4 Top Dodge Models You Should Consider
Dodge offers drivers an array of exciting models that combine style, performance, and reliability. According to Repairpal, Dodge vehicles are among the most reliable and economical on the market. Here are the top four models you should consider when searching for your next car.
1. Dodge Caliber
Despite being discontinued in 2012, the Dodge Caliber offers versatility, abundant features, and family-oriented practicality. It falls under the compact cars segment with competitors like Chrysler Aspen and Honda Accent.
Caliber’s upright, boxy body style is a departure from the curvy look of its competitors. Inside, the Caliber offers comfortable seating for five passengers with plenty of head and legroom. Its cargo capacity is impressive, with 18 cu-ft behind the rear seats and up to 47 cu-ft when folded down.
You can choose a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 158 hp or a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 172 hp and an available six-speed automatic transmission for both engines. Owning a Dodge Caliber will only cost you an average annual repair cost is $501, making it one of the most reliable and economical cars to consider.
2. Dodge Avenger
Dodge Avenger’s last generation existed from 2008 to 2014, but it still offers an attractive design thanks to its refreshed exterior and interior. Its cabin packs well-polished, detailed, and soft-touch materials.
The crosshair grille, menacing headlights, and sloping roofline give it a sporty yet sophisticated look. Its muscle car heritage is palpable, thanks to its powerful (Chrysler Pentastar) 3.6-liter V6 engine that delivers 295 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque.
The engine matches a six-speed automatic transmission and retuned suspension, giving it more responsive handling. A standard but underpowered 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine pairing a four-speed automatic is also available.
The Avenger made it to the top of Repairpal’s analysis with an average annual repair cost of $541. According to The Car Connection, the numbers in gas mileage might disappoint budget-conscious consumers, with the best-case scenario of 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
3. Dodge Journey
The Journey is an appealing midsize crossover SUV practical for families, thanks to its three-row seating and generous cargo capacity. It comes at the most affordable price in its segment, which makes it an excellent value for money.
The 2020 model (last in production) is available in two trim levels with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 173 hp and 166 lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, the all-wheel drive and optional 3.6-liter V6 engine are no longer available, leaving the front-wheel drive as the only option.
Its cargo capacity is impressive, with 10.7 cu-ft when all seats are in use and a massive 67.6 cu-ft when all seats are folded down. Repairpal estimates an average annual repair cost of $562 for the journey, making it an attractive and reliable choice.
4. Dodge Nitro
If you are looking for a reliable compact sport-utility vehicle (SUV) from Dodge, the Nitro delivers. It has a commanding presence and boldness, making it stand out from its competitors. The Nitro rides on a slightly upgraded platform of the Jeep Liberty and has two engine options; a 3.7-liter V6 that produces 210 hp and 235 lb-ft of torque and a 4.0-liter V6 that generates 260 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are paired with a six-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission and come in either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configuration.
The interior is comfortable and packed with plenty of features, like a cooled glove box, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and satellite radio. Repairpal estimates an average annual repair cost of $582 for the Nitro, making it a cost-effective and reliable vehicle to consider.
You cannot go wrong with these models if reliability is your top priority. All four vehicles offer compelling features, outstanding performance, and attractive styling.