Dodge Grand Caravan vs. Chrysler Pacifica
Although the Dodge Grand Caravan and the Chrysler Pacifica come from the same parent company, their stories and offerings couldn’t have more different sides. The Dodge Grand Caravan is the country’s oldest minivan, entering its 30th year on the market in 2017. On the flip side, the Pacifica is the newest minivan, debuting as a 2017 model. While one is new to the game and the other a seasoned veteran, they both have perks that families are sure to love. Here’s a quick comparison of the two.
The Hybrid Factor and Fuel Economy
One of the most intriguing factors of the Pacifica is that it comes in a plug-in hybrid model. Perfect for running errands around town or short trips, the Pacifica Hybrid can go up to 33 miles on a single charge, which is good for 84 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent). When you let the hybrid powertrain take over, the Pacifica still gets about 32 miles per gallon (mpg) combined, making it the most fuel-efficient minivan on the market. If you opt for the gas-powered version, it still gets a remarkable 28 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city.
The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer a hybrid powertrain, but it still gets decent mileage despite having only the gas-powered version. With this engine, the Grand Caravan gets 25 mpg on the highway and 17 mpg in the city, which takes you farther between gas station visits.
Not every family needs a powerful engine behind their family hauler, but there’s something nice about being able to navigate traffic or test the speed when no one else is in the car. If you’re a closet speedster that had to shut it down because of the family factor, both of these minivans are sure to please. Under the hood, they carry similar 3.6-liter V6 engines. The Pacifica’s provides slightly larger power numbers, offering 287 horsepower and up to 262 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, the Pacifica’s driving seems swift and fluid.
Not to be outdone, the Grand Caravan doesn’t lose much ground to the Pacifica. It still provides 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, making it quick and capable when needed.
One of the biggest concerns of minivan owners is how much the vehicle can store and how many passengers it can hold. With the Pacifica, you get a nice combination of both. Thanks to 243 configurations, the Pacifica can hold eight passengers or up to 140.5 cubic feet of cargo.
The Grand Caravan still has plenty of options with seating for seven and 81 seating configurations. Although it doesn’t have as many options to move things around, it provides a slightly larger cargo area that totals 143.8 cubic feet.
At the core, there are only slight differences between these two models, and smaller families may not even notice much of a change. That’s why it’s important to take a test drive and see which one works for you. An educated decision is always the best decision.