Dodge Durango, Journey and Grand Caravan – Which is for You?
Dodge may be well known for it’s iconic muscle cars, the Challenger and Charger, but the Dodge lineup includes a handful of versatile vehicles. If you are a Dodge lover and need a vehicle for road trips, tailgating and to transport the family, you have several options. The Dodge Durango, Journey, and Grand Carvan are all seven-passenger vehicles that have plenty of space for the kids, cargo, and anything else you may need. Which one is for you?
Engine and Performance
The Grand Caravan, Durango and Journey are all available with the a 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine, but performance and horsepower vary due to the transmission and engine equipment.
For example, the Dodge Durango’s 3.6-liter Pentastar engine has an eight-speed automatic transmission and VVT (Variable Valve Timing), both of which help the vehicle maximize power. The Durango can reach up to 295 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque and it achieves Best-in-Class standard fuel economy of 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The Dodge Durango is a great vehicle for families looking to trailer a small boat or jetskis as it has a maximum towing capacity of 6,200 pounds.
The Durango R/T, the Durango’s upper-level trim comes standard with a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 5.7-liter HEMI produces 360 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque. This engine boosts the Durango’s maximum towing capacity up to 7,400 pounds.
All of the Dodge Grand Caravan trims are equipped with a 283-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. That engine and transmission configuration provide the Grand Caravan with a fuel economy of 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The Dodge Grand Caravan has a maximum towing capacity of 3,600 pounds.
The Dodge Journey is equipped with a 2.4-liter 16-valve 4-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The Journey’s engine produces 173 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque and has a maximum towing capacity of 1,000 pounds. It’s engine and transmission configuration help the Journey to achieve an average fuel economy of 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The seven-passenger Dodge Journey models are also available with the 283-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar engine.
Interior and Cargo
All three of these vehicles are built to look good, feel good, and maximize their interior space for people and cargo.
The Dodge Durango is a three-row seven-passenger full-size SUV. Built with convenience and ease in mind, the Durango’s second row seats are split 60/40 and 50/50 third row split folding seats, allowing for plenty of space when needed. The Durango’s total cargo volume is 84.5 cubic feet. Interior features that give the Durango a sophisticated look include standard cloth and mesh seats (leather is an available option), front and rear interior LED lights, door panel with ambient lighting, illuminated cup holders, and adjustable front bucket seats.
The Journey is a smaller crossover utility vehicle, and its smaller size makes it a great vehicle for exploring the city or off-road. The Journey’s base trim, the Journey SE has seating for five passengers, but the other Journey trims are available with seven-passenger seating. The Journey has 67 cubic ft of cargo volume and second-row 60/40 split folding seats. Other interior features of the Journey to mention are the low-back bucket seats with seat belt adjusters, premium cloth seats, rear-reclining seats, and cargo tie down loops.
The Grand Caravan is the most spacious of the three when it comes to cargo volume. The Grand Caravan offers up to 143 cubic feet of cargo volume and convenient Stow n’ Go seating, seats that easily fold into a floor compartment allowing for flat storage space. Other comfortable features on the Grand Caravan are black cloth bucket seats, dual glove boxes, a luxury steering wheel, and tinted glass windows.
The Grand Caravan is a minivan, while the Journey and Durango are sport utility vehicles. The Grand Caravan has an minivan elongated body with sliding side doors. Other exterior features are 17-inch steel wheels, Touring tires, daytime running lamps, and a black/bright grille.
The Dodge Durango and Dodge Journey are both four-door vehicles that have sporty and aggressive look. The Durango is much larger as it is a full-size SUV. Some exterior features specific to the Durango are 18-inch painted aluminum wheels, all-season tires, chrome headlamp bezels, LED taillamps with red accents, and a bright/accent colored grille. The Journey has it’s own unique exterior features like 17-inch steel wheels, Kumho brand tires, halogen quad headlamps, and Dodge body-color fascias.
To truly make a versatile lineup, Dodge gives consumers affordable options The 2016 Dodge Journey starts at $20,995, however, the seven-passenger models start at $24,895. The 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan starts at $23,595 and the 2016 Dodge Durango starts at $30,495.
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