By Jennifer Geiger on September 1, 2012
For 2013, Dodge is lowering the Grand Caravan's starting price by $1,000; prices stay the same for the other versions. The 2013 Grand Caravan in base American Value Package trim starts at $20,990, including a $995 destination charge. The base AVP model again joins SE, SXT, Crew and R/T trim levels.
Power still comes from the 283-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6. Standard features on the lower-price entry model include seven airbags, second-row in-floor storage bins, third-row Stow 'n Go seating, power windows, locks and mirrors, remote keyless entry and cruise control.
Standard on AVP is a second-row bench seat, replacing other models' buckets. The bench reclines, folds and is removable. In other Grand Caravan lineup news, a new Blu-ray video player, which Dodge calls and industry exclusive, will be available on Crew and R/T versions. It can play Blu-ray discs and DVDs. The dual-screen system offers a screen resolution four times higher than non-Blu-ray systems, according to the automaker. It also has an HDMI input for other devices.
New-for-2013 standards across the board include 17-inch wheels (up from 16s) and trailer-sway control. Options such as a Black/Sandstorm interior color scheme and 17-inch aluminum wheels are new for 2013.
Dodge calls the AVP model "the most affordable seven-passenger vehicle in the United States," according to a statement. It goes on sale this fall. Pricing is below and includes a $995 destination charge.
SE with AVP: $20,990 (2012: $21,990)
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer