With such a deep model lineup, it should come as no surprise that the Journey offers two engine choices. Standard on the American Value Package, ST, SXT, SXT Plus and Crossroads is a 2.4-liter inline-4 engine, accompanied by a four-speed automatic transmission that creates an adequate 173 horsepower. The second engine is a 3.6-liter V6 that’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and delivers a boost to 283-horsepower. The V6 can be had with or without all-wheel drive.
American Value Package
The entry trim for the Journey is a very basic package that features remote keyless entry, electronic roll mitigation, trailer sway damping, halogen headlamps, an AM/FM/CD/MP3 radio with six speakers and 4.3-inch touchscreen, dual-zone air conditioning, and anti-lock brakes.
Moving to the SE gives you the option to select all-wheel drive, upgrades to three-zone automatic climate control, and adds a rear heater. The Premium package, available for $795, adds a power six-way driver seat, power four-way lumbar adjust, and a security alarm. Nineteen-inch aluminum wheels may also be added.
The SXT builds on the SE by adding satellite radio capability, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, a USB port, revised sport-themed fascia, fog lamps and a cargo net. Heated front seats may be added.
Focuses on upgrading the SXT by adding interior features including an 8.4-inch touchscreen display, leather-wrapped steering wheel, passenger in-seat storage, an overhead console and heated mirrors. A host of option packages include features like parking assist, a backup camera, overhead 9-inch video screens, a 368-Watt amplifier, and premium speakers with a subwoofer. A second-row seat with built-in child boosters is also available.
Choosing the Crossroad adds leather seats, a leather shift knob, revised fascia with headlamp and taillamp bezels, rear reclining seats and 19-inch wheels. Optional packages mirror those available for the SXT Plus.
Stepping up to the Limited trim adds the V6 with six-speed automatic transmission as well as a full leather interior, Bluetooth capability, a power 6-way driver seat and heated front seats. Optional packages again mirror those available for the SXT Plus.
The R/T is equipped nearly identically to the Limited with the exception of dimpled leather interior.
We consider the V6 an essential part of any version of this vehicle as it delivers much stronger acceleration and all-around performance than the four-cylinder. We also recommend considering the Navigation and Back-Up Camera Package as it adds parking assist, navigation and a few other nice features for only $1,095.
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