2018 Dodge Grand Caravan is a passenger minivan manufactured by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and marketed by its Dodge division. Introduced for the model year 1984 and now in its fifth generation, the 2018 Grand Caravan has been offered in short-wheelbase and long-wheelbase variants, the latter as the Grand Caravan. Dodge Grand Caravan 2018 model is the sibling vehicle of the Chrysler Town & Country.
A pioneering minivan, the Dodge Grand Caravan has been manufactured and marketed worldwide alongside rebadged variants: the Plymouth Voyager, Chrysler Voyager, Chrysler Town & Country, Chrysler Grand Voyager, Lancia Voyager, and Volkswagen Routan, selling more than 11 million combined, worldwide. Since their introduction in November 1983, the Chrysler minivans have outsold other minivans in the United States.
2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Design & Features
The 2018 Grand Caravan underwent a mid-cycle refresh for the 2011 model year, which included major changes in both styling and functionality. The suspension was heavily re-tuned, with both Dodge and Chrysler minivans gaining a larger front sway bar and new rear sway bar, increased rear roll center height, adjusted spring rates, a new steering gear, a revised front static camber setting, and lowered ride height. This dramatically improved handling in both the Chrysler and Dodge.
All three of the former engine choices were replaced by the new Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 with six-speed automatic transmission, now the sole powertrain choice for all models. Interior trim was restyled on both vans, in addition to major exterior revisions highlighted by the new “double-crosshair” grille on the Grand Caravan and a new chrome grille for the Town & Country.
Other changes included extra sound insulation, acoustic glass, new seats, softer-touch surfaces, new LED ambient lighting and center console, and halogen projector headlamps with LED accents. The Chrysler models were adjusted so that instead of competing against equivalent Dodge trim levels, they were above Dodge in trim and features.
2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Engine
Dodge Caravan comes with multi-engine options, the both the 3.8 L and 4.0 L engines were paired with Chrysler’s 62TE 6-speed automatic transmission with variable line pressure (VLP) technology. In Canada (2008–2010) the 3.3 L was the standard engine across the range, combined with the 4-speed 41TE automatic transmission. The 4.0 L engine and six-speed combination were available as an option on only the top of the range SXT models. The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan six-speed transmission was specified as standard on the Town & Country.