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Dodge Journey Crossroad V6 AWD is a best value performer

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2014 Dodge Journey Crossroad AWD V6

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The Dodge Journey crossover SUV offers a very complete special edition for 2014, the Crossroad, starting at $24,995 with a wide range of features and functional capability not often found in a crossover SUV under $25,000.

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We recently were able to obtain a 2014 Dodge Journey Crossroad for a weeklong ride and drive test. Our particular test Crossroad – instead of being the basic under $25,000 model - contained a number of available option items that, while measurably enhancing the capability of the Crossroad, still keeps it at an affordable price point.

Our upgraded test Crossroad came with the available 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that produces 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to a dependable and smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. While giving additional power and performance when compared to the standard 4-cylinder, it still delivers good gas mileage - up to 25 mpg on the highway.

A key option included on our Journey Crossroad was the all-wheel drive (AWD) which seriously enhances its performance under all road conditions. The Journey Crossroad’s AWD drives only the front wheels in order to maximize fuel efficiency until power to the rear wheels is needed. The AWD is activated on dry pavement between speeds of 25 and 65 mph to enhance handling during performance driving. This system is automatic and provides added traction on snow, ice and other low-traction environments without having to be switched on and off.

The Journey Crossroad has standard electronic stability control (ESC) and all-speed traction control that work with the AWD electronic control module and its traction control systems, allowing the ESC system to use the ECC to help maintain control of the vehicle in challenging driving situations.

A Popular Equipment Group of convenience items was also included which added Security Alarm, Automatic Headlamps, High Beam Daytime Running Lamps, Heated Steering Wheel and Heated Front Seats and Remote Start. We found the Remote Start feature very handy to start and cool down the Journey while we walked in the hot Texas sun from the Galleria to our test car.

Lastly, a Navigation and Sound Group I contained the ParkView Rear Backup Camera, ParkSense Rear Park Assist, Universal Garage Door Opener and upgraded the standard Uconnect 8.4 Infotainment System with Garmin Navigation and SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link.

Our upgraded Crossroad did not have the available popular fold-flat third row seating or the innovative child booster seats in the second row which could be important to families with small children if they wanted to add them. However, the second row seating is adjustable and also reclines – plus folds flat - to provide 67.6 cubic feet of cargo space. And, it has additional storage under the floor of the cargo area behind the second row seats. Both features that we felt would be important to couples or empty-nesters.

The test Journey Crossroad - by adding AWD and the Pentastar V6 with 6-speed automatic – increased the base price to $28,395. Adding the Popular Equipment Group ($995) and the Navigation and Sound Group I ($995) gave us a better equipped and (we think) even better value crossover SUV for just $31,380 delivered.

As we reported to you earlier this year, Dodge had taken their regular SXT trim level Journey (MSRP $23,295) and added special trims and additional features to make the special edition a sharper value at a MSRP of $24,995, labeling it the Crossroad.

The under $25,000 Journey Crossroad comes with two-row seating and a front-wheel drive (FWD) powertrain equipped with the 2.4-liter 16-valve DOHC four-cylinder engine that produces 173 horsepower with 166 lb.-ft. of torque and mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.

Several of the special exterior design cues on the Journey Crossroad include a new front fascia with a Platinum Chrome accent and Gloss Black grille and fog lamp surrounds, Platinum Chrome roof rails and unique extended side sills and black headlamp bezels. Moving to the rear, Gloss Black tail lamp bezels and a new lower rear fascia finished in Platinum Chrome and a “Crossroad” badge on the tailgate finish the body trims. To complete the look, the Journey Crossroad stands appropriately tall on unique 19-inch Hyper Black five-spoke aluminum wheels.

On the inside, the Crossroad has distinctive black leather seating with sport mesh inserts and Light Slate Grey accent stitching. The Light Slate Grey accent stitching continues on the center armrest and door panels, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob complete the motif. A new Liquid Graphite finish is applied on the instrument panel, gauge cluster, center console, door pulls and steering wheel trim.

The Crossroad also includes the class-exclusive 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, a power front seat and a front passenger fold-flat seat with hidden storage bin under the seat cushion. Additional standard features are power heated and foldaway mirrors, a pair of removable storage bins under the floor in front of the second row seats, illuminated cup holders, Keyless Enter ‘n Go with push-button start and steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls.

We think that the under $25,000 version is still an exceptional value as a very capable crossover SUV, but for a few dollars more, you get a whole lot more (for not a lot more money) in the 2014 Journey Crossroad V6 AWD.

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