Dodge Grand Caravan Vs. Toyota Sienna

By Justin Cupler | July 24th, 2019

Minivans have a lot to offer our Saginaw area shoppers with their massive passenger areas, gobs of cargo room, and an array of family-friendly features. Two great options in this class are the 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan and the 2020 Toyota Sienna. Which one is best for you? Continue reading to find out. 

Exterior

The Dodge Grand Caravan went through its last redesign way back in 2008. While it was a great-looking back then, it has gotten long in the tooth relative to its competition. Despite being older, the Grand Caravan’s simpler design appeals to buyers looking for something that doesn’t stand out. The Grand Caravan gets a slightly sportier look in its SE Plus trim, which comes standard with a slew of black accents. 

The Toyota Sienna saw its last redesign way back in 2011, making it not much younger than the Grand Caravan. One benefit the Sienna had when Toyota redesigned it back in 2011, was its uniquely sporty look that led to it earning the nickname “Swagger Wagon.” 

The Toyota Sienna is also significantly smaller than the Grand Caravan, making it easier to zip through traffic and fit into tight parking spaces. 

 

Measurement 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan 2020 Toyota Sienna Difference
Length 203.7 inches 200.6 inches +3.1 inches
Width 78.7 inches 78.1 inches +0.6 inches
Height 69 inches 68.9 to 71.3 inches -2.3 to +0.1 inches 
Wheelbase 121.2 inches 119.3 inches +1.9 inches
Ground Clearance 5.8 inches 6.2 to 6.6 inches -0.8 to -0.4 inches 
Curb weight 4,510 pounds 4,430 to 4,615 pounds -105 to +80 pounds 

 

Advantage: 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan

  • Basic look that attracts minimal attention
  • Sharp-looking black accents on SE Plus trim

Advantage: 2020 Toyota Sienna

  • Sporty looking van
  • Black-accented Nightshade edition

Interior

Inside, the Dodge Grand Caravan continues its dated look with its predominantly black color scheme, simple center stack, and basic styling. Despite its basic styling, the Grand Caravan’s tech is surprisingly up to date with its 6.5-inch touchscreen, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 40 GB hard drive audio system, and more. Sadly, the Grand Caravan lacks the standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto many of its competitors have. 

The 2020 Toyota Sienna’s cabin is equally dated, but it also has one of the most overwhelmingly crowded center stacks in the market. Though it’s dated in terms of appearance, the 2020 Sienna is packed with the latest tech, including Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth streaming audio, and more. The Sienna also has the latest in standard safety tech, including automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane keep assist, and more. 

Measurement 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan 2020 Toyota Sienna Difference
First-row headroom 39.8 inches 39.1 to 41 inches -1.2 to +0.7 inches 
First-row legroom 40.7 inches 40.5 inches +0.2 inches
First-row shoulder room 63.7 inches 65 inches +1.3 inches
First-row hip room 58.4 inches 58.6 inches -0.2 inches
Second-row headroom 37 to 39.3 inches 38 to 39.7 inches -2.7 to +1.3 inches
Second-row legroom 36.5 to 37.1 inches 37.6 inches -2.1 to -0.5 inches
Second-row shoulder room 64.1 to 64.7 inches 64.6 inches -0.5 to +0.1 inches
Second-row hip room 64.8 to 65 inches 66.1 inches -1.3 to -1.1 inches
Third-row headroom 37.9 inches 35.9 to 38.3 inches -0.4 to +2 inches
Third-row legroom 32.7 to 37.7 inches 36.3 inches -3.6 to +1.4 inches
Third-row shoulder room 62 inches 61.1 inches +0.9 inches
Third-row hip room 48.7 inches 50.3 inches -1.6 inches
Cargo room (behind third row) 31.1 cubic feet 39.1 cubic feet -8 cubic feet
Cargo room (behind second row) 78.9 cubic feet 87.1 cubic feet -8.2 cubic feet
Cargo room (behind first row) 140.3 cubic feet 150 cubic feet -9.7 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2020 Toyota Sienna

  • Modern infotainment system
  • Standard advanced safety equipment
  • Standard Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa

Advantage: 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan

  • Simpler cabin
  • Basic infotainment system

Performance

The minivan segment is chock-full with V-6 engines, and the 2020 Sienna and 2019 Grand Caravan are no exceptions. The 2019 Grand Caravan boasts a 3.6-liter V-6 engine with 283 horsepower. This engine pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive that helps it deliver a 7.8-second 0-to-60 mph time. 

The 2020 Sienna uses a 3.5-liter V-6 that pushes 296 horsepower through an eight-speed automatic transmission.  While the Sienna comes standard with typical front-wheel drive, but it also has a class-exclusive optional all-wheel-drive system. This adds up to a 7.1-second 0-to-60 time. 

