2016 Honda Odyssey vs. 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan
The immense popularity of minivans has a simple explanation—they are absolutely ideal for meeting the needs of families. The 2016 Honda Odyssey and the 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan are two minivan options with so much to offer. They’re spacious, versatile, and designed with parents and their children in mind. We compared the base models of these two minivans to see how which one came out on top:
Both the Honda Odyssey and the Dodge Grand Caravan offer flexible seating configurations, but the Odyssey seats up to eight, while the Grand Caravan seats a max of seven. In terms of providing more space to work with, the Odyssey has the clear advantage. It offers 4205 litres of maximum cargo volume, while the Grand Caravan has only 4072 litres available. The Odyssey is more comfortable, too, offering 1040 litres of front legroom and 1038 litres of rear legroom, compared to the Grand Caravan’s 1034 litres and 941 litres. While both of these vehicles can handle kids and all their stuff, the Odyssey makes the most of its size.
Safety is paramount consideration for any vehicle, and that’s especially true when selecting a minivan. The Grand Caravan’s standard safety features include an extensive airbag system, Electronic Stability Control with All-Speed Traction Control, Trailer Sway Control, and Brake Assist. Available options on higher level trims include Blind-Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Path Detection and Rear View Backup Camera. As for the Odyssey, the 2016 model has won numerous awards for safety, including an IIHS Top Safety Pick and NHTSA Five-Star Rating. Standard features on the Odyssey include a Rearview Camera, Brake Assist, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, and Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control. Upgrade options include Honda LaneWatch Blind Spot Display, Forward Collision Warning System, and Lane Departure Warning System. With more available features and the heaping industry accolades, the Honda Odyssey has to take the edge here.
Handling on the Road
Driving a minivan can sometimes feel like you’re steering a ship, so how it handles is crucial. Reviewers from Edmunds.com say the Grand Caravan’s ride is “not as smooth as its competitors” and that the powertrain is “unrefined.” On the other hand, Car and Driver chose the 2016 Honda Odyssey as an Editor’s Choice for the minivan category. Amongst its smooth handling, powertrain, and its “unrivaled road manners,” the Odyssey has a strong reputation for how it feels on the road.
The Odyssey wins when it comes to fuel economy, too. With its Government of Canada’s estimated 12.3 city and 8.5 highway L/100 km, the Odyssey beats the Grand Caravan’s 13.7 city and 9.4 highway L/100 km. You won’t have to fill up the tank as often if you’re behind the wheel of a Honda Odyssey.
Choose the Honda Odyssey
Do you choose the 2016 Honda Odyssey or the 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan? When you look at spaciousness, safety attributes, handling, and efficiency, it’s an obvious choice—the 2016 Honda Odyssey. Come on in to Harmony Honda to see the Odyssey for yourself, or contact us today!