The 2012 Dodge Journey was modified from the previous design to provide a competitive choice for SUV fans. It offers a large cargo space similar to other crossover models and it is good value with features that are very family-friendly. There had been a number of complaints with recent models and these were taken very seriously by the designers. As a result there have been some good improvements. The first item on the improvement list was the engine. The 2010 model had a rather wimpy acceleration. The 2011 model was already vastly improved but there were still adjustments to be made. Dodge introduced a new V6 Pentastar engine with an additional 50 HP over the previous V6. Many more changes have been made in the new models that offer consumers more choices than were previously available.
The Journey is available in five models and this includes the AVP, SXT, SE, Crew and R/T. Some of the models have leather seats as a standard feature. Two models, the Crew and the R/T, feature DVD players with a 9-inch video screen and six speakers. The standard model comes equipped with many value-added features such as an automatic transmission and air conditioning. There is an electronic stability control as well as a brake-assist feature. The vehicle comes equipped with both front and side airbags. The model features a Touch media center with 4.3-inch Uconnect®. There is keyless entry and Enter-N-Go with a push-button start system. There are power windows and locks, as well as mirrors. The vehicle has anti-lock brakes and traction control at all speeds. This vehicle can be purchased with seating for seven passengers. The pricing for this is very reasonable at $19,000 and makes it the most affordable vehicle for seven passengers in America.
The standard model comes equipped with a 2.4 liter, 16 valve DOHC four-cylinder engine. It produces horsepower of 173 with 166 lb. per foot of torque. This is linked to a four-speed transmission that is automatic. The four-cylinder engine gives 26 miles per gallon when driven on the highway. The vehicle comes equipped with a five year limited warranty for 100,000 miles. This ensures that the Journey is well covered in case anything should happen. There are new levels of refinement that are not often found in the crossover vehicle market. The interior is very comfortable and features a soft-touch instrument panel that comes in one piece. There is a vehicle information center positioned at the center of the gauge cluster. This display is in full-color and it has a soft glow that makes it easy on the eyes.
The interior is comfortable and flexible. The vehicle has a large bin for storage in the front that includes side nets. The seats are comfortable and the soft-touch armrest makes it seem like the driver is sitting in a cockpit. The engineers set to work to reduce the noise level and vibration when driving. The cabin is isolated by the dual dash silencer and this makes for a very quiet ride. There are plenty of storage bins located throughout the vehicle and the second-row seats recline. There are integrated child boosters and plenty of legroom for passengers and driver. This vehicle offers all-wheel drive ability and has been the IIHS top pick for safety for three years in a row. The Journey is loaded with over 40 safety features. The Journey is great value for the money and its many enhanced standard features that set it apart from other crossover vehicles. Those interested in purchasing a vehicle will appreciate the quality vehicles offered at Netcars.