With a consistent circulation of new or completely revised crossovers pouring into the marketplace on a regular basis, it's tough to imagine one that's now entering its ninth design year with no considerable modifications. Improved the bones of the Dodge Avenger mid-size sedan as well as established in the winding down days of DaimlerChrysler, the Dodge Journey made it through the cuts during the Cerberus period before Chrysler's 2009 bankruptcy. Currently, under Fiat Chrysler's stewardship, it's the second-best-selling Dodge, behind only the soon-to-be-discontinued Grand Caravan minivan. The Journey's long suit isn't refinement however bang for the buck. It packs a lot of standard features for not a lot of cash. The mid-size crossover is an ideal size for numerous, not too huge or as well tiny. It's nearly eight inches shorter and also almost 1000 extra pounds lighter than Dodge's various other offering in this room, the Durango. So it owns even more like a somewhat taller wagon or hatchback compared to a hulking SUV; handling is skilled but absolutely not motivating. And also it supplies some intriguing storage space solutions not often discovered in competitors' cars.
The Journey can be found in base SE, mainstream SXT, trendy Crossroad, and also well-equipped GT trims. A 173-hp 2.4-liter inline-four with a four-speed automatic transmission (there's an indicator of how old it is-- only 4 ratios!) is common on all front-drive Journeys except the GT. All-wheel-drive models and also the front-drive GT featured a 283-hp 3.6-liter V-6 bolted to a six-speed automated. For this evaluation, we tasted an AWD Crossroad V-6 version.
The Journey resembles an oldies radio station that you pay attention to due to the fact that you know all the words to the tracks. For 2017, the V-6-- powered GT design replaced the ambitiously named R/T and also showcased a stiffer suspension, red-stitched natural leather seats, 19-inch aluminum wheels, as well as a premium sound system. All 2018 Journey designs now come conventional with a third-row seat-- the five-seat version has actually been dropped-- which technically makes it a seven-passenger automobile, as long as the aft owners aren't completely grown. Additionally new for 2018, Dodge has actually broadened the availability of the popular Blacktop look plan to all Journey designs including the base SE; it brings a black grille, black front-fascia trim, black-painted light weight aluminum wheels, black roof rails, and also black mirrors. In 2014's Crossroad Plus trim has been gone down.
When Chrysler was establishing the Journey, it obtained some designers from its minivan program that took care of to imbue the crossover with creative storage solutions. All Journeys feature hidden areas big sufficient to stow larger things like cameras, tablet computers, laptops, and such unseen under the second-row footwells and also under the rear freight floor. The 283-hp 3.6-liter V-6 delivers suitable performance, particularly alongside rivals in the Journey's under-$30K price category. The 8.4-inch Uconnect infomercial system that's standard on the Crossroad and also the GT (yet not available on the SE or the SXT) is just one of the most basic and easiest-to-use systems out there, especially at the cost.
Although Dodge says it markets slightly much more four-cylinder/four-speed Journeys than V-6/ six-speed versions, we 'd leave those slow-moving, loud four-bangers to populate the rental fleets. Neither the 4- neither the six-cylinder is particularly thrifty at the pump. Transmission shift high quality-- despite having the more recent six-speed-- can be irregular, blending sudden gearchanges with elastic ones. Just like many compact as well as mid-size crossovers with third-row seats, the Journey's are pointless for adult habitation. This Dodge drives like just what it is-- a mildly updated 10-year-old design. That stated, it's one of the last lorries with hydraulically assisted guiding, so weighting and initiative buildup in fact feel much more natural than in the electrically helped systems in more modern-day crossovers.