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What is this car worth,
RR
August 17, 2018
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Other than sub-par gas mileage, the dodge journey has been a quality and dependable vehicle that fits my family of six comfortably.
Mike
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Low miles and very good condition.
Robin
April 09, 2018
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Have the R/T and love it. It''s powerful, rides noce and it''s comfortable on long trips. Bigest drawback is how rapidly and deeply this car depreciates in value. Even with only 20K Miles, it''s already lost well over half its MSRP from new.
Vernon
J.D. Power
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November 01, 2017
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Dodge journey is a great value for the i am very happy with my purchase of this vehicle it has really been impressive
Gary
J.D. Power
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October 24, 2017
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For me this vehicle is one of the best I ever owned. Plenty of storage throughout the vehicle with the right amount of room. This is the my forth journey.
Sam
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October 24, 2017
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Its an average car that to me was not impressive at all. Its a vehicle for people with kids or pets. For me as a younger person it just felt simple and boring.
Glen
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October 24, 2017
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This is my second Journey and found it much improved over my 2010 model. I find it very comfortable. The 3.6 liter V-6 engine provides plenty of power. The electronic features are excellent. The AWD is a feature that is a must in my part of the country and I wouldn't do without it. Overall, I am very satisfied with this vehicle.
Chad W.
J.D. Power
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October 24, 2017
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I've been very pleased with everything that comes along with this vehicle. I recommend this dealership and model/make to anyone else. Very satisfied. Provides for a very smooth ride, and I feel safe when I'm behind the wheel.
William
J.D. Power
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October 24, 2017
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This SUV is great but not for a big family like mines so if you have a family of 4 mom dad and two children than you will love this SUV (smile).
Leo
J.D. Power
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October 24, 2017
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Its very reliable in any type of weather. I like the space it has. The vehicle has held up very nicely.
Bill
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October 23, 2017
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The Journey is a lot of car for the money and in the Crossroad trim it looks pretty good too. The V6 engine has plenty of power and never needs more. The interior is comfortable and very functional; there are useful and well thought out storage compartments throughout. The UConnect voice controlled Nav, Radio, Bluetooth is excellent; one of the best I have ever used. I have very few complaints about this vehicle so far. I chose this car because I liked the design and it was thousands of dollars less than similarly equipped competitors. If you need a midsize wagon or SUC the Journey is worth a look. The only odd thing about this car is that the front window pillars are quite large and can sometimes block your view in turns; it takes a little getting used to. The V6 is a must; it eats a little more gas but the Pentastar V6 is a great engine.
Charles J.
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October 23, 2017
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in my 83 years I have owned some 200 vehicles. The Dodge journey is by far the best vehicle I have owned. comfort, dependability, and reliability cannot be beat.
R. A. O.
J.D. Power
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October 23, 2017
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If I was to purchase this brand & model again I'd get a 6 cly. Engine. I bought this vehicle for the price.
Scott
J.D. Power
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October 23, 2017
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read reviews on Dodge Journey about comfort of vehicle. Easy to get into vehicle, seats are comfortable. Overall ride is smooth. Only problem: noise in suspension. Seems to be a problem in these vehicles that can't seem to be fixed, even after bringing to dealer several times still have clunking noise
Anonymous
J.D. Power
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October 23, 2017
