The Journey is one of Dodges crossover vehicles. This is the only crossover from any Chrysler company that only has 3 windows. This cool vehicle was only launched in 2008 so there are is only a short run of this model to compare the2010 release to. However, there is one apparent problem with the first models that has not been corrected and that is the interior design. There are some awkward spaces and features that are almost unusable due to their location. Maybe the 2011 model will get this fixed.
This car is built on the same base as the Sebring and Avenger. The Journey is much larger on the inside and can even hold 3 rows of passengers. The seating is not ample, but this is a great way to bring along 6 people and a driver in a very reasonably priced vehicle. If you are not toting people the seats will fold down flat to give you a huge amount of cargo space, 67.6 cubic feet to be exact. All in all the Dodge Journey offers a solid crossover vehicle for a driver that is not afraid to cramp his back seat passengers.
Bodystyles: Crossover SUV
Engines: 2.4L I-4, 3.5L V-6
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic, 4-speed automatic,
Models: SE, SXT, R/T
For its second year, the Dodge Journey receives a few minor tweaks and updates. Notably, SXT and R/T models get an extra mpg of fuel economy on the highway and a nine-inch entertainment system screen, an “Eco” lamp is added to the gauge cluster, and active head restraints for front occupants and four-wheel anti-lock brakes become standard across the range.
The Journey’s front end looks similar to that of the Avenger sedan while carrying a resemblance to the Grand Caravan minivan from the sides and rear. SXT and R/T models receive dual chromed exhaust tips.
The Journey’s interior is lacking both in design and quality and the third row of seats has enough leg room only for children and small adults. A rear-seat entertainment system is available, as is a 368-watt stereo.
The Journey SE’s 173 horsepower, 2.4-liter I-4 with 166 pound-feet of torque is mated to an ancient four-speed automatic that hampers performance and fuel economy when it tries to move this nearly two-ton crossover. The 235 horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 is fitted to a six-speed automatic, but lacks power compared to the competition.
All Journey models come standard with front seat side airbags and front side-curtain airbags in addition to the mandatory dual-front airbags. Front-seat occupants also get standard active head restraints. Stability control is standard as well.
SE: 19 mpg city/25 mpg highway
SXT, R/T FWD: 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway
SXT, R/T AWD: 15 mpg city/23 mpg highway
- Available AWD
- Four-speed automatic
- Underpowered engines
- Lacking interior quality
- Cramped third row
The Avenger of CUVs
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