Are Built-In Booster Seats Worth the Extra Cost?


After years of wrestling with child-safety seats, most booster seats seem like they'd be easy to install, but depending on the car, they may not work well with a particular seat belt or seat configuration. Sometimes the booster covers a recessed seat belt buckle, or the car's seat is too bolstered and the booster is pushed at an angle.

Car Seat Basics: Beyond the Booster

There's a solution for this: an integrated, or built-in, booster seat that's tailor-made for the vehicle it's in. In the 2014 Dodge Journey, all I had to do was tug on a strap at the front of the seat bench and the booster popped up. I pressed down on it to snap it securely into place, and it was ready to use: No fighting seat belt buckles or contending with seat bolsters. Built-in booster seats are only available on a handful of models. If you're considering a car that offers this feature, there are a few things to think about.

By Sara Lacey | April 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

Dodge To Offer V-6, AWD on Journey SE Trim


What do you do when you have a decent midsize crossover that's a little long in the tooth, but generally underrated when compared to its competitors? You generate some interest in it however you can, and Dodge is trying to do just that by introducing new variants and trim levels of its Journey crossover.

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We've already seen Dodge introduce the new Journey Crossroad variant at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show; it's little more than an appearance package designed to make the Journey look more off-road-worthy. But this latest variant is perhaps more interesting: You can now get the Pentastar V-6 and all-wheel drive on the least expensive Journey, the SE trim level.

By Aaron Bragman | March 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Dodge Journey Crossroad Photo Gallery (24 Photos)


Visitors to the 2014 Chicago Auto Show who are interested in the new trim level of the 2015 Dodge Journey will find themselves at a Crossroad. The SUV's midlevel trim wears exterior additions including black chrome trim on the grille, headlights, roof rails and front bumper. That's in addition to smoked headlights and taillight lenses, dark lower sill trim and 19-inch Hyper Black dark wheels.

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Standard interior features include leather seats adorned with a new pattern. The Crossroad is set to come to a dealership near you in the spring. Check out the gallery for more; photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | February 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

Dodge Introduces 2014 Journey Crossroad at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will show off a new trim level for the venerable Dodge Journey crossover at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. The new 2014 Journey Crossroad is an appearance package that slots between the SXT and Limited trim levels in the lineup and adds some mild cosmetic changes and interior trim updates.

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Outside, the Journey Crossroad gets black chrome trim on its grille, headlights, roof rails and front bumper, complementing the smoked headlights. Dark lower sill trim and smoked taillight lenses join standard 19-inch Hyper Black dark wheels.

By Aaron Bragman | February 5, 2014 | Comments (3)

How Do the Dodge Journey's Integrated Booster Seats Work?

"How do the Dodge Journey's integrated booster seats work?"


By Rick Popely | October 12, 2013 | Comments (0)

What is the Most Affordable Compact SUV with a V-6 Engine?

"What is the most affordable compact SUV with a V-6 engine?"
Sam, New York


The least expensive V-6 SUV we could find using the Vehicle Recommender is the two-door Jeep Wrangler Sport at $23,390 with destination charge. The Nissan Xterra X is close behind at $23,785, though that is with rear-wheel drive; four-wheel drive is standard on the Wrangler. Adding four-wheel drive to the Xterra increases the price to $25,835.

If a two-door SUV like the Wrangler isn't what you had in mind, the four-door Wrangler Unlimited Sport model starts at $26,990, also with standard four-wheel drive. Both Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited come with manual transmissions at their entry-level price; an automatic transmission is optional. Other V-6 SUVs at the lower end of the price spectrum are the Dodge Journey SXT with optional V-6 at $25,990 for the front-wheel drive model, and the Kia Sorento LX. Base prices are $26,550 for the front-drive Sorento and $28,350 for the all-wheel-drive model.

The Vehicle Recommender can assist you in your search by finding vehicles that offer the features that are on your must-have list in addition to a V-6.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 4, 2013 | Comments (1)

Chrysler's Special Editions: The Hits and Misses


Few automakers embrace the special edition like Chrysler and its Dodge and Jeep brands. With most automakers, a sprinkling of special editions turn up on performance cars such as the Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Special Edition, but Chrysler's examples span from economy to sports cars. Seemingly dozens of PT Cruiser special editions almost made that weird car interesting. Almost.

Fast forward to today and special editions of various Dodge, Jeep and Chryslers continue to grow. At our count, there are roughly 25 unique special editions called out across each brand's website. All use specific exterior and interior features to create a limited-edition package that stands out.

Each special edition ranges in execution from a colored grille and special wheels to a complete reimagining of the car's purpose; names like Glacier, Core, Freedom, Blacktop adorn each one. We dug into all 20-plus Jeep, Dodge and Chrysler special editions — check out our most and least favorite models: 

By Joe Bruzek | July 25, 2013 | Comments (0) Reviews the 2013 Dodge Journey


Getting along with the 2013 Dodge Journey means being able to compromise, says reviewer Aaron Bragman. The crossover hasn't seen much exterior updating since its 2009 introduction, but its looks have held up well. Its fuel economy lags behind competitors, but it's thousands of dollars cheaper in some cases while offering significantly more standard features. Legroom could be better but cargo space is competitive. If you're OK with giving a little, Bragman says, you might find that the Journey gives a lot back.

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By Matt Schmitz | May 15, 2013 | Comments (0)

Dodge's People Haulers Get Blacktop Package


More Dodges get the sinister-looking Blacktop Package as the 2013 Durango, Grand Caravan and Journey can now be equipped with the option’s blackened exterior features. The Dodge Charger, Challenger and Avenger were previously the only cars privy to the blacked-out look that includes gloss-black-painted wheels, grilles, headlights and more.

It doesn’t take much to equip Dodge’s people haulers with the Blacktop Package. Pricing starts at $295 on the Dodge Durango Rallye and R/T, which includes a gloss-black grille and gloss-black 20-inch aluminum wheels.

By Joe Bruzek | January 10, 2013 | Comments (1)

Car Storage Wars: Inventive Places to Stash Your Stuff

Admitting you have a problem is the first step toward recovery: Hi, my name is Jennifer and I have a lot of stuff. Luckily, so does much of the auto-buying public, forcing automakers to get creative about car storage. A few years ago we saw a console bin that could fit a laptop; now that's almost commonplace.

But carmakers continue to get clever with storage spaces, thoughtfully carving out areas, both small and large, to hold — and better yet, conceal — our ever increasing amount of stuff.

Nothing can touch well-known storage kings like Chrysler's minivans with 140.6 cubic feet of cargo volume once the Stow 'n Go seats are folded. That's why I wanted to look at vehicles with storage places that range from inventive (hidden in-seat cubbies) to excessive (10-plus cupholders).

By Jennifer Geiger | June 8, 2012 | Comments (2)

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