2015 Dodge Journey

 
2015 Dodge Journey
 
2015 Dodge Journey
 

2015 Dodge Journey

MSRP 
$21,690
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$21,600
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Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 19 mpg City, 26 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.4 L Regular Unleaded I-4, 173 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The Dodge Journey competes in the crowded small SUV and crossover market. Offering a wide range of model choices, the Journey can be optioned quite nicely despite its low base price. A more powerful-than-average available V6 makes it reasonably quick for this segment of vehicles.

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What's New For 2015

The Dodge Journey continues on into 2015 without any notable changes, though 17-inch alloy wheels are now standard rather than optional on all-wheel-drive SE models.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 100,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver:
  • Side Passenger:
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2015 Dodge Journey

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver Knee Airbag
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • Remote USB Port
    • Audio Jack Input for Mobile Devices
    • Integrated Roof Antenna
    • Graphic Equalizer
    • 6 Speakers
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
    • Radio: Uconnect 4.3 AM/FM/CD/MP3
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 17" x 6.5" Steel
    • Tires: P225/65R17 BSW A/S Touring
    • 17" Wheel Covers
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Stored Underbody w/Crankdown
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Metal-Look Bumper Insert
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Black Side Windows Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Black Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Speed Sensitive Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum/Composite Panels
    • Chrome Grille
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Auto Off Aero-Composite Halogen Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
  • Interior Features
    • 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment and Fore/Aft Movement
    • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
    • 40-60 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat w/Manual Fore/Aft
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Oil Pressure, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Oil Temperature, Transmission Fluid Temp, Engine Hour Meter and Trip Odometer
    • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • 5 Person Seating Capacity
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
    • Valet Function
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 2 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Dual Zone Front Manual Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Vinyl Door Trim Insert
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver Visor Vanity Mirror
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage and 4 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • 4.3" Touch Screen Display
    • Air Filtration
    • 4 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Sentry Key Engine Immobilizer
    • 1 Seatback Storage Pocket
    • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Storage
    • Manual Anti-Whiplash w/Tilt Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Digital/Analog Display
    • Redundant Digital Speedometer
    • Systems Monitor
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Down
    • Instrument Panel Bin, Interior Concealed Storage, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins and 2nd Row Underseat Storage
  • Mechanical Features
    • Normal Duty Suspension
    • GVWR: 5,005 lbs
    • Transmission w/AUTOSTICK Sequential Shift Control and Oil Cooler
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 525CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 160 Amp Alternator
    • Towing w/Trailer Sway Control
    • 1003# Maximum Payload
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Hydraulic Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 20.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs and Brake Assist
    • 4.28 Axle Ratio
    • Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic VLP
    • Engine: 2.4L I4 DOHC 16V Dual VVT

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.9
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - 41.4
    • Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - 33.1
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 67.6
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 39.6
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 39.6
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 525
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 160
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - ED3
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 2.4 L/144
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 173 @ 6000
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 166 @ 4400
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 113.8
    • Length, Overall (in) - 192.4
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 72.2
    • Height, Overall (in) - 66.6
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 61.8
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 62.3
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 7.2
    • Liftover Height (in) - 30.8
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 20.5
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 99.5
    • Front Head Room (in) - 40.8
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 40.8
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 57.5
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 53.8
    • Second Head Room (in) - 39.9
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 36.1
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 56.9
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 54.4
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 21
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 19
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 26
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 38.5
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Dodge Journey
    • Body Style - Sport Utility
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - TVK
    • Rear Tire Order Code - TVK
    • Front Tire Size - P225/65TR17
    • Rear Tire Size - P225/65TR17
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 1000
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 100
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 1000
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 150
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 1000
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - DFF
    • Trans Type - 4
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.84
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.57
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 0.69
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 2.21
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 4.28
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 8.5 (Est)
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3818
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 6.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 6.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Steel
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

2015 Dodge Journey Photos & Colors

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Available Colors

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  • Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat Blue Streak Pearlcoat Fathom Blue Pearlcoat Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat Pearl White Tri-Coat Pitch Black Clearcoat Redline 2 Coat Pearl White
  • Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat
  • Blue Streak Pearlcoat
  • Fathom Blue Pearlcoat
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat
  • Pearl White Tri-Coat
  • Pitch Black Clearcoat
  • Redline 2 Coat Pearl
  • White

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Introduction

Dodge Journey is a midsize sport-utility that combines the smoother ride and better fuel economy of a car with the cargo space and roominess of an SUV. Journey seats five or seven, depending on options. Prices are appealing, too. Chrysler has claimed the Dodge Journey to be the most affordable seven-seat crossover sold in the U.S.