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We bought a Dodge Journey Crossroad after checking out a lot of 3-row SUVs, including the Buick Enclave, Mazda CX9, Hyundai Santa Fe, and a few others. For us it came down to these factors: 1. The Dodge was a bit smaller than vehicles like the Buick or Hyundai, but the interior really felt just as roomy. It also had a much more usable 3rd row seat than the Cx9. 2. The value of the Dodge was superior. With rebates/discounts, it was about $5,000 cheaper than anything it competed with. 3. We got the integrated fold-down child seats, a feature we had seen on some Volvos and which is an incredibly useful feature for us. It allows us to carry our kids and switch to carrying adults without dealing with booster seats. 4. The Crossroad package styling appealed to us. It makes the Journey look a lot sharper. 5. The V6 Journey (we avoided the 4-cylinder model) is quicker than any other SUV we drove. It has power to spare. Some, particularly the Hyundai, felt a bit heavy and slow. We have mostly been happy with the Journey. It did have a vexing (took 3 trips over 4 weeks to fix) air conditioning issue in 2016. Without that, it would likely be a five-star rating from us. Overall, we are happy with it. For us it was a good choice.
Steven
J.D. Power
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October 22, 2017
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Owned 2 years 8 months
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My Dodge Journey is the Crossroads edition. it is sporty looking with tinted windows and smoky tire rims. Many of my friends and family like the look of the vehicle. it has lots of power and seats seven. I can lay the seats down and place items in the back for work when needed. The interior is very comfortable and truly exceptional with the leather seating and leather trim on the doors. I have had minor issues with the vehicle, squeaking doors and air flow noise at high speeds. overall the vehicle has been exceptional and very reliable.
Wendy
J.D. Power
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October 22, 2017
35,820 miles
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Owned 2 years 11 months
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My vehicle has great handling, comfortable ride, and plenty of room for the family. I love the backup camera and bluetooth options. I would definitely buy another. This is the first vehicle in 9 years that I have kept for longer than the warranty on it. There is an issue with keyless entry functions but I am hopeful they will get this worked out.
Brittany
J.D. Power
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October 22, 2017
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I like this car due to the space for having 3 kids and two dogs. Space is great but I've had so many recalls and so many things wrong with it but the dealership I have dealt with will not take ownership. The technology is great.
Perry M.
J.D. Power
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October 22, 2017
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The Dodge Journey is defiantly a famly vehicle. My car had all of the features that I was looking for in a family car. It is very dependable. It is easy on gas. It is great fro family trips, or for work. My car has all of the technology features that I would want in a car. The seats are very comfortable. My car is ver yeasy to spot in a parking lot, becasue this car is unlike any other car. I chose this car becasuse it fit my needs as a family car.
Lee
December 18, 2016
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My wife owns the crossroads with the v6 - 2 wheel drive - (loaded - including heated seats and steering).
I drive it when we both go anywhere together. I find that it has plenty of power and a smooth ride.
Seems heavy on the road so ride is stable even in windy conditions.
Maybe the all wheel drive rides and handles differently than the 2 wheel drive thus the "Expert''s " review???
Not as comfortable as a Tahoe, but about $25,000.00 cheaper. Great vehicle for price!
G Odom
June 29, 2015
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Best bang for the buck in this class vehicle. The 2.4L VVT engine is nowhere as anemic at the testers say it is.
Cruise control is flawless. Long grades on the interstate are no problem holding 70 mph. The 4 speed automatic, is a good match for this engine along with 4.28 axle ratio.
Easy to use controls and comfortable interior space are abound. The rear doors that open to 90 degrees are a welcome feature.
Fuel economy better than advertised with the 2.4L, handling is surefooted and stable. Not a sports car, so don''t drive it as such.
A good all around basic package that is
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Bob Plunkett
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Introduction

