2004 Dodge Grand Caravan

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2004 Dodge Grand Caravan Review

A pleasant ride and fun to drive, but falls short in areas where others succeed.

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Dodge introduced the Grand Caravan in the 1980s, and it has remained a bestseller ever since. As a minivan, it has a good record for reliability and a nice design. It proves very versatile for larger families but doesn’t provide the most cost-effective vehicle on the road. Celebrating 20 years of successful minivan production, Dodge offers an Anniversary Edition.

The 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan has always been a reliable family car, which gives a pleasant and comfortable ride. A favorite with the American public for many years, it seats up to seven passengers. In spite of its capacity, it still lacks a number of features generally found in minivans, but it offers plenty of power to get the job done and proves easy to drive. Overall, owners find that it offers just the right amount of features to make it a very worthy and upstanding choice in the minivan segment.

The Range

Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.3-liter V-6, 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Grand Caravan CV, Dodge Grand Caravan SE, Dodge Grand Caravan EX, Dodge Grand Caravan SXT, Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Anniversary Edition

What's New

The 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan offers minivan lovers a special Anniversary Edition while simplifying existing trim levels. It also gets an upgraded audio system, a new integrated remote key, and a tire-pressure monitor.


The 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan comes in several different trim levels: the base CV, SE, EX, and SXT. The base includes 17-inch alloy wheels, and the Limited uses 17-inch steel wheels. The Anniversary Edition comes with 16-inch chrome alloy wheels with a choice of three special body paint colors to personalize the Grand Caravan. All models feature the chrome grille, privacy glass, intermittent wipers, and a rear defogger. The upper-level models add a roof rack, a fixed liftgate window, cargo tie-downs, and a rear liftgate door.


The 2004 Grand Caravan CV comes with air-conditioning and a stereo, while the Sport edition comes with power locks and windows, cruise control, and triple-zone climate control. The EX is similarly equipped and includes a trip computer, triple-zone climate control, a power driver’s seat, and CD player. The ES comes with a better-quality sound system and a trip computer. Optional features for the 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan include a factory-installed DVD entertainment system with wireless headphones. A 20th Anniversary Edition, the SXT, includes options such as two-tone leather upholstery and an in-dash CD/DVD changer that comes with a rear entertainment system, and embroidered floor mats.

Performance & Handling

The entry-level 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan SE and EX come with a 3.3-liter, V-6, flex-fuel engine, capable of producing 180 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque. A four-speed automatic transmission comes standard. The Sport, EX, and ES contain a 3.8-liter, V-6 engine that produces 215 hp and 245 lb-ft of torque. This engine comes with a four-speed automatic transmission as well. All models use front drive.


Standard safety features for the 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan include a driver’s-side airbag and anti-lock brakes. Additional safety placements include front seat belt pretensioners, electronic brake force distribution, and a four-wheel anti-lock braking system. Integrated child safety seats continue in the 2004 as well.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Grand Caravan CV: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Dodge Grand Caravan SE: 16/23 mpg city/highway
Dodge Grand Caravan EX: 16/23 mpg city/highway
Dodge Grand Caravan SXT: 16/23 mpg city/highway
Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Anniversary Edition: 16/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Comfortable seats
  • Good 3.8-liter V-6 low-end pull
  • Nice handling characteristics
  • Roomy cabin
  • Excellent ride

You Won't Like

  • Low resale value
  • Subpar crash test scores
  • No third-row fold-flat seat
  • Unimpressive history of reliability

Sum Up

A pleasant ride and fun to drive, but falls short in areas where others succeed.

If You Like This Vehicle

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