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2012 Dodge Journey (four-cylinder, FWD): 19/26 mpg
2012 Dodge Journey V-6: 17/25 mpg (FWD); 16/24 mpg (AWD)
Gas mileage isn't exceptional in the seven-passenger Dodge Journey, but it's solidly within the average range, even for the recommended V-6 models.
The basic four-cylinder found in base Journey crossovers isn't our favorite powerplant, but it does produce the highest fuel economy numbers in the lineup. Only available with front-wheel drive and with a four-speed automatic, this Journey turns in an EPA rating of 19/26 mpg, significantly lower than what's on offer in a manual-gearbox Kia Sorento, even lower than the new Sorento with direct injection (it's rated at 22/32 mpg).
In the V-6 Journey--the version we recommend--the numbers are lower, but more competitive with the Sorento, the Journey's most direct competitor. Front-drive Journey crossovers earn an EPA-rated 17/24 mpg, and with all-wheel drive, it's still figured at 16/24 mpg, just a couple of miles per gallon on the city cycle lower than the Kia.
No hybrid or diesel versions of the Journey are promised, and a fuel-saving dual-clutch version that had been planned long before Chrysler's acquisition by Fiat has been axed.
Gas mileage isn't a strong suit, but especially in V-6 versions, the 2012 Dodge Journey is at least in the ballpark.