2012 Dodge Journey SXT Review
We drive Dodge's mid-size crossover.No Comments
As befits its mission, the Journey struck us as competent in all fields, not standing out in any way.
Is it a minivan? A crossover? Or something in between?
Technically, Dodge's Journey is a crossover. It has four doors (and the rears don't slide) and five seats. But it has a minivan profile and a similar mission.
That may sound harsh. It's not meant to be. Yes, we admit to not exactly being minivan fans. But comparing the Journey to Dodge's own capable Grand Caravan isn't exactly an insult.
Besides, the Journey doesn't drive like a minivan. Or act like one. It just borrows the bland, inoffensive styling, high seating position, and family-hauler mission. It's just that in a sea of crossovers that look like true utility vehicles, the Journey stands out for being better at looking the part of the tall wagon.
Options included the Popular Equipment Group (trip computer, premium cloth bucket seats, 6-way power driver's seat with power 4-way lumbar adjustment, fold-flat passenger seat with built-in storage bin, alarm, daytime running lights, LED lamps, internal observation mirror, remote start, and other features, $995) and the UConnect Voice Command system with Bluetooth (included leather wrapped shift-knob, auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather-wrapped steering wheel, $395). With the $800 destination charge, the as-tested total came to $26,685.
The high seating position reminded us a bit of driving a van, and the observational mirror seems like a handy way to keep an eye on misbehaving rugrats in the backseat.
For our V-6 SXT, fuel economy is rated at 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.
We don't deny it offers some value for the money, or that it's a loyal errand-running servant. Those who want more driving fun or higher amounts of utility might shop elsewhere, but those who like it down the middle with no fuss, the Journey is a solid choice.
And it's definitely not a minivan.