10 Used Dodge Cars That Can Stand The Test Of Time
BYR J WALDRON
These Dodge models are excellent used cars that shouldn't be, well, dodged.
In the world of big brand car badges, Dodge
is regarded as one of the heavyweights. An American manufacturer that has over one hundred years of automobile manufacturing know how at its fingertips. It's a company that has delivered some of the world's most notable vehicles, with prime examples being the difficult to tame V10 Viper sports car
and the more iconic 1969 Dodge Charger muscle car.
In recent years, Dodge has led the way by offering high-powered muscle cars that simply defies the odds, with the 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170
setting a new benchmark for what is capable with old-school thinking. But while their awesome muscle cars steal the headlines, it's their other Dodge vehicles that continue to reliably move the nation.
For those gearheads looking for a slice of reliable motoring Americana from one of the motoring greats, then they should focus on seeking out one of these 10 Dodge used cars
that can stand the test of time.
2008 Dodge Journey : Average $2,500
Before the Sports Utility Vehicle clambered to motoring dominance, there was such a thing as a people carrier. It did mostly everything an SUV could do, and in some cases more, but was far less trendy. Yet for those valuing function over form, a Dodge Journey is a used star.
Any family opting for the 2.7-liter V6 Journey will land themselves a reliable, and hardy vehicle. Well-equipped and comfortable, there is also a generous 185 hp on tap. That means plenty of power for hauling passengers, luggage and making swift progress on any road trip
2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8: Average $21,000
A retro-styled stroke of genius, the reborn Dodge Challenger seemingly has it all. From the eye-popping looks, to the big dose of horsepower, it's a muscle car that can plant a huge grin on any gearheads face. It's also noted as being a highly reliable muscle car
Under the hood of the early SRT8 version lurks a 6.1-liter Hemi pumping out 425 hp, allowing the Dodge Challenger to blast to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. Buying into an SRT8 Challenger not only guarantees a huge amount of fun, but a unique gateway to a muscle car paradise.
2006 Dodge Grand Caravan : Average $3,000
On its release, a 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan came loaded with an impressive amount of standard equipment. Though the tech may have aged, the sheer amount of passenger space on offer inside is still deeply impressive. As is the ride quality and elevated levels of comfort.
It won't set any speed records, or induce bouts of exuberant driving, but the Grand Caravan will chew through hundreds of miles of highway without breaking a sweat. It's a car that can be used to traverse a continent without leaving the driver, or passengers, exhausted.
Dodge Coronet : Average $45,000
An often overlooked muscle car, the Dodge Coronet came with plenty of engine options and, in its two door guise, looked fantastic. It was also a hardy vehicle, using tried and tested Dodge mechanical parts to outperform it rivals, while being an absolute blast to drive daily.
The high performance Dodge Coronet R/T
pumped out over 380 hp from their 7.2-liter V8 engine, allowing a keen driver to hit 60 mph in a seriously impressive 5.5 seconds. Boasting plenty of power, and equal amounts of comfort, the Dodge Coronet is a great all-rounder.
2001 Dodge Ram 1500 : $4,200
The workhorse of choice for many trades people and professionals, the Dodge Ram 1500
is a tough pickup that is built to last. The Dodge Ram is equally on or off-road, with a choice of stump-pulling engines providing power to both lovers of gasoline and diesel power plants.
Out of its work clothes, a Dodge Ram 1500 will also provide decent levels of comfort to those looking for a practical daily driver. Hugely practical, spacious and not afraid of getting its tires dirty, the Ram 1500 is still one of America's leading pickup trucks and for good reason.
1955 Dodge Power Wagon : Average $30,000
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Essentially a military truck adapted for civilian life, the Dodge Power Wagon offered the public a heavy-duty, commercial four-wheel drive vehicle. Powered by an almost bomb-proof straight six, the Dodge Power Wagon formed the foundation of many businesses for decades.
Highly capable, the iconic Power Wagon
is a pretty basic machine mechanically, and is all the better for it. Simple to keep running, the Power Wagon has been praised for its longevity and is now something of a collector's piece. Fully restored, a Power Wagon looks great.
2008 Dodge Avenger : Average $1,800
Definitely built to a budget, the Dodge Avenger was not a high point for quality when bought new. Criticized for its low rent materials, awkward styling and less than inspiring build quality, many who forked out full price were left bitterly disappointed and quite annoyed.
On the used market, though, things are a different story. Available at almost give away prices, the Dodge Avenger provides those on low income transport with a frugal disposition. Plenty will go wrong with one, but just ignore the faults and keep on driving, as it doesn't care.
The Dodge Nitro : Average $4,500
Looking a bit like a children's toy, but life-size, the Dodge Nitro isn't going to win any style awards. The overly blistered arches are at odds with the boxy angles, and none of it really meshes. But look past that and what you are left with is a budget SUV that has plenty to offer.
A spacious, airy cabin with decent equipment levels get the ball rolling. Followed by a 3.7-liter V6 that generates 210 hp, and drives all four wheels. A Nitro will cover off the 0-60 mph sprint in 7.0 seconds, making it quite a lively SUV with decently strong in-gear performance.