Dodge Journey: A Class of One
There’s a vehicle in the Dodge lineup that’s currently entering a class of one – the still strong-selling Dodge Journey is currently the only passenger vehicle that comes with a four-speed automatic. Now that the Toyota Yaris hatchback production has come to an end, it’s the red-blooded Dodge Journey that’s left to stand in a class of its own. So what does the Journey offer prospective buyers? Let’s check out the specs.
The four-speed transmission keeps the Dodge Journey as affordable as possible, especially for an SUV. America’s ongoing SUV craze only serves to fuel the demand and the Dodge Journey and its starting MSRP of $23,645 (plus destination fee) seems to fit the budget for plenty of consumers. Standard under the hood of the SE and Crossroad trims of the Dodge Journey is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that offers 173 horsepower and 166 lb-ft of torque. Of course, those looking for more power can opt to upgrade to the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) classic 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine. Paired to a six-speed automatic transmission, the Pentastar offers a significant increase in power with 283 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.
Additionally, the 2019 Dodge Journey offers buyers more space than the average compact crossover with lots of room for passengers in the first two rows and a kid-friendly third row – not to mention the cargo room in the back. Convenient under-seat storage bins in the second-row floor coupled with plenty of room throughout the cabin to store small items make the Dodge Journey a family-friendly vehicle. Speaking of the cabin, passengers enjoy standard front seats that offer six ways to adjust their angle and distance from the dash, while the second row offers ample space and support. The third row is geared towards children as its legroom is rather limited, but space can be configured for improved legroom or more cargo space. Not a luxury ride by any means, the Journey offers standard cloth upholstery that’s durable, while leather seats can be fitted to the GT and Crossroad trims.
Small subcompact crossovers like the Dodge Journey resonate with buyers, evidenced by the 94,096 units sold in the U.S. in 2018. Despite the Journey last undergoing a mild refresh in 2013 since its 2009 model year introduction, its volume sales rose five percent last year alone. December 2018 sales rose an impressive 27 percent, year over year. There are plenty of rumors in the automotive world about the Journey’s future, with some industry insiders believe that FCA will capitalize on having the only four-cylinder vehicle in the compact SUV segment while adopting the Alfa Romeo Stelvio’s underpinnings. Others believe that the nameplate is on its last legs judging by the slashed trim availability and the lack of any major changes to the lineup for the 2019 model year. A more potent three-row crossover is expected from the automaker soon – it could carry on the Journey name or reappear under the badge of another of the automaker’s brands.
Take advantage of the availability of a powerful and efficient compact crossover – explore the Dodge Journey inventory at University Dodge. Browse from our selection of numerous trims and schedule your test drive today! Have questions on the current Dodge lineup? Reach out to us via University Dodge social media.