The Dodge Journey is a midsize crossover that is based on a car-like structure. It’s also capable and versatile enough to compete with large truck based sport utility vehicles.
It’s also capable and versatile enough to compete with large truck based sport utility vehicles. It doesn’t require a ton of grooming to keep it looking good, it won’t break the bank when it comes to buying one and it does its job very well. It’s these characteristics that make the Journey, and other Dodge vehicles, very appealing.
The Journey is available in many variations ranging from the entry front-wheel drive SE trim, all the way up to the sporty all-wheel drive R/T trim. A 173-hp 2.4-liter engine mated to a four-speed automatic transmission is standard with the SE trim. SXT and R/T models are powered by a 235-hp 3.5-liter V6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard safety features include six airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, brake assist, traction control, and stability control.
From the outside, the Journey has an athletic appearance and a signature front grille. The Deep Water Blue exterior coat definitely makes this crossover stand out quite a bit and accentuates its lines. It might not look all that big from the outside, the Journey can be outfitted with a third row of seats making it a seven-passenger vehicle.
The interior came standard with leather upholstery and heated front seats. It also came with a couple of optional features; one being the third row seats which are part of the Flexible Seating Group, plus a premium stereo and rearview backup camera as part of the Safe and Sound Group. The third row of seats is pretty easy to access. The second row seats are easy to move out of the way and they aren’t very fussy. Although there isn’t a lot of room back there, the third row seats fold flat into the floor when they’re not in use so there is more cargo room. The second row of seats can also be folded flat.
Having spent time behind the wheel of the 2010 Dodge Journey R/T solidifies my theory of it being a good workhorse. While it might not be the fanciest-looking crossover on the inside or out, it does have some great features and will get the job done, all for great value.