2017 Dodge Grand Caravan Review

When drivers in the Chicago, Skokie, and Park Ridge areas begin looking for their next family vehicle, they’ll likely consider a minivan. After all, these vehicles have a great reputation for high safety and interior comfort. But when it comes to choosing the vehicle that best fits your family, how will you know which is the right fit?

In this review, our team at Marino Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram (CJDR) will examine all the important specifications that make the 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan the best family vehicle around.

Protection for the Entire Family

There’s no cargo more precious than your family. So, when you choose a minivan for them, you’re really choosing safety. And the 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan has it in spades. No matter where occupants are seated, they’ll be cushioned by a system of seven advanced airbags, including multistage front and side curtain bags.2017 Dodge Grand Caravan Review

While this system is highly effective, perhaps the most valuable safety feature in the Grand Caravan is the frame itself. High-strength steel with front and rear crumple zones create a protective cage around all occupants, absorbing and deflecting impacts in the event of a collision.

A host of technologies has also been added to the minivan for increased protection. Stability and Traction Control work in concert to keep your vehicle on course, even when navigating slippery roads. If you do slide, Emergency Brake Assist has been added to elevate stopping power.

High Performance

The phrase “family vehicle” has been known in the past to carry some negative connotations. For instance, you might expect a run-of-the-mill minivan to have a weaker engine. However, the Dodge Grand Caravan isn’t just any minivan. On the contrary, it has the high-powered engine you’d expect in a much sportier class.

The 3.6L V6 found under the hood has been optimized with dual overhead camshafts, which maximize intake and exhaust for higher output. With this, drivers can reach 283 horsepower and produce 260 lb-ft of torque. Still, that power won’t kill your mileage. You can maintain 25 highway MPG and 17 city MPG1 without any problems.

With all that muscle, the Grand Caravan has a maximum towing capacity of 3,600 pounds. That’s really going to come in handy on your next big vacation! And Trailer Sway Control is available to keep that weight in check, adding to your safety.

Comfort and Entertainment

The one big problem with road trips is, if you don’t have enough technology at your disposal, things tend to get a little boring, especially for kids. However, the Dodge Grand Caravan comes with a 6-speaker audio system, as well as USB and auxiliary ports. This way, you can easily connect your phone for added music streaming.2017 Dodge Grand Caravan Review

To keep your kids occupied, a single DVD entertainment system is also available. With those features, you shouldn’t hear many cries of, “Are we there yet?”

An ample amount of comfort is added in the Grand Caravan, too. Passengers can stretch out in a total of 195.8 cubic feet of space. Reclining rear seats allow for even more relaxation, and make nap time a breeze. Dual zone climate control is also offered for more varied comfort throughout the cabin.

Learn More about the 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan

Family vacations, picnics, and soccer games are all fun for the whole family. Getting there should be, too. When you all pile into 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan, you’ll be given a uniquely comfortable driving experience that leaves everyone satisfied.

Any drivers in the Chicago, Skokie, or Park Ridge area who’d like to know more about the vehicle’s many specifications can contact the Marino CJDR team. We’d be glad to dig into the many nuances of the Dodge Grand Caravan. Contact us today for more information!


1. EPA-estimated MPG with 3.6L engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. Actual mileage may vary.


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