Dodge Journey is a midsize sport-utility that combines the smoother ride and better fuel economy of a car with the cargo space and roominess of an SUV. Journey seats five or seven, depending on options. Prices are appealing, too. Chrysler has claimed the Dodge Journey to be the most affordable seven-seat crossover sold in the U.S.

Not much has changed for 2015, except that the available SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link now includes five years of free service. The Journey Crossroad model, introduced for 2014 with mesh-insert leather seats and 19-inch black aluminum wheels, continues into the 2015 model year. So does the Limited model, as well as the SE V6 edition with all-wheel drive, which debuted during the 2014 season. Journey first appeared as a 2009 model.

Dodge Journey offers plenty of choices: four or six cylinders, five or seven seats, basic trim or full-lux leather. Like most crossovers, it comes with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, which adds confidence in bad weather. Journey is considered a crossover vehicle because it uses a lightweight unit-body structure similar to that used by cars, instead of a body-on-frame truck chassis.

Up-level models are powered by the same modern 3.6-liter V6 that’s become ubiquitous in Chrysler Group vehicles. It has plenty of power but is ill-matched to the 6-speed automatic transmission, making it feel less powerful than it actually is. The V6 produces 283 horsepower at 6350 rpm, 260 pound-feet of torque at 4400 rpm.

Standard Journey motivation comes from a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine of 173 horsepower. We found the four-cylinder engine rough and noisy, with too little power for a vehicle of this size.

Inside is where the Journey shines. Its interior design and materials give it one of the nicest cockpits in the class. Seating for five is standard, with a two-passenger third row optional. Either way it has useful, though not class-leading, cargo space. Filling the Journey with adults won’t make all your passengers happy, but the rear seat should work well for children. Seats flip and fold to provide ample versatility for hauling people, cargo, or both.

The Journey offers a fold-flat front passenger seat that will allow loading items up to nine feet long. It features some unique storage solutions that owners should find useful. Among them: a bin under the front passenger seat, storage under the floor in the second row and behind the last row of seats, a dual glove box with Dodge’s Chill Zone that cools soda cans, and all the usual cubbies up front, including a fairly deep center console. Entertainment options are plentiful, as the Journey has a CD player standard and offers a rear DVD entertainment system and a hard-drive radio.

Journey R/T models come with perforated leather seats, a dimpled leather heated steering wheel and dimpled shift knob, red accent stitching on the steering wheel and a performance suspension for even more responsive handling.

We recommend the V6 engine, which provides that extra margin of power that many buyers will want, as well as much more refinement. Be careful when it comes to options, though, as it-s easy to boost the Journey past $30,000.

Model Lineup

The 2015 Dodge Journey is offered in six trim levels: AVP (American Value Package), SE, SXT, Crossroad, Limited, and R/T. The AVP is only available with front-wheel drive and the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 4-speed automatic transmission. The 3.6-liter V6 and 6-speed automatic are standard in Limited and R/T. SE, SXT and Crossroad models can be ordered with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and with the four-cylinder or V6 engine. As with many crossover vehicles, a dizzying array of options is available.

All models provide seating for five in their standard configuration, or for seven with the optional Flexible Seating Group ($1,500 or $1,700) which adds not only a 50/50 folding and reclining third seat, but a 60/40 tilt-and-slide second seat, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a cargo compartment cover.

Journey AVP ($20,295) comes with cloth upholstery; cruise control; dual-zone manual air conditioning with air filtering; tinted glass; Uconnect 4.3 with AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA stereo with six speakers, 4.3-inch touchscreen, auxiliary input jack, and USB port; power windows; power heated exterior mirrors; power door locks; remote keyless entry; tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls; driver’s seat height adjustment; 60/40-split-folding second-row seat; headlights with time-delay off; a grille with bright accents; and P225/65R17 all-season touring tires on steel wheels.

Journey SE ($23,395) and SE AWD ($27,295) adds deep-tint sunscreen glass, black side roof rails, and LED taillamps. Also standard are cloth upholstery; cruise control; dual-zone manual air conditioning with air filtering; tinted glass; Uconnect 4.3 AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA stereo with six speakers, 4.3-inch touchscreen, auxiliary input jack, and USB port; power windows; power heated exterior mirrors; power door locks; remote keyless entry; tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls; driver’s seat height adjustment; 60/40-split-folding second-row seat; headlights with time-delay off; a grille with bright accents; LED taillamps; and P225/65R17 all-season touring tires on steel wheels. With AWD, the otherwise-optional 17-inch aluminum wheels are included at no extra charge.

