Dodge have simplified the Grand Caravan lineup for 2017. Now consisting of just four different models, the new lineup offers better value and more standard features across the entire range. The Caravan SE for instance, comes in with a base price of over $1000 cheaper than last year's model while retaining the same features. A new GT trim replaces the R/T model from last year, while adding more features at a better value.
There are four Grand Caravan models for 2017: SE, SE Plus, SXT and GT. All Grand Caravans come with a 3.6L V6 engine that makes 283 horsepower and a 6-speed automatic with "Autostick" manual control.
Anti-lock brakes, tire-pressure monitoring, multi-stage front air bags and supplemental side curtain air bags for all three rows of seats are standard equipment, which contribute to its across-the-board 5-star safety ratings from the NHTSA. All Grand Caravans also get an electronic stability program and a ParkView back-up camera.
Convenience is a must in any minivan. All Grand Caravans get the 3rd-row Stow-and-Go seats that fold completely into the floor to maximize cargo space.
The American Value Grand Caravan makes the price of admission a little lower. This trim is a bit more spartan, but it still comes decently equipped -- especially for the price. The American Value comes with heated mirrors, variable wipers, a CD/MP3-compatible stereo, an audio input jack, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power windows and locks, keyless entry, dual-zone air conditioning and stability control.
The SE trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, rear air conditioning, easy-clean floor mats and body-color exterior trim as well as the option of adding aluminum wheels and second-row power windows by way of the SE Plus Group. SE Plus also includes a one-year subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio.
The SXT brings standard aluminum wheels, sunscreen glass, power rear-quarter windows and 3-zone air conditioning. Add the Entertainment Group the Grand Caravan gets SIRIUS satellite radio and a 2nd-row DVD/Blu-ray entertainment system. New standard features on the SXT for 2017 include Bluetooth streaming audio and steering wheel-mounted audio controls, as well as a power 8-way driver's seat and fog lamps.
The GT trim equips the van with performance-tuned suspension, leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 40GB hard-drive stereo, a 6.5" touch-screen interface, navigation and Bluetooth.
The Grand Caravan can be outfitted to tow up to 3,600 lbs. with the Trailer Tow Group, which includes a heavy-duty radiator, transmission oil cooler, load-leveling and wiring harness.