2013 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew Plus
2013 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew Plus
2013 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew Plus. Click image to enlarge

Review and photos by Justin Pritchard

A giggle-fest quickly ensued moments after I arrived at the nightly coffee meet in a Dodge Grand Caravan.

Largely, that’s because I’m not a soccer mom, a power-dad, or someone known to be particularly interested in having a family. I don’t believe I have any kids. I don’t go to Home Depot very often. I don’t do soccer practice or go to the park.

I’m also self-employed – so I try to work from 9 to 5 like normal folks, but, usually, I sleep in until 10 or 11 am. And I do shop at Costco, like many family-minded peeps, but only because they have good prices on meat – which I barbeque in large amounts and often eat alone.

“Nice minivan, Pritchard!” said my pal Dave. “Think you could drive me to soccer tomorrow”?

“Go eat a road flare,” I replied.

So, to spite the rude questioning of my pals, this test will include no reference of cupholder capacity, juice-box storage facilities, or the amount of pressure required to trip the safety-reverse on the powered tailgate or doors should little Timmy’s cranium somehow find its way in their path.

No. I, Justin Pritchard, wouldn’t be using the Grand Caravan to load full of sports-gear clad kids, a pair of canines or a day’s worth of beach supplies. As a result I did feel a bit out of place in the tester. After all – nothing says ‘stranger danger’ more than a single dude in a minivan. Thankfully, I’m not named Chester or Herbert, and I don’t have a bag of free candy.

But I did discover something sweet about the Grand Caravan after the week of soccer-mom jokes: there’s nothing on the road as handy and flexible as a Grand Caravan.


And you don’t have to have kids and pets and a fam-jam to benefit from that handiness.

2013 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew Plus2013 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew Plus
2013 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew Plus. Click image to enlarge

The foundation of that handy demeanour? A slew of design touches honed from decades of experience with minivan design, development and sales.

From the driver’s perch, there’s plenty of storage – and I’m not just talking door-bins and cupholders. The centre console is divided into numerous covered cubbies and compartments to keep your stuff organized on the move. That’s backed up by a drawer at the back of the console, and a big compartment underneath it.

I’ve never driven anything that put so much storage at arm’s reach, and as a disorganized vehicular pack-rat, that’s a big deal. No problem keeping organized in here – whether you’re using the Grand Caravan for a camping trip, shopping weekend or as a mobile office.

In back, Stow n’ Go compartments in the floor offer up even more secure storage. These integrated bins can be sealed up after being loaded with items like a laptop bag, suitcase, sleeping gear, shopping and more. They can even be loaded with the seat itself, if you’d rather that disappear. If the bin is empty, the seat behind it can be folded in and out of sight in about four seconds. Toss an old blanket in the space you just created, and your dog’s got a comfy place to chill for an extended road trip.

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