The Dodge Journey Is a unique crossover offering designed to appeal to a broader audience than the typical crossover buyer. Mainly, the goal is to drive more sales of the crossover to men. The Journey comes in a variety of trim levels making it easy to find just the one you’re looking for.
The Journey is available with either a 4-cylinder or a 6-cylinder engine. I’m always a fan of more power, especially in a crossover where it has to carry around some extra weight, so I’d go with the V6. The Pentastar V6 is a Ward’s 10-Best engine recipient, and really is a peach in the Journey.
Depending on where you live will dictate whether you need all-wheel drive, but the all-wheel drive is a nice option that doesn’t shoot the price of the Journey through the stratosphere. Even the top-tier R/T version starts at a hair over $31,000, which gets you a lot of options.
What makes this crossover unique is the amount of space this thing has. Dodge really worked to maximize space, providing up to 67 cubic feet of overall space. That’s enough to carry a kayak to the lake, if you wanted to!
There’s also some great technology on board, including Chrysler’s great Uconnect infotainment system with navigation and Bluetooth. Also, the system turns the car into a wireless hotspot for connecting a laptop or mobile device. No, it’s not as fast as GM’s 4G LTE, but it’s enough to get the job done, and since it uses a bigger antenna than most phones, you’ll get wireless reception in places you wouldn’t normally have been able to in the past.
My favorite trim level for the Journey that mixes price and performance is the Crossroad. It’s a nice mix of many of the features, and still starts at a reasonable price. Also, the Crossroad version has seating for up to 7 passengers.
Seven passenger seating is nearly unheard of in this particular segment of crossover, so if you need the space for a growing family, or just like extra storage space for your gear, the versatile and frugal Dodge Journey just might be the crossover SUV that you’re looking for.