With a lot of versatility and features in an inexpensive package, the new 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan promises to offer a high level of refinement than most of its rivals.
Some of the pros include an affordable base price, versatile cargo and bay and seating configurations. Its release date should be expected sometime early next year.
Except for subtle shuffles of the equipment and packages, the Caravan returns virtually unchanged for 2017. Despite the exponential growth of SUVs in the last decade, the popularity that has long been associated with minivans has not faded an inch, if at all, it has witnessed a growth curve itself.
Minivans are known for their abundance cargo room, third row comfort, and unparalleled versatility which you get at a fraction of the SUVs’ cost. The Grand Caravan is a great deal for anyone looking for a lot of space but with limited funds.
In a nutshell, the vehicle offers a lot of value. As you’d expect, the lower trims don’t come stuffed with a lot of features and technologies and are often plain and “boring,” however, the top trims offer upscale features most of which are bundled in packages galore.
Not everything is a bed of roses for the new 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan, as it still comes with its faulty features. Some of them include: an unrefined powertrain; unimpressive ride quality; not-so-good safety-scores; and the driver has limited legroom.
Available Trims – Dodge Grand Caravan
The redesigned 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan is offered in six trims: AVP, SE, SE Plus, SXT, SXT Plus, and R/T.
Exterior Colors & Interior Review – 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan
The entry-level American Value Package (AVP) comes standard with power front windows, locks and doors, air-conditioning (dual-zone), 17” steel wheels, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, reclining bench seat, and a conversation mirror. Technology features include an auxiliary audio jack, CD player, a four-speaker sound system, and optional Stow ‘n Go seats.
The SE comes equipped with a six-speaker sound system, climate control (tri-zone), second-row captain’s chairs, and a rear privacy glass.
Opting for the SE Plus gets you a Power Window and Uconect packages, a special seat upholstery, 17” wheels, special trim, and an overhead console.
Picking the SXT gets you all the contents of the SE trim plus a larger floor console, roof rails, 17” alloy wheels, a power liftgate, and a power sliding rear door. The Plus version of the SXT comes with a leatherette upholstery, chrome exterior trim, automatic headlights, foglights, the Uconnect package, an eight-way power driver seat, and suede inserts.
The top-of-the-line 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T comes equipped with an automatic climate control (tri-zone), unique interior lighting, a body-colored grille, full leather upholstery, a 115-V household styled power outlet, black interior accents, a 6.5” touchscreen display, remote engine start, a performance-tuned suspension, and a nine-speaker sound system.
Additionally, there are features grouped into special optional packages. They come fitted with a 9” touchscreen display, DVD entertainment system, a 115-V power output, two USB charging ports, a back-up camera, a silver interior accent, foglights, leather interior accents, and a black grille.
2017 Dodge Grand Caravan Engine Specs
All the trims come with a single engine fitted under their hood. The engine in question is a 3.6L V6 rated at 282 horsepower and 260 pounds of torque. Both the front wheel drive and a six speed automatic transmission system are standard.
During our own 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan test drive, it posted a time of 8 seconds for an acceleration of 0-60 mph. this is the average time for minivans but much could have been done to improve the time.
As for the EPA fuel economy ratings, buyers should look forward to average consumption ratings of 17/24/20 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
Some of the standard safety features available include side curtain airbags, antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front seat side airbags, rear parking sensors, rear-cross traffic alert, and an optional blind-spot monitoring system.
Release Date & 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan Price
Expect the base 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan to cost you an MSRP starting from $22,095, which isn’t a significant increase over the previous model. However, it all depends on the number of optional features you add for your Caravan. We should expect to see the new Caravan during the 1st Q of 2016.