2014 Equinox vs Dodge Journey
2014 Chevy Equinox
The Chevy Equinox, estcomes with a standard four-cylinder engine delivering 182 horsepower. While powerful enough for daily driving, you can raise the bar by choosing the optional V6 engine with 301 horsepower. The six-speed automatic transmission performs well with either engine. At 22/32 city/highway mpg, the Equinox offers good fuel economy for its class.
The attractive, spacious cabin hasn’t changed much since 2010. It still has well-built features and quality materials drivers have come to expect from Chevy. All five seats are comfortable even on long drives, and the ample cargo space makes hauling gear an easy task. Standard interior features include satellite radio, Bluetooth, auxiliary input and USB port. Available upgrades include heated leather seats, the Chevy MyLink infotainment system, navigation, rear-seat entertainment and power liftgate.
The Equinox scores nearly perfect on various safety tests, giving peace of mind to drivers. Standard key safety features include brake assist, electronic stability control, child safety locks, traction control and daytime running lights. Optional safety features include a backup camera, lane departure warning, and forward collision alert.
2014 Dodge Journey
The Dodge Journey comes with an underpowered four-cylinder engine with only 173 horsepower and a four-speed automatic transmission. For better performance and a smoother ride, drivers may prefer the V6 engine with 283 horsepower and six-speed automatic transmission. The poor fuel economy only delivers 19/26 city/highway mpg, which trails far behind other vehicles in its class.
The last time the Journey saw major updates was in 2011. Since then, the vehicle has included integrated child booster seats in the second row along with floor space storage in the rear and under the front passenger seat. These unique storage options are great for transporting snacks or valuables. Soft-tough materials and comfortable seats give a luxurious feel to the interior. The Journey seats five, but the optional third row seats two additional people. However, the third row is inarguably only appropriate for children.
Standard features include push-button start, dual-zone climate control and heated side view mirrors. The standard touchscreen system is a bit small, so drivers may want to upgrade to the larger infotainment system. Additional add-ons include Bluetooth, navigation, hands-free texting, rear-seat entertainment and remote start. The Journey has impressive safety ratings for peace of mind. Standard safety features include brake assist, electronic stability control, child safety locks and traction control. The optional rearview camera increases safety when backing up.
How They Compare
Now it’s time to decide. When it comes to engine power, the Chevy Equinox wins, both with the standard and upgraded engine. Fuel economy is also far better. Both vehicles boast comfortable interiors, but the Dodge Journey’s third row lacks the comfort your sixth and seventh passengers may desire. A few extra optional features with the Equinox may grab your attention, as do the impressive optional safety features. The Journey’s base price may be lower, but in this case, you really get what you pay for.
To experience the Equinox’s power and features for yourself, please stop by Burlington Chevy and test drive one today.