Not much has changed for 2015, except that the available SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link now includes five years of free service. The Journey Crossroad model, introduced for 2014 with mesh-insert leather seats and 19-inch black aluminum wheels, continues into the 2015 model year. So does the Limited model, as well as the SE V6 edition with all-wheel drive, which debuted during the 2014 season. Journey first appeared as a 2009 model.

Dodge Journey offers plenty of choices: four or six cylinders, five or seven seats, basic trim or full-lux leather. Like most crossovers, it comes with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, which adds confidence in bad weather. Journey is considered a crossover vehicle because it uses a lightweight unit-body structure similar to that used by cars, instead of a body-on-frame truck chassis.

Up-level models are powered by the same modern 3.6-liter V6 that’s become ubiquitous in Chrysler Group vehicles. It has plenty of power but is ill-matched to the 6-speed automatic transmission, making it feel less powerful than it actually is. The V6 produces 283 horsepower at 6350 rpm, 260 pound-feet of torque at 4400 rpm.

Standard Journey motivation comes from a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine of 173 horsepower. We found the four-cylinder engine rough and noisy, with too little power for a vehicle of this size.

Inside is where the Journey shines. Its interior design and materials give it one of the nicest cockpits in the class. Seating for five is standard, with a two-passenger third row optional. Either way it has useful, though not class-leading, cargo space. Filling the Journey with adults won’t make all your passengers happy, but the rear seat should work well for children. Seats flip and fold to provide ample versatility for hauling people, cargo, or both.

The Journey offers a fold-flat front passenger seat that will allow loading items up to nine feet long. It features some unique storage solutions that owners should find useful. Among them: a bin under the front passenger seat, storage under the floor in the second row and behind the last row of seats, a dual glove box with Dodge’s Chill Zone that cools soda cans, and all the usual cubbies up front, including a fairly deep center console. Entertainment options are plentiful, as the Journey has a CD player standard and offers a rear DVD entertainment system and a hard-drive radio.

Journey R/T models come with perforated leather seats, a dimpled leather heated steering wheel and dimpled shift knob, red accent stitching on the steering wheel and a performance suspension for even more responsive handling.

We recommend the V6 engine, which provides that extra margin of power that many buyers will want, as well as much more refinement. Be careful when it comes to options, though, as it’s easy to boost the Journey past $30,000.

Lineup

The 2015 Dodge Journey is offered in six trim levels: AVP (American Value Package), SE, SXT, Crossroad, Limited, and R/T. The AVP is only available with front-wheel drive and the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 4-speed automatic transmission. The 3.6-liter V6 and 6-speed automatic are standard in Limited and R/T. SE, SXT and Crossroad models can be ordered with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and with the four-cylinder or V6 engine. As with many crossover vehicles, a dizzying array of options is available.

All models provide seating for five in their standard configuration, or for seven with the optional Flexible Seating Group ($1,500 or $1,700) which adds not only a 50/50 folding and reclining third seat, but a 60/40 tilt-and-slide second seat, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a cargo compartment cover.

Journey AVP ($20,295) comes with cloth upholstery; cruise control; dual-zone manual air conditioning with air filtering; tinted glass; Uconnect 4.3 with AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA stereo with six speakers, 4.3-inch touchscreen, auxiliary input jack, and USB port; power windows; power heated exterior mirrors; power door locks; remote keyless entry; tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls; driver’s seat height adjustment; 60/40-split-folding second-row seat; headlights with time-delay off; a grille with bright accents; and P225/65R17 all-season touring tires on steel wheels.

Journey SE ($23,395) and SE AWD ($27,295) adds deep-tint sunscreen glass, black side roof rails, and LED taillamps. Also standard are cloth upholstery; cruise control; dual-zone manual air conditioning with air filtering; tinted glass; Uconnect 4.3 AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA stereo with six speakers, 4.3-inch touchscreen, auxiliary input jack, and USB port; power windows; power heated exterior mirrors; power door locks; remote keyless entry; tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls; driver’s seat height adjustment; 60/40-split-folding second-row seat; headlights with time-delay off; a grille with bright accents; LED taillamps; and P225/65R17 all-season touring tires on steel wheels. With AWD, the otherwise-optional 17-inch aluminum wheels are included at no extra charge.

