2021 Chrysler Grand Caravan Features and Specs
The Dodge Grand Caravan was one of the favourite family SUVs among Canadian drivers, thanks to its combination of comfort, power, and economy. Alas, the lineup was discontinued after the 2020 model year, but the nameplate lives on with a brand-new Grand Caravan minivan released by stablemates Chrysler.
Does the new Chrysler model live up to the excellence of the Dodge? The answer is a resounding yes, and here are just some of the reasons why.
Overview and Performance
The Chrysler update of the Grand Caravan is built across three rows to seat up to seven passengers with plenty of cargo space to spare. A family minivan needs plenty of power under the hood for a confident and comfortable drive, and the Grand Caravan in no way disappoints. The lusty 3.6L V6 gas engine puts out a healthy 287 horsepower and 262lb-ft of torque, passed to front-wheel drive via a nine-speed automatic transmission. The overall result is a surprisingly agile responsiveness from a three-row minivan, with a 0-100kmh acceleration time of a shade over seven seconds.
The Chrysler Grand Caravan is resolutely a family minivan rather than a sleek, compact performer, but that doesn't mean it lacks in the looks department. Borrowing plenty of curves and angular stylings from its smaller SUV cousins, it's a vehicle that successfully marries imposing looks with sophistication and plenty of interior space.
The Grand Caravan's interior is straightforwardly comfortable and well designed, making virtues out of simplicity and spaciousness. Front leg room is a generous 104cm, while even the third row manages a highly creditable 92.7cm, a much more impressive figure than that of most three-row SUVs. The cargo space is equally impressive, with up to 923L available when fully loaded with passengers, rising to a mammoth 3,979L with both rear rows folded down.
Every model of the 2021 Grand Caravan is fitted with at least two colour screens. There's a 3.5" digital display in the centre of the instrument cluster providing essential driver information, while a 7" touchscreen gives access to a wide range of infotainment features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Higher trims also bring the option of a third screen tucked into the roof in front of the second row, allowing DVD playing and other media entertainment for restless rear passengers, before folding safely away when not in use.
Physical Safety and Active Systems
The 2021 Chrysler Grand Caravan scored the full five-out-of-five stars in crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), reflecting its sturdy build and well-designed engineering. However, safety is improved even further by the inclusion of comprehensive active features across the range, with key highlights including blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts, rear automatic emergency braking, and rear parking warnings.
Test Drive the 2021 Chrysler Grand Caravan at City Chrysler
Visit the premium Chrysler dealer in Alberta to experience the 2021 Chrysler Grand Caravan for yourself. With its blend of affordable power, advanced technology, and spacious comfort, it makes a worthy successor to its venerable Dodge namesake.