2018 Dodge Grand Caravan vs. 2018 Kia Sedona
Posted on July 31, 2020
Shopping for a new family minivan can be a difficult process. If you're looking at the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan and the 2018 Kia Sedona, you might be overwhelmed with comparing the two. At North York Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we want to take the hassle out of the situation, so you can make a clear, informed decision. We'll point out key differences between these minivans, so ultimately you feel good about your decision.
You might not think too much about performance with a minivan, but you'll definitely feel it when driving. Loading up all three rows with people, plus throwing cargo in the back can put a big strain on the engine.
Luckily, with the Dodge Grand Caravan you get the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. This engine has won countless awards and is Canada's best-selling engine. It puts in your command 283 horsepower, plus 260 lb.-ft. of torque. The Kia Sedona can't match those figures, making the Dodge a true champion.
Sometimes you might need to tow a trailer, camper, or whatever else. With the Dodge Grand Caravan, you can pull up to 1,633 kg or 3,600 lbs. for activities. That's more than you can pull with the Kia Sedona.
In addition, the Dodge Grand Caravan comes with an engine block heater. That certainly comes in handy on cold winter mornings, which we get plenty of in Canada.
Keeping you and your family safe is a top priority. Both the Dodge Grand Caravan and Kia Sedona feature reinforced safety cages, crumple zones, advanced airbags, and other passive safety systems. Active technologies such as blindspot monitoring, electronic stability control, etc. are also included or available.
But the Dodge Grand Caravan offers some safety innovations you can't get on the Kia Sedona. For example, the Enhanced Accident Response System (EARS) automatically turns on the interior lights and unlocks the doors when an airbag deploys. That means first responders can see who's inside the vehicle easier, and reach them with fewer difficulties. In addition, the system shuts off the flow of fuel to the engine, lowering the risk of accident complications.
If you experience a flat tire, the Dodge Grand Caravan comes with a tire inflation kit. Again, this is something you don't get with the Kia Sedona. The kit enables you to inflate the tire again, so you can get to a safe spot, instead of being stranded just anywhere.
Minivans are all about conveniences, from the sliding doors to the large cargo space in the back. It makes sense to choose the one with more practical features. The Dodge Grand Caravan and Kia Sedona both come with plenty.
But the Dodge Grand Caravan offers second-row Super Stow 'n Go seats. They fold into compartments in the floor, so you can quickly and easily accommodate larger items. When the seats are up, you can stash all kinds of things in the compartments, making them useful at any time.
You also get the Super Console in the Dodge Grand Caravan. It features cupholders and a storage compartment drivers and front passengers can access. Second-row passengers also enjoy a slid-out storage drawer and two cupholders.