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2014 Dodge Journey Overview
Though a perennial also-ran in a fiercely contested market, Dodge’s 2014 Journey midsize crossover offers a ton of value to the budget-minded family. Sporting standard seating for 5, this canny commuter car and/or mall-hopper can be equipped with an available third-row fold-down seat for 7-passenger accommodations, while still sporting 67.6 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seatbacks folded. Meantime, front-wheel drive (FWD) again comes standard in the latest Journey, while all-wheel drive (AWD) remains an option for all but the lower two trims, and the choice of an inline 4-cylinder (I4) powerplant or a V6 engine remains dependent on the trim selected.
Little changes in the 2014 Journey, though a new Limited trim replaces the old upper midlevel Crew version and joins the base American Value Package (AVP), the slightly up-ticked SE, the lower-midlevel SXT and the flagship R/T, all veterans in the lineup.
The base engine equipping the AVP, SE and SXT FWD Journey should again be a somewhat anemic 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) powerplant that produces 173 hp and 166 lb-ft of torque under the management of the standard 4-speed shiftable automatic transmission. Look for towing to be maxed out at 1,000 pounds with the proper equipment, while mileage, despite variable valve timing (VVT), remains a rather tepid 19 mpg city/26 highway.
The SXT AWD, Limited and R/T, meantime, are equipped with a peppier and ethanol-capable (FFV) 3.6-liter V6 engine, again toting VVT. The six-banger mates with a 6-speed shiftable automatic to put out 283 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Look for a maximum towing capacity of 2,500 pounds with a V6-packing and properly equipped Journey upgrade, but mileage drops to 17/25 in standard FWD versions and 16/24 in AWD-toting trims.
Appearance, convenience and comfort adornments in the 2014 Journey AVP are once more expected to include 17-inch steel wheels, heated power-adjustable outside mirrors, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, cloth upholstery and reclining second-row seatbacks. Full power accessories, telescoping tilt-wheel steering, cruise control, dual-zone manual air conditioning and Uconnect-interfaced audio with a single-CD player and 6 speakers controlled via a 4.3-inch touchscreen are also expected back in this entry-level trim.
The SE, meantime, adds tinted glass, a roof rack and LED taillights, while the up-featured SXT tosses in 17-inch alloy wheels, unique front and rear fascia upgrades, premium cloth upholstery, a cargo net and cover, and satellite radio.
Upping the ante, the replacement Limited trim adds 19-inch painted alloy wheels, heated power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, dual-zone auto climate control, a DVD player and video monitor, a memory-card slot and standard Bluetooth hands-free calling.
Finally, the top-shelf R/T adds upgraded leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a heated steering wheel and upgraded Uconnect 8.4 audio with an 8.4-inch touchscreen display and 368 watts of power.
As is traditional, lower Journey trims are expected to remain eligible for many standard items in the higher editions as options, while the 3-row seating option should again be available lineup-wide. Upgraded wheels, cabin and appearance bling likely will return as optional equipment in 2014, as will a power sunroof and rear seat DVD entertainment system in the higher trims. Most of the above, finally, should be available in either package or standalone form.
As for standard safety equipment, all 2014 Journeys are expected to be delivered with 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and front head restraint whiplash protection. Look for a post-collision safety system to return, as well, with front fog/driving lights in the SXT and higher trims, and a standard remote antitheft alarm securing the Limited and R/T variants.
Have Laptop, Will Travel. I'm retired and travelling the country in a 34' motor home. I'm really digging meeting people . . and sometimes their cars . . . getting a sense of what makes this nation tick. The plan is to visit all the national parks in the continental US, then cruise to Alaska to visit Denali, and to Hawaii to check out Haleakala and the Hawaii Volcano's national parks. Anyhow, when I'm not horsing the motor home around the roadways, I'm tooting around in the 2012 Ford Focus that we tow behind, or making runs to Home Depot and various malls with the 2004 F-150 that just won't die.
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