The 2023 Dodge Grand Caravan is a line of long-wheelbase minivans manufactured by Chrysler. The 2023 Dodge Grand Caravan version of the Chrysler minivan, the Caravan was marketed as both a passenger van and a cargo van. The 2023 Grand Caravan continues with the smallest updates: the mid-range SE Plus model now comes standard with second-row captain’s seats, an eight-way power driver’s seat, and red accent stitching that contrasts with the black upholstery. The Blacktop Appearance package is now optional on both SE Plus and SXT models.
The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer many infotainment features, and what it has isn’t impressive. The touchscreen is small compared to its rivals, its graphics are old and it responds slowly to inputs. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not available, and the base model lacks a USB port or Bluetooth, meaning smartphone integration options are limited. If you’re looking for a van with more specs, check out the Chrysler Pacifica. The standard infotainment system includes a 6.5-inch touchscreen and a six-speaker stereo.
2023 Dodge Grand Caravan : Interior
The Grand Caravan’s cabin offers a mix of soft-touch surfaces and hard plastic but feels cheaper than most rivals’ interiors. The Grand Caravan offers a commanding exterior view, plenty of cargo space, and plenty of small item storage throughout the cabin. The Grand Caravan shares its shiny Stow ‘n Go system with the Chrysler Pacifica. The standard folding third row retracts into a space behind the seat, while the existing second-row folding seats are neatly hidden in underfloor storage bins.
Dodge offers a 6.5-inch screen and an infotainment system with auxiliary input as standard equipment, but in this case, less would be more. The system is so old that even a simple AM/FM radio would be simpler and more satisfying to use. Most of the popular infotainment features are optional, and notably, neither Android Auto nor Apple CarPlay is available for the 2023 model at any trim level.
2023 Dodge Grand Caravan : Engine
The 2023 Dodge Caravan is powered by a 283-hp V-6 paired with a six-speed automatic transmission engine. It’s no surprise that the Grand Caravan’s EPA fuel economy estimates lag behind many of its more modern rivals. The 2023 Grand Caravan performed particularly poorly in our real-world highway fuel-economy test, recording just 22 mpg — less than 25 mpg EPA-rated at a steady 75 mph over 200 miles. Adding insult to inefficiency, the Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Odyssey, and Toyota Sienna beat EPA estimates by at least 2 mpg in the same test.
2023 Dodge Grand Caravan : Safety
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2023 Dodge Grand Caravan the highest Good rating in four crash tests and the lowest Poor rating in the driver’s side small overlap pretest. The Grand Caravan’s headlights received a Bad rating for forward vision. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Grand Caravan an overall safety rating of four out of five, with five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests. A rearview camera, traction and stability control, and airbags are standard driver assistance features for the 2023 Dodge Grand Caravan GT.