Journey SXT ($25,695) adds SiriusXM satellite radio (with one-year subscription), floor mats, fog lamps, cargo cover and net, and 17-inch aluminum wheels. Mirrors are body color rather than black, and the front fascia is more elaborate. The front-drive SXT can be ordered with the V6 ($1,700). Journey SXT AWD ($29,195) comes standard with the V6, which also gets bright dual exhaust tips, a performance-tuned suspension and a slightly larger fuel tank.

Journey SXT Plus ($26,395) and SXT Plus AWD ($29,895) add an option group that includes Uconnect voice-command with Bluetooth and 8.4-inch touchscreen, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, power six-way driver-s seat with lumbar adjustment, fold-flat front passenger seat with in-cushion storage, dual-zone automatic climate control, and additional features.

Journey Crossroad ($26,595) and Crossroad AWD ($29,995) include leather seat upholstery with sport mesh inserts, unique front/rear fascias with chrome accents, chrome side sills and roof rails, Uconnect 8.4 with SiriusXM satellite radio and CD/DVD player, 19-inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels, and additional items that are included in the SXT Plus package.

Journey Limited ($30,895) and Limited AWD ($32,795) upgrade further with the V6 engine as standard; fully automatic halogen headlamps; dual-zone automatic climate control; premium leather seat upholstery with headed steering wheel and seats; Uconnect 8.4 with 8.4-in. touchscreen, AM/FM radio, SiriusXM radio, CD/DVD player, MP3/WMA/AAC, audio input jack, remote USB port and SD card slot; six-way power driver’s seat with four-way lumbar support; fold-flat front passenger seat with in-seat storage; leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; illuminated vanity mirrors; one-touch control for power windows; 115-volt power outlet; and 225/55R19 all-season touring tires on 19-inch Tech Silver aluminum wheels. Door handles, exhaust tips, and roof rails are all chromed.

Journey R/T ($30,895) and R/T AWD ($32,795) are the sporty models. They add firm-feel power steering; high-performance suspension; heated front seats; dimpled black leather upholstery with red stitching; dimple-leather wrap for the steering wheel with matching red stitching; Infiniti 368-watt premium sound; and 19-inch alloy wheels finished in Satin Carbon. Door handles revert to body color, matching the body color trim in the grille; and roof rails revert to optional status ($125).

Options include the Blacktop Package ($395) for SXT, including 19-inch gloss black aluminum wheels, black grille and headlamp bezels, black outside mirrors, and touring suspension. The Sun and Sound Group ($795 or $995) for SXT includes six premium speakers with subwoofer and 368-watt amplifier, as well as a sunroof. A Navigation/Backup Camera Group ($995 or $1,395) for SXT and up includes Garmin navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio with Travel Link, tri-zone automatic climate control, universal garage door opener, rear park assist, and rearview camera. Rear DVD entertainment ($795 to $1,195) comes with a 9-inch screen, remote control, and two wireless headphones. Standalone options include six premium Infinity speakers with subwoofer and 368-watt amplifier ($395); an engine block heater ($95), sunroof ($975), integrated second-row child safety seats ($225), and a Trailer Tow Group ($145) with an engine oil cooler and a four-pin connector. Many more options are available, and the model you order (and the combination of options) can affect option prices.

Safety features on all Journey models include multistage front airbags; torso-protecting, seat-mounted front side airbags; head-protecting curtain side airbags that cover all seating rows; driver’s knee airbag; front-seat active head restraints; a tire-pressure monitor; traction control; electronic stability control with rollover mitigation; ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist; and Dodge’s trailer sway control. Available all-wheel drive improves stability in slippery conditions.

Walkaround

On the outside, the Journey announces its presence with the familiar Dodge crosshair grille. The look might be described as bold. Actually, the upright shape of the grille and its relation to the aluminum hood and windshield is very reminiscent of the current Dodge Grand Caravan, and no SUV ever earned many sales by looking like a minivan.

That said, the Journey’s front end is somewhat simpler than the Grand Caravan’s, with more straight lines and straightforward shapes. Journey AVP and SE breathe through a full-width lower air intake, superficially resembling the Grand Caravan’s but again more decisively shaped and divided into three segments. Upmarket Journeys sport a more aggressive front fascia with a single, centered lower opening arched at the top and defined by a faux skidplate below. Flanking it are round fog lights set into imitation brake ducts.

