2019 Honda Odyssey Vs. 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan

By Justin Cupler | April 8th, 2019

Minivans aren’t nearly as popular as they were years ago, but they still have an important role in hauling around larger families. Two options for our Rochester area minivan shoppers are the 2019 Honda Odyssey and the 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan. Wondering which of these minivans is the better buy for you? Find out below.

Exterior

The Honda Odyssey is one of the freshest minivans in an otherwise stale market as it went through its last redesign in 2018. There were no changes to the 2019 Honda Odyssey, so it rolls in boasting the same stylish look that includes an Accord-inspired grille with large chrome strikethrough, prominent front air inlets, a kinked bright trim piece tracing the bottom of the windows, and a floating-roof design.  

Speaking of stale market: The Dodge Grand Caravan has not had a redesign since 2008 — yes, 11 model years without a redesign — and it shows. Of course, it shouldn’t be a surprise that it’s remained unchanged for so long with its cousin, the Chrysler Pacifica, being FCA’s volume-selling minivan. This rolling time capsule may be great for nostalgic buyers or those on a tight budget, but it is not a look many of today’s shoppers will seek.

There is no real competition when talking about standard features, as the Odyssey has all the latest looks the Grand Caravan cannot touch. In terms of size, the Odyssey is smaller than the 2019 Grand Caravan in every key measurable

 

Measurement 2019 Honda Odyssey 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan Difference
Length 203.2 inches 203.7 inches -0.5 inches
Width 78.5 inches 78.7 inches -0.2 inches
Height 68.3 inches 69 inches -0.7 inches
Wheelbase 118.1 inches 121.2 inches -3.1 inches
Ground Clearance
5.8 inches
Curb weight 4,354 to 4,593 pounds 4,510 pounds -156 to +83 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Honda Odyssey

  • Freshest look in the minivan market
  • Great options
  • Smaller footprint

Advantage: 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan

  • Classic styling for old-school shoppers

Interior

Inside, the 2019 Odyssey continues with its modern ways with its shapely dash, contrasting colors, available 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen, optional push-button transmission, and available 10.2-inch entertainment system with Blu-Ray player. Heck, you can even get an in-car vacuum cleaner and Wi-Fi in the Odyssey.

The 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan is far simpler with its basic infotainment system and lack of any high-end features. It does have a larger 6.5-inch touchscreen, but it is a low-resolution system with limited features. The Grand Caravan doesn’t even have optional leather, and its optional rear entertainment system is stuck in the past with a DVD player.

The Grand Caravan gets a few small victories in seating room, but it loses big in cargo room.

 

Measurement 2019 Honda Odyssey 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan Difference
Front headroom 40.7 inches 39.8 inches +0.9 inches
Front legroom 40.9 inches 40.7 inches +0.2 inches
Front shoulder room 63.1 inches 63.7 inches -0.6 inches
Front hip room 58.6 inches 58.4 inches +0.2 inches
Middle headroom 39.5 inches 37 to 39.3 inches +2.5 to +0.2 inches
Middle legroom 40.9 inches 36.5 to 37.1 inches +3.8 to +4.4  inches
Middle shoulder room 61.6 inches 64.1 to 64.7 inches -3.1 to -2.5  inches
Middle hip room 64.8 inches 64.8 to 65 inches -0.2 to 0 inches
Rear headroom 38.3 inches 37.9 inches +0.4 inches
Rear legroom 38.1 inches 32.7 to 37.7 inches +0.4 to +5.4 inches
Rear shoulder room 60 inches 62 inches -2 inches
Rear hip room 48.4 inches 48.7 inches -0.3 inches
Cargo capacity (third second row) 32.8 cubic feet 31.1 cubic feet +1.7 cubic feet
Cargo capacity (behind second row) 88.8 cubic feet 78.9 cubic feet +9.9 cubic feet
Cargo capacity (second row folded) 144.9 cubic feet 140.3 cubic feet +4.6 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2019 Honda Odyssey

  • More available features
  • Modern looks
  • Significant cargo-room advantage

Advantage: 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan

  • Simple cabin for those who don’t need a lot
  • Roomier in certain seating measurements

Performance

Minivan’s aren’t supposed to be fast, but the 2019 Honda Odyssey’s 280-horsepower V-6 engine launches it to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds. Sure, that’s not lightning fast by today’s standards, but it is enough to line your family-hauling van up with an early-1980s Corvette and beat it every time. Sure, the Vette will catch it in the corners every time, but you can have some family fun between stop lights.

