1996 Dodge Grand Caravan

  • 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan Base Minivan

    Base Minivan

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      2.4L I4
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  • 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan LE Minivan

    LE Minivan

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      3.3L V6
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  • 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan SE Minivan

    SE Minivan

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      2.4L I4
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1996 Dodge Grand Caravan Review

Luxury mixes value for the whole family.

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The 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan proved to be an early giant in the newly-minted class of minivans. The older and more luxurious version of the basic Caravan received positive feedback when released. Furthermore, it was praised as a leader in its class in terms of design, safety, and value.

The Range

Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 2.4-liter V-6, 3.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: three-speed automatic, four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Grand Caravan LE, Dodge Grand Caravan SE

What's New

The 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan gets a major overhaul to the chassis to reduce noise and vibration. Meanwhile, the automaker also wanted to increase its stability and rigidity. The new design also allows for a smaller turning radius. Likewise, it reconstructs the frame and windshield so it's more rounded than previous models.


The 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan gets a cleaner body design with curved wraparound headlights and a broad windshield. The Caravan’s leaner frame offers larger windows and windshield as well as longer front and side doorways. The side-sliding door is also extended for improved loading.


The 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan gets bucket-styled front seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. The rear seats are designed for easy removal, and the stereo sound system features 10 speakers. The front overhead console offers temperature controls and a compass. A lockable storage box is located beneath the passenger seat. The tilt steering wheel is built in with a cruise control function. This model also comes with a remote keyless entry system.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan handles better with improved stability and enhanced chassis when compared to its competition. Commercials refer to the tough rigors of parenthood and the wear and tear it brings to a vehicle, comparing the experience to more off-road vehicles. The model is the only minivan to feature an automatic transmission with adaptive hydraulic control. This makes for smoother shifting between gears.


For safety, the 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan has a four-wheel anti-lock brake system. Side door beams for front and rear doors can absorb impact from a collision. Airbags are standard for both driver and passenger with height adjustable shoulder harnesses for the seatbelts. The side-sliding door comes standard with a child safety lock, which can be disabled. The steering column is collapsible, and built-in child seats are an option.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Grand Caravan: 18/24 mpg city/highway
Dodge Grand Caravan LE: 17/19 mpg city/highway
Dodge Grand Caravan SE: 16/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Quieter ride
  • Better stability
  • Sweeping windshield view

You Won't Like

  • Heavy sliding door
  • Difficult to park

Sum Up

Luxury mixes value for the whole family.

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