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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Dodge Journey

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MPG 17 City / 25 Highway
  • Aggressive look
  • Many standard safety features
  • Optional remote start system
  • No all-wheel drive option for base models
  • Lackluster interior
  • Could use more power
The Dodge Journey is a strong option for people looking for something a little bigger than the compact crossovers.


The SUV was updated in 2011, and the interior and power both got significant upgrades. In fact, even the exterior looks a bit more menacing with deep creases while still appealing to all types of buyers. The critical update to the Dodge Journey, however, was to the interior. Soft-touch plastics and other updates help highlight a cleaner design in the cabin. Families will appreciate the technological features with touchscreen stereo access and mobile device connectivity. They'll also like the fact that the Dodge Journey has space for seven available, as well as a number of cubbies to put things away during trips.

Many buyers will want to take a look at the V6 engine, which puts out 263 horsepower while still managing 25 miles per gallon on the highway. The four-cylinder puts out 173 horsepower, and is a bit more efficient. While it is not a Ferrari, the handling is precise even though the ride is actually comfortable on long highway trips. An optional suspension package firms things up for owners who want a little bit more zing.

There are six airbags for safety, as well as a number of electronic traction control and related systems for good crash test scores. However, the combination of electronics, comfortable interior and surprisingly crisp handling and power delivery may appeal more to owners.

The compact and twiner SUV market is a profitable and competitive one. Dodge Journeys are compared to the Kia Sorento, which is smaller and slightly underpowered yet won't cause any headaches if there are breakdowns thanks to the longer warranty. The Chevrolet Equinox offers more cabin space, but the Dodge Journey's improvement in interior quality puts it ahead of the Equinox in that department. The Toyota RAV4 is a similar comparison, and its fuel economy can seem lacking to those that opt for a Dodge Journey with a V6. The Subaru Forester has the company's all-wheel drive standard and a slightly stronger off-road pedigree, but the AWD takes away from fuel economy.

The Dodge Journey has a number of strong points in its favor, and prospective owners would do well to check out its several trim lines. Each, including the SE, SXT, Crew and R/T offer benefits in terms of stereo systems, interior upgrades and power options for a variety of buyers.

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2013 Dodge Journey R/T

Recommended for: Those who want the best, with a little extra

The Dodge Journey R/T is a great option for those that want a distinctive look. The entire SUV is body-colored, including the door handles and grille, complementing a set of 19-inch wheels with a satin finish that helps them standout. The seats are black with leather trim and red-stitching. Owners still get the same premium stereo system and remote start features that put the Crew ahead of a number of other SUVs, as well as roof rails and dual-zone temperature controls. It offers personalized comfort for whatever occupants are in the cabin of the Dodge Journey R/T.

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2013 Dodge Journey SE

Recommended for: Deal seekers who want amenities, too

The Dodge Journey SE may be a base model, but it does offer a surprising number of features. That starts with trailer sway control and roll mitigation, as well as six airbags for safety purposes. Even the Journey SE includes the Uconnect Touch stereo control with a 4.3-inch screen connected to a CD/radio player with six speakers with auxiliary and USB inputs. The driver can also access these from the steering wheel, which tilts and telescopes to fit drivers of all body sizes. Each side of the cabin gets its own climate control system, as well as active head restraints up front. Brighter taillights will help with visibility, and extra cargo space is available on the Dodge Journey SE thanks to standard roof rails.

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2013 Dodge Journey SXT

Recommended for: Drivers who need some pep and satellite radio

The biggest change in the Dodge Journey SXT is the engine, which is a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 283 horsepower. However, it's not just power with good fuel economy that make the SXT compelling. It gets 17-inch alloy wheels and fog lights for safety in inclement conditions. Buttressing that is the Dodge Journey SXT's heated mirrors to help with visibility. Of course, there are interior amenities like floor mats and a continuation of the 4.3-inch Uconnect touch infotainment system that also includes a year of satellite radio. Outside, it stands out with body-colored exterior trim and exhaust tips that look shinier. However, there is a practical change, with the easily-folded side mirrors protecting them from damage in tight spots.

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