2018 Dodge Journey review in Avondale, AZ

The Dodge Journey Proves Consistency is Key

When you are looking for a midsize crossover that can offer reliability, practicality, and affordability, the Dodge Journey is for you. Many other manufacturers have been redesigning their vehicles every year, but Dodge has held true to a design that is pretty much the same as when the vehicle debuted in 2009, showing how people will always appreciate a strong looking vehicle.

Dodge takes pride in the designs of their vehicles, making sure they can stay relevant for years to come. By providing bold elements in the body of their vehicles, they ensure their vehicles can reflect the ideals of their company: durability and strength. The Journey brings you many features that you can appreciate throughout your time of ownership, and at one of the most attractive prices in its class, making it clear why so many people continue to choose this model.

A Subdued Design that Speaks Volumes

The Journey stands out from the crowd, being a midsize crossover that doesn't conform to the segments shift towards odd designs for the best aerodynamics, but instead holds true to its identity. A bold and squared front fascia, strong lines, and a muscular body make the Journey appealing to all family members. The idea that vehicles in this segment are all for moms bringing their kids to practice on the weekends doesn't quite fit the description of the Journey.

Even some of the most well-known Dodge models - the Charger, Challenger, and Durango - have held onto some of the design elements for decades, but that doesn't make these vehicles any less appealing. Dodge is a staunch reminder that consistency in some areas is just as important as innovation in others.

The Journey provides multiple exterior colors, including Vice White, Granite Pearl-Coat, Billet Clear-Coat, Redline, Olive Green, Contusion Blue Pearl-Coat, Pitch Black Clear-Coat, White Noise Tri-Coat, Blood Orange Clear-Coat, and Bruiser Grey Clear-Coat.

Varied Engine Options

The first engine option is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque. This helps to explain how the Journey can manage to keep its price tag as the only three-row SUV that is under $24,000, but it is still a dependable engine that can maintain 25 MPG on the highway. With a four-speed automatic transmission, you'll be happy to know the ride will be smooth for the duration of your ride.

The second engine option is a more powerful 3.6-Liter Pentastar V6. With 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, you will be able to get more enjoyment out of the highway performance. This engine is more modern overall, with a six-speed automatic transmission rather than the four-speed, and an AutoStick option, giving many reasons why it is worth the upgrade.

AutoStick is a unique feature that finds some middle ground between an automatic and manual transmission. With AutoStick, you get to shift manually, but also includes assistance features to make it more appealing to those who don't have much experience on manual models. It can easily be switched back and forth during your drive, helping to keep those long highways more interesting while you are behind the wheel.

If you are looking to tow, the Journey can help with that too. A properly equipped Journey can tow up to 2,500 pounds, helping you move some furniture, bring home gear for your DIY project, or to bring along some of your bigger toys when you are going on vacation.

Making its Home on the Highway

You will notice that the Journey provides a smoother and more refined experience while you are on the highway, and that is because it is made for efficiency and reliability on long trips - hence the name "Journey." Driving around the city where you will find traffic and congested streets will feel sluggish, but once it opens up to highway driving, you can be sure that it will show you its true capabilities. The smaller engine can get you up to 500 miles per tank, but the larger engine gives you more oomph when you want to accelerate, making either one a good choice depending on your preferences.

Your preference also comes into play when choosing if you want to keep it as a standard front-wheel drive model, or if you want better traction with the all-wheel drive system. All-wheel drive will still favor the front wheels to ensure you get the best efficiency while on the highway, but can send the power to the rear wheels for the best control in some of the harshest conditions.

Reliable is More than Just a Statement

A good warranty can help you feel comfortable behind the wheel, and Dodge makes sure you are as comfortable as possible. A 3-year/36,000-mile basic limited warranty covers everything from the exterior to electrical systems, while the 5-year/60,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty includes towing coverage, as well as coverage for all of the most essential engine components, transmission, and drive systems. Both of these are transferrable, giving you more value if you choose to sell your Journey within the first few years of owning it.

Is It Right For You?

Do you like a vehicle that is dependable? Do you value practicality and efficiency? Do you need three rows of seating at the most competitive price? If you said yes to any of these, the Journey might be your best choice. Just like its design, this model will be there for you year after year, providing you with everything a midsize crossover can do. With a variety of choices for you to make, we are sure that you will enjoy cruising the highway in a Journey.

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