Minivan Comparison

Minivan Comparison 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and 2016 Dodge Grand CaravanMinivans have been beloved by soccer moms and dads for generations, but nowadays they have become much more popular to all types of people because everyone is realizing they are so convenient. Most minivans seat seven people, they have plenty of storage space, and they’ve been keeping up with the times, so they have all the modern entertainment and safety tech. What it really comes down to is if you’re loyal to a brand, and if not, what are you looking for?

Some things are a deal breaker. Maybe a car doesn’t have that one feature that just needs to be in the car. Well, minivans like the all-new Chrysler Pacifica and the Dodge Grand Caravan have plenty of features, and share a few too. We thought it would be interesting to see how both of these minivans from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles stack up. To make it even more interesting, we’re going to compare the nicest trims — the Dodge Grand Caravan R/T and the Chrysler Pacifica Limited.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited

Chrysler outdid themselves when they designed the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and the Pacifica Limited has all of the bells and whistles. Only introduced to dealerships this spring, the Chrysler Pacifica is the newest minivan model to hit American roads. The Pacifica is a strong contender for the “best-in-class” minivan title with its perfect blend of style, practicality, and luxury. Even though it’s new, it’s already won awards, like Ward’s Automotives’ 10 Best Interiors List for 2016.

2016 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T

Yes, the R/T. How else can the Dodge Grand Caravan compete unless we bring out the model built with Road/Track (R/T) DNA? The Grand Caravan has been a strong option in the minivan market for a long time, and although on the outside it doesn’t seem to have changed by much, inside is a wonderland for a large family. Stow ‘n Go seating, maximum interior and cargo space, and its affordable price make the Grand Caravan the perfect rival to the Pacifica this year.

Engine

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has a 3.6L V6 24-Valve VVT engine under the hood with an engine oil cooler. The cooler helps to ensure high quality performance from the engine. “VVT” stands for “Variable Valve Timing”, a process used in cars these days to increase performance, fuel economy, and reduce emissions. Combine the two together, and you have 287-horsepower minivan with a fuel economy of 17 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

Wouldn’t you know the 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan has the exact same engine? Talk about a contender. The Dodge Grand Caravan has a 6-speed automatic 62TE transmission with AutoStick, a driver-interactive transaxle shifter that provides clutchless manual shifting. This brings the horsepower to 283-hp, with a fuel economy of 17 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway.

Safety and Security

Both minivans have all the safety and security features a car full of family would want, but they each have some different features. The Pacifica has an advanced multistage front airbag system with supplemental side curtains in the front and all rows, and a driver’s knee airbag, blind spot and cross path detection, LATCH ready child seating, ParkSense Front and Rear Park Assist with Stop, a ParkView Rear Backup Camera, and many additional safety tech features are available add-ons..

The Grand Caravan has active head restraints, an advanced multistage front airbag system with a driver’s knee airbag, and supplemental side curtains in the front and all rows, electronic stability control, a ParkView Rear Back-up Camera, and several extra optional safety features are available as well.

Technology, Exterior and Interior

The technology in these two minivans is up-to-date, but there are instances where the two stand apart. Without repetition, there are many luxury components and devices that one would like in a minivan, especially when family is involved, that are missing from one minivan or the other. Moreover, some of these features are boasted about in multimedia and on the brand website, but when it comes to looking at the specs, they’re simply options.

A similarity between both vehicles is the Stow ‘n’ Go seating that is a standard feature. Stow ‘n Go seating not only makes the subtraction or addition of seats more convenient, but it opens up storage space by several cubic feet.

Convenience Features, Style and Design

Feature Pacifica Limited Grand Caravan R/T Exterior Automatic Headlamps Yes Yes Heated Exterior Mirrors Yes Yes Mirrors with Turn Signals Yes – Rear Window Wiper/Washer Yes Yes Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers Yes – Headlamps Halogen Halogen Auto Adjust in Reverse Mirrors Yes – Driver’s Auto-Dimming Ext Mirror Yes – Hands-free Liftgate Yes – Hands-free sliding doors Yes – Tail Lamps LED Halogen Fog Lamps LED Halogen Rims 18” 17” Wheels BSW All-Season Tires BSW All-Season Tires Interior Seating Capacity 7 7 2nd/3rd-row stow ‘n go seats Yes Yes Driver Seat Memory Yes – Material Leather Leather Adjustable seating 8-way driver with 4-way lumbar, 8-way passenger 8-way driver with 2-way lumbar Third row fold/split Yes – Ventilated Front seats Yes – Auto A/C Control Yes Yes Driver Information Display Yes Yes Heated Front Seats Yes – Heated Steering Wheel Yes – Keyless enter-n-go Yes – Rear Heater Yes – Remote Keyless Entry Yes With Immobilizer Remote Start System Yes – Second and Third Row Window Shades Yes – Second Row storage bins Yes – Stow ‘n Vac Yes – Sunscreen Glass Yes Yes Sentry Key Theft Deterrent Yes – Leather Wrapping – Steering Wheel and Gear Shift Knob Instrument Panel Yes Yes

Technology

There’s clearly a difference between exterior and interior between these two minivans. Of course no two are built the same. Let’s see how their technology stacks up.

Feature Pacifica Limited Grand Caravan R/T Sirius XM Radio 1-year 1-year Audio System 13 Alpine Speaker System; 20 Harman Kardon option 9 Amplified speakers with subwoofer Touchscreen 8.4” 6.5” Noise Control System Yes – GPS Yes Option Auto-Dimming mirror with microphone Yes – HD Radio Yes No Bluetooth Voice Command Yes Option Uconnect 8.4 NAV and Access Option Theatre Package Option Option Blu-Ray/DVD player Option Option Wireless Headphones Option Option

Price and Warranty

The Chrysler Pacifica Limited has an MSRP of $42, 495 and the Dodge Grand Caravan R/T is a more affordable choice with an MSRP of $32.495.

The warranties for both Dodge and Chrysler minivans is the same. Both minivans are backed by a basic limited warranty for 3 years or 36, 000 miles, a powertrain limited warranty for 5 years or 60, 000 miles, and rust-through coverage for 5 years or 100, 000 miles. Dodge also offers roadside assistance for 5 years or 100, 000 miles as well.

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