Flash Drive — 2012 Dodge Journey

By Bruce Caldwell

Model Tested: 2012 Dodge Journey Crew 4-Door
Engine:3.6-liter V-6, 283 horsepower, 260 lb-ft or Torque
Transmission:6-speed automatic, front wheel drive
EPA Ratings: 17-mpg city/25-mpg highway
Base Price: $28,495
As Tested: $29,295
Performance:
Smooth engine
Pleasant, compliant highway ride
Car-like handling
Comfort:
Roomy interior
Great headroom
Thick, comfortable steering wheel
Sliding second row seats
Utility:
Big cargo capacity and flexibility
Flat floor
Extra storage under floor
Big hatch, no lift-over
WOW Factors:
Hidden storage underneath front passenger seat
Hidden storage underneath cargo floor
Front seat folds flat for hauling extra long items
Handsome styling, sharp 19-inch wheels
Whines:
Transmission downshifted frequently to meet power demands
Very small (4.3-inch) radio information display (due to shortage of standard 8.4-inch radio)
Bottom Line:
The 2012 Dodge Journey is a versatile, multi-purpose vehicle that can be equipped with AWD for extra traction capability. In FWD configuration it excels at passenger and cargo hauling, gets reasonable fuel economy, and is attractively priced.