Around the sides, the Journey features pronounced wheel arches and a creased character line that starts at the top of each headlight, angles upward, and wraps completely around the vehicle. The roofline flows nicely from the windshield, curving down slightly front to rear. The B- and C-pillars are blacked out to convey, as Dodge puts it, the look of a car-like greenhouse and an SUV-like lower half.

At the back, the Journey’s taillights wrap around the sides of the vehicle and continue into the tailgate, which opens upward. The taillights themselves are LEDs on all but the base model. The rear bumper has an integrated step pad that matches the height of the load floor. Models with the V6 engine can be distinguished by their dual chrome exhaust tips.

The Dodge Journey is bigger than it looks. In overall dimension, its actually longer than such seven-passenger crossover competitors as the Toyota Highlander (although the Journey is just an inch longer than a Honda Pilot). The Journey’s size translates to plenty of interior cargo room, but the design isn’t as space-efficient as some of its competitors.

Interior

The Dodge Journey features an inviting cabin, offering plenty of room for passengers and cargo, available seating for seven, and several smart and convenient storage solutions.

Rich, soft-touch surfaces form an attractive layout. The dash top, door panels, armrests and center console are all soft to the touch. Generous sound-deadening material makes the Journey quiet underway. The look, feel, and calm demeanor place the Journey at or near the top of the class for interior quality.

The center stack features three low-set knobs surrounded by several buttons. Climate controls are arrayed around the center knob, and they’re easy enough to use.

Infotainment choices (Chrysler calls them Multimedia Systems) begin on the base model with Uconnect 4.3, which has a 4.3-inch touchscreen, standard audio input jack and USB port; add SiriusXM satellite radio and this setup becomes Uconnect 4.3S. The next step up (Uconnect 8.4) comes with an 8.4-inch touchscreen and a 30-gigabyte hard drive that can hold up to 6700 song files. There is also a premium version of this unit (8.4N) that adds Bluetooth streaming audio, voice command, a Garmin navigation system with SiriusXM Travel Link, Lane Guidance and pre-programmed hands-free texting responses. We’ve had limited exposure to this system, but it works fairly well. Given Garmin’s reach, more people should be familiar with the navigation system, but we think it looks cartoonish. We also like the idea of hands-free texting.

The Journey offers plenty of entertainment features for all occupants. An AM/FM radio with in-dash CD player and six speakers is standard. An available rear DVD entertainment system has a nine-inch screen and wireless headphones. Dodge’s Uconnect phone hands-free cell phone link and a premium Infinity sound system also are offered.

Cabin space in the Journey is good but not great. The driver’s seat offers plenty of head and leg room for just about any occupant. The view is generally unobstructed front and rear. The Journey’s unique storage and convenience features, however, are what really make it shine. All Journeys have a dual-level glove box with Dodge’s Chill Zone up top. Chill Zone uses the air conditioning system to keep up to four soda cans cool.

The center console/armrest has a lid that slides forward three inches. It has enough storage space for up to 10 DVD cases. Two cupholders are located in front of the console, along with a tray for cell phones and the like. An additional, more discreet storage space is standard in upper models and optional for SE and SXT. The front passenger seat bottom flips up to reveal a storage bin that has about enough room for a good-sized purse. The seatback also folds flat, allowing items up to nine feet long to be loaded into the Journey. And to help drivers keep an eye on the kids, there is a popular minivan feature: a fisheye conversation mirror.