Journey SXT ($25,695) adds SiriusXM satellite radio (with one-year subscription), floor mats, fog lamps, cargo cover and net, and 17-inch aluminum wheels. Mirrors are body color rather than black, and the front fascia is more elaborate. The front-drive SXT can be ordered with the V6 ($1,700). Journey SXT AWD ($29,195) comes standard with the V6, which also gets bright dual exhaust tips, a performance-tuned suspension and a slightly larger fuel tank.

Journey SXT Plus ($26,395) and SXT Plus AWD ($29,895) add an option group that includes Uconnect voice-command with Bluetooth and 8.4-inch touchscreen, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, power six-way driver’s seat with lumbar adjustment, fold-flat front passenger seat with in-cushion storage, dual-zone automatic climate control, and additional features.

Journey Crossroad ($26,595) and Crossroad AWD ($29,995) include leather seat upholstery with sport mesh inserts, unique front/rear fascias with chrome accents, chrome side sills and roof rails, Uconnect 8.4 with SiriusXM satellite radio and CD/DVD player, 19-inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels, and additional items that are included in the SXT Plus package.

Journey Limited ($30,895) and Limited AWD ($32,795) upgrade further with the V6 engine as standard; fully automatic halogen headlamps; dual-zone automatic climate control; premium leather seat upholstery with headed steering wheel and seats; Uconnect 8.4 with 8.4-in. touchscreen, AM/FM radio, SiriusXM radio, CD/DVD player, MP3/WMA/AAC, audio input jack, remote USB port and SD card slot; six-way power driver’s seat with four-way lumbar support; fold-flat front passenger seat with in-seat storage; leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; illuminated vanity mirrors; one-touch control for power windows; 115-volt power outlet; and 225/55R19 all-season touring tires on 19-inch Tech Silver aluminum wheels. Door handles, exhaust tips, and roof rails are all chromed.

Journey R/T ($30,895) and R/T AWD ($32,795) are the sporty models. They add firm-feel power steering; high-performance suspension; heated front seats; dimpled black leather upholstery with red stitching; dimple-leather wrap for the steering wheel with matching red stitching; Infiniti 368-watt premium sound; and 19-inch alloy wheels finished in Satin Carbon. Door handles revert to body color, matching the body color trim in the grille; and roof rails revert to optional status ($125).

Options include the Blacktop Package ($395) for SXT, including 19-inch gloss black aluminum wheels, black grille and headlamp bezels, black outside mirrors, and touring suspension. The Sun and Sound Group ($795 or $995) for SXT includes six premium speakers with subwoofer and 368-watt amplifier, as well as a sunroof. A Navigation/Backup Camera Group ($995 or $1,395) for SXT and up includes Garmin navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio with Travel Link, tri-zone automatic climate control, universal garage door opener, rear park assist, and rearview camera. Rear DVD entertainment ($795 to $1,195) comes with a 9-inch screen, remote control, and two wireless headphones. Standalone options include six premium Infinity speakers with subwoofer and 368-watt amplifier ($395); an engine block heater ($95), sunroof ($975), integrated second-row child safety seats ($225), and a Trailer Tow Group ($145) with an engine oil cooler and a four-pin connector. Many more options are available, and the model you order (and the combination of options) can affect option prices.

Safety features on all Journey models include multistage front airbags; torso-protecting, seat-mounted front side airbags; head-protecting curtain side airbags that cover all seating rows; driver’s knee airbag; front-seat active head restraints; a tire-pressure monitor; traction control; electronic stability control with rollover mitigation; ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist; and Dodge’s trailer sway control. Available all-wheel drive improves stability in slippery conditions.

Walkaround

On the outside, the Journey announces its presence with the familiar Dodge crosshair grille. The look might be described as bold. Actually, the upright shape of the grille and its relation to the aluminum hood and windshield is very reminiscent of the current Dodge Grand Caravan, and no SUV ever earned many sales by looking like a minivan.

That said, the Journey’s front end is somewhat simpler than the Grand Caravan’s, with more straight lines and straightforward shapes. Journey AVP and SE breathe through a full-width lower air intake, superficially resembling the Grand Caravan’s but again more decisively shaped and divided into three segments. Upmarket Journeys sport a more aggressive front fascia with a single, centered lower opening arched at the top and defined by a faux skidplate below. Flanking it are round fog lights set into imitation brake ducts.

