What's New for 2012:
- Nomenclature reverts to SE and SXT trim designations
- Standard 16-inch wheels
- New low-priced American Value package with 3.6-liter V-6 engine, second-row Stow 'n Go, third-row Stow 'n Go, power windows, and power locks
The 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan is a full-size minivan, and is offered with two sliding doors and four trim levels. Sixteen-inch steel wheels are standard, with larger wheels available on other trim levels.
The 2012 Dodge Caravan offers seating for up to 7 passengers. Base Grand Caravan models feature cloth upholstery, air conditioning, power front windows, cruise control, tilt-and-telescope steering wheel, and more. Upgraded trim levels are fitted with dual- and triple-zone automatic climate control, dual power-operated sliding doors, power liftgate, fog lights, rearview camera, power windows for all three rows, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, dark tinted privacy glass, upgraded audio system, and other amenities.
The 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T offers a sportier driving experience, according to the automaker. In addition to its sport-tuned suspension, it features sport seats, leather upholstery, exterior cosmetics, and polished 17-inch alloy wheels.
Under the Hood
Dodge Grand Caravan models are fitted with one engine. The standard powerplant is a 3.6-liter V-6 engine rated at 283 horsepower. The engine is E85-compatible. A 6-speed automatic transmission mated to a front-wheel-drive powertrain is standard. While all-wheel drive is not offered, the Grand Caravan is capable of towing upwards of 3600 pounds, according to Dodge.
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan are:
- Dodge Grand Caravan with 3.6-liter V-6 engine: 17/25/20 mpg (city/highway/combined)
Standard safety features of note on the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan include side-impact curtain air bags and a knee air bag for the driver. In government crash tests, the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan received an overall rating of 4 (out of 5) stars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Grand Caravan received a \"Good\" rating-the Institute's highest-for frontal-offset and side-impact crash protection. It has not been tested for roof strength.