The second row is equally as ingenious. The three-passenger bench seat is 1.6 inches higher than the front seat to give passengers a better view of the road. It slides forward and back up to 4.7 inches in seven-passenger models, and can be ordered with integrated child booster seats for the outboard positions. The Journey also has two in-floor storage bins with removable liners. Each bin can hold up to six soda cans plus ice. The seatbacks are split 60/40 and fold flat. When the optional Flexible Seating Group is ordered, the second-row seats fold in a scissors action, with the seat bottoms tilting up, the seatbacks tilting forward, and the seats sliding forward to provide easy access to the third row. The rear doors open 90 degrees, making entry and exit easy.

Base seating is for five, but the Flexible Seating Group expands seating capacity to seven. The third row is 0.6 inches higher than the second row, is split 50/50, and folds flat. Dodge says it offers enough head room for a 95th-percentile male. That’s all well and good, but leg space is tight and the bottom cushion is low to the floor, so adults sit with their knees up. ItΓÇÖs possible to fit seven adults in the Journey, but the third-row passengers and second-row middle occupant will be none too happy about it. Younger children will have plenty of room, though.

Both the five- and seven-passenger Journeys have a shallow under-floor storage bin that extends from the rear of the vehicle forward to just behind the last row of seats. That means the five-passenger edition has considerably more space under the floor than the seven-passenger version. The cover for this bin is reversible, too, with carpet on one side and plastic on the other. The plastic will allow for worry-free stowage of items such as muddy boots.

Cargo space expands to 67.6 cubic feet with all seats down, which is average for the class but bested by the Toyota Highlander and even the smaller Honda CR-V. Loading cargo shouldn’t be tough, as the liftover height is relatively low. It would be nice, however, if the tailgate had a separate opening glass. As an added bonus, a removable, rechargeable flashlight for the rear cargo area is included in an option group.

Driving Impressions

The Dodge Journey is nondescript when it comes to road manners. Ride quality is generally good, with little pounding over bumps. The head sway normally associated with a high seating position is also minimal. Even with the available 19-inch wheels, the Journey does a good job of ironing out most jolts. But there are plenty of midsize crossovers and SUVs with similar ride characteristics.

While the high seating position affords a good view of the road, it seems to hurt the feel behind the wheel. This is not an off-road oriented SUV, and as such it seems that Dodge could have made it sit a bit lower, which would have made it feel more carlike. The way it’s engineered, however, means the Journey leans more in turns than other crossovers. The steering is light but predictable, and the brakes are easy to modulate.

Engines are comparable to the handling: capable but not as good as the best in the class. The base four-cylinder, Chrysler’s 173-horsepower 2.4-liter World Engine, is loud in the Journey and delivers too little power in this 3800-pound package. The four-cylinder will certainly get you and your kids around town, but passing will require some planning and it’s not rated for towing. With a 0-60 mph acceleration time somewhere between 11 and 12 seconds, a four-cylinder Journey is one of the slower vehicles in its class.

The 283-horsepower V6 is plenty modern, equipped with double overhead camshafts (that’s four cams) and four valves per cylinder. However, it seems hampered by transmission and throttle tuning.

Power is decent from a start, but the transmission shifts up as quickly as it can, meaning power is no longer readily on tap. It requires a deep stab at the throttle to coax a downshift, and you practically have to floor it to get a two-gear downshift needed for highway passing. The problem is exacerbated by numb throttle response. We also found that with front-wheel drive, those foot-to-the-floor blasts can cause some torque steer (felt as a slight tug on the steering wheel) that temporarily disrupts fine steering control.

On the positive side, the 3.6-liter engine should provide 0-60 mph runs in the high seven-second range. Towing capacity is 2500 pounds, but a Dodge Grand Caravan minivan with the same engine can tow 3600 pounds.

Fuel economy numbers are decent. With the four-cylinder engine, the Journey is EPA-rated at 19/26 mpg City/Highway. The V6 is rated at 17/25 mpg with front-wheel drive, and with AWD it’s rated 16/24 mpg.

