Dodge Sport Utility Vehicles, CUVs and Minivans

An Overview of the Dodge SUV, Crossover and Minivan Family

2014 Dodge Durango. Photo (c) Jason Fogelson

Dodge’s lineup of sport utility vehicles, crossovers and minivans consists of the Journey, the Durango and the Grand Caravan. All Dodge SUVs and crossovers get a 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty that includes towing assistance, a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and a 5-year/100,000-mile rust warranty.

Durango

After an extensive makeover for the 2014 model year, Durango shares a platform with the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The Durango name first appeared on a midsize SUV in 1998, and on the current incarnation as a full-sized SUV in 2007. Durango is available with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Available with a 3. liter Pentastar V6 (290 hp/260 lb-ft of torque) or a 5.7 liter HEMI V8 (360  hp/390 lb-ft of torque). Base prices start at $30,495 and go to $40,995, plus options. The EPA estimates Durango’s fuel economy at 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway with the V6 and 14 mpg city/23 mpg highway with the HEMI.

Journey

Journey was introduced as a 2009 model in the Dodge SUV lineup. A mid-size crossover with three rows of seating standard, Journey is more minivan than SUV. Available with a 2.4 liter inline 4-cylinder engine (173 hp/166 lb-ft of torque) or a 3.6 liter V6 engine (235 hp/232 lb-ft of torque), Journey is rated to deliver 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway with the I4, 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway with the V6.

I-4 models are front-wheel drive only. V6 models can also be ordered with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Base prices range from $20,695 to $31,385 plus options.

Nitro

Nitro shared a platform with the Jeep Liberty. Introduced as a 2007 model, Nitro was available with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.

Available with a 3.7 liter V6 (210 hp/235 lb-ft of torque) or a 4.0 liter V6 in the souped-up R/T (260 hp/265 lb-ft of torque). Base prices started at $22,985 and go to $30,140, plus options. The EPA estimates Nitro’s fuel economy at 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway with four-wheel drive and 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway with rear-wheel drive.

Grand Caravan

The Grand Caravan just celebrated its 30th anniversary in the Dodge lineup. Along with mechanical twin Chrysler Town & Country, the Grand Caravan represents a sizeable chunk of minivan sales in the United States. There are six trim levels for the Grand Caravan, from the American Value Package to SE to SE Plus to SXT to SXT Plus to the stylishly sporty R/T.  It comes with the proven 3.6-liter, 24-valve V6 engine with variable valve timing and a six-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel drive. Grand Caravan base prices start at $21,795 and stretch up to $30,995 plus options. The EPA estimates that the minivan can achieve 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway.

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