Despite indirectly being replaced by the Chrysler Pacifica, the Dodge Grand Caravan just won’t die. Fiat-Chrysler has confirmed the Grand Caravan will hang around for the 2017 model year, likely to bridge the gap as consumers familiarize themselves with the new Pacifica. Plus, FCA is probably making bank on the Grand Caravan at this point.
Speaking of making bank, one of the headlines of the 2017 Grand Caravan is that the base model has a lower price tag. For 2017 the Grand Caravan SE starts at $24,995 (before destination), which is a reduction of $1,100 from the 2016 model.
Additionally Dodge has simplified the trim levels for 2017. Grand Caravan can now be had in SE, SE Plus, SXT and GT trim. The new GT trim is the replacement for the old R/T trim, which is being removed from Dodge’s non-performance models.
Dodge has also thrown in a standard 6.5-inch touchscreen with rearview camera on all Grand Caravans. The company has also added more standard features to the SE Plus, SXT and GT trims versus the 2016 models.
So, while the Grand Caravan is certainly no Pacifica, it isn’t too terrible of a value proposition for consumers at this point. FCA knows that and is hanging onto the iconic Dodge minivan.