2021 vs 2020 Grand Caravan - Old vs New
The Dodge Grand Caravan has a long and venerable history as a large, comfortable passenger minivan. But all good things must come to an end, and the model's 2020 year is set to be it's last. However, the nameplate will live on with the release of an all-new Chrysler Grand Caravan for 2021, and while they may share a name, they're very different cars in some important ways.
We have both the 2020 and 2021 versions of the Grand Caravan available at our Trenton dealership, and here are the key differences between the two models.
Under the Hood
The engine specification of the two cars is almost identical, which is no surprise given the shared ownership of the brands. Both vehicles are fitted with a 3.6L V6 engine, which produces 283 horsepower in the Dodge and a slightly higher 287hp in the Chrysler. Both cars feature front-wheel drive as standard.
Where the old and the new part company is in the transmission. The 2020 Grand Caravan pairs the engine with a six-speed automatic, while the 2021 model upgrades to a nine-speed version, giving a slightly smoother and more responsive driving feel.
The Dodge is equipped with a 6.5" infotainment touchscreen, but the overall interior tech is fairly functional rather than highly impressive. The Chrysler is more advanced, with the 7" touchscreen giving access to modern features including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and optional navigation.
A similar story is told in the active safety systems area. The Dodge Grand Caravan offers a blind spot monitor and electronic stability control, but the Chrysler is much more generous. Standard and available highlights of the 2021 Grand Caravan add rear emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alerts, and rear parking sensors to the mix.
2021 vs 2020 Grand Caravan in Trenton: The Verdict
The 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan remains a solid workhorse of the passenger minivan market and is powerful and comfortable enough to satisfy demanding family drivers while offering excellent value for money.
However, the model was starting to show its age a little in the tech department. The 2021 Chrysler version takes the same underlying power and spacious comfort but upgrades the infotainment and active safety systems to bring the minivan concept firmly up to date. However, the upgrade comes with a significantly higher cost.
Both cars make excellent buys, but if advanced tech is a feature you're looking for, it might be worth spending the extra on the newer Chrysler model.