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The Dodge Grand Caravan is Complicated

Some vehicles are complicated, and the Dodge Grand Caravan must be extremely confusing. Some people want a vehicle without all the tech bells and whistles to avoid getting confused, like this poor girl just trying to fill up her Dodge Grand Caravan

The Dodge Grand Caravan Could be Confusing

Someone filmed a poor girl just trying to get gas, which seems to be too complicated in her Dodge Grand Caravan. When she pulled up to the gas pump on the wrong side, her problems only just began. 

It took her a few seconds to realize that the gas tank was on the other side. According to the video, she already made this mistake once. It’s unclear if she is aware that the gas tank is on the driver’s side or if there is an arrow pointing to the correct side in the digital cluster display. 

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At first, she drove in a complete circle around the pumps. Then she attempted to back up to the fuel pump. But it seemed like it took her a few seconds to figure out how to reverse. But she still put the wrong side toward the fuel pump. 

After getting out, confused again, she got back in the van and pulled around to the wrong side again. At this point, the couple filing this disaster decided it was time to lend a helping hand.

Astronauts standing near the Grand Dodge Caravan
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan

After receiving instructions on how to get to the fuel pump with the tank on the correct side, she took her time to think about them, and finally pulled incorrectly. 

Is the Dodge Grand Caravan a good van? 

Maybe this issue wasn’t caused by the Dodge Grand Caravan. Perhaps it was the driver. Let’s take a look at the 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan to see if it’s confusing. The 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan starts around $27k, making it a cheaper alternative to rivals. 

When Edmunds provided an expert review, they noted that the Dodge Grand Caravan comes with fewer features, making it a more price-friendly option. However, the lower price may not be worth the interior that feels cheap and outdated. Plus, the base model trim doesn’t come with Bluetooth connectivity. 

However, the base model SE trim does include tri-zone climate control, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, and heated mirrors. You can upgrade to the hands-free package to get Bluetooth connectivity, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and stow n’ go captain seats that can be stored in the floor. 

2019 Dodge Grand Caravan features 

The 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan comes with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that provides 283 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. When properly equipped, it can tow up to 3,500 lb, and it takes about 8 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph. 

2020 Dodge Grand Caravan driving down road
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan

The ride seems adequate and comfortable enough. Other vans have a slightly quieter interior. Also, the turning radius and steering were noted as being less refined compared to rivals.

Plus, the tech and lack of equipment make it feel out of date. It’s hard to say if another van would help that poor girl figure out how to get gas more quickly, but we do know there are better van options available.