Dodge offers two SUV models for 2015, the Journey and Durango, each of which features available seven-passenger seating, two engine choices and family-friendly features like integrated child booster seats. The mid-size Journey costs less than the full-size Durango but lacks the larger model's available V-8 power and strong towing capacity.
The 2015 Dodge Journey comes priced roughly equal to compact models like the Honda CR-V, although it is larger and has an optional third-row seat. The front-wheel-drive crossover SUV comes with two available engines: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 173 horsepower and 21 city-highway-combined miles per gallon, or a 3.6-liter V-6 with 283 horsepower and 19 combined mpg. Optional all-wheel drive, available only on the 3.6, lowers efficiency slightly.
Edmunds.com gives the Journey an overall "C" rating, giving praise to its interior design, infotainment system and build quality but noting its below-average fuel economy and describing its driving experience as lackluster.
The 2015 Dodge Durango offers a much sportier and more refined ride despite its larger dimensions, earning a "B" rating from Edmunds. The 3.6-liter from the Journey serves as the base engine here and makes up to 295 horsepower, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive for 20 combined mpg. Stepping up to the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 brings 360 horsepower and 17 combined mpg. Dodge offers each engine with optional all-wheel drive with the V-8 R/T model receiving a rugged system packing a two-speed transfer case and low range mode.
On the inside, the Durango features space for average-sized adults even in its third row as well as advanced interior tech including a dual-screen BluRay rear seat entertainment system. The Durango's 7,400-pound towing capacity outperforms nearly all class competitors.