2018 Dodge Grand Caravan vs 2018 Honda Odyssey
Posted on January 14, 2021
When it comes time to look for a family minivan, two options often surface to the top of the list: the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan and the 2018 Honda Odyssey.
Performance and Efficiency
You might not think a minivan needs to deliver on performance, but it does. Both the Dodge Grand Caravan and Honda Odyssey must haul several people and cargo at once, sometimes up steep hills.
With the Dodge Grand Caravan's 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, you not only get Canada's best-selling engine, it also edges out the Honda Odyssey's 3.5-liter V-6 in total horsepower.
Not only is the Dodge Grand Caravan more powerful, it's the better choice for towing. Standard trailer sway damping is included on all models, so you avoid dangerous situations, especially at higher speeds. It's just another way the minivan helps you take on necessary everyday tasks.
One of the big benefits you get with a minivan is the sheer flexibility of the interior. It starts with the large sliding doors, spacious three rows of seating, and ample rear cargo. The Dodge Grand Caravan and Honda Odyssey both provide these features, but other factors set them apart from one another.
For example, the Dodge Grand Caravan can be outfitted with Super Stow 'n Go seating. When you need to carry big items or a lot of cargo, the third row folds back and flat, while the second-row seats fold into the floor. Those compartments in front of the second row work well for holding items like coats, gloves, snacks, toys, and more the rest of the time.
You can add the Super Console to the Dodge Grand Caravan, something not available for the Honda Odyssey. While it has many of the features you'd expect in a centre console, like cupholders and storage, there's more. The large drawer is accessible to people on the first and second rows, so you can place something like a tablet computer for everyone to use.
Even the exterior of the Dodge Grand Caravan has more flexibility. The available and innovative Stow 'n Place roof rack means you can stash the crossmembers until you need them, and quickly set them up. That improves aerodynamics, versus always having the crossmembers in place, saving fuel. With this feature, you're always ready for placing cargo on the minivan's roof, in the case of a surprise.
Driving a minivan doesn't mean you need to give up on looking good. You can get plenty of stylish luxuries on both these vehicles. But only the Dodge Grand Caravan offers the ability to black out the exterior and interior. The Blacktop Package comes standard on the SE Plus trim, but can be added to the SXT. It bundles together 17-inch polished aluminum wheels that have Gloss Black pockets, black headlight bezels, and a Gloss Black grille. Inside, the cabin has a black headliner, seats, door panels, steering wheel, shifter knob, and front center console.
With all these advantages of the Dodge Grand Caravan, you now know it beats out the Honda Odyssey. Try one out in person at North York Chrysler today - contact us to request a test drive.