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We liked
  • Aggressive Styling
  • Tons of Available Features
  • 3.6L V-6
We disliked
  • Even Four-Cylinder Economy is Poor
  • Cramped Third Row
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MSRP
$20,695
MPG
19 / 26
City/Hwy
ENGINE
2.4L I4
HORSE POWER
173 hp
@ 6,000 rpm
TORQUE
166 ft lb
of torque @ 4,000 rpm
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Dodge claims the Journey crossover combines the practicality of a minivan and the ruggedness of an SUV, which is almost right. The Journey is a good alternative for small families who want to avoid the minivan and station wagon stigma but still desire plenty of space and versatility.
The Journey was introduced in 2009, but it received a thorough refresh for 2011, giving it a much nicer interior, updated powertrains, and some slight revisions to the already handsome styling. That face-lift was crucial, as the Journey was transformed from a second-rate player in the crossover market to a legitimate competitor. More luxurious interior materials, even on base models, make the cockpit a nice place to spend time, although newer competitors are surpassing the six-year-old Journey.
Overall, the only major fly in the ointment is the Journey’s fuel economy. With the base four-cylinder engine, the Journey only manages 26 mpg on the highway, and that engine is vastly underpowered for the size of the crossover. With the optional V-6 and all-wheel drive, the Journey gets about the same fuel economy as the much larger and more powerful Chevrolet Tahoe two-wheel drive. Perhaps Chrysler’s nine-speed auto would help the Journey in this pursuit.
Otherwise, with tons of interior cubbies and storage binnacles, ample space for two adults and three kids, and competitive pricing, the Journey isn’t a bad choice for many people. And with six years under its belt, another refresh or redesign will surely make it even more attractive.

REVIEW

First Test: 2011 Dodge Journey

When John and Jane Skip the Minivan, a Journey Awaits

Benson Kong
Jan 10, 2011
Photographers: Motor Trend Staff
As the old saying goes, having kids can be a blessing and a curse, and what to transport the little ones in is of the many issues John and Jane Doe have to address as the family expands. Once upon a time, the minivan and station wagon were the usual suspects. Today, there's a multitude of options for modern families, with updated 2011 Dodge Journey one of several choices on Dodge lots alone.
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Like its Dodge stablemates, the Journey has been refreshed for 2011 in an effort to make the midsize crossover more attractive to modern families. Journey press materials profess that the mid-level Crew model we recently tested possesses "the flexibility of a minivan, the image of a crossover, and driving dynamics of a performance sedan." The last part is more than a bit of a stretch, but the rest of the statement is spot-on.
While memorable driving experiences and technological wizardry aren't exactly the Journey's strong suits, John and Jane could care less. What's more important is getting little Doe to their play date safely and easily, and the Journey is a viable option if they find the minivan too lame and larger SUVs too intimidating.
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The Journey has been criticized for a lack of refinement in the past, and Dodge has made a solid effort to address the crossover's shortcomings with the 2011 model. Not much has changed on the outside, with the Journey retaining much of its original shape while infusing subtle, modern revisions to the front and rear ends for the new decade.
The 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 has been a welcome addition to the Chrysler/Dodge lineup, and not surprisingly, it finds its way under the Journey's hood as well. Our Pentastar-equipped Journey tester with all-wheel drive and six-speed automatic was good for a 7.5-second 0-60 mph time and 15.9-second quarter-mile run, which is spritely enough for the more heroic merges onto the highway. As peak torque and horsepower come later in the powerband -- 4400 and 6350 rpm, respectively -- drivers may experience the need to get the six-cylinder's revs up. There's 4350 pounds of aluminum, steel, and plastic that won't get moving on its own, after all.
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Driving the Journey is utterly prosaic, and that's not a negative. The transmission is slightly sluggish but under normal driving conditions passengers will be unaware the crossover is swapping gears. A high driver's seating position aids visibility. Its 128-foot stopping distance from 60 mph is a middle-of-the-road number for its class, but more than adequate.
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John and Jane may not fully comprehend how the steering was recalibrated or how the suspension was stiffened, but the Journey's revised innards will be the talk of the post-PTA meetings. The old Journey's subpar materials and button after button on the center stack assaulted driver and passenger. The new model has been significantly improved: The smartly designed gauge cluster with Electronic Vehicle Information Center and vibrant 8.4-inch touch-screen display should more than draw in a few looky-loos. An attractive three-spoke steering wheel, simplified center stack, and softer touch materials are now standard. When you're cooped up on the road during daily schlepping duties, an inviting interior is a godsend.
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Second-row seating is on the tight side for full-size adults, the third row even more so -- one of the compromises that come with a smaller crossover. Stow the third row and there's more than ample cargo space for the in-laws' luggage come holiday season (37 cubic feet for the seven-seater to be exact). A bevy of usable storage compartments, hidden and in plain sight, are spread throughout the cabin. Keeping the kiddies safe is of paramount importance, and parents and parents-to-be can sleep soundly knowing their Journey will perform should some unfortunate contact with another vehicle occur.
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Versatility may not win the heart of the enthusiast, but it'll earn commendation from those with dollar sense. Now that the Journey has undergone a thorough refreshing, it's about time to let it venture onto our wild roads.

2011 Dodge Journey Crew AWD
Base price $31,690
Price as tested $34,550
Vehicle layout Front engine, AWD, 7-pass, 4-door crossover
Engine 3.6L/283-hp/260-lb-ft DOHC 24-valve V-6
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Curb weight (f/r dist) 4350 lb (55/45%)
Wheelbase 113.8 in
Length x width x height 192.4 x 83.7 x 66.6 in
0-60 mph 7.5 sec
Quarter mile 15.9 sec @ 87.2 mph
Braking, 60-0 mph 128 ft
Lateral acceleration 0.76 g (avg)
MT Figure Eight 28.3 sec @ 0.56 g (avg)
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 16/24 mpg
CO2 emissions 1.03 lb/mile
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2015 Dodge Journey

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2014 Dodge Journey

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$19,995
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2013 Dodge Journey

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$18,995
19 / 26
2.4L I4
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2012 Dodge Journey

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$20,995
19 / 26
2.4L I4
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2012 Dodge Journey SXT Now Gets I-4 and Four-Speed Automatic Standard
The 2012 Dodge Journey SXT will now be available with the base 2.4-liter I-4 and its four-speed automatic gearbox.
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Contaminated Brake Fluid in 2012 Dodge Journey Sparks Recall
At the center of a recall issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is the 2012 Dodge Journey SUV, in which some have been found to contain contaminated brake fluid.
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Thanks for Playing: 2012 Dodge Journey Search Contest is Over
The final 2012 Dodge Journey has been found, wrapping up the automaker's nationwide "Search Engine" scavenger hunt that began on the west coast earlier this month.
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Oklahoma Family Finds Second Hidden 2012 Dodge Journey
The second of three hidden 2012 Dodge Journeys hidden by Dodge have now been found.
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First Dodge Journey Vehicle Found in Giveaway
A father and son team from Nevada was able to pick up on the commercial's subtle clues and managed to locate the first of three 2012 Dodge Journeys hidden across the U.S.
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2011 Dodge Journey

SPECIFICATIONS
$22,245
19 / 26
2.4L I4
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2010 Dodge Journey

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$20,845
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Recall Alert: Chrysler, Dodge Issue Recalls For Faulty Steering Assemblies
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2009 Dodge Journey

SPECIFICATIONS
$20,925
19 / 25
2.4L I4
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Recall: 2009 Dodge Journey and 2008-2011 Ram 4500/5500, 2011 Ram 1500 Trucks Need Repairs
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