First introduced in 2009, the Dodge Journey offers solid value in an increasingly competitive and more expensive small-to-midsize crossover utility vehicle segment. With room for five or seven, the 2017 Journey supplies standard front-wheel drive, available all-wheel drive, and a pair of engine choices.
What's New for 2017
Light changes accompany the 2017 Dodge Journey. The previous top-of-the-line R/T trim is now known as the GT. Also, new satin carbon aluminum wheels are added to the Crossroad model. Lastly, two new exterior paint schemes and one new interior color are available.
Choosing Your Dodge Journey
As before, Dodge provides two rows of seats for five people or three rows of seats for seven in the 2017 Journey.
Two powertrain families are offered: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine making 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque is standard. Power is channeled to the front wheels by a four-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain combination is standard across the model line, except in the top-of-the-line GT trim.
The second engine is a 3.6-liter, V6 creating 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2017 Journey makes an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway when outfitted with front-wheel drive and the smaller engine. Choose the V6 Journey and this model makes an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway for front-wheel drive, and 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway for all-wheel drive.
The base engine is underpowered, while an upgrade to the V6 engine resolves that problem. The Crossroad Plus edition represents the ideal package for the money and includes navigation. When equipped with all-wheel drive, this edition retails for about $31,000 before incentives kick in.