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2020 Dodge Grand Caravan At A Glance

The first minivan is old but still has it where it really counts for countless Canadian families

  • Current Grand Caravan was originally introduced in 2007.

  • Pricing starts at $32,595 before incentives.

  • 2020 is the Grand Caravan’s final production year.

The story of the Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan is well-known and dates back to the early 1980s. It could be argued that the Dodge minivan (and its various iterations) mobilized North American families from 1983 until roughly a decade ago. If the minivan could be blamed for the demise of the station wagon, the SUV will be known as the reason why consumers have all but left this segment behind.

Despite the SUV trend, nothing replaces a minivan when it comes to absolute space and utility. The Dodge Caravan (and Plymouth Voyager) spawned a segment that eventually held vehicles from most car companies however none of the Caravan’s competitors have ever come close to being as popular. More than 15 million Caravan (Grand Caravan) have been sold in the vehicle’s 35+ year career and 2020 will be its last. The Chrysler Voyager, a de-contented Chrysler Pacifica will take its place.

2020 Chrysler Pacifica | Photo: Michel Deslauriers

Even so, the 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan continues to be one of the best ways to get the family mobile, no matter its age. It continues to be powered by a 283-horsepower 3.6-litre V6 mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels.

The base $32,595 Canada Value Package Grand Caravan includes the bare minimum in necessities in 2020. Typically, FCA discounts these products and as such, there are typically plenty of good deals to be made. There are no fewer than eight trims of the minivan on offer however with production slated to end sometime in May, best to select the one you want quickly.

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The $39,195 SXT (and SXT Plus) are volume and value leaders. They feature the still unmatched 2nd-row Super Stow ’n Go seating. The SXT Plus adds 17-inch allow wheels and an item or two more for $40,695. Here, the power dual sliding doors and liftgate are a must-have $1,500 option. All other upper trims are not worth the investment.

The 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan faces off, for a short while, with the Toyota Sienna, the Honda Odyssey, Kia Sedona and, indirectly, the Chrysler Pacifica which was introduced in 2016.

What the 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Does Well

2020 Dodge Grand Caravan | Photo: Dodge
  1. With the right incentives, a new Dodge Grand Caravan can be a value-packed bargain with a full warranty.
  2. Although reliability is not its strongest calling card, there are no mysteries when it comes to fixing and maintaining a Grand Caravan.
  3. Behind the second row of seats, the Grand Caravan offers 2,230 litres of volume – a figure unmatched by any SUV.
  4. While far from the sportiest minivan, the Dodge still has plenty of go thanks to the V6. It’s also a comfortable long-distance cruiser.
  5. 2nd-row Stow ’n Go seating remains one of this vehicle’s greatest features.

What 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Doesn’t Do So Well

  1. These vehicles depreciate at an alarming rate. Unless you intend to keep it for a decade, it might be best to purchase a 2-3 year old example and save loads of money.
  2. Likewise, if FCA is not offering any considerable rebates or incentives, you’ll be better off spending your money elsewhere.
  3. Because of its age, the Grand Caravan lags behind technology- and efficiency-wise.
  4. As stated above, this minivan is still not the most reliable option in the segment however is paid considerably less, it’s still worth it.

What We Tell Our Friends

2020 Dodge Grand Caravan | Photo: Dodge

If you’re on a budget for a minivan for family duty, there are no real alternatives. The Japanese offerings retain strong resale values. The Kia Sedona tends to depreciate however we’d more inclined to stick to a used Dodge Grand Caravan in its stead.

Ultimately, if there’s $40,000 on the table to buy a new minivan, it comes down to the Sienna or Odyssey – no surprise here. And don’t kid yourself, a $50,000 minivan can be a truly luxurious as well as spacious vehicle.

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Finally, we’re very curious about the rumoured upcoming Sienna hybrid with AWD.

2020 Dodge Grand Caravan | Photo: Dodge
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan | Photo: Dodge
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan | Photo: Dodge
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan | Photo: Dodge
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan | Photo: Dodge


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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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