Around the sides, the Journey features pronounced wheel arches and a creased character line that starts at the top of each headlight, angles upward, and wraps completely around the vehicle. The roofline flows nicely from the windshield, curving down slightly front to rear. The B- and C-pillars are blacked out to convey, as Dodge puts it, the look of a car-like greenhouse and an SUV-like lower half.

At the back, the Journey’s taillights wrap around the sides of the vehicle and continue into the tailgate, which opens upward. The taillights themselves are LEDs on all but the base model. The rear bumper has an integrated step pad that matches the height of the load floor. Models with the V6 engine can be distinguished by their dual chrome exhaust tips.

The Dodge Journey is bigger than it looks. In overall dimension, it’s actually longer than such seven-passenger crossover competitors as the Toyota Highlander (although the Journey is just an inch longer than a Honda Pilot). The Journey’s size translates to plenty of interior cargo room, but the design isn’t as space-efficient as some of its competitors.

Interior

The Dodge Journey features an inviting cabin, offering plenty of room for passengers and cargo, available seating for seven, and several smart and convenient storage solutions.

Rich, soft-touch surfaces form an attractive layout. The dash top, door panels, armrests and center console are all soft to the touch. Generous sound-deadening material makes the Journey quiet underway. The look, feel, and calm demeanor place the Journey at or near the top of the class for interior quality.

The center stack features three low-set knobs surrounded by several buttons. Climate controls are arrayed around the center knob, and they’re easy enough to use.

Infotainment choices (Chrysler calls them Multimedia Systems) begin on the base model with Uconnect 4.3, which has a 4.3-inch touchscreen, standard audio input jack and USB port; add SiriusXM satellite radio and this setup becomes Uconnect 4.3S. The next step up (Uconnect 8.4) comes with an 8.4-inch touchscreen and a 30-gigabyte hard drive that can hold up to 6700 song files. There is also a premium version of this unit (8.4N) that adds Bluetooth streaming audio, voice command, a Garmin navigation system with SiriusXM Travel Link, Lane Guidance and pre-programmed hands-free texting responses. We’ve had limited exposure to this system, but it works fairly well. Given Garmin’s reach, more people should be familiar with the navigation system, but we think it looks cartoonish. We also like the idea of hands-free texting.

The Journey offers plenty of entertainment features for all occupants. An AM/FM radio with in-dash CD player and six speakers is standard. An available rear DVD entertainment system has a nine-inch screen and wireless headphones. Dodge’s Uconnect phone hands-free cell phone link and a premium Infinity sound system also are offered.

Cabin space in the Journey is good but not great. The driver’s seat offers plenty of head and leg room for just about any occupant. The view is generally unobstructed front and rear. The Journey’s unique storage and convenience features, however, are what really make it shine. All Journeys have a dual-level glove box with Dodge’s Chill Zone up top. Chill Zone uses the air conditioning system to keep up to four soda cans cool.

The center console/armrest has a lid that slides forward three inches. It has enough storage space for up to 10 DVD cases. Two cupholders are located in front of the console, along with a tray for cell phones and the like. An additional, more discreet storage space is standard in upper models and optional for SE and SXT. The front passenger seat bottom flips up to reveal a storage bin that has about enough room for a good-sized purse. The seatback also folds flat, allowing items up to nine feet long to be loaded into the Journey. And to help drivers keep an eye on the kids, there is a popular minivan feature: a fisheye conversation mirror.

The second row is equally as ingenious. The three-passenger bench seat is 1.6 inches higher than the front seat to give passengers a better view of the road. It slides forward and back up to 4.7 inches in seven-passenger models, and can be ordered with integrated child booster seats for the outboard positions. The Journey also has two in-floor storage bins with removable liners. Each bin can hold up to six soda cans plus ice. The seatbacks are split 60/40 and fold flat. When the optional Flexible Seating Group is ordered, the second-row seats fold in a scissors action, with the seat bottoms tilting up, the seatbacks tilting forward, and the seats sliding forward to provide easy access to the third row. The rear doors open 90 degrees, making entry and exit easy.