The 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan acts more like we’d expect from a minivan. Its 3.6-liter V-6 engine cranks out 283 horsepower and plods this van to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds.

Fuel economy is far from the first thing on the minds of minivan buyers, but the Odyssey beats the Grand Caravan by at a few mpg across the board.

 

2019 Honda Odyssey 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan Difference
Engine 3.5-liter V-6 3.6-liter V-6
Horsepower 280 hp at 6,000 rpm 283 hp at 6,400 rpm -3 hp
Torque 262 lb-ft at 4,700 rpm 260 lb-ft at 4,400 rpm +2 lb-ft
Standard transmission 9-spd automatic 6-spd automatic
Optional transmission 10-spd automatic
Driveline FWD FWD
0-60 time 6.6 seconds 7.8 seconds -1.2 seconds
Towing capacity 3,000 to 3,500 pounds 3,600 pounds -100 to -500 pounds
MPG City 19 mpg* 17 mpg +2 mpg
MPG Highway 28 mpg* 25 mpg +3 mpg
MPG Combined 22 mpg* 20 mpg +2 mpg

 

Advantage: 2019 Honda Odyssey

  • Advanced transmission options
  • Much quicker to 60 mph
  • Better fuel economy

Advantage: 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan

  • Small power advantage
  • Slight towing advantage

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Honda Odyssey has five trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. Starting prices of these trim levels range from $30,190 to $47,070.

 

There are just three trim levels in the 2019 Grand Caravan lineup — SE, SE Plus, and SXT — and their starting prices range from $26,790 to $32,290.

2019 Honda Odyssey Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX: $30,190**

  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Eco Assist
  • Electric parking brake with auto brake hold
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Hill-start assist
  • Electric power steering
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • 18-inch light-silver-painted alloy wheels
  • Brake assist
  • Daytime running lights
  • Multireflector halogen headlights with auto-off
  • Active grille shutter
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Intermittent rear wiper
  • Integrated LED bar in taillights
  • Black door handles
  • Roofline spoiler with brake light
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Black mirrors
  • Black side sills
  • Automatic climate control
  • Power door locks
  • Keyless ignition
  • Keyless ignition
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Ambient console lighting
  • Rear seat heater ducts
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Conversation mirror with sunglasses storage
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/down front glass
  • Front- and second-row floor mats
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding Magic Seat third row
  • 5-inch color infotainment screen
  • 160-watt, seven-speaker audio system with subwoofer
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • MP3 compatibility
  • 1.0-amp front USB port
  • 2.5-amp center console USB port
  • Two 12-volt power outlets
  • Multi-Angle rearview camera with guidelines

 

EX: $34,160**

  • All LX features, plus
  • Remote engine start
  • 18-inch silver-painted alloy wheels
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Chrome door handles
  • Body-color, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Multireflector headlights with auto-on/off
  • Power-sliding doors
  • Smart entry with walk-away auto lock
  • Fog lights
  • Second-row one-touch-up/down windows
  • Floor mats in all rows
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Second-row integrated sunshades
  • Magic-slide second-row seats with walk-in feature
  • Multifunction second-row center seat
  • 12-way power driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • SMS text messaging function
  • CabinControl Remote compatibility
  • 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • HondaLink
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • SiriusXM
  • HD Radio
  • Additional 2.5-amp USB port in center console
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guideline
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

 

EX-L: $37,710**

  • All EX features, plus
  • Acoustic windshield
  • Power moonroof
  • Memory mirrors with reverse-gear tilt-down
  • Power liftgate
  • HomeLink remote
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Two-position driver’s seat memory
  • Leather front- and second-row seats
  • Two rear 2.5-amp USB ports

