Dodge will be expanding the availability of the base 2.4-liter I-4 on its hot-selling Journey. The 173-hp four-pot will now come standard on the mid-level Journey SXT.
Previously only available on the Dodge Journey AVP and SE, the 2.4-liter I-4 will now be standard on the Journey SXT. Bolted to a four-speed automatic transmission and available only in front-wheel drive, the 173-hp and 166 lb-ft of torque four-banger returns 19/26 mpg city/highway. The more powerful and refined V-6 on the other hand returns an EPA estimated 17/25 mpg city/highway for front-drive models, and 16/24 mpg city/highway for all-wheel drive models.
Though we’d by and large tend to avoid I-4 powered Journeys, adding it to the hot-selling SXT trim level does have a bonus. Chiefly, is that it lowers the cost-of-entry for buyers looking to get the goodies -- such as revised front and rear bumpers, fog lights, and 17-inch aluminum wheels -- the Journey SXT adds over the Journey SE; the cost of entry for the Journey SXT drops from $25,395 to $23,895.The Pentastar V-6 will still be available on the Journey SXT at the same price as before.
Dodge will also be offering third-row seating at no extra cost on all new 2012 Journeys for the month of March.