Base seating is for five, but the Flexible Seating Group expands seating capacity to seven. The third row is 0.6 inches higher than the second row, is split 50/50, and folds flat. Dodge says it offers enough head room for a 95th-percentile male. That’s all well and good, but leg space is tight and the bottom cushion is low to the floor, so adults sit with their knees up. It’s possible to fit seven adults in the Journey, but the third-row passengers and second-row middle occupant will be none too happy about it. Younger children will have plenty of room, though.

Both the five- and seven-passenger Journeys have a shallow under-floor storage bin that extends from the rear of the vehicle forward to just behind the last row of seats. That means the five-passenger edition has considerably more space under the floor than the seven-passenger version. The cover for this bin is reversible, too, with carpet on one side and plastic on the other. The plastic will allow for worry-free stowage of items such as muddy boots.

Cargo space expands to 67.6 cubic feet with all seats down, which is average for the class but bested by the Toyota Highlander and even the smaller Honda CR-V. Loading cargo shouldn’t be tough, as the liftover height is relatively low. It would be nice, however, if the tailgate had a separate opening glass. As an added bonus, a removable, rechargeable flashlight for the rear cargo area is included in an option group.

Driving Impressions

The Dodge Journey is nondescript when it comes to road manners. Ride quality is generally good, with little pounding over bumps. The head sway normally associated with a high seating position is also minimal. Even with the available 19-inch wheels, the Journey does a good job of ironing out most jolts. But there are plenty of midsize crossovers and SUVs with similar ride characteristics.

While the high seating position affords a good view of the road, it seems to hurt the feel behind the wheel. This is not an off-road oriented SUV, and as such it seems that Dodge could have made it sit a bit lower, which would have made it feel more carlike. The way it’s engineered, however, means the Journey leans more in turns than other crossovers. The steering is light but predictable, and the brakes are easy to modulate.

Engines are comparable to the handling: capable but not as good as the best in the class. The base four-cylinder, Chrysler’s 173-horsepower 2.4-liter World Engine, is loud in the Journey and delivers too little power in this 3800-pound package. The four-cylinder will certainly get you and your kids around town, but passing will require some planning and it’s not rated for towing. With a 0-60 mph acceleration time somewhere between 11 and 12 seconds, a four-cylinder Journey is one of the slower vehicles in its class.

The 283-horsepower V6 is plenty modern, equipped with double overhead camshafts (that’s four cams) and four valves per cylinder. However, it seems hampered by transmission and throttle tuning.

Power is decent from a start, but the transmission shifts up as quickly as it can, meaning power is no longer readily on tap. It requires a deep stab at the throttle to coax a downshift, and you practically have to floor it to get a two-gear downshift needed for highway passing. The problem is exacerbated by numb throttle response. We also found that with front-wheel drive, those foot-to-the-floor blasts can cause some torque steer (felt as a slight tug on the steering wheel) that temporarily disrupts fine steering control.

On the positive side, the 3.6-liter engine should provide 0-60 mph runs in the high seven-second range. Towing capacity is 2500 pounds, but a Dodge Grand Caravan minivan with the same engine can tow 3600 pounds.

Fuel economy numbers are decent. With the four-cylinder engine, the Journey is EPA-rated at 19/26 mpg City/Highway. The V6 is rated at 17/25 mpg with front-wheel drive, and with AWD it’s rated 16/24 mpg.

Lacking low-range gearing, the all-wheel-drive system is mainly meant for slippery surfaces, not off-roading. In most conditions, it sends the power to the front wheels; but when more traction is needed, such as in wintry conditions, rain or on any slippery surface, it can send some of the power to the rear wheels. It can also aid handling, at least a bit. When traveling over 25 mph into a turn, the system sends power to the rear wheels to help the vehicle turn. It’s not as sophisticated as systems from Acura and BMW that send the power to the outside rear wheel in turns, but it’s a help.

Summary

The Dodge Journey has one of the nicest interiors in the class, as well as an intelligent design with family-friendly entertainment and versatility features. Its handling is controlled and reasonably carlike. The four-cylinder engine lacks refinement, but the V6 doesn’t, though it could use better transmission programming. Still, for the young family on the go, the Journey offers a pleasant ride, plenty of room, and enough space and entertainment options to keep the kids comfortable and occupied.

Kirk Bell filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report after his test drive of the Dodge Journey in and around Las Vegas and Sonoma, California. Additional material by John F. Katz.

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