 

Touring: $44,760**

  • All EX-L features, plus
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Engine idle stop
  • 18-inch machine-finish alloy wheels with dark-gray inserts
  • Body-color side sills
  • LED fog lights
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • LED headlights with auto-on/off
  • Second- and third-row integrated sunshades
  • HondaVAC
  • CabinTalk In-Car PA System
  • Advanced rear entertainment system with 10.2-in high-resolution screen
  • Blu-Ray player
  • Built-in streaming apps
  • 115-volt power outlet in rear
  • Rear HDMI interface
  • Satellite-linked navigation
  • Honda HD digital traffic
  • CabinWatch rear-seat monitor
  • HondaLink subscription service
  • In-car Wi-Fi
  • Front and rear parking sensors

 

Elite: $47,070**

  • All Touring features, plus
  • Body-color roofline spoiler
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Power-folding mirrors
  • Acoustic front and rear side glass
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Blue ambient LED lighting
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • 11-speaker, 550-watt premium audio system
  • Multi-zone audio
  • Wireless phone charger

2019 Dodge Grand Caravan Key Features and Pricing by Trim

SE: $26,790

  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine
  • Six-speed shiftable automatic transmission
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 17-inch steel wheels with hubcaps
  • Daytime running lights
  • Halogen quad-beam headlights
  • Heated, power mirrors
  • Black-and-chrome grille
  • Black door handles
  • Keyless entry
  • Cruise control
  • Trailer-sway control
  • Second-row bench seat
  • Third-row 60/40 split Stow ‘n Go bench
  • Cloth seating
  • Front and rear 12-volt power outlets
  • Three-zone manual climate control
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Easy-clean floor mats
  • Overhead console
  • Power door locks
  • Power windows with one-touch front windows
  • Power third-row vent windows
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • 40 GB infotainment system hard drive
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Rearview camera

 

SE Plus: $29,555

  • All SE features, plus
  • 17-inch polished-aluminum wheels with gloss-black pockets
  • Automatic headlights
  • Fog lights
  • Body-color door handles
  • Gloss-black grille
  • Rear fascia scuff pad
  • Remote ignition
  • Premium cloth seating
  • Floor console
  • Piano black instrument panel applique
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Silver accent stitching
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Remote USB port
  • SiriusXM
  • Uconnect Voice Command

 

SXT: $32,290

  • All SE Plus features, plus
  • Power sliding rear doors
  • Bright beltline moldings
  • Power liftgate
  • Body-color outside mirrors
  • Bright roof side-rails
  • Integrated roof-rail crossbars
  • Third-row tailgate seats
  • Two-way power driver’s lumbar
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Premium seats with suede inserts
  • Second-row fold-in-floor seats
  • Super console

Who Should Buy the 2019 Honda Odyssey?

The 2019 Honda Odyssey is for the average minivan buyer who’s looking for a roomy and well-equipped people hauler. Its base trim is affordable enough and has plenty of features. Sure, it gets pricier as you move through the trim levels, but it never reaches an obnoxiously high price.  

Who Should Buy the 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan?

The 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan has one key benefit: price. With a starting price of just $26,790, the 2019 Grand Caravan is the cheapest minivan on the market today. If you are on a tight budget and need cheap wheels, the 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan is perfect for you.

 

Tackle all your errands around the Rochester area in the stylish and roomy 2019 Honda Odyssey. Not sure this is the right van for your daily commute to Pittsford or Henrietta? Come down to Garber Honda in Rochester, New York for a test drive to see what the 2019 Odyssey can offer you and your family. Can’t make it to our Pittsford area Honda dealer for a test drive today? Head to our online inventory page to see what 2019 Odyssey models we have in stock to find the best one for you and schedule a test drive later.

 

*19 city/28 highway/22 combined MPG rating for LX, EX, and EX-L trims with 9-speed automatic transmission. 19 city/28 highway/22 combined MPG rating for Touring and Elite trims with 10-speed automatic transmission. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

 

**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,045.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.