2006 Dodge Grand Caravan

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Key Specs

of the 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Low-speed performance
  • Seating configurations and comfort
  • Storage versatility and space
  • Driving ease
  • Quietness
  • Ride comfort

The Bad

  • High-speed acceleration
  • Parking-brake operation
  • Aging platform

Notable Features of the 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan

  • Available Stow 'n Go seating
  • Choice of two V-6s
  • SE and SXT models
  • Optional side-curtain airbags

2006 Dodge Grand Caravan Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
DaimlerChrysler's front-wheel-drive minivans were redesigned for 2005 and looked similar to their predecessors, but they differed inside. More than 15 new features debuted, led by the Stow 'n Go fold-flat-into-the floor configuration for the second- and third-row seats. The seats can be folded down with one hand in as little as 30 seconds.

Dodge's Grand Caravan rides a 119.3-inch wheelbase. Stow 'n Go seating is standard in the SXT model and optional in the SE. Dodge Caravans, which are built on a shorter wheelbase, cannot have Stow 'n Go seating.

New for 2006 are a BeltAlert system for both front occupants and a loose-fuel-cap warning. A new DVD radio plays CDs, MP3 CDs and DVDs. Chrysler's Town & Country is similar to the Grand Caravan but has a more upscale interior.


Exterior
Dodge's familiar crosshair grille sits up front in a U-shaped design with black bars. The front fascia contains a molded-in license plate pocket and fog lamps. Aluminum wheels hold 16-inch tires on the SXT, while the SE rolls on 15-inch steel wheels.

Interior
All Grand Caravans seat seven occupants. The third row features a 60/40-split bench that can be folded partially or completely.

With Stow 'n Go seating, the headrests don't need to be removed in order to fold down the seats. When the second-row seats are upright, two storage bins with integrated lids can provide additional storage space. Standard cargo net bags adjust to fit each storage ...
Vehicle Overview
DaimlerChrysler's front-wheel-drive minivans were redesigned for 2005 and looked similar to their predecessors, but they differed inside. More than 15 new features debuted, led by the Stow 'n Go fold-flat-into-the floor configuration for the second- and third-row seats. The seats can be folded down with one hand in as little as 30 seconds.

Dodge's Grand Caravan rides a 119.3-inch wheelbase. Stow 'n Go seating is standard in the SXT model and optional in the SE. Dodge Caravans, which are built on a shorter wheelbase, cannot have Stow 'n Go seating.

New for 2006 are a BeltAlert system for both front occupants and a loose-fuel-cap warning. A new DVD radio plays CDs, MP3 CDs and DVDs. Chrysler's Town & Country is similar to the Grand Caravan but has a more upscale interior.


Exterior
Dodge's familiar crosshair grille sits up front in a U-shaped design with black bars. The front fascia contains a molded-in license plate pocket and fog lamps. Aluminum wheels hold 16-inch tires on the SXT, while the SE rolls on 15-inch steel wheels.

Interior
All Grand Caravans seat seven occupants. The third row features a 60/40-split bench that can be folded partially or completely.

With Stow 'n Go seating, the headrests don't need to be removed in order to fold down the seats. When the second-row seats are upright, two storage bins with integrated lids can provide additional storage space. Standard cargo net bags adjust to fit each storage bin. Split-bench tailgate seating is made possible by flipping the third-row seat rearward.

The second-row seats move fore and aft 100 millimeters, recline up to 40 degrees and have 13 positions. The third-row seatbacks recline up to 39 degrees. By pulling a single strap, the second-row seat tumbles out of the way for entry to the third row.

Three adjustable, removable bins fit into an overhead rail system, and one can hold an optional DVD entertainment system's screen. With all seats stowed, the minivan can hold 160.7 cubic feet of cargo.


Under the Hood
A 180-horsepower, 3.3-liter V-6 is installed in the SE, and the SXT gets a 3.8-liter V-6 that generates 205 hp and 240 pounds-feet of torque. Both minivans are equipped with a four-speed-automatic transmission.

Safety
Antilock brakes are standard. Optional side curtain-type airbags protect occupants in all three rows of seats. An inflatable knee blocker helps protect the driver. LATCH child-safety seat anchors are installed. ParkSense rear parking assist is optional.

Driving Impressions
Dodge and Chrysler minivans have for years set the minivan standard in ride comfort and driving ease. Despite recent new competition, these models still serve as benchmarks. Performance is energetic at low speeds with either engine, though high-speed acceleration is less vigorous. In addition to steering with a light touch, Grand Caravans excel in seat comfort, quietness and overall stability, though their reputation for construction quality has been less assured.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.0)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Most reliable car I have owned

by mowingmama from Knox, IN on February 16, 2018

Great smooth ride , plenty of leg room, never a problem, would not even trade it in when purchasing another vehicle , Read full review

(1.0)

This is currently our family van

by CalJoe from Illinois on January 30, 2018

This minivan is currently our transporter. However, i do not think that this van is well built at all because the materials used inside it are very hard, everywhere (except under windshield), it ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan currently has 5 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Grand Caravan received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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