2016 Dodge Caravan vs. 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

2016 Dodge Caravan Red

Dodge Caravan

2017 Chrysler Pacifica red

Chrysler Pacifica

In the minivan segment, two models reign supreme: the 2016 Dodge Caravan and the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. But which minivan is right for you and your family? Let’s take a closer look at how these two models measure up side by side so you can decide for yourself.

Powertrain Options

Since Dodge and Chrysler sit under the same umbrella for manufacturing, they both come standard with the same 3.6L Pentastar VVT V6 engine. This three-time winner of Ward’s ’10 Best Engines’ can ably power the large size of the Caravan and the Pacifica. You’ll find slightly different ratings of up to 283 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque with the 2016 Dodge Caravan vs. 287 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque with the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. That power difference is likely due to the difference in transmissions – the Caravan coming with a driver-interactive six-speed automatic transmission with Auto/Stick and the Pacifica coming with a Class-Exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission. Those transmission options also create slightly different fuel economy numbers, so you’ll see a better fuel efficiency with the Chrysler.


If you’re buying a minivan, you most likely have a slew of kids to tow around with you, and you will want to keep them entertained on longer journeys. Thankfully, both the 2016 Dodge Caravan and the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica have entertainment systems to do just that:

  • Pacifica Uconnect® Theatre system: The Pacifica provides two 10-inch front seatback-mounted touchscreens that can play Blu-ray®, DVD, USB or other HDMI sourced media. They also have built-in apps and games to further entertain the kids.
  • Caravan Dual Blue-ray/DVD Entertainment system: The 2016 Caravan will entertain kids in the second row as well as the third row passengers as these 9-inch flip screens are placed one in each row. The system also can play separate media sources, so your kids won’t have to fight over what to watch next, and it also comes with two sets of flat-storing wireless headphones for peace and quiet for front passengers.

The Pacifica offers additional premium technology including a Harman Kardon® surround sound system, but you’ll be paying significantly more for a Pacifica than a Caravan.


An important topic on every parent’s mind, safety comes as a top priority in both the 2016 Caravan and the 2017 Pacifica. The Caravan offers over 55 safety and security features, and it comes with a high-strength unibody with sophisticated engineering for crumple zones and safety cage construction. It’s also available with:

  • Blind-Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Path Detection12 (late availability)
  • Park-Sense® Rear Park Assist System

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica also comes with similar safety features and in addition you can also add the available Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go and the Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist features.

Find Out More About the 2016 Caravan and the 2017 Pacifica at Knight Weyburn CDJR

Whether you’re after the more budget-friendly 2016 Dodge Caravan or the high-tech 2017 Chrysler Pacfica, you’ll find them both at Knight Weyburn CDJR, and you won’t be disappointed. So, come explore all our current inventory to see if you can find the perfect minivan for you.