2013 Dodge Grand Caravan

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Interior quality
  • One-touch Stow 'n Go second-row seats
  • Assertive styling

The Bad

  • Limited rearward travel for front seats
  • Cheap airplane-style map lights
  • Stow 'n Go second-row bucket-seat comfort

Notable Features of the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan

  • Lower base price for 2013
  • Newly available dual-screen Blu-Ray entertainment system
  • Fold-into-floor second and third rows
  • Seven standard airbags
  • Optional blind spot monitoring system
  • Optional heated steering wheel

2013 Dodge Grand Caravan Overview

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Vehicle Overview

Dodge overhauled its Grand Caravan minivan for 2011, giving it a vastly nicer interior, improvements to its Stow 'n Go seating and a new V-6 engine. With room for seven in three rows of seats, the Grand Caravan competes against the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna, and it's related to the Chrysler Town & Country.

New for 2013
The Grand Caravan's base price has been reduced by $1,000 for 2013. Newly available features include a dual-screen Blu-Ray entertainment system that includes an HDMI input for video game systems and two USB ports for charging mobile devices. Trailer-sway control is newly standard.  

ExteriorYou have to hand it to Dodge for making a minivan look aggressive. The 2013 Grand Caravan features Dodge's trademark crosshair grille, and the minivan's face gives it quite a bit of road presence. The Grand Caravan R/T sports a unique monochromatic exterior with its own 17-inch aluminum wheels. Other exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch steel wheels with covers; 17-inch aluminum rims optional
  • Standard dual manual-sliding side doors; power-sliding doors optional
  • Standard heated side mirrors
  • Optional fog lights
  • Optional power liftgate
  • Optional rain-sensing windshield wipers

InteriorThe Grand Caravan's dashboard wouldn't be out of place in a luxury car. It features premium, low-gloss materials and mostly good fit-and-finish. Apart from a few things, like the airplane-style map lights that Dodge insi...

Vehicle Overview

Dodge overhauled its Grand Caravan minivan for 2011, giving it a vastly nicer interior, improvements to its Stow 'n Go seating and a new V-6 engine. With room for seven in three rows of seats, the Grand Caravan competes against the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna, and it's related to the Chrysler Town & Country.

New for 2013
The Grand Caravan's base price has been reduced by $1,000 for 2013. Newly available features include a dual-screen Blu-Ray entertainment system that includes an HDMI input for video game systems and two USB ports for charging mobile devices. Trailer-sway control is newly standard.  

ExteriorYou have to hand it to Dodge for making a minivan look aggressive. The 2013 Grand Caravan features Dodge's trademark crosshair grille, and the minivan's face gives it quite a bit of road presence. The Grand Caravan R/T sports a unique monochromatic exterior with its own 17-inch aluminum wheels. Other exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch steel wheels with covers; 17-inch aluminum rims optional
  • Standard dual manual-sliding side doors; power-sliding doors optional
  • Standard heated side mirrors
  • Optional fog lights
  • Optional power liftgate
  • Optional rain-sensing windshield wipers

InteriorThe Grand Caravan's dashboard wouldn't be out of place in a luxury car. It features premium, low-gloss materials and mostly good fit-and-finish. Apart from a few things, like the airplane-style map lights that Dodge insists on using, the Grand Caravan has a top-rate minivan interior.

A second-row bench seat is standard, and the available Stow 'n Go second-row bucket seats have a one-touch folding feature. Lift a lever, and the seat articulates forward and into a bin in the floor. You do have to move the front seats forward quite a bit to give the middle seats the clearance to tumble into the floor, but when you do, the one-touch lever makes the operation simple. R/T minivans have black leather seats with red stitching. Other interior features include:

  • Standard cloth upholstery; leather optional
  • Standard dual-zone manual air conditioning; tri-zone automatic air conditioning optional
  • Standard cruise control
  • Standard CD stereo with MP3 jack
  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls
  • Standard 60/40-split folding third row with tailgate-seating mode
  • Optional heated front seats and steering wheel
  • Optional heated second-row seats
  • Optional remote start
  • Optional second-row power windows
  • Optional second- and third-row retractable sunshades
  • Optional touch-screen navigation system
  • Optional Blu-Ray backseat entertainment system

Under the Hood
All Grand Caravan trim levels are powered by a 283-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine that teams with a six-speed automatic transmission. Mechanical features include:

  • Runs on regular gas
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Sport suspension on R/T models

SafetySafety features include:

  • Standard all-disc antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Standard side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Standard side curtain airbags for all three rows
  • Standard active front head restraints
  • Optional power-adjustable pedals
  • Optional blind spot monitoring system
  • Optional rear cross path detection system
  • Optional rear parking sensors
  • Optional backup camera

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Best buy for the price!

by RJHooks from Kenly, NC on October 17, 2018

I was in need of a bigger vehicle being that I have a family of 5, and the Dodge Caravan was the perfect pick! It is super spacious, has tons of storage, and cool features! I believe this car was tge ... Read full review

(5.0)

255000 km, it's reliable and going strong

by safedrive4all from Calgary, AB on October 16, 2018

I'm very happy with my caravan it's reliable and a nice drive in all road conditions. I've only found a few design flaws; a plastic part for the fold down seat on the floor can break, a small bit of ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan SE

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Dodge
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/less than 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    3 months/3,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    125-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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