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The standard features of the Dodge Journey SE include Tigershark MultiAir 2.4L I-4 173hp engine, 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 17" steel wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.
Starting at: $21,195
|SE Search New||$21,195||173-hp 2.4L 4-cyl||4-spd auto||19 / 25|
|SXT Search New||$25,495||173-hp 2.4L 4-cyl||4-spd auto||19 / 25|
|SE Search New||$26,795||283-hp 3.6L 6-cyl||multi-speed auto||16 / 24|
|Crossroad Search New||$26,995||173-hp 2.4L 4-cyl||4-spd auto||19 / 25|
|SXT Search New||$28,995||283-hp 3.6L 6-cyl||multi-speed auto||16 / 24|
|Crossroad Search New||$30,495||283-hp 3.6L 6-cyl||multi-speed auto||16 / 24|
|GT Search New||$31,995||283-hp 3.6L 6-cyl||multi-speed auto||17 / 25|
|GT Search New||$33,895||283-hp 3.6L 6-cyl||multi-speed auto||16 / 24|
The base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is rough. Its 173 and 166 pound-feet of torque can’t move the Journey very well, certainly not with the 4-speed automatic transmission that would be at home in a Caravan from the 1970s.
The smooth 3.6-liter V6 comes from the modern world, with 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, and its 6-speed automatic is an appropriate match.
We saved the best for last. The Journey feels like a lower and leaner vehicle than it looks, with handling that’s fairly well sorted for a vehicle this size. The steering ratio is a bit quick, but at least the old-school hydraulic steering has the right amount of resistance.
And the Journey’s ride is one of its strengths, with proper damping and good roll control. The suspension loads and unloads with confidence, with no wallowing over pavement ripples that might come in the middle of a corner.
The Journey’s slab sides are dated, as nowadays crossovers have rounded edges. The Durango is all warm and organic, but Dodge designers haven’t been assigned to give the same treatment to Journey. It’s angular and creased. But, looking on the positive side, the flat surfaces are easy to wash.
Unlike the outside, the Journey is smooth and swoopy inside, and easier to love. The cabin is not as modern as that of the Durango, but it’s attractive enough. The instrumentation is simple, with big dials and knobs and high-quality plastics on the sculpted dash and contoured centerstack. The materials are dark, but there’s enough brightwork to balance that. The fabric upholstery is rugged, and the optional leather has mesh inserts.
Where the Journey is strong, is in storage, with plenty of cubby holes and bins, including under the front passenger seat. There’s a ton of cargo space, with 37 cubic feet behind the second row, 10.7 cubic feet behind the available third row, or 67 cubic feet if the seats are dropped to the flat floor.
Outward rearview vision is poor. The optional rearview camera is needed.
Dodge Journey delivers big passenger space and is inexpensive. It’s a dated product, however, especially with the standard four-cylinder, 4-speed. The 3.6-liter V6 brings it more up to date, but there’s also a lot of competition at that price point.
Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports from The Car Connection.
2017 Dodge Journey SE ($20,995) comes with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine cloth upholstery, power windows, dual-zone climate control, steering-wheel audio controls, storage bins in the floor, and a six-speaker sound system with 4.3-inch touchscreen. Front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is optional ($26,595). The third-row seat is an option. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
Journey SXT ($24,895) adds foglamps, LED taillamps, and power mirrors. There’s also an appearance package with black trim and 19-inch wheels. Journey Crossroad ($26,295) gets 19-inch wheels, and a 8.4-inch touchscreen. The V6 engine is optional.
Journey GT ($31,795) comes with the V6 engine, leather upholstery, upgraded audio and other features.