2014 Dodge Journey Review

March 11, 2014
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If you are looking for a family car that drives good and offers a lot of storage spaces, you should check out the latest Dodge Journey. The 2014 model just offers more.

NEW FOR THE 2014 JOURNEY

  • available satellite radio for all models
  • Limited model
  • new optional packages

UNDER THE HOOD

Every 2014 Dodge Journey, except the Limited model, is powered by a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque. It is paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission which sends power to the front wheels only.

A 3.6-liter V6 engine with 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque is standard on the Journey Limited and optional on the SXT. It is mated with a six-speed automatic transmission which can work with front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

The fuel economy ratings given by the EPA for the 2014 Dodge Journey are:

City

Highway

Combined

Journey FWD, 4 cyl, 4-spd automatic

19 mpg

26 mpg

21 mpg

Journey FWD, V6, 6-spd automatic, gas

17 mpg

25 mpg

19 mpg

Journey FWD, V6, 6-spd automatic, E85

12 mpg

18 mpg

14 mpg

Journey AWD, V6, 6-spd automatic

16 mpg

24 mpg

19 mpg

ON THE ROAD

The Dodge Journey’s performance varies depending on the engine. The four-cylinder creates too much noise and lacks the power to move the massive SUV. The four-speed automatic transmission, which is the only gearbox that can go with the engine, is also outdated.

The 3.6L V6 engine is unquestionably better than the four-cylinder. However, the gas mileage it delivers is still unimpressive and the six-speed automatic, the only transmission available for the V6, tends to be slow in downshifts.

Steering is quite slow and requires more effort to make the Journey obey. In corners, it can be felt from the behind the wheel that the crossover leans towards the turning side. But the ride is smooth around town.

INSIDE THE 2014 JOURNEY

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The 2014 Journey’s interior looks modern with enough amount of aluminum trim and the leather seats. The 8.4-inch touchscreen equipped in the higher models adds to the look and makes the controls more convenient to operate.

The seats are generally comfortable. The optional fold-flat third-row seat makes room for two more passengers, increasing the maximum seating capacity of the Journey to 7. However, it isn’t really comfortable for adults. The optional second-row child booster seats, on the other hand, make the journey in the Journey more comfortable for kids.

One of the strengths of the Dodge SUV is its storage spaces. These are cleverly placed inside the vehicle for optimum convenience and practicality. The maximum cargo space of the 2014 Dodge Journey is 67.6 cubic feet. That’s larger than the Chevrolet Equinox but smaller than the Honda CR-V and the Kia Sorento.

KEY FEATURES

There are a total of six models of the 2014 Dodge Journey: the AVP or American Value Package, SE, SXT, SXT Plus, Limited and R/T. Here are the key features that go standard with each model.

The Journey AVP and SE come standard with second-row 60/40 fold-flat bench seat, electronic vehicle information center, second-row in-floor storage bins, 6-speaker UConnect CD/MP3 audio system, 17-inch steel wheels, power heated outside mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, cloth upholstery, dual-zone climate control, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and electronic roll mitigation and stability control.

The Journey SXT gets cargo net, floor mats, sunscreen glass, satellite radio, 4.3-inch touchscreen display, auxiliary audio jack, USB port, 17-inch aluminum wheels, fog lights, LED taillights, and Dodge Performance body-color fasciae. The SXT Plus adds Bluetooth, interior observation mirror, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, 10-way power driver seat with lumbar seat, 8.4-inch touchscreen display, passenger in-seat cushion storage, and overhead console.

The new Journey Limited model features front-passenger fold-flat-forward seat, heated front seats, remote start, 19-inch aluminum wheels, auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic headlights, heated steering wheel, and leather-trimmed seats.

Lastly, the Journey R/T has high-performance suspension, leather seats with red stitching, firm-feel power steering, and dimpled leather shift knob and steering wheel.

There are a bunch of optional features and packages available which you can purchase to dress up your Journey. Some of these are navigation system, power sunroof, second-row child booster seats, rear-seat entertainment system, and Driver Convenience Group (includes rearview camera and rear park assist).

Photo credit: dodge.com

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