still offers all-wheel drive--it's alone in the segment--and has an option for aircraft-style second-row chairs.

The Mazda 5 is a more compact offering than any of these other minivans, which explains why it handles so much better.

Finally, the Nissan Quest is now the smallest, least flexible minivan on the market, though it has good road manners and an interesting look, as well as competitive gas mileage.

Roof-strength scores, though, are lower than the rest of the pack.

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Quick Specs
Function reigns supreme in the Dodge Grand Caravan: it has the best seating system and infotainment features of any minivan, and gas mileage and safety scores are excellent.
The 2013 Chrysler Town & Country is tops in safety, flexibility, and features--the things that matter in minivans--though it's pricey.
A thoughtful interior, innovative seating, and excellent handling make the 2013 Honda Odyssey a standout among minivans--although it is the priciest of them all.
If you don't mind being seen in a minivan--but don't want to feel like you're driving one--the 2013 Mazda 5 fits the bill, though it's short on some features.
Road manners are good--but when it comes to core minivan duties like seating and safety, the 2013 Nissan Quest falls behind every other minivan on the market.
The Toyota Sienna has excellent power, safety, and seating, and only narrowly misses the class benchmarks in flexibility and gas mileage.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD Minivans2WD Minivan
Style Name     
4-Door Wagon American Value Pkg4-Door Wagon Touring5-Door LX4-Door Wagon Manual Sport4-Door S5-Door 7-Pass Van V6 L FWD (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Passenger VanPassenger VanPassenger VanMinivan4 Door MinivanMinivan
AutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticManualContinuously variable ratioAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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