We will continue to compare the 2018 Toyota Sienna with its competition. This minivan is very popular, and most companies are trying to keep up the pace with Japanese carmaker. One of many is Dodge, who has the serious competitor in this class. Maybe the major rival for Sienna is Honda Odyssey. However, bosses in Toyota will follow news about 201s8 Dodge Grand Caravan.
Both minivans have their pros and cons. The overall impression is that 2018 Sienna will offer more. Nevertheless, we will try to present specs highlights and important details about both vehicles. There are similarities at first sight, but even minor details are decisive. So, in-depth analysis is needed before we made a final decision about the better model.
Sienna vs Grand Caravan Quick Comparison
Upcoming 2018 Toyota Sienna is going to be more powerful than before. The output is better than before, and we are sure fans will know to appreciate this. On the other hand, the V-6 drivetrain of the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan is also very potent. However, its handling is not so great. Buyers will like more the simple and functional interior. Although there are improvements under the hood, Sienna’s main advantage is capability and versatility.
2018 Toyota Sienna vs 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Hybrid and Specs
One of the highlights of the new Sienna is going to be a hybrid drivetrain. Upcoming model for 2018 season is bringing this type of energy source. Here, Dodge is in advantage. Grand Caravan has a ready plug-in minivan, which is giving the US-based vehicle huge profit. All other manufacturers are going to be late, although we will soon see Honda Odyssey and Kia Sedona as plug-in hybrids.
Performance and Mileage
Both minivans are going to be available with conventional, petrol engines. There are no big changes announced for next season, so we will see the same lineup. The 2018 Toyota Sienna is going to have a 3.5-l V-6, an 8-speed transmission, and front-wheel drive. The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan is using a 3.6-l V-6 as a drivetrain. Its power output is less than Sienna can do. American minivan is capable to deliver 285 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. On the other hand, Toyota’s vehicle can make 300 hp.
This is a clear evidence which shows the better vehicle in this segment. A 3.5-l V-6 engine on 2018 Toyota Sienna can go 20/27 mpg in city and highway. The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan needs a huge improvement to catch up with Japanese minivan. The current model can deliver 17/25 mpg city/highway. Even with big changes, it is not likely that Dodge can add 3 miles per gallon for the upcoming vehicle.
2018 Toyota Sienna vs 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Trim Levels
The 2018 Toyota Sienna is available in five different trim levels, and three of them comes in the additional Premium edition. The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan is not far behind its competitor. It has four trim levels. While Sienna comes in L variant as the entry-level vehicle, Grand Caravan first unit is SE. Sienna has SE variant, but as upper trim, as well as XLE and LE. Dodge offers SE Plus and SXT as mid-range minivans. Top of the class is a GT unit. Toyota Sienna with the most features and special equipment is Limited Edition Premium.
The Grand Caravan is offering 6 different color schemes. All of them are available for all trim levels. Its rival, Toyota Sienna has even more paint jobs for the exterior. However, not all are available for every trim. As we are moving to Limited Edition from base L model, we will get more luxurious colors. The same situation is in the cabin. While in L we have cloth on seats and steering wheel, higher trims are using leather. That changes the design of the interior, and part of restyling are color schemes. Dodge doesn’t have such offer since SE and SE Plus come in Black / Light Graystone combination. SXT adds a black interior, while GT model drops the first combo from its offer.
2018 Toyota Sienna vs 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Prices
We almost declared Sienna as the better minivan, but maybe the most important details are to be unveiled. Pricing list is almost always a decisive part. Sienna might have more power, better critics, and fuel economy. On the other hand, Dodge is bringing hybrid minivan before its rival. Also, its price is significantly lower than Toyota set for 2018 Sienna. Entry-level L model can be purchased for $30,000. The cheapest 2018 Dodge Grand caravan costs four grand less.
Furthermore, higher trims are also significantly cheaper. Dodge’s SE Plus is still under $30,000, and SXT is the first to go over this mark. Top of the class GT carries a price tag of $35,000. For example, the most expensive Sienna is Limited Premium, with a price tag of over $47,000.