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The Dodge Grand Caravan was initially released for the 1984 model year and completely changed the automotive landscape regarding family vehicles. Before the Grand Caravan set the standard for the modern family minivan, the average family cars found on American roads were large, hulking station wagons. While these wagons may have had some appeal with a few Americans, they typically were plagued with bad fuel economy, basic vinyl-clad interiors, and lackluster handling.

The Caravan offered comfortable, new-age interiors with clever seating arrangements, good fuel economy, and front-wheel drive, which helped make these vehicles easier to drive for a larger consumer base. With many minivan loyalists heading to the used marketplace to find their next family hauler today, many buyers are asking a similar question; was there a 2021 Dodge Grand Caravan?

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Was a Dodge Grand Caravan released for 2021?

No, the Dodge Grand Caravan was not offered for the 2021 model year. The Grand Caravan was officially discontinued in 2020, marking the end of the legendary original minivan.

The final Dodge minivan was produced without much fanfare, unlike the Last Call models being produced by Dodge to commemorate the final Challenger and Charger models.

The final Grand Caravan was produced with only one drivetrain option, a 3.6L V6 with a six-speed automatic transmission. Three main trim levels were produced for the final 2020 model year including the SE, SE Plus, and SXT.

What is the best Dodge Caravan you can buy?

While the 1984 Dodge Caravan changed the course of automotive history, it is far from the best model ever produced. In total, there were five total generations of the Caravan produced.

While every generation of the Caravan was influential to the history of the model, the 1987 model year was incredibly important because it added a long wheelbase model that became the Dodge Grand Caravan.

This Grand Caravan model was the lone model available after the 2008 model year. According to CarComplaints, just about every Dodge Caravan model should be a reliable buy other than 2008, 2005, and 2011 models.

Here at MotorBiscuit, we reported that the 2011 model Caravan was by far the worst option you can buy used, due to multiple issues regarding the fuel and ignition system. These issues would arise well before the 100,000-mile mark, making this one of the least reliable minivans ever produced.

Is the 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan a good buy?

No, the 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan is not a good choice if you are looking for a used minivan. Logically speaking, you would think that the newest model would be the most reliable and most appealing due to it being the newest model you can buy, but this is unfortunately not the case.

U.S. News reports that the base model 2020 Grand Caravan has lackluster acceleration, a dated interior, and limited features as a 2020 model. The most glaring example showing just how dated this van is can be found in the infotainment system.

This center screen is only 6.5 inches across, which is about the size of most smartphone screens today. This infotainment system does not even come with Apple CarPlay or Andriod Auto. With a lack of technology and lackluster fuel economy numbers of 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway, it is hard to recommend the 2020 model to any consumer.


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