2019 Dodge Grand Caravan 2020 Toyota Sienna Difference
Engine 3.6-liter V-6 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower 283 hp at 6,400 rpm 296 hp at 6,600 rpm -13 hp
Torque 260 lb-ft at 4,400 rpm 263 lb-ft at 4,700 rpm -3 hp
Transmission 6-spd automatic 8-spd automatic
Driveline FWD FWD (std) / AWD (opt)
0-60 time 7.8 seconds 7.1 seconds +0.7 seconds
Towing capacity 3,600 pounds (w/ trailer-tow prep package) 3,500 pounds +100 pounds
MPG City 17 mpg 18 to 19 mpg -2 to -1 mpg
MPG Highway 25 mpg 24 to 26 mpg 1 to +1 mpg
MPG Combined 20 mpg 20 to 21 mpg 1 to +0 mpg

 

Advantage: 2020 Toyota Sienna

  • More standard power
  • Significantly quicker
  • Optional all-wheel drive

Advantage: 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan

  • Slightly higher towing capacity

Pricing and Features

The 2020 Toyota Sienna has eight trim levels — L, LE, SE, SE Premium, XLE, XLE Premium, Limited, and Limited Premium — and their starting prices range from $31,415 to $47,830.

 

The 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan has a simpler lineup of just three trim levels: SE, SE Plus, and SXT. Its starting prices range from $27,040 to $32,540. 

2020 Toyota Sienna Key Features and Pricing by Trim

L: $31,415

  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Electric power steering
  • 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels
  • Projector-beam halogen headlights with auto-on/off
  • Daytime running lights
  • Side rocker panels
  • Black, power mirrors with integrated blind-spot mirrors
  • Dual sliding rear doors
  • Black liftgate applique
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Color-keyed rear spoiler with LED stoplight
  • Roof-mounted shark-fin antenna
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Cloth seating
  • Six-way manual driver’s seat
  • Four-way manual passenger’s seat
  • Removable second-row captain’s chairs
  • 60/40 split-folding third-row seat
  • One-motion stowing third-row seat
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • 4.2-inch driver-information display
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/down
  • Manual rear quarter windows
  • Power door locks
  • Overhead console with conversation mirror and sunglasses holder
  • Three 12-volt power outlets
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Entune Audio infotainment system
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • AM/FM audio system
  • Scout GPS link
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Five USB charge ports
  • Bluetooth streaming
  • In-car Wi-Fi
  • Rearview camera
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Steering assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Emergency assistance
  • Stolen-vehicle locator
  • Roadside assistance 
  • Automatic collision notification
  • Hill-start assist
  • Engine immobilizer

 

LE: $34,235

  • All L features, plus
  • Color-keyed, heated mirrors
  • Power-sliding rear doors
  • Color-keyed outside door handles
  • Color-keyed liftgate applique
  • Black roof rails
  • Rear bumper protector
  • Easy-clean fabric seats
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Eight-passenger seating
  • 40/20/40 split-folding second-row bench seat
  • Manual second- and third-row sunshades
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Compass 
  • HomeLink universal home remote
  • Cargo-area storage compartment
  • Entune Audio Plus infotainment system
  • AM/FM/CD audio system
  • HD Radio

 

SE: $37,565

  • All LE features, plus
  • Sport-calibrated electric power steering
  • 19-inch six-spoke, gunmetal-finish wheels
  • Smoked-chrome-trimmed headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Wide-angle fog lights
  • LED taillights with smoked sport trim
  • Color-keyed front and rear underbody spoilers and rocker panels
  • Sport mesh grille with a smoked-chrome surround
  • Power liftgate
  • Chrome-accented door handles
  • Perforated-leather-trimmed seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Leatherette third-row seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Sport instruments

 

XLE: $37,565

  • All LE features, plus
  • Wide-angle fog lights
  • Power liftgate
  • One-touch-lock/unlock door handles
  • Power moonroof
  • 17-inch, seven-spoke machined-alloy wheels
  • Leather seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Leatherette third-row seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Keyless ignition
  • Power rear quarter windows
  • Wood-grain-style trim
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Anti-theft system with engine immobilizer

 

XLE Premium: $41,255

  • All XLE features, plus
  • Easy-speak in-car PA system
  • Rear entertainment system with a Blu-Ray player and 16.4-inch display
  • Rear HDMI inputs
  • Two rear 120-volt power outlets
  • Two wireless rear headphones
  • Entune Premium Audio infotainment system
  • Dynamic navigation
  • 10-speaker JBL audio system
  • HD Radio
  • Dynamic POI search
  • Dynamic voice recognition
  • Rear parking sensors

 

