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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
it'd be nicer if the navigation graphics were more refined because they definitely have an aftermarket look to them.
excellent new 8.4-inch touch screen navigation/infotainment system
It's reasonably well equipped even in its base form, and the 2012 Dodge Journey has some infotainment options you won't find on any other crossover vehicle.
The standard-equipment list for the Journey includes the usual features. Air conditioning makes the list, and so do cruise control; a telescoping steering wheel; power windows, locks and mirrors; and an AM/FM/CD player with MP3 playback. A cooled glove box is also standard, and it's one of the standout features that gives the compact Journey some distinction in the vast sea of family wagons.
A USB port is also standard, but it's tucked away deep into the center console, in front of the shift lever. Consider it a safety feature, so long as your cable is short.
Step into higher-trim Journeys and you'll add features like premium sound; keyless entry; leather seating; and hide-away cargo bins under the seats. Bluetooth and satellite radio are available on most trim levels, and standard on top-line editions.
Chrysler goes well beyond the usual offerings in the class for the Journey's infotainment options. There's a Garmin navigation system, which isn't as intuitive as some of its other offerings, and real-time traffic information and other data services. A DVD entertainment system for the rear seats is available. Then there's Backseat TV, a trio of streaming entertainment channels with kid-friendly programming. Chrysler also builds in voice control with some of the audio system functions, but it's a more limited system than, say, Ford's SYNC.
The base 2012 Dodge Journey is reasonably well equipped for its low base price; you'll spend up to $30,000 for its class-leading connectivity options.