The modern Dodge lineup consists of both iconic performance vehicles and mainstream people movers. Ram trucks have been sold as a separate brand since 2011. High performance models of the Charger and Challenger have been consistent sellers for Dodge.
The Dodge Durango is a seven passenger SUV with available V8 power. Vehicles like the Buick Enclave, Mazda CX-9, GMC Acadia, Honda Pilot and latest Ford Explorer are family haulers derived from front-wheel-drive based platforms and equip four- and six-cylinder engines. The Durango is unique with its available V8 power and rear-wheel-drive. The Durango is offered in a range of models from the entry level SXT to the sporty R/T and loaded Citadel model. The Durango is mechanically related to the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Chrysler has methodically improved their minivans to ensure that they remain competitive with popular alternatives from Honda and Toyota. All Grand Caravan models now equip a 3.6l V-6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission, which has greatly simplified the model lineup. The Grand Caravan lineup starts with the AVP (American Value Package) budget model, ranging up to the top R/T trim level. Chrysler minivans include a feature called Stow 'n Go seating which allows the second row bucket seats to fold forward in to large storage wells in the floor. While the storage bins are handy, the seats are undersized and lack the flexibility of 2 and 3 passenger second row seating options from Toyota and Honda. The third row seat folds flat in the rear storage well, but also features an intermediate rear-facing tailgating position. The EPA estimates fuel economy at 17 / 25 (city / highway) which is a bit low for the segment. Unlike the Chrysler Town & Country, the Grand Caravan has less standard equipment and requires upgrades and options to reach a similar level of equipment. This makes the Town & Country a much better value.
A newer model for Dodge, the midsize Journey is essentially a tall station wagon. The Journey can haul up to seven passengers, although the standard configuration seats five. Most Journey models are powered by a 3.6l V6 engine, but a 2.4L I-4 is offered on the entry trim levels. Four cylinder models are equipped with a 4-speed automatic, while the V6 models equip a 6-speed automatic. The Journey is available in FWD or with on-demand AWD. As a five passenger wagon, the Journey has significantly less legroom in the first two rows than the Subaru Outback. For three row seating (a $1300 option on most models), the Journey has 12 inches less legroom than the Grand Caravan. With the new value pricing of the Grand Caravan, Dodge's own minivan is a better value for a large family.