Lacking low-range gearing, the all-wheel-drive system is mainly meant for slippery surfaces, not off-roading. In most conditions, it sends the power to the front wheels; but when more traction is needed, such as in wintry conditions, rain or on any slippery surface, it can send some of the power to the rear wheels. It can also aid handling, at least a bit. When traveling over 25 mph into a turn, the system sends power to the rear wheels to help the vehicle turn. It’s not as sophisticated as systems from Acura and BMW that send the power to the outside rear wheel in turns, but it’s a help.

Summary

The Dodge Journey has one of the nicest interiors in the class, as well as an intelligent design with family-friendly entertainment and versatility features. Its handling is controlled and reasonably carlike. The four-cylinder engine lacks refinement, but the V6 doesn’t, though it could use better transmission programming. Still, for the young family on the go, the Journey offers a pleasant ride, plenty of room, and enough space and entertainment options to keep the kids comfortable and occupied.

Kirk Bell filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report after his test drive of the Dodge Journey in and around Las Vegas and Sonoma, California. Additional material by John F. Katz.

Model as tested
Dodge Journey SXT AWD ($26,395)
Basic Warranty
4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in
Toluca, Mexico
Destination charge
995
Gas guzzler tax
N/A
Base Price
Price as tested
29,680
Options as tested
Flexible Seating Group ($1,050) with third-row 50/50 folding/reclining seat, second-row 60/40 Tilt 'n Slide rear seat, and three-zone automatic temperature control (including the rear), cargo cover; Popular Equipment Group ($1,095) with upgraded cloth upholstery, 6-way power driver seat with lumbar adjustment, fold-flat passenger seat with under-cushion storage bin, leather-wrapped steering wheel, universal garage door opener, illuminated visor mirrors, remote engine starting, LED map lights, overhead console, alarm, daytime running lights; Trailer Tow Group ($145) includes engine oil cooler, four-pin connector and wiring harness
Model Line Overview
Model lineup
Dodge Journey AVP ($20,295); Journey SE ($23,395), SE AWD ($27,295); Journey SXT ($25,695), SXT AWD ($29,195); SXT Plus ($26,395), SXT Plus AWD ($29,895); Journey Crossroad ($26,595), Crossroad AWD ($29,995); Journey Limited ($30,895), Limited AWD ($32,795); Journey R/T ($30,895), R/T AWD ($32,795)
Safety equipment (standard)
dual-stage frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, curtain airbags that cover all seating rows; driver's knee airbag; tire-pressure monitor; traction control; electronic stability control with rollover mitigation, ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution and brake assist; trailer sway control, front-seat active head restraints
Safety equipment (optional)
N/A
Engines
3.6-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Transmissions
6-speed automatic with AutoStick
Specifications as Tested
cloth upholstery, cruise control, air conditioning with dual-zone manual climate control, Chill Zone beverage storage bin, AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with six speakers, SiriusXM satellite radio, 4.3 inch touchscreen, auxiliary input jack, USB port, power windows, power heated exterior mirrors, power door locks, remote keyless entry, tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, floor mats, driver's seat height adjustment, 60/40-split-folding second-row seat, automatic-off headlights, roof rails, P225/65R17 tires on aluminum wheels
Engine & Transmission
Engine
3.6-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Drivetrain type
all-wheel drive
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
283 @ 6350
Transmission
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy
16/24
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm)
N/A
Suspension
Brakes, front/rear
vented disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Suspension, front
independent, MacPherson strut, coil springs over shock absorbers, stabilizer bar
Tires
P225/65R17
Suspension, rear
multi-link independent with coil springs, link-type stabilizer bar, shock absorbers
Accomodations
Seating capacity
7
Head/hip/leg room, middle
39.9/54.4/36.1
Head/hip/leg room, front
40.8/53.8/40.8
Head/hip/leg room, rear
37.7/40.0/23.4
Measurements
Fuel capacity
N/A
Trunk volume
67.6
Wheelbase
113.8
Length/width/height
192.4/72.2/69.5
Turning circle
38.5
Payload
N/A
Towing capacity
2500
Track, front/rear
61.8/62.3
Ground clearance
7.8
Curb weight
4238
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