Dodge’s well-known model may be discontinued but the nameplate carried on, at least in some way. Namely, even though the Dodge model was discontinued a few years ago, due to the outdated design, Chrysler continued to use this nameplate in Canada. In this country, the Grand Caravan represents a rebranded version of the pre-facelifted Pacifica and competes as a more affordable minivan. So, even though the 2023 Dodge Grand Caravan is not available, Chrysler’s version comes as an alternative.
This minivan has a lot of things to offer, starting from a spacious and functional cabin. We like its capable V6 engine, as well as a decent list of safety features. The infotainment features may not be the most modern in the business, but that’s justified by the Grand Caravan’s approachable price tag.
2023 Dodge Grand Caravan Design
Design-wise, the 2023 Dodge Grand Caravan’s Canadian counterpart comes with pretty familiar characteristics. Visually, you can clearly see that we are talking about a pre-facelifted Pacifica, with a more basic styling, which doesn’t look as bold as a modern Pacifica but still feels quite appealing.
More importantly, mechanical differences are minimal. This Canadian Grand Caravan rides on the same platform and features pretty much the same chassis and suspension setup. Speaking of the suspension, there is an independent front suspension, while the rear axle is semi-independent and comes with a torsion beam. All this translates to a pretty smooth and comfortable ride, perfect for long journeys.
On the other hand, the interior looks rather basic. Of course, you can find a couple of modern features, including a responsive infotainment system and smartphone integration. On the other hand, the dashboard looks decent enough, though some areas are wrapped with low-rent materials.
What’s more important about this minivan is that the amount of passenger space is pretty impressive. Thanks to the long wheelbase, all three rows are very spacious and accommodate adults with ease. Moreover, the seats are well-shaped and offer good comfort on long journeys.
The cargo area also offers a respectable amount of space. You may on about 32.3 cubic feet behind the third row, 87.5 cubic feet behind the second row and a total volume of 140.5 cubic feet.
Although affordable, the Chrysler Grand Caravan is equipped fairly well. Base models come standard with a 7-inch infotainment system, as well as with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. The list of standard equipment also includes goodies like USB ports and six-speaker audio, while you can also opt for upgrades like a DVD player, satellite radio and remote start.
Moreover, you can also get available upgrades like heated front seats, heated steering wheels, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking etc.
2023 Dodge Grand Caravan Engine
The 2023 Dodge Grand Caravan’s alternative from Chrysler continues with a good-old 3.6-liter V6 engine. This naturally-aspirated unit runs on regular fuel and puts out around 287 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, which is plenty enough for solid driving dynamics. The power is sent to the front wheels via a 9-speed automatic transmission, which is generally smooth but can hesitate with shifts sometimes.
When it comes to fuel economy, the officials claim 12.4 L/100km in the city and 8.4 L/100km on the highway. A properly equipped Grand Caravan can tow 3.600 pounds.
2023 Dodge Grand Caravan Release Date and Price
The 2023 Dodge Grand Caravan’s Chrysler alternative is already available on the market, with a starting price of around C$45.000. Key competitors are models like Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, Kia Sedona etc.