Pecheles Automotive Compares 2019 Toyota Sienna VS 2018 Dodge Grand Near Washington, NC

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2019 Toyota Sienna

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2019 Toyota Sienna

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2018 Dodge Grand

Safety Comparison

The Sienna Limited Premium FWD’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Sienna has standard Pre-Collision System, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Grand Caravan doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Sienna offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Sienna’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Sienna Limited Premium has a standard Bird’s Eye View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Grand Caravan only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

The Sienna has standard Safety Connect™, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Sienna and the Grand Caravan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Toyota Sienna is safer than the Dodge Grand Caravan:

 

Sienna

Grand Caravan

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

201

247

Neck Injury Risk

27%

36%

Neck Stress

260 lbs.

347 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

330/307 lbs.

776/782 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.5 inches

Neck Injury Risk

35%

37%

Leg Forces (l/r)

604/305 lbs.

526/665 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Toyota Sienna is safer than the Grand Caravan:

 

Sienna

Grand Caravan

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

POOR

Restraints

ACCEPTABLE

POOR

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

119

230

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

 

Steering Column Movement Rearward

5 cm

17 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Femur Force R/L

4.3/.9 kN

13.4/4 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

2%/0%

100%/1%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.54/.34

2.29/.9

Tibia forces R/L

1.1/2.4 kN

3.5/3.4 kN

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Toyota Sienna is safer than the Dodge Grand Caravan:

 

Sienna

Grand Caravan

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

49

51

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

144 G’s

257 G’s

Hip Force

391 lbs.

625 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

52 G’s

54 G’s

Hip Force

746 lbs.

948 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

586 lbs.

788 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the Sienna is 2.5% less likely to roll over than the Grand Caravan.

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sienna its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2015, a rating granted to only 145 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Grand Caravan is not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2015.

The Toyota Sienna has a better fatality history. The Sienna was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 25.9% lower per vehicle registered than the Grand Caravan, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty Comparison

The Sienna’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Grand Caravan runs out after 60,000 miles.

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Sienna for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Dodge doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Grand Caravan.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Sienna’s reliability 23 points higher than the Grand Caravan.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 17th in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 19th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 39 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota first in reliability. Dodge is ranked 24th.

Engine Comparison

The Sienna’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 13 more horsepower (296 vs. 283) and 3 lbs.-ft. more torque (263 vs. 260) than the Grand Caravan’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Sienna FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Grand Caravan (19 city/27 hwy vs. 17 city/25 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Sienna stops shorter than the Grand Caravan:

 

Sienna

Grand Caravan

 

60 to 0 MPH

134 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Sienna has larger tires than the Grand Caravan (235/60R17 vs. 225/65R17).

The Sienna L/LE/XLE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Grand Caravan’s standard 65 series tires. The Sienna SE’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Grand Caravan’s 65 series tires.

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Sienna SE has standard 19-inch wheels. The Grand Caravan’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Sienna can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Sienna is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 2.9 inches wider in the rear than on the Grand Caravan.

For better maneuverability, the Sienna AWD’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Grand Caravan’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.1 feet). The Sienna’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Grand Caravan’s (37.5 feet vs. 39.1 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Sienna SE is 3.4 inches shorter than the Grand Caravan, making the Sienna easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Toyota Sienna amounts to more than styling. The Sienna has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .3 Cd. That is lower than the Grand Caravan (.316) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Sienna get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Sienna offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the Grand Caravan can only carry 7.

The Sienna has 1.2 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front hip room, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, .5 inches more rear legroom, 1.3 inches more rear hip room, .4 inches more third row headroom and 1.6 inches more third row hip room than the Grand Caravan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Sienna’s cargo area provides more volume than the Grand Caravan.

 

Sienna

Grand Caravan

Behind Third Seat

39.1 cubic feet

31.1 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

n/a

78.9 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

87.1 cubic feet

n/a

Max Cargo Volume

150 cubic feet

140.3 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Sienna Limited FWD’s third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

The Sienna’s available folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Grand Caravan’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics Comparison

When two different drivers share the Sienna Limited, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Sienna Limited’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Sienna’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Grand Caravan’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully. Only its driver’s window closes automatically.

The Smart Key System optional on the Sienna (except L) allows you to unlock the doors, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Dodge Grand Caravan doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Sienna has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Sienna Limited Premium’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Grand Caravan’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Sienna has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Grand Caravan only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Consumer Reports rated the Sienna’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Grand Caravan’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The Sienna has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Grand Caravan has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SXT/GT.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Sienna detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Sienna has standard extendable sun visors. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

When the Sienna Limited is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Grand Caravan’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Sienna Limited has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Grand Caravan offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Sienna’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Grand Caravan SE/SE Plus doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Sienna has a standard Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Standard Entune App Suite for the Sienna allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, tagging songs to buy them later, finding fuel prices at nearby service stations, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Sienna, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Grand Caravan.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® chose the Toyota Sienna as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Dodge Grand Caravan isn't recommended.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sienna second among minivans in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Grand Caravan was rated third.

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