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2021 Sienna vs. 2020 Grand Caravan Comparison

It's no secret that the Sienna and the Grand Caravan are great vehicles with ample space and tons of safety features fit for the whole family.

For all they can do, their price points don’t break the bank either. Looking at the 2021 Toyota Sienna and 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan, the Grand Caravan SE, starting at $27,530, has a lower starting MSRP than the Sienna LE FWD which starts at $34,460. However, the Grand Caravan lacks many standard features that the Sienna includes even when you compare base models. That's why the Sienna won the KBB Minivan Best Buy of 2021, while the Grand Caravan did not.

Not only that, the Sienna has more standard active safety features no matter the model you choose with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0), plus available AWD. As you'll see, the Grand Caravan doesn't offer many active safety feature technologies and does not offer AWD.

You can also look forward to more interior room and standard interior feature advantages in the 2021 Sienna.

While the Grand Caravan is a budget-friendly option, it comes with significantly fewer standard features in most categories than the 2021 Sienna. Read on to see just how these two minivans differ when it comes to safety, performance, and interior offerings.

Published Date: 02/01/2021

Two 2021 Siennas parked side by side

Safety

  • The Sienna has a lot of safety features standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0).
  • The Grand Caravan isn't so grand when it comes to standard safety features. Forward Collision is not offered on any Grand Caravan trim.
  • The Sienna has standard Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) standard. No comparable feature is not offered on any Grand Caravan model.

Safety is one of the most important factors for minivans like the Sienna and Grand Caravan that carry around precious cargo.

Standard Safety Features

With standard Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), and Road Sign Assist (RSA), Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) helps keep you and your family safe in the 2021 Sienna.

In a market where advanced active safety features are becoming the norm, the Grand Caravan lags behind. Forward Collision is not offered on any Grand Caravan trim and fully automatic exterior light control is only standard on the Caravan SE Plus and SXT.

The Sienna also has standard Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA). The Blind Spot feature is not available on the Dodge Grand Caravan.

2021 Sienna driving through the city

Performance

  • The Sienna's all-hybrid lineup offers impressive mileage allowing you to drive more and fill up less.
  • While AWD is available on the Sienna, the Grand Caravan only has FWD.
  • The Sienna's Independent MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension make for a better ride.

With a hybrid-only lineup, the Sienna has outstanding gas mileage for both AWD and FWD configurations.

Fuel Economy

The Sienna FWD has an EPA-estimated 36/36/36 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating and the Sienna AWD has an EPA-estimated 35/36/35 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating. The Grand Caravan has an EPA-estimated 17/25/20 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating on all trim levels.

Feel confident driving all year round with available AWD in the 2021 Sienna. Front-wheel drive is the only option for Grand Caravan drivers. Plus, depending on where you're going, the Sienna has several drive modes including Normal, ECO, EV, and Sport. The Grand Caravan does not have the ability to switch drive modes.

For a smoother ride, the Sienna has standard Independent MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension which allows the rear wheels to move separately. The Grand Caravan's Torsion beam rear suspension doesn't allow the wheels to move independently, so if one wheel hits a bump, you feel it in both rear wheels.

Interior of 2021 Sienna

Interior

  • The Sienna offers standard three-zone automatic climate control, something Grand Caravan SXT's drivers would have to spend extra to get.
  • The Grand Caravan SE doesn't have Bluetooth® standard. The base model Sienna does, along with many other features, like Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®.
  • The base model Sienna has seating for up to eight. The Grand Caravan has seating for seven passengers regardless of model.

The right interior features sweeten any ride. When you have a lot of passengers, more options mean more opportunities to make everyone happy.

Standard Three-Zone Climate Control

When you can't agree on an ideal cabin temperature, the Sienna comes standard with three-zone automatic climate control with air filter, individual temperature settings for driver, front passenger and rear-seat passengers, and a separate rear digital control panel. All Grand Caravan models have manual dual zone front air conditioning. However, you can add the Driver Convenience Group package on the Grand Caravan SXT only for an additional $995 to get Air Conditioning with 3-Zone Temperature Control.

No matter which Sienna model you choose you will enjoy Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay®, and Amazon Alexa compatibility standard. You also get hands-free phone capability and music streaming via Bluetooth® wireless technology and SiriusXM® with a 3-month All Access trial subscription. The Grand Caravan SE does not come with Bluetooth® compatibility. For $915 you can add the Uconnect® Hands-Free Group package which includes Bluetooth® Streaming Audio and SiriusXM® Radio.

On your next adventure, the more the merrier. The Sienna LE and XLE 8-Passenger have seating for up to eight passengers, while the Grand Caravan only has seating for 7 no matter which model you choose.

When you arrive at your destination, easily get the kids in and out and make more room with the Sienna XLE, XSE, Limited, and Platinum trims’ super-long-slide feature. The Dodge Grand Caravan does not claim any long-slide feature on their specs page.

2021 Sienna driving through the city

Conclusion: Sienna vs. Grand Caravan

  • You'll get more standard safety features in the 2021 Sienna.
  • The Sienna also has impressive mileage ratings, far better than the Grand Caravan.
  • Sienna's also have a unique super-long-slide seat feature for convenient access to the second row.

When you want to ride in style and haul all the kids around at once, a minivan is the perfect vehicle to do it. The 2021 Sienna and 2020 Grand Caravan offer lots of great features, but the Sienna gives drivers a lot more standard safety features, better efficiency, and an AWD-option. Plus, you get more interior and convenience features.

With an EPA-estimated 36/36/36 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating, the Sienna FWD allows you to spend more time on the road. The Dodge Grand Caravan has an EPA-estimated 17/25/20 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating across all models.

The Sienna also has more space in the 7-Passenger models for the kids whether they're in a car seat or want more leg room with the super-long-slide seat feature. The Grand Caravan makes no mention of a similar super-long-slide seat feature on their specs page.

Overall, the Sienna's all-hybrid lineup with the latest in advanced active safety features beats out the 2020 Grand Caravan in this head-to-head comparison.