- Technically a crossover, but looks more like a large wagon
- Seats up to seven passengers
- Choice of four-cylinder or V-6 engines
The 2014 Dodge Journey is a versatile, well rounded vehicle offering plenty of storage capacity and seating for up to seven passengers.
The Journey fits three rows of seats into a skin that is equal parts SUV/wagon. Each of seating rows folds flat for extra storage, making it ideal for large families, pet owners, or even cake delivery specialists. In addition, roof racks are available for storing canoes and bikes. For 2014, satellite radio is now available on all trims. Bucket seats are standard, with leather buckets an optional upgrade. Air conditioning, multi-function steering wheel, 60/40 split rear seats, and touch-screen audio/climate control are standard, while options include power driver’s seats, Sirius XM radio, Uconnect hands-free system, and an 8.4-inch touch-screen audio and climate control center.
The 2014 Journey also offers more off-road prowess than you’d think at first glance with 7.4 inches of ground clearance, optional all-wheel drive, and relatively short overhangs. Every Journey comes standard with 17-inch wheels, with extra-tough 19-inch wheels as optional upgrades. The Journey fits in with the rest of the Dodge lineup with a bulging, muscular hood and the signature cross-hair grill up front.
Under the hood, the Journey offers two engine options. The base engine is a 173-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 166 pounds-feet of torque and is attached to a four-speed automatic transmission. This combination returns 19/26 mpg city/highway. Those who opt for the engine upgrade will get a 283-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 with 260 pounds-feet of torque, mated to a slick six-speed automatic with manual shifting mode. This engine/gearbox combination returns 16/24 MPG city/highway, a surprisingly close rating to the base engine considering all of the extra power it offers.
Standard safety features include seven airbags, active head restraints, traction control, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, and trailer-sway damping. Also standard is an anti-roll system that adjusts throttle and braking to prevent the Journey from rolling. A rear-view camera and rear parking sensors are optional for safer reversing in parking lots and driveways.