|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2017 Dodge Journey
|GT||3.6L V6||AWD||6A||7.9 sec||16.1 sec @ 85 mph||16/24/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2016 Dodge Journey
|Crossroad Plus||3.6L V6||AWD||6A||7.8 sec||16.1 sec @ 86 mph||16/24/17 mpg||Car and Driver|
2013 Dodge Journey
|R/T V6||3.6L V6||AWD||6A||7.1 sec||15.7 sec @ 87 mph||16/24/18 mpg||Car and Driver|
2011 Dodge Journey
|Crew V6||3.6L V6||AWD||6A||7.5 sec||15.9 sec @ 87.2 mph||16/24/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2009 Dodge Journey
|R/T V6||3.5L V6||AWD||6A||8.3 sec||16.5 sec @ 84 mph||15/22/20 mpg||Car and Driver|
|R/T V6||3.5L V6||FWD||6A||8.3 sec||16.4 sec @ 86 mph||16/23/20.1 mpg||Motor Week|
About Dodge Journey
Searching for a family-friendly car that provides a comfortable ride and awesome interior? You don’t have to look very far – because the Dodge Journey fits the bill perfectly.
You can get it at an affordable price and it would be well worth your hard-earned money. It has a trim level with a V-6 engine that paves the way for a smooth and powerful performance.
The latest Dodge Journey is very different from the older version, although you may not notice it by just looking at its exterior design. But wait until you get inside the cabin, and start its highly responsive engine – give it a test run and you’ll see the big difference.
Dodge Journey’s History in a Nutshell
Chrysler began producing the Journey since 2009. It is a midsize five door, five to seven passengers crossover SUV. The car’s design was created by Ryan Nagode. In some international markets, it is sold as the Fiat Freemont with right-hand drive since 2013.
The first Journey debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2007. It shares a modified platform with the Dodge Avenger. In the middle of 2009, the car’s model name emblem was transferred to the right-end of the trunk lid. In its former location, the brand emblem was attached.
Revisions were made in the 2011 version of the Journey. These include the grille, lower front facia, interior suspension, powertrain, steering and the use of the new Dodge logo which was introduced in 2010.
Here are the essential specifications of the Dodge Journey that you need to know.
- Engine: 4-Liter I4 DOHC 16-Valve Dual VVT Engine
- Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic Transmission, 6-Speed Automatic 62TE Transmission or AutoStick Automatic Transmission (on higher trim levels)
- Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
- Suspension: High Performance Suspension; Front: Independent, Rear: Multi-link
- Brakes: Anti-Lock 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, Brake Assist
If you want power with good fuel economy, choose the Dodge Journey. It is not for you if you are looking for the top of the line model of Dodge SUV. But it offers adequate power that is just right for the average family.
The base model has an engine with four cylinders that delivers 173 horsepower. But this is not enough if you want more vigorous performance. You need to aim for the 3.6 liter V-6 Pentastar engine. It can give you 283 horsepower linked to a six speed automatic transmission.
You can push it to its limits although it shudders a bit in stop and go traffic. But its steering is reasonably responsive and its suspension loads and unloads smoothly and confidently. There is no excessive bouncing when you hit lumps on the road.
The fuel efficiency of the Dodge Journey is just right, not very low, nor too high. With its weak and noisy performance, the four cylinder variant will not give you great mileage to the gallon.
The four cylinder engine with four speed automatic transmission gives the best mileage of all the trim levels of the Dodge Journey. It is rated by the EPA at 19 miles per gallon in the city, and 26 mpg on the highway.
Although the Dodge Journey with V-6 engine has a lower mileage rating, its numbers are not that different from other car brands in its class and size. This version can give you 17 miles to the gallon in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The big difference is that the powertrains of the other brands are not as powerful and satisfying as the Journey’s.
The safety standard issues of the Journey include dual front, side and curtain airbags, active head restraints, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock control and stability and traction control.
The second row is also equipped with integrated child booster seats. With these items, the Dodge Journey should be a reasonably safe car on the road. Optional items are parking sensors and rear view camera.
The IIHS gave the current Journey its top rating of ‘good’ on all its four crash tests including side crash, moderate-overlap front crash, roof strength and seats and head restraints.
It also earned four stars from the NHTSA for its frontal crash and roll over protection tests. The body of the current Journey is identical with its older version and the older version got an overall rating of four stars from the NHTSA. Therefore, it should be easy for the 2015 model to also get the same overall rating.
Comfort and Quality
Although the third row of the Journey is a little bit on the short side, it more than makes up for this lack with its roomy storage space.
This is only reasonable since this vehicle is primarily for families who need plenty of storage during a family trip. You will not fail to see the intelligent seating arrangement inside the Journey’s cabin. It even has some storage space under the seats.
There’s plenty of room in the cabin owing to the very flexible way the rear seats can be rearranged. Children as well as adults will enjoy a ride in this car – even on long trips.
To learn more about Dodge Journey, visit the official Dodge website.
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