Getting mid size crossover nearly $40k is to fetch buyers, along with price tag comes all wheel drive, three row, V-6 is the one of the many reason we see many Dodge on road in 2015 and 2014. We tested Crossroad Plus trim having platinum chrome roof rails, front and rear fascia, 19 inch aluminium wheels, distinctive front and rear style, with black textures, interior with leather seats, steering and shift knob wrap with leather, 8.4 inch Uconnect infotainment touchscreen, bin under front passenger seat, power driver seat. Popular Equipment groups ($1250) includes remote start, alarm, heated front seats, heated steering wheel. ($1295) includes park assist, backup camera, SiriusXM travel service. ($225) covers child booster seat at rear. Being in affordable price range is more buyer fancy to Chevrolet Traverse.
Little gap between second and third row. Second row is tighter than first , first being very comfortable. Competitors are offering more comfortable second and third row seats. No connection between brakes, steering and other relative controls. Off road capability of Toyota 4Runner and Jeep Grand Cherokee is better than Dodge Journey while Journey is far better dealing in turn, stop and go, 3.6 liter Pentstar V-6 along with all wheel drive produce 283 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque requires 7.8 seconds to reach 60mph. V-6 provides enough power but Engine gets in real active mode around 3500 rpm, even six speed automatic transmission is feelt as lacking.
Gear shifts adds couple of seconds to acceleration time and shift response is been on slow side. Consumes 177 feet to stop from 70 mph, numbers are in line with what Toyota Highlander or Nissan Murano has in terms of stop but driving Journey do not provide enjoyment. 17 mpg is disappointing.
Dodge needs refinemen to remain in competition.