This is my first time in a Dodge Journey and from the outside, I've always thought it looked like a small crossover compared to its three-row peers. I was surprised to climb inside and find it so spacious, particularly with regards to headroom. Granted, the third row seat is rather claustrophobic.
It's a bit odd to be driving a Journey right now. The interior is far behind the competition but it's set to receive a significant update before 2010 is over. From the interiors I've seen in other upcoming Dodge products, I expect monumental changes inside the Journey. Nicer materials and better fits would be welcome, but the Journey is most in need of revised ergonomics. The navigation screen and its rotary controller are located extremely far apart, making operation awkward.
We'll also see the new 3.6-liter V-6 for the 2011 model year, increasing output from 235 hp and 232 lb-ft of torque to 283 hp and 260 lb-ft. While Evan's right the price on this 2010 Journey is pretty reasonable, I'd rather nix a few options and get a nicer interior and a stronger powertrain for the same price in a Ford Flex. So unless the dealer offers a killer deal on a 2010 Journey, I recommend holding out for the 2011 model.
Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor