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2014 Dodge Journey Review

The 2014 Dodge Journey ranks in the middle of its class. While it has a nice cabin and low ownership costs, a number of its rivals are more fun to drive, have nicer interiors, or offer better safety and reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons


  • Intuitive optional infotainment system
  • Powerful available V6
  • Upscale interior materials


  • Underpowered base engine
  • Poor fuel economy
  • No advanced safety features

Rankings & Research

The 2014 Dodge Journey's #14 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Dodge Journey has a score of 7.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 43 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 8.4
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2014 Dodge Journey Overview

Is the 2014 Dodge Journey a Good Used SUV?

The Journey is an OK SUV, but there are better options in the competitive midsize SUV class. The Journey's strengths include a potent available V6, an upscale interior, and easy-to-use available tech features. On the other hand, the base engine isn't very powerful, its fuel economy is poor, and there are no available advanced safety features.

Used 2014 Dodge Journey Performance and Interior

You should skip over the Journey's weak standard four-cylinder engine and instead buy a model with the available V6, which has much better power for daily driving. A four-speed automatic transmission comes with the four-cylinder, while the V6 has a six-speed automatic. The four-cylinder gets poor fuel economy for the class, at 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Opting for the V6 only loses you a couple mpg in city driving, while highway fuel economy stays the same. This crossover has a smooth ride over rough roads, though it's not quite as athletic as nimbler competitors when steering through turns. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available – though only in V6-powered models.

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The Journey's cabin has contemporary styling with high-quality materials. The Journey is a five-seat crossover; an available third row of seats makes room for up to seven people. The front seats aren't particularly supportive, but they offer a great view of the road ahead. The second-row seats can recline for greater comfort, while the available third row is best left to children. Some models have integrated child booster seats in the second row. The outboard seats in the second row each have a full set of LATCH child-seat connectors. There's an additional upper tether anchor on the middle second-row seat, and no LATCH connectors in the third row.

The base Journey AVP is reasonably well-equipped, with features like a 4.3-inch Uconnect infotainment system, a USB port, and dual-zone air conditioning. An upgraded 8.4-inch touch screen is available, along with Bluetooth, navigation, and a rear-seat entertainment system. Many competitors offer Bluetooth as a standard feature. The standard touch screen is on the small side, so on-screen buttons can be tough to use. The larger available system is much easier to use, with sharper graphics and an intuitive interface.

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Used 2014 Dodge Journey Prices

Prices for a used 2014 Journey start around $13,000 for the base AVP (American Value Package) model and go up to about $18,000 for the range-topping R/T trim. The total cost of a used Journey can vary with each car’s condition, mileage, or location.

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We Did the Research for You: 43 Reviews Analyzed

We compiled and analyzed 43 published reviews to give you an idea of the Journey's strengths and weaknesses. We also added information on reliability, safety, and more to help you decide if the Journey is the right used crossover for you.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Dodge Journey?

The Journey's reliability rating of three out of five is average among midsize SUVs and across the industry as a whole.

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How Safe Is the Journey?

The Journey has decent safety scores, though many midsize SUV rivals have high crash test ratings. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Journey the highest rating of Good in four out of five tests, but the lowest rating of Poor in the fifth – the small overlap front test. The Journey earned four out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with four stars in front and rollover crash tests and five stars in the side crash test. An available rearview camera and rear parking sensors are the Journey's only safety features. Some rivals offer advanced collision avoidance features like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, or forward collision warning.

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Should I Consider Another Used Journey?

The 2014 Journey is part of the SUV's current generation, which includes all model years from 2009 through 2017. There were no major changes between the 2012, 2013, and 2014 model years, so you may want to consider an older model to save some money.

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Which Used Dodge Journey Is Right for Me?

Since the standard four-cylinder engine is so underwhelming, you'll want to skip the base and Dodge Journey SE trims and step up to at least the SXT trim to find a model with the V6. With the SXT, you'll also get satellite radio, fog lamps, and roof rails. The Limited trim comes standard with the V6, along with leather seats, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, the larger 8.4-inch touch screen, and Bluetooth. Unique styling elements and a sport-tuned suspension come in R/T models. You may be able to find a lower trim level with an option package that adds some features from upper trims.

A certified pre-owned Journey may suit you best. For certified pre-owned Dodge vehicles, the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. There are restrictions related to mileage and models, so read the Dodge warranty page carefully.

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2014 Dodge Journey and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Dodge Journey or 2014 Kia Sorento?

The Kia Sorento and the Dodge Journey are fairly evenly matched. Both rivals have underwhelming base engines, available third-row seats, and identical reliability ratings. The Sorento comes standard with satellite radio and Bluetooth (both of which are only available in the Journey), but it lacks a standard infotainment system like the Dodge and has less upscale cabin materials. There are more available advanced safety features in the Sorento, like parking sensors and blind spot monitoring. It also has more overall cargo space and earns slightly higher fuel economy estimates – but it has higher ownership costs, too.

Which Is Better: 2014 Dodge Journey or 2014 Ford Edge?

As long as you don't need more than five seats, the Ford Edge is a much better crossover than the Journey. The Edge's engines are all powerful, its fuel economy estimates are higher, and it has more athletic handling. The Edge has a roomy, high-end interior, though most features are only available versus standard. The Edge is available with more safety features, and it gets a better safety score. It also has one of the highest reliability estimates in the class.

Which Is Better: 2014 Dodge Journey or 2014 Dodge Durango?

The Dodge Durango is worth a look if you're considering the Journey. The Durango comes standard with a strong V6 and is available with a brawny V8, too. It has more standard features, standard seating for seven, and significantly more cargo space. However, the Durango's fuel economy estimates and reliability rating are lower than those earned by the Journey.

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