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2013 Dodge Grand Caravan Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: A really great feature by CluelessinMO

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Introduction

Forgot to mention this one among my favorite features-- The Super Console that is standard on SXT and higher models.

Reviewed: 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan

4dr Minivan, ext. 283-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Why the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan?

Fuel economy

gets an amazing 27 mpg at 70-75 mph. In-town mileage never checked, but it is considerably less.

Cargo capacity

Love the stow & go seating. I wouldn't consider a minivan that had to have second row seats removed to use that area. I have mine stowed about half the time. Often travel with seats down for storage, then unload at destination and fold seats up to carry 5-6 passengers. If I had to remove the second row seats and leave them at home, how could I carry passengers when I get to my destination. This is the main reason, besides price difference, I didn't even consider a Toyota or Honda.

Powertrain performance

3.6 engine is very strong; acceleration is great.

Why Not the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan?

Controls and instruments

No compass-- seems like a stupid oversight.

Front seat support & comfort

I dislike the current emphasis on hard seats (and this applies to most other brands as well- Toyotas and Hondas are the worst). Enthusiast magazines can rave all they want about great support, etc, but the softer seats in friend's '92 Caravan are more comfortable than these in my 2013. I have an SXT model, which is sort of mid level in Grand Caravans, and it does have a power seat. However, that is an OPTION, and it should be standard above the SE model.

Powertrain performance

6 speed transmission is clunky and unpredictable. One time it shifts great, the next it's shifting too hard or too soft.

Other Features of the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan

Interior storage compartments

The Super Console that is standard on SXT, Crew, and R/T models is a wonderful addition. It has two compartments with sliding covers, a large open storage area at the front, on the floor, two lighted cupholders on top and a pull out drawer that has two add'l cupholders and a large storage bin. This feature alone is almost enough to spend the extra bucks to move up past the SE mode.

Conclusion

Overall, a great choice if you need lots of room without having to drive a truly huge vehicle. Economical, peppy, quiet, decent ride. Drives like a sedan, rides like one too. My only serious complaint is the shift quality of the transmission.

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