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When it comes to passenger minivans, few are on the level of the Chrysler Pacifica and the Dodge Grand Caravan. These two vehicles offer ample seating, amp cargo space, and power enough to make it through all types of conditions. 

But which is best? The Pacifica or Grand Caravan? Let's compare them below, and attempt to settle the battle of Chrysler vs Dodge. 

The Interior

The interiors of the Pacifica and Grand Caravan are similar but different. Whereas the Pacifica can comfortably sit up to 8 people at a time, the Grand Caravan is limited to only 7. However, in terms of overall size, they're in the same wheelhouse: the Pacifica possesses 165 cubic feet of interior volume while the Grand Caravan possesses 163. 

There is plenty of legroom in both vehicles, regardless of the row you're sitting in. That said, the Pacifica just slightly beats out the Grand Caravan in this department. As far as headroom goes, the differences are negligible. 

Both vans offer substantial cargo space, with each possessing a third row of seating that can fold into the floor. Note, though, that while the Grand Caravan has around 143 cubic feet of cargo space, the Pacifica has around 140. 

There are a variety of storage compartments located all over both vehicles. These can be found between their front two seats, on their ceiling, and on the outer edges of their interiors. 

To put it simply, there's not a lot of difference between these two vehicles' interiors. In the end, it essentially comes down to whether you want more seating space or more cargo space. The Pacific offers more seating; the Grand Caravan offers more storage. 

Power

In terms of power, the Pacifica and Grand Caravan are both fairly solid. Now, make no mistake, they aren't on the level of large SUVs and pickup trucks. But they have no trouble catching up to speed, whether they're getting onto the highway or are stuck in snowy weather conditions. 

The Pacifica is stocked with a 3.6-liter, V6 engine that produces up to 287 horsepower. The Grand Caravan is stocked with the same type of engine but produces up to 283 horsepower. 

Whereas the Pacifica is helped along by a 9-speed automatic transmission, the Grand Caravan benefits from a 6-speed automatic transmission. Both vans are front-wheel-drive vehicles. 

Handle

No one likes to be bumped all over the place during a long road trip. Fortunately, the Pacifica and Grand Caravan are built to resist bumps, allowing for as smooth a ride as possible. Regardless of where you're seated in these vehicles, you will experience a smooth and comfortable ride. 

In addition to possessing a smooth ride, the Pacifica and Caravan are also exceedingly quiet. So, whether you're driving at high speeds on the highway or are coasting through your small town, you'll have a peaceful experience. 

Fuel Efficiency

Now, let's discuss fuel efficiency. Ultimately, the Pacifica gets better gas mileage. However, the Caravan isn't far behind. 

Whereas the Pacifica gets 19 miles to the gallon in the city and 28 miles to the gallon on the highway, the Caravan gets 19 miles to the gallon in the city and 25 miles to the gallon on the highway. These are both respectable numbers for minivans, meaning you'll get plenty of bang for your buck with either choice. 

The Exterior

When it comes to aesthetics, minivans aren't what they used to be. They're much better, as is exemplified by both the Pacifica and the Grand Caravan. These vehicles are equally attractive, sporting sleek and contoured exteriors. 

However, they are a little different. Whereas the Pacifica has more of a rounded shape to it, the Grand Caravan has more of a boxy shape to it. And while the Pacifica has a relatively small grille, the Grand Caravan's is quite large. 

Safety

The one category in which you'll notice a notable difference between the Caravan and the Pacifica is in safety. Whereas the Pacific was given a 5-star safety rating by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), the Grand Caravan was given a 4. 

Why is this? Because, when tested, the Grand Caravan was less-than-perfect in frontal crash and rollover situations. The Pacifica, on the other hand, was perfect when tested for rollover, frontal crash, and side-impact. 

Now, this isn't to say that the Grand Caravan is unsafe. It's on par with many other minivans on the market. It's just that the Pacifica excels in all safety categories and is arguably the safest minivan on the market in 2020. 

Both vans provide a range of safety features, from rearview backup cameras to latch car seat systems to kid-safe locks and more. For a more expansive view of their safety features, come check them out on our lot. Our salesmen will tell you everything there is to know. 

Price

When it comes to price, the Dodge Grand Caravan is the winner. Its MSRP is $27,530 while the Pacifica's is $34,045. This is a fairly substantial amount of difference, especially for two vehicles that are so similar. 

It is important to remember the Chrysler Pacifica's safety features, however, which are far superior to those of the Grand Caravan. If safety is a large priority to you (and since you're buying a minivan, it might be), then the Chrysler Pacifica's extra cost would be justified. 

Chrysler vs Dodge: Too Close to Call 

As far as the Pacifica and Grand Caravan go, the battle of Chrysler vs Dodge is neck and neck. It's too close to call and ultimately comes down to personal preference. In other words, it's up to you to choose the one that suits your needs. 

Here at McKinney Dodge, we offer both vehicles. Stop in and give them a test drive today. You can find us at 4574 Calhoun Memorial Highway, Easley, SC 29640-3825. 

Have any questions? Contact us now! 

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