The venerable Dodge Caravan has returned for its 34th model year.
Many had believed that it would not reach the 2018 model year, because of new safety requirements. A mild redesign of some key components resolved this issue.
2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Plus — the SXT Plus did not make it into 2018
Thrifty minivan buyers can get the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan SE, SE Plus, or SXT, with a list price starting at $25,995 (all prices exclude destination charges). Making these minivans a true bargain are a choice between $4,000 in cash rebates and $2,000 in subprime cash plus a subvented loan rate, varying from 0% to 3.9%.
New for the 2018s are a discount on the second-row Stow ’n’ Go seats, down to $995 — half the price of the 2017s. SE Plus buyers can get the class-leading second-row Stow ’n’ Go system, too, now.
All Caravans come with the 3.6 liter engine (283 hp) and a six-speed automatic; seven airbags, 17-inch wheels, four-wheel antilock brakes, trailer sway damping, and power front windows and locks are all standard. Indeed, even tilt wheel, audio and cruise control, and triple-zone climate control, with rear and conditioning and heating, are standard.
By Federal law all 2018s must have backup cameras, so the base minivan comes with a 6.5 inch radio/backup camera display. Buyers can get a hands-free phone system for $690, a DVD entertainment system for $995, and a roof-rack for $395.
The SE is expected to capture roughly 40% of purchases, about the same as the SE Plus, which costs almost $3,000 more but comes with an alarm, remote start, fog lamps, and automatic headlights, along with second-row in-floor storage tubs. It also upgrades the interior trim, and throws in the hands-free phone system and Blacktop package. At this level, buyers can get navigation ($995), a power driver’s seat ($200), or second-row Stow ’n’ Go (seats that fold into the floor).
The SXT, finally, nears Pacifica turf, with a list price of $31,495; it has nicer wheels and trim, standard Stow ’n’ Go seats, dual power sliding doors, a power driver’s seat and liftgate, better seat surfaces, the “Super Console,” and a standard bright roof rack. The Blacktop package is optional ($595).
The Caravan is still needed to keep volume at Windsor reasonably high, with the critically acclaimed Pacifica still making a name for itself. Allpar sources have talked about a Pacifica-platform crossover coming to the plant, but the timing is uncertain; and as long as there’s no crossover, the Caravan is likely to still have a place in the Windsor plant.
This post was last modified on November 10, 2017, 8:58 am