Could the Dodge Journey be the ultimate affordable family crossover?
Journey gets two separate glove-box compartments, the upper of which functions as a chilled mini-fridge to keep beverages and snacks cool on the go. There’s a permanent, factory-installed stain repellant built into the seats, too. This combats accidental spillage, drippage or ejection of food and drinks by passengers, howsoever caused.
Handy in-floor storage bins in the rear seating area help to keep belongings organized on the go. Should a young passenger spill anything within, or successfully smuggle a newfound pet on board, the bins can be easily removed for cleaning.
Finally, there’s a shallow compartment available beneath the cargo floor in the back. The flat floor can be folded into a handy divider, and the entire area can be concealed by a roll-out cover to keep gear out of the sun and away from prying eyes.
Add in the bountiful at-hand storage amenities and big door pockets, and Journey amounts to a rolling organizer that would probably make your closet jealous.
High-tech and road-trip ready at $29,245
The SXT-trimmed tester also got contrasting-colored seats, a slick and intuitive navigation system, a Bluetooth phone interface, Infinity stereo, backup camera and electrifying LED interior lighting.
A built-in hard drive stores photos and music from a CD or USB key, and the tester contained no less than 5 power outlets. One of these was the standard 120-volt household type-- so there’s no problem for everyone to stay entertained and recharged on the move.
Average powerplant performance
Doing the moving in the case of the tester was a 3.5 litre V6 engine that sent 235 horsepower to the frontmost wheels. The gearbox on duty was a six-speed automatic with manual mode, and all wheel drive is available optionally.
More action was expected when the accelerator dropped, and the Journey moves only adequately when wound right out. Thankfully, the engine is notably smooth and quiet in the process. It only becomes seriously audible after a 4500 RPM ramp-up of its intake and exhaust sounds.
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