As the uncertainty of the Dodge Grand Caravan’s final days weighs on the FCA’s shoulders, it makes out with an upstanding award from Kelley Blue Book as the 5-Year Cost to Own minivan segment winner.
Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com has officially named the 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan winner of its 5-Year Cost to Own award for the minivan segment. This is the third time in the past four years that the Grand Caravan has beat out the competition in this category, and even as the Chrysler Pacifica ramps up to take its place, it just goes to show that there is still great value in this exceptional minivan.
As the second-best selling minivan in 2016, consumers are left to wonder when exactly Fiat Chrysler will pull the production plug on Grand Caravan like they did with Town & Country, but ultimately the answer is uncertain. The decision has seemingly been left up to the market, according to Tim Kuniskis, the FCA passenger car brand boss, which means that if it sells poorly then the Grand Caravan most likely won’t make it through to the 2018 production year, but the results remain to be seen.
Some may not know, but over the course of three decades, the Dodge Grand Caravan remained a leader in innovation for the minivan segment. Features like Super Stow n’ Go seating, ParkView rear backup camera, and the Stow’n Place roof rack system are just a few of the class-exclusive features that left conventional contenders light years behind them. As long as Fiat Chrysler can continue to provide a minivan to cover all price classes with both, then Dodge Grand Caravan may be able to continue on down the line and could be up for another Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com award in the coming year, but only time will tell.
Moral of the story? We already know it gives you more bang for your buck in the cost of ownership department so go ahead and get your hands on this exceptional minivan before it’s gone. With the Chrysler Pacifica inevitably scheduled to halt production on the Grand Caravan indefinitely, it’s best to get one now rather than wait until later, because tomorrow it may be gone.