Honda Odyssey vs Dodge Grand Caravan
You want to know a few things about your next family minivan before taking the kids to baseball practice and running your weekly Sunday errands. Safety is always paramount, but efficiency and interior space are also important when you’re in the market for your new family wagon.
Two 2019 minivans have been stirring quite the conversation—so we thought it would be a good idea to help drivers around Fort Myers and Port Charlotte, FL, make an educated decision on their next purchase. That’s why the experts at Port Charlotte Honda put together this Honda Odyssey vs. Dodge Grand Caravan comparison guide.
Continue reading to learn all about the differences between these two minivans and which one will work best with your family’s daily driving habits!
Efficient Engine Competition
When it comes to packing the whole family and their luggage, both the Honda Odyssey and Dodge Grand Caravan have you covered. They’re both equipped with powerful V6 engines and comparable transmissions–but there are a few differences highlighted below that give the Honda Odyssey an edge.
Take the 2019 Odyssey for your next weekend road trip to visit your friends or extended family without plotting where every gas station is located. Thanks to an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 19 city/28 highway MPG on every trim level, you can forego the next few fill-ups and enjoy your drive.* The 17 city/25 highway MPG offered by the Dodge Grand Caravan will require you to stop more frequently, especially if you’re planning a longer drive or idling in stop-and-go traffic.
You’ll also notice a difference in the standard transmissions provided in the Odyssey and Grand Caravan. To compare, Honda’s 9-speed transmission will help with your Odyssey’s efficient performance, especially when compared to the 6-speed transmission in the 2019 Grand Caravan.
Competitive Interior Space
Comfort should never be an issue when you’re looking for your next vehicle to tote the family—and maybe the dog—around town. Luckily, the Honda Odyssey and Dodge Grand Caravan have more than enough room for seven passengers to get comfortable.
Take a seat in the front row of the Odyssey, and you’ll find 40.7 inches of headroom and 40.9 inches of legroom. Although the Grand Caravan has a similar 39.8 inches of headroom and 40.7 inches of legroom, second- and third-row passengers will feel the sizable decrease in overall space.
The second row in the Dodge Grand Caravan offers 39.3 inches of headroom and 36.5 inches of legroom while the Honda Odyssey retains a larger 39.5 inches of headroom and 40.9 inches of legroom. The additional room for your rear-seated passengers to stretch out is favorable for easy trips to the grandparents as well as long drives to the beach during the summer.
As for the third row, the Odyssey allows for more mobility again with 38.3 inches of headroom and 38.1 inches of legroom when compared to the Grand Caravan’s 37.9 inches of headroom and tight 32.7 inches of legroom.
Odyssey vs Grand Caravan: Safety
Both the 2019 Honda Odyssey and Dodge Grand Caravan will keep you and your family safe wherever you journey. Either minivan you choose comes standard with a rearview camera and a stability control system to mitigate unwanted changes in direction on the road. You’ll also find LATCH child seat anchors so you can count on your vehicle to keep your little ones secure.
However, where Dodge stopped, Honda decided to go the extra mile with some additional safety features that you won’t find in the 2019 Grand Caravan. The Odyssey is built around Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure meant to evenly distribute energy in the event of an accident and redirect it away from the main cabin.
Available Honda Sensing® features include a Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) to detect an imminent frontal collision and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).
Take the Honda Odyssey for a Test Drive Today
We hope you enjoyed discovering the multitude of features discussed in our Honda Odyssey vs. Dodge Grand Caravan match-up. These minivans are efficiently powerful, safe, and well-designed to fit that last forgotten suitcase. However, the automotive professionals at Port Charlotte Honda believe that you’ll appreciate what the 2019 Odyssey has to offer in the garage and on the roads of Fort Myers and Port Charlotte, FL.
When you’re ready to get behind the wheel of the Honda Odyssey, feel free to contact our dealership to schedule a test drive today!
* Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.