Musto’s Must Owns: 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan GT


The humble minivan is one of the most useful vehicles on the planet

Don’t Laugh — This Humble Minivan is One of the Most Useful Vehicles on the Planet

  — by Mike Musto
 
Welcome to Musto’s Must Owns, a new AutoNation Drive feature where I present some of my favorite used vehicles available on the website. Each vehicle showcased will be a model that I’ve had personal experience with, above and beyond that of which you’d find in a standard car review. That’s the reason I wanted to do this.
 
Now, before you raise an eyebrow as to why I’m posting a 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan GT on this week’s Musto’s Must Owns, hear me out. For the last eight years, the Dodge Grand Caravan has been my go-to vehicle to use as a film production rig. Not only does it seat up to seven, but thanks to Stow-N-Go rear seating, you’re looking at a whopping 143 cubic-feet of storage space when the seats are lowered.

These babies will haul everything from a week’s worth of camera gear, to a full-size transport pallet with an engine on top of it, to a motorcycle. Ask me how I know.  Access to this expansiveness comes by way of dual sliding side doors, and an oversized rear hatch, which can either be operated manually or by the touch of a button.
 

The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan gets up to 20 mpg in combined driving
 
The Grand Caravan is also capable of towing up to 3,600 pounds, and, thanks to EPA fuel economy ratings of 25 mpg on the highway, 17 mpg in the city, and 20 mpg during combined driving*, you’re looking at a cruising range of between 350 to 450 miles. Under the hood is Chrysler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. It’s a lovable lump that pumps out 283 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, and one that, even under the hardest abuse, never seems to blink.
 
I’ve personally beaten these things on racetracks all over the United States, using them both as camera and instruction vehicles, and while I’ve warped a few sets of brake rotors, the engine has never once have they let me down. The trip to 60 mph takes just under eight seconds, and power is delivered to the front wheels by way of a six-speed automatic transmission. Disable the traction control, and you’ll blaze the front tires without issue. But enable the nannies, and you’re treated to a wonderful family hauler that will keep you and yours comfy on even the longest of drives.
 
With the seats folded, the Dodge Grand Caravan can swallow a whopping 143 cubic-feet of cargo.
 
From an electronics and seating standpoint, the 2018 Grand Caravan GT is outfitted with multiple charge ports for mobile devices (including 110v inverter), a ton of cup holders and ancillary storage bins, as well as Radio 430 NAV that offers SiriusXM radio and Garmin base GPS Navigation. And while the system might feel a little old, it still works quite well. Both the driver and passenger alike are treated to heated seats and a dual zone HVAC system, while the rear passengers get their own single zone HVAC controls.

Oh, and if you find one with a heated steering wheel, that’s also a nice option to have on chilly mornings. The leather covered front seats with contrasting stitching are quite good, and offer electronic adjustments with inflatable lumbar support. Second row seats offer manual recline, while third row passengers just get comfy surfaces.
 
The Grand Caravan features Chrysler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. It’s a lovable lump that pumps out 283 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.
 
On the road and under normal driving conditions, the Grand Caravan GT is a comfortable box that always seems to get the job done. It’s fantastically reliable (as it should be), and while not overly stimulating to look at, the GT model, with its mild fender flares and semi-aggressive front fascia, does its best to look cool. But looking cool isn’t exactly the point of this thing, now is it? The point of the Grand Caravan is to be useful, reliable, durable, safe, and affordable, for those who need to take advantage of its talents — and my God is it.
 
So while this may not be what you thought you’d see on a Musto’s Must Own list, understand this. The Dodge Grand Caravan GT, and honestly, any of the Caravan models, are outstanding vehicles that are a favorite of both families and businesses alike. They were created by Chrysler, the company that invented the minivan back in 1984, and since that time, they’ve evolved into one of the most useful vehicles on the planet. So if you need a great family hauler, a reliable transport vehicle, or hell, maybe even a weekend surf sled, then you’d be hard pressed to find anything better than one of these. Plus, for what they’re going for on the used market, they’re an absolute steal.
 
Drop by your local AutoNation Dodge dealer today to check one out!
 
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending on specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
 
** MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
 
While they’re a great value new, on the used market, the Grand Caravan is an absolute steal.

2018 Dodge Grand Caravan GT    Price: $16,410.00
Bodystyle: Mini-van Passenger Int. Color: Black
Engine: 3.6 LITER Odometer: 48715
Transmission: 6-Speed A/T Stock #: JR220323
Ext. Color: Octane Red Pearlcoat Vin: 2C4RDGEG2JR220323
 
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