The Dodge Journey is not a new vehicle, but to many, it is relatively unknown. The Journey was first introduced back in 2009. I had my first opportunity to test-drive one in 2011. Since that time, there have been quite a few changes – all for the better.
In a nutshell, the Dodge Journey is a seven-passenger crossover SUV that is considered mid-size. Like the Three Bears story, it is not too large, not too small, but just right. It is very family-friendly, has an affordable price tag, achieves fairly decent mileage, and has a very versatile interior.
A 2013 Dodge Journey was furnished for a week-long test drive and it was a pleasure to drive. It was driven along back roads, down Interstate Highways, through pouring rainstorms, and in blinding sunshine. It never had a hiccup and kept right on working.
The test model was powered by a 3.6 liter V6 and matched with a six-speed automatic transmission. The base entry model comes equipped with a four-cylinder engine and a four-speed automatic. From others I have talked to, I am convinced that the V6 engine is definitely the engine of choice for this vehicle.
The older models of the Journey were rather plain and sterile, but this new edition for 2013 is far out in front of that. The interior is not luxury, but definitely comfortable. It has a nice looking dashboard that is soft-touch. The mid-size SUV crossover features push-button start as well as a touch-screen information and entertainment system. The new instrument panel is upscale in appearance and there is a 'hidden' storage compartment if you lift up the passenger seat using a small hardly-noticeable tab.
It has integrated child booster seats. A third row of seating is available, but these are designed more for emergency short trips for for small children. Grandparents should not attempt to climb into that back row and sit down. There is an abundance of small-item storage spots all over, which is handy for even short trips. The rear cargo area behind the rear seats is listed at 39.6 cubic feet.
My test model was called Blacktop and this is the term used by Dodge for several of their vehicles referring to a customer-preferred package. This Blacktop package adds an additional $995 to the bottom line, but many enthusiasts think it is well worth it. It includes gloss black exterior mirrors, black headlight bezels, a gloss back grille, gloss black facia, 19-inch glass black aluminum wheels, and more.
The base list price for the furnished 2013 Dodge Journey SXT was $23,095. With the Blacktop package, a Equipment Group package (heated front seats, etc), and the destination charges added, the bottom sticker window price came to $29, 750. It was EPA rated at 17 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, and 20 mpg average overall. For the week, I easily achieved 23.8 for my average.
The 2013 Dodge Journey is a comfortable family vehicle that offers flexibility and cargo room, and all for a good price value and good mileage. This is a really good vehicle and if you have never looked it over, maybe you are missing out on a good thing. Check it out at a Dodge dealership near you.