2015 Dodge Journey Review

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The 2015 Dodge Journey is at once an alternative to minivans and large crossovers, with intelligent packaging and good value.

The Dodge Journey neatly splits the difference between a wagon and a more upright crossover or SUV. Though it flies mostly under the radar, the Journey has been steadily improving over the years and is now a competent crossover, offering seating for up to seven passengers.

With smart packaging and a far nicer interior, plus better roadholding and handling than the original, today's Journey is more flexible than five-seat competitors and includes a lot of features for the price. While it sells in roughly the price range of compact crossovers, it's dimensionally larger--meaning you get more car for the money. Larger families may find it suits their needs without the thirst for fuel and sheer on-the-road bulk of larger seven-seat mid-size crossovers like the Toyota Highlander or the much longer Nissan Pathfinder.

We appreciate that Dodge has shaken off the same-as-the-other-guy sheetmetal that clothes other crossovers, giving the Journey lines that are refreshingly different, even if they're no longer necessarily fresh. The look isn't totally out there, but different enough to avoid that same-old-family-vehicle styling rut. Inside, the Journey follows a smooth, swoopy look and simple layout, with large dials and knobs and an LCD touchscreen framed by high-quality materials.

The Journey's base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder good for 177 hp. It is mated exclusively to an aging four-speed automatic and front-wheel drive. Although rated for slightly better gas mileage, this engine feels strained most of the time. The step-up engine is a 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 283 hp; power is routed through a six-speed automatic to either the front or all four wheels. The V-6 is much more modern, quieter, and has plenty of power to move the Journey around.

The Journey's handling is reasonably responsive. Chrysler recently reworked the suspension to include stiffer, better-responding shocks and a lower ride height in front, and it's honed some of the duller responses the Journey had in its initial model years. The ride quality remains a strong point, with the proper damping and roll control for a family vehicle, but the rather quick steering ratio feels a little out of place.

Dodge and Chrysler clearly applied some of its long-honed expertise with minivans to the Journey's interior, as people and cargo really fit well and there are plenty of smaller spaces for personal items, toys, and accessories. Front seats are what we’d best describe as ‘American-sized’—think wider than most. Back-seat accommodations are among the best you’ll find in any vehicle this size, and the seats are contoured to fit adults; the seatback is adjustable for rake, and the whole bench slides fore and aft a few inches, so it’s easy to get comfortable back there. The rear seat folds fully flat, and under the rearward portion of the cargo floor there’s a huge space vast enough for a couple of laptop bags.

The Journey is offered in an extensive lineup, with AVP (American Value Package), SE, SXT, Crossroad, Limited, and R/T models. You'll need to step up to SE models to get the V-6 engine or all-wheel drive. But even with the base model you get power windows, locks and mirrors; air conditioning; cruise control; pushbutton start; a cooled glove box; a telescoping steering wheel; and an AM/FM/CD player. Bluetooth isn't included on the base model, but it is a $395 option. Seven-passenger seating is available even on the base model, while you'll need to get the SXT to get the UConnect media center option. That includes an 8.4-inch touch-screen that at the top of the lineup can combine with a Garmin navigation system. Sirius Satellite Radio and TravelLink features are available, along with a premium audio system.

Changes for 2015 are few. Models equipped with the 8.4-inch touch-screen display include five years of free Sirius XM Traffic and TravelLink. Formerly optional 17-inch aluminum wheels are now standard on Journey SE AWD models, previously a $595 option. And there are some new paint options: Billet Silver Metallic and Blue Streak Pearl.

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October 11, 2015
2015 Dodge Journey FWD 4-Door American Value Pkg

awesome couldn't be happier

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Wow....we love our Journey. Got the base 4 banger and love it/ was worried about power but for me, and daily mostly city some highway, I love it. I get high 20's all the time for mpg. There was nothing out... + More »
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September 24, 2015
2015 Dodge Journey AWD 4-Door R/T

Love, love, love it!

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Never owned a dodge or a crossover before, but so far I just love it. Has all the options I wanted, back up camera, wireless phone, heated seats and steering wheel, seats 6-7 people, lots of room for luggage... + More »
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July 16, 2015
2015 Dodge Journey FWD 4-Door Crossroad

love

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We bought the cross road Dodge journey last week we are happy we are on a road trip now . our adult children don't think it's roomy enough well we do .thanks we Live it .
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April 28, 2015
2015 Dodge Journey FWD 4-Door SE

Very Pleased with it.

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We just took it on a short road trip. It was very easy to handle on the road and really good on gas. Very comfortable.
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April 13, 2015
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Steady As She Goes

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My 2015 Dodge Journey SXT now has a bit over 10,000 kms. I have previously owned a 2009 Journey SXT and a 2012 Dodge Journey Crew so I am definitely a fan of this particular CUV. All my Journeys have had the... + More »
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December 15, 2016
2017 Dodge Journey SE FWD

Very Pleasant Driving Experience

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I have about 2000 miles on our 2017 Journey SE. Nicely equipped for a "Stripper" - standard Air conditioning, radio w/CD/MP3 CD player and USB/aux inputs, cruise control, automatic transmission, automatic... + More »
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November 22, 2015
2016 Dodge Journey AWD 4-Door R/T

More for Your Money

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This is my 4th Dodge Journey and I have been most satisfied with the vehicle since I first purchased one in 2009. I compared it to several CUV models over the years and with each Journey, I felt I was getting... + More »
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October 19, 2015
2016 Dodge Journey FWD 4-Door SXT

Very convenient SUV

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It is a perfect size for a big family, it is very comfortable. Plenty of space to storage. The 4.2 L is enough for normal driving, no complaint about this issue.
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April 11, 2016
2014 Dodge Journey FWD 4-Door R/T

2014 Dodge Journey R/T Rally AWD V6

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I purchased this vehicle new in Deccember 2013 and within 1 week it was back to the dealer to replace the DVD player. That was only the start of the complaint issues I had with this vehicle. The GPS unit was... + More »
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April 15, 2015
For 2014 Dodge Journey

A common problem untold.

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I have a 2014 Dodge Journey (blacktop). Beautiful vehicle with black rims, black lights, and nice size display control panel. However; a common problem is with even a small amount of weight can throw your... + More »
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