There are a variety of factors that consumers consider when purchasing a new vehicle, but when it comes to versatility, cargo space and ride quality, there are three Dodge models that stand out, according to Consumer Guide Automotive. The vehicle-information provider recently dished out Best Buy Awards to the 2013 Dodge Durango, Journey and Grand Caravan in the Large SUV, Midsize SUV and Minivan categories, respectively.
The 2013 Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Awards were determined following comprehensive evaluations of vehicles, with criteria including performance, fuel economy, price, features, accommodations, resale value and reliability records. This year, the editors raised the standards for earning a Best Buy Award, resulting in a shorter and more exclusive list.
“With its new Best Buy Awards, Dodge has proven that it is the brand to turn to if you need a vehicle with versatility and cargo space but still want a smooth, quiet ride,” said Brian Duval, general manager of Concord, New Hampshire Dodge dealership Bob Mariano Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram. “That mix makes the Durango, Journey and Grand Caravan all great vehicles for families, with each model offering different levels of those attributes to meet the unique needs of parents.”
Consumer Guide Automotive praised the seven-seat 2013 Dodge Durango for its passenger room and cargo space, which expands to nearly 85 cubic feet behind the first row with rear seats folded, as well as its ride quality, with the SUV’s nearly perfect 50:50 weight distribution and optional all-wheel drive offering agility and surefootedness under most driving conditions. When it comes to capability, the Durango also offers class-leading towing capacity, impressive V6 power and an available 5.7-liter HEMI V8 that churns out 360 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque.
While editors noted the spaciousness of the 2013 Dodge Journey midsize crossover as well, they were also struck by the acceleration coming from the 283-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, which still returns up to 25 mpg on the highway. Inside, the Journey’s sleek gauge cluster and control panel impressed Consumer Guide Automotive with its clear and convenient display of useful information, as well as its power sources, USB port and audio input jack for mobile devices.
Like its brand-mates, the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan earned its Best Buy Award thanks in part to its versatile interior space, including its class-leading cargo capacity and 81 different seating combinations made possible by the second-row Stow ‘n Go seats. Editors also lauded the quietness of the minivan’s cabin, which has available LED reading and accent lights that won’t disturb the driver while providing plenty of illumination for passengers.
“Whether you’re taking the kids and their friends to soccer practice or heading out for a long holiday road trip, all three of Dodge’s latest award-winning vehicles are prepared for whatever family life can throw at you,” Duval noted. “The Grand Caravan offers the most space and comfort, the Durango has all the capability you’ll ever need, and the Journey provides versatility without sacrificing responsiveness.”