SE Premium: $43,660

  • All SE features, plus
  • One-touch-unlock outside door handles
  • Power moonroof
  • Easy-speak in-car PA system
  • Rear entertainment system with a Blu-Ray player and 16.4-inch display
  • Rear HDMI inputs
  • Two rear 120-volt power outlets
  • Two wireless rear headphones
  • Entune Premium Audio infotainment system
  • Dynamic navigation
  • 10-speaker JBL audio system
  • HD Radio
  • Dynamic POI search
  • Dynamic voice recognition
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear parking sensors

 

Limited: $44,310

  • All XLE features, plus
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Mirror-integrated turn signals
  • Puddle lights
  • Reverse-gear tilt-down mirrors
  • Two-position memory mirrors
  • Chrome-accented liftgate applique
  • Dual moonroof with front tilt and slide feature
  • 18-inch, 10-spoke machined-alloy wheels
  • In-car PA system
  • Premium-leather-trimmed seats 
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • Seven-passenger seating
  • Premium-leather-wrapped second-row captain’s chairs
  • Premium leatherette power-folding third-row seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Sliding center console with wood-grain-style accents
  • Cargo-area storage compartment
  • Entune Premium Audio infotainment system
  • Dynamic navigation
  • 10-speaker JBL audio system
  • HD Radio
  • Dynamic POI search
  • Dynamic voice recognition
  • Front and rear parking sensors

 

Limited Premium: $47,830

  • All Limited features, plus
  • HID headlights with manual level control
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Rear entertainment system with a Blu-Ray player and 16.4-inch display
  • Rear HDMI inputs
  • Two rear 120-volt power outlets
  • Two wireless rear headphones
  • 360-degree camera with perimeter scan

2019 Dodge Grand Caravan Key Features and Pricing by Trim

SE: $27,040

  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with AutoStick
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Touring suspension
  • 17-inch steel wheels with hubcaps
  • Body-color sill applique
  • Dual sliding rear doors
  • Daytime running lights
  • Quad halogen headlights
  • Body-color fascia
  • Power, heated mirrors
  • Rear window wiper
  • Black-and-chrome grille
  • Black door handles
  • Power windows
  • Second-row bench seat
  • Third-row 60/40 Stow ‘n Go bench
  • Black cloth seats
  • 12-volt front and rear power outlets
  • Three-zone manual climate control
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Easy-clean floor mats
  • Conversation mirror
  • Luxury steering wheel
  • Overhead console
  • Power door locks
  • Power front one-touch-up/down windows
  • Second-row power windows
  • Power third-row vented rear windows
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Courtesy lights
  • Radio 430 infotainment system
  • 40 GB hard drive
  • CD/DVD/MP3/HDD six-speaker audio system
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen
  • Audio jack
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Cruise control
  • Urethane shift knob
  • Keyless entry with immobilizer 
  • Rearview camera
  • Trailer-sway damping

 

SE Plus: $29,805

  • All SE features, plus
  • 17-inch polished-aluminum wheels with black-painted pockets
  • Black headlight bezels
  • Gloss-black grille
  • Rear fascia scuff pad
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • Fog lights
  • Body-color door handles
  • Black interior accents
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Silver accent stitching
  • Premium cloth upholstery
  • Floor console
  • Piano-black instrument panel applique
  • Leather-wrapped shifter knob
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Premium interior accents
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Remote USB port
  • SiriusXM audio system
  • Uconnect voice command
  • Remote ignition
  • Security alarm

 

SXT: $32,540

  • All SE features, plus
  • 17-inch Tech Silver aluminum wheels
  • Chrome beltline moldings
  • Power liftgate
  • Automatic headlights
  • Fog lights
  • Body-color door handles
  • Body-color mirrors
  • Bright side roof rails
  • Integrated roof-rail crossbars 
  • Remote ignition
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Remote USB port
  • Steering-wheel-mounted control
  • Uconnect voice command
  • SiriusXM
  • Third-row tailgate seats
  • Two-way power lumbar support
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Premium seats with suede inserts
  • Second-row fold-in-floor bucket seats
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Power-sliding rear doors
  • Premium interior accents
  • Super console
  • Uconnect voice command
  • Security alarm

Who Should Buy the 2020 Toyota Sienna?

The 2020 Toyota Sienna is the better option for buyers who want the latest and greatest features and safety equipment. It is also great for buyers who need maximum cargo room, as its easily beats the Grand Caravan in hauling space. 

Who Should Buy the 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan?

The 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan is the lowest-priced minivan in the segment, but it has plenty of features for budget shoppers.

 

Need a quality minivan but have a tight budget? The 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan offers all the roominess you need and plenty of features at the lowest price on the market. Whether you need to commute to Saginaw for work, Frankenmuth to visit family, or Midland to drop the kids off at school, the 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan can handle it all. Can’t make it to the Garber Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM showroom serving the Bay City area today? Navigate to our online showroom to find a few 2019 Grand Caravan models that suit your needs and schedule a test drive when it’s convenient for you.