The Transit Connect XLT offers optional parking sensors to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind their vehicle. The Grand Caravan Cargo Van doesn’t offer any parking assist system.
Both the Transit Connect and the Grand Caravan Cargo Van have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes and available electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.
The Transit Connect comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years 60,000 miles. Ford will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Dodge doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Grand Caravan Cargo Van.
The Transit Connect’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Grand Caravan Cargo Van runs out after 100,000 miles.
There are over 33 percent more Ford dealers than there are Dodge dealers, which makes it easier to get service under the Transit Connect’s warranty.
For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Transit Connect has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Grand Caravan Cargo Van.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2009 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in initial quality. With 32 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 28th.
J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 22nd.
The Transit Connect has a standard full size spare tire so your work or a trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Grand Caravan Cargo Van, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.
The Transit Connect is 1 foot, 9.9 inches shorter than the Grand Caravan Cargo Van, making the Transit Connect easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Transit Connect is 6.2 inches narrower than the Grand Caravan Cargo Van, making the Transit Connect easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.
The Transit Connect offers optional seating for 5 passengers; the Grand Caravan Cargo Van can only carry 2.
The Transit Connect has 73.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Grand Caravan Cargo Van (132.1 vs. 58.7).