February 2012

Vehicle Profile: The 2012 Dodge Journey

One of the most versatile vehicles on the market is also the most affordable seven-passenger crossover in America. The 2012 Dodge Journey takes the activity of your active life personally.
As its name implies, the 2012 Journey (starting MSRP $18,995) is a highly flexible, ready-for-anything kind of crossover. Of course, a single sentence barely scratches the surface of how eminently versatile the Journey really is, but it’s a crossover designed from the ground up to satisfy your needs: For adventure, for comfort, for affordability, for, well, whatever. Ranging from America’s most affordable seven-passenger SUV, the entry model AVP, to the stylish and high-performance R/T, the latest Journey is like the family dog: Loyal, lovable and up for anything.
Behind the crosshair and honeycombs of the signature grille and distinctive front fascia, the crossover’s body is surprisingly sculpted, muscular and edgy. Modern features like available quad halogen headlamps, foglamps, power heated mirrors and roofrack side rails are as purposeful in the city as they are in the middle of nowhere while “Ring of Fire” LED taillamps, a subtle rear spoiler, dual exhaust, 19-inch aluminum wheels and five new color options (don’t miss Copperhead Pearl) lend an imposing, take-no-prisoners attitude to the versatile vehicle.
Stashed just beneath the softly sloping hood, the Journey sports a pair of engine choices, starting with the standard 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder World Engine. Generating 173 hp, 166 lb/ft of torque and up to 26 highway mpg, the I4 offers electronic throttle control, dual variable valve timing and a generous driving range of up to 500 miles on a single tank. Choose the available 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 – named one of Ward’s “10 Best Engines” – and its accompanying AutoStick six-speed transmission, and you’ll see power numbers pop up to 283 hp and 260 lb/ft of torque, along with up to 24 highway mpg.
Ultra-refined handling systems complement the advanced engines and make the Journey a joy to drive. A MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension setup features stabilizer bars and coilsprings, and delivers an impressively smooth and responsive ride. Available All-Wheel Drive and standard Electronic Stability Control reinforce that agility with confident, controlled, vehicle-assisted handling on rough or slippery surfaces.
Dodge engineers designed the Journey to be driven far beyond the grocery store, so it’s surprisingly capable when it comes to hauling and towing. Standard with Trailer Sway Damping, anti-lock brakes with brake assist and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Electronic Roll Mitigation, and equipped with the available Trailer Tow Prep Group, (which integrates a four-pin connecting wiring harness), the V6 Journey can tow up to 2,500 pounds.
The interior of the new Journey is beautifully styled with world-class refinement and modern, soft-touch materials coating the doors, seats and consoles. Available seating for seven is outfitted in premium cloth or available leather trim complemented by attractive stitching, soft ambient LED lighting and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. Innovative available booster seats are integrated into the vehicle’s second row while second (and the available third) rows get stadium seating and easy sliding and folding for accessibility and enhanced storage – up to 67.7 cubic feet of total cargo space.
The newest Journey offers the available Dodge Uconnect system, which uses a 4.3-inch color touch-screen as the focal point for control over the voice-activated Garmin GPS navigation system, Bluetooth communication and streaming audio, Alpine® premium audio system (with SiriusXM Satellite Radio) and more. In the back, a Rear DVD Video Entertainment System sports a flip-down nine-inch screen and a pair of infrared headsets. An available Parkview® rear back-up camera gives you a wide-angle view of what’s behind you (displayed on the uconnect touch-screen) when you’re in reverse.
Named a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2012 Journey supplements its advanced steering and braking systems with a reinforced safety cage, active front head restraints, a tire pressure monitor and front, side, knee and side-curtain airbags.
One of America’s most versatile seven-passenger vehicles is also its most affordable. Ripe with style, performance and innovation, the 2012 Dodge Journey is both ready, and willing, for anything.

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