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) 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)

Suburban Dad: And the Vacation Winner Is...


After more than 2,500 miles, the votes are in and tabulated. My wife and I, along with our three kids, have finished our 15 days on the road, going from Chicago to Rochester, N.Y., then Gettysburg, Pa.; Washington, D.C.; Burlington, N.C.; and home again. We made the journey in four three-row SUVs, including a Ford Flex, Dodge Journey, Mazda CX-9 and Honda Pilot, and each was as idiosyncratic as my kids.

First, we'll take a look at the stats from our trip, which seems a lot longer on paper than it did in person:

  • 2,706 miles over 15 days
  • 50 hours (more or less) behind the wheel
  • 145 gallons of gas
  • $568.75 spent on gas
  • Average gas mileage of 18.67 mpg (which, frankly, is higher than I expected)
  • $3.49 a gallon was the cheapest gas price we saw (and paid) on our trip, and that was in Mechanicsburg, Pa.
  • $4.39 a gallon was the highest gas price we saw (and didn't pay, though it wasn’t far from the cheapest gas around) in Washington, D.C.

Now, here’s how each of the cars fared in different categories:

By Suburban Dad | August 12, 2008 | Comments (20)

Dodge Journey: Gas and Packing


OK, with Leg 2 of the four-leg vacation done, we’re halfway through the trip and have just finished up with the Dodge Journey. We didn’t drive nearly as far as we did in the Ford Flex, and, overall, fared a little better on mileage. Here’s the damage for Leg 2:

  • We drove a total of 516 miles, split between 276 miles of mostly short trips and 240 miles of wide-open interstate driving.
  • 12 hours (split over five days) with the wife and three kids
  • We averaged 18.1 mpg in short-trip driving, 23.3 mpg in interstate driving and, through the power of math, 20.51 mpg overall
  • Roughly 30 gallons of gas consumed
  • Average cost of  $3.92 a gallon
  • Total fuel cost of $119.26
  • Highest gas price seen on this leg: $4.22 a gallon in Honeoye, N.Y. (south of Rochester).
  • Lowest gas price: $3.49 a gallon in (of all places) Mechanicsburg, Pa. 

The Journey’s mileage was not terribly different from our first car, the Ford Flex. Some noticeable differences: The Journey accelerated much more quickly, drove like a lighter car (at least until I loaded it up), and it liked to coast at higher speeds than the Flex did.

By Suburban Dad | August 4, 2008 | Comments (7)

Travel Tales: When Features Attack


Whenever I’ve got a new car and want to surprise the kids, I get them to try out one of the features that I think are cool in order to see what kind of reaction I get. This is a transcript of one of those moments. It may not be word-for-word, but it’s close.

Suburban Dad to 15-Year-Old: Hey, check out that latch on the floor by your feet.

15-Year-Old: I’m not kicking your seat.

The Wife, after looking back over her left shoulder: He’s not kicking your seat!

Suburban Dad: No, no, take a look at the latch on the floor by your feet.

15-Year-Old: Yeah, what about it?

Suburban Dad: Try lifting it up and see what’s underneath it!

15-Year-Old: Hold on. (Pause) Owww!

Suburban Dad: What’s the matter?

15-Year-Old: Leg cramp!

Suddenly, a painful throbbing noise fills the car. The left rear window has gone down, and because it’s the only window down, it’s creating a horrible pressure in all of our ears.

Whole Family: Aaahh! That hurts! What is that! Close that window!

15-Year-Old: I’m trying! 

(He finally gets window closed.)

15-Year-Old, laughing: When I laid down my arm on the armrest, the window opened up.

And… scene.

This is something to keep in mind if you get the Journey: the lock-windows button just behind the driver’s seat window switches may turn out to be your best friend. And don’t spring new features on kids while you’re driving.

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By Suburban Dad | August 3, 2008 | Comments (1)

Dodge Journey: That's Entertainment!


When you leave one car and get into another, it’s impossible to not judge the second one against the first. In the case of a 2009 Dodge Journey on the heels of a 2009 Ford Flex, that’s a bit of an unfair comparison: The Flex is larger, has more options and just feels more affluent. Of course, that’s because it is. It costs roughly 10 grand more than the Journey.

Entertainment is a key concern when you’re on the road for as long as we’ve been on this vacation. The Journey’s system helped keep everyone entertained, but not quite in the way I’d hoped — my kids were amused with my inability to handle the Journey’s joystick-managed nav system. If we’ve said it once at, we’ve said it a million times: No more joysticks with nav systems! We definitely prefer the touch-screen approach, and I’m personally very much in love with the Flex’s voice-activated nav system, despite the flaws that come with being a new system.

By Suburban Dad | August 2, 2008 | Comments (0)

Dodge Journey Built-In Booster Seats Interest Mom


Leg 1 of our vacation is over. The Ford Flex has been picked up, and a brand-new 2009 Dodge Journey has taken its place. We don't hit the road for another day, but one feature has already gotten some attention.

One of the advantages of testing cars while on a family vacation is that you can tap into the different life situations of your relatives, in my case my in-laws. I asked one of my wife's cousins, who has three kids (7, 5 and 3) to take a look at the just-dropped-off Dodge Journey's built-in booster seats.

This cousin spends a lot of her driving time carrying around booster seats, switching them from car to car when necessary, trying to remember them when she needs to, trying not to leave them behind when spending more than a day at one location.

She was impressed with the Journey's built-in boosters. "They're very easy to use," she noted, pulling on the strap and sliding the booster seat up and into place with only a motion or two. "This would be a lot easier than hauling around my boosters."

But she noticed something about the boosters that I hadn't: When the seat moves up and into position as a booster, the kid's legs dangle below that shelf — how much depends on how tall the child is. Those legs can then bang against a thinly covered edge; that worried my wife's cousin.

By Suburban Dad | August 1, 2008 | Comments (3)

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