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A crossover with ambitions of a minivan and performance of a SUV – right, this is true about Dodge Journey. Available in several trims, the vehicle offers a good sense of handling combined with reliability & comfort. Moreover, each modification gives a touch of individuality with 8 different variations of wheels (17/19-inch) and stylish paintworks. The other advantages of the model are disclosed in Dodge Journey review.
The 2016 Journey is differentiated by the usage of soft-touch materials on the armrests and door panels. The higher trims will gladden the driver by a leather-coated steering wheel (with heating function) & shift knob as well as leather upholstery on the front seats. The other advantage of the cabin is spaciousness that allowed Dodge designers to mount three rows of seats. Thus, it’s possible to accommodate 7 passengers.
For sure, the third row is optional and is intended for kids or younger adults. With all seats up, the cargo space makes up 10.7 c.f. only; the layout 2+3 (two rows of seats) enlarges the boot up to 37 c.f. Nevertheless, it’s feasible to fold the second row of seats to get 67.7 c.f. of room for carrying plenty of luggage items. Big families will definitely appreciate the availability of minor storage facilities throughout the cabin.
The driver’s seat boasts 6-way power adjustments with lumbar support settings. The backseats can move forward and downward, split/fold according to 60/40 scheme or recline separately. Plus, the back benches are initially equipped with child booster seats which dramatically facilitate in transferring of kids.
To continue, the cabin shows off a set of metallic details which supplement a well-sculpted dashboard, a contoured central stack, a variety of gauges, an ergonomic steering wheel as well as a large multimedia screen (UConnect infotainment 8.4-inch touchscreen).
All controls are large and comprehensible. The incorporated three-zone automatic climate control (optional) is supposed to be one of the key advantages of the saloon; the system allows all passengers to adjust the desirable comfort level individually. Still, the base trim comes with dual-zone manual temperature control system.
The other thing to disclose in Dodge Journey review is performance. As far as this crossover is available in several trims, there are two different powertrain options. The AVP, SXT, SE and Crossroad trims come equipped with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, rated at 173 hp and 166 p-f of torque. It is accompanied by a 4-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the front-wheels. This assembly offers 21 mpg in combined driving mode.
The Limited and R/T modifications are shipped with a 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine that produces 283 hp and 266 p-f of torque. It is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel (standard) or all-wheel (optional) drive. This powertrain is thought to be rather fuel-efficient, consuming only 19 mpg in combined driving mode.
Besides, the handling is quite responsive thanks to the qualitative fully independent suspension (McPherson + multilink) and hydraulic-assist steering wheel. There is also a choice of touring or high-performance suspension to further enhance responsiveness & ride firmness. In order to maximize the car’s efficiency, Dodge has implemented dual variable valve timing mechanism that runs on a computer-aided engineering system.
Being a family vehicle, the 2016 Journey boasts a myriad of safety facilities. First things first. The model is furnished with external power mirrors with heating features; the latter provides for an unobstructed view of the objects and an improved side visibility.
The employment of AWD system adds traction power on icy surfaces without imposing traction on wheels. The ESC (electronic stability control) – a combination of ABS (antilock brake system) & all-speed traction control – monitors steering input thus improving confidence in driving. The ERM (electronic roll mitigation) is called to supply individual braking without wheel lift or engine overload.
Furthermore, this crossover comes with Parkview rear park assist camera (ParkSense system) that detects objects behind the car and warns about any obstructions. Additionally, it identifies pedestrians and displays the real-time image of the area.
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