A day or two before I drove the Journey, I saw Dodge's tongue-in-cheek television commercial, in which they compare the Journey to a monster truck (in other commercials they compare it to an M1 tank and an armored car) and then ask the question, "Dodge Journey, world's best vehicle?" I have to say, it's one of the few car commercials I've seen lately that I actually chuckled at.
Hyperbole aside, the Dodge Journey isn't half bad. The fit and finish of the cabin is OK but not stellar, the ride is acceptable, and it has decent power. The Journey we tested was loaded with several popular options, such as a rearview camera, navigation, and a rear-seat entertainment system. One option I'd go without, however, is the third-row seating, which is both extremely cramped and almost impossible to access. Without the third row (or with it folded down), there is a good-sized rear cargo area. All in all, not the best vehicle in the world, but one that turned out to be much better than I expected.
Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor