With such a stellar vehicle lineup from Dodge, it’s tough to choose just one as your favorite. But here’s a quick guide to the differences between the 2017 Durango and the 2017 Journey crossover vehicles so you can decide which full-size SUV is perfect for you. Let’s check out the power under the hood, the creature comforts in the cabin, and the state-of-the-art technology that make up this sibling rivalry.
The Dodge Durango and Journey have larger, brawny stances without feeling too much like a truck. They retain the agility of a smaller SUV but boast greater horsepower thanks to a bigger powertrain. Both SUVs can come with the 3.6-liter Pentastar® engine that earns up to 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, but only the Durango has the option to upgrade to a 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine that cranks out a hefty 360 horsepower and whopping 390 lb-ft of torque. The Durango’s V-8 can tow up to 7400 pounds which can come in handy for the outdoorsy type, but for the more city slickers, the Journey has three suspension options so you can tailor your experience to your driving style.
If you are looking for a plush and accommodating vehicle to bring the whole family to soccer practice or finally take those long road trips you’ve been dreaming of, then you’ll be happy to know that both the Dodge Journey and the Durango provide seating for up to seven adults comfortably. In fact, the 2017 Durango sports one of the most spacious third-row seating areas in its segment, with ample height and legroom. The 2017 Journey provides cunning flip-and-fold seats that make climbing in and out easy, whether you’re young or young at heart. The Journey also comes with plenty of easily accessed storage space and cubbies that make this SUV a smart choice for families on the go.
You’ll discover both crossovers are packed with available options like hands-free Bluetooth, a six-speaker sound system, satellite radio, and an 8.4-inch high-resolution color touchscreen with Uconnect interface to help you navigate. The Journey comes with a 9-inch screen that flips down from the overhead console to entertain second- and third-row passengers. However, the Durango comes with two seatback-mounted 9-inch screens for individualized entertainment for second-row passengers. Both vehicles come with plenty of safety tech, like ParkView® Rear Back Up Camera, Keyless Enter ‘n Go™, Electronic Stability Control, and plenty of airbags to surround you with security no matter where you sit.
If you’re economically inclined, the Journey is a more thrifty choice. While you might sacrifice some of the tech and racecar feel in your commute, you’re saving money on your payment as well as at the pump. However, if you have a need for speed or require a larger cargo space, then the Durango is a well-equipped powerhouse that’s sure to thrill you. It has more options, a faster engine, and greater cargo space for whatever life throws your way.
The best way to find out which of these SUVs is the one for you is to stop by to test drive them both. Start browsing our available inventory for both the 2017 Dodge Journey and the 2017 Dodge Durango online now so you can find the perfect one as soon as you come to the dealership. Feel free to reach out to one of our team members with questions or to set up and appointment today!