Minivan Comparison: 2018 Chrysler Pacifica v. Dodge Grand Caravan

February 16th, 2018 by

The difference between the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica and the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan might be hard to notice at first. Both minivans provide seating for seven, the same engine, Stow ‘n Go seating and they have both been top selling minivans on the market, but which vehicle is the better buy?

What’s New in the 2018 Edition?

The Chrysler Pacifica is a fabulous minivan that has been named the “Family Car of the Year” for the second year in a row by Cars.com. Adding to the Pacifica’s infotainment versatility, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica received an upgraded Uconnect 4 system, which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica lineup also received a new more affordable trim and like all of the other trims, it is equipped with Stow ‘n Go seating system and available seating for seven or eight people.

As the first electrified vehicle in the entire minivan industry, drivers will be treated to amazing fuel economy. With an eye-popping 84 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica shows how much more value owners will receive over the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan.

The Dodge Grand Caravan has not received any major updates or upgrades and provides a respectable fuel economy of 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.This minivan underperforms by comparison to even the base model of the Chrysler Pacifica, with fuel economy that provides 19 city and 29 highway MPG. Simply put, this is one area that the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica stands out way ahead of the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan. With seating for 7, the Dodge Grand Caravan is spacious as well.

Engines

The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica is equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Pacifica produces 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque and has a towing capacity of 3,600 pounds. The Pacifica Hybrid is equipped with a modified version of the 3.6-liter V6 engine, dual electric motors and a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery.

The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan is also equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine, but it is equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Grand Caravan produces 283 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, and it has a towing capacity of 3,600 pounds, which is the same as the Chrysler Pacifica.

Interior Comparison

The Dodge Grand Caravans infotainment system delivers innovative technology and accommodates perfectly to those long road trips with the kids. Standard features shared by the Grand Caravan SE, SE Plus and SXT trim levels include a remarkable 40GB hard drive, a decent sized 6.5-inch touchscreen display paired with 6 speakers, stow n’ go seating, steering wheel mounted audio controls and an audio jack input for audio lovers.  

Optional features on the Grand Caravan include second row overhead 9-inch VGA video screen, video remote control and wireless headphones. The Grand Caravan SE Plus and SXT trims include a five-year SiriusXM travel link service, garmin navigation system, radio 430 navigation, and a SiriusXM travel link five-year travel link.

The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica has an improved Stow N’ Go storage system , a strong infotainment system and available high tech packages that provide wi-fi hot spots, and a  Uconnect Theater that includes dual 10.1-inch HD touchscreens, Blu-Ray player with wireless streaming functionality and dual HDMI inputs. Included with this package are wireless three-channel headphones.Both vehicles have solid infotainment systems to keep occupants happy and the driver able to handle any incoming calls and easily navigate while driving safely.

The Price Is Right

With an attractive price of only $26,995 (plus destination fee) you can see why the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica has earned back-to-back awards from Cars.com and several other publications.The 2018 Dodge Caravan SE starts at $25,995 (plus destination fee). Dodge and Chrysler vehicles come with a three-year or 36,000-mile limited basic warranty, a five-year or 60,000-mile  limited powertrain warranty and offers complimentary roadside assistance for five years or 100,000 miles.

Conclusion

Increased comfort, entertainment upgrades and continued reliability, there simply isn’t a better family vehicle than the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica. If you want to experience the Pacifica’s excellence for yourself with a test drive, visit us at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep. We hope you will return to visit us for any servicing needs down the road. Our professional servicing team is open seven days a week and will help you maintain your vehicle for 2018 and beyond.

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