2017 Kia Sedona vs Dodge Grand Caravan
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Crossovers have bitten hard into the sales of minivans in recent years, and some manufacturers have stopped producing them altogether. But the popularity crossovers doesn’t diminish the family-friendly credentials of the minivan, and fewer of them mean that those that remain have even more to prove. So, let’s see how the 2017 Kia Sedona fares against Dodge Grand Caravan, which is one of the most enduring models in the segment.
2017 Kia Sedona vs Dodge Grand Caravan
How a minivan looks didn’t used to be that big a deal, but it definitely matters these days. The Sedona won’t be mistaken for a sports car anytime soon, but Kia has done a good job of styling the Sedona with clean, classy lines that make this overtly practical vehicle into something close to stylish and even aggressive.
While passengers may have more window view in the Grand Caravan, the styling as a whole doesn’t even try to hide the utilitarian nature of the Dodge. It’s square and boxy, as you might expect from a minivan, but that square and boxy design honestly hasn’t changed much over all the years it’s been in production.
The total passenger volume inside the Sedona is an enormous 172.3 cu.-ft., enough to swallow up to eight people and a whole lot of the gear that will inevitably come with them. The third-row seats are not particularly adult-friendly, but everywhere else in the cabin the seats are large and comfortable. Apart from those rear seats, the Kia is a match for bigger minivans
The Grand Caravan offers an almost identical amount of passenger and cargo volume by many measurements, but overall, the Kia does have almost nine cubic foot more in the Sedona. Front leg room is almost identical, but second-row passengers in the Kia have almost four inches more. The seating in the Dodge is fabulously flexible, but it’s not enough to beat the Kia’s more comfortable cabin.
Minivans are not performance vehicles by any means, but they do need a healthy dose of power since a full load of passengers and cargo means a lot of weight to move. A strong V-6 is therefore usually the order of the day, and in the Kia it means a 3.3-liter unit that develops 276 horsepower and 248 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine does everything asked of it, and does it with a pleasant ride and no fuss.
The Dodge’s V-6 is a 3.6-liter unit that puts out a class-leading 283 horsepower and, like the Sedona, sends the power to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. The extra power gives a slight advantage here to the Grand Caravan.
No other vehicle has more of a stake in safety than minivans, and the more modern underpinnings of the Kia might lead you to think it would be a safer vehicle than an older design. In this case, you’d be right. In fact, the Sedona is one of only two minivans to be named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, and the NHTSA gives it a full five-star rating.
Time has seen the safety credentials of the Grand Caravan diminish somewhat, with an NHTSA rating is a below-par four stars.
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Sometimes in life, older models can triumph over something newer and shinier due to its time-tested experience, but not here. The Grand Caravan has a fantastically flexible interior so it does its main duty extremely well, but in every other way it just feels dated and tired at the side of the 2017 Kia Sedona.