2015 Dodge Journey Crossroad AWD (1096)

Overview:

This week we’re looking at the 2015 Dodge Journey Crossroad AWD small SUV. Small is relative but most people would likely agree it is more on the midsize look and feel. In fact when researching I found a US News review that classifies it as a Midsize. It also stated it was on the expensive side relative to competitors. I didn’t find that accurate.

Like other test drivers I was a little let down by the uninspiring fuel economy but then my test vehicle was equipped with the big engine. It’s a tradeoff of course and I was happy with the 283 horsepower engine since I agree the 2.4 liter option is said to be sluggish. I would be willing to give up a little fuel consumption for the added horsepower. Others may not agree with me and as the volatility of gas prices reaches above $4 a gallon I may revisit the wisdom of power I may be able to live without.

The electronics features are user friendly and it sports an inviting and attractive cabin including very functional seating. It is simply a comfortable ride and a great SUV option to buyers that commands being included in our search for that perfect car for our need.

General Information: Parts – US/Canadian 30%, Mexico 29%; Engine – Mexico and transmission – USA. Assembly– Toluca, Mexico. Class – Small SUV Cars from Dodge – Avenger, Challenger, Charger, Dart, Durango, Grand Caravan, Journey and Viper.

Handling & Performance:

My initial feeling was one of being light on its feet and lose steering. I got used to it by weeks end, but prefer to feel the road more and also like a tighter steering. You sneeze and change lanes. Just kidding but you get my drift – no pun intended.

Styling:

Pretty conservative in the design area but that suits me just fine. I’m put off by the radical designs and I’m guessing most are as well. Whenever I see a futuristic way out design I tend to recall the Edsel from Ford. Not a good investment for most.

Fit and Finish:

Very good.

Cost:

Competitive with the best in class.

Conveniences and comfort:

Well-appointed for all that I look for from this price point SUV.

Consumer Recommendations:

I prefer the conservative designs and not comfortable with Nissan cube for example. I always consider resale when I buy a car. You may pay a little more but the overall cost of ownership includes resale value.

Recognized Competition:

Dodge Journey $28,000, Nissan cube $17-19,000, Kia Sorento $29,000, Mitsubishi Outlander $29,000, Honda HR-V $19-26,000, Jeep Grand Cherokee $31,000, Nissan Juke $20-30,000.

Good News:

Nice ride, attractive styling, a good array of user friendly features I tend to look for and safety conscious inclusions like stability control.

Bad News:

n/a

Standard Equipment:

3.6 liter 283 HP V6 VVT engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, front side and side curtain airbags all rows, Stability control, 4-wheel ABS power disc brakes, traction control, power steering, keyless go pushbutton start, USB port, auto temp control air conditioning, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, power windows, front passenger fold flat seat, second row in floor storage bins, front passenger in seat cushion storage, 6-way driver seat, rear reclining fold flat seat, second row 40/60 seat with fore / aft adjustment, Uconnect 8.4” touchscreen display for CD/DVD/MP3 players, sirius XM satellite radio / 1 year subscription, humidity sensor, 12 volt front and rear outlets, tilt and telescopic steering column, 19” black aluminum wheels, power heated mirrors with manual fold away.

Gas Stats:

$3.99/ Gal avg. July 14, 2015

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

16 City and 24 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $28,395.

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