The 2010 Dodge Journey brings an edgy Dodge flair to a segment that defaults to a sleeker, softer look.
The Journey doesn't fit the more usual sleekness of the crossover class. It has more in common with Jeeps, Land Rovers, and Mitsubishi's Outlander than with vehicles like the Hyundai Santa Fe. Clearly it's a wagon, but one tending to the SUV spectrum of styling. Edmunds says "the overall impression is of a bright, reasonably spacious, straightforward family hauler," while Cars.com comments it "looks like a full-grown Dodge Caliber." The style works in many ways: The upright crosshair grille is distinctive, the silhouette is trim, and it's tall enough to be functional, though it seems a little narrow from some angles. As Car and Driver remarks, "the Journey is a relatively good-looking vehicle with a solid stance, an elegant tapered greenhouse, and a square-jawed mug." The Detroit News is a little backhanded in its compliments, commenting "its profile is less polarizing than other Dodge vehicles," while wagering "nondescript isn't a bad thing either."
The Journey's interior falls far below the best in the class, however. The instruments are canted at a strange angle and have a dated typeface. The straight-edge style doesn't play as well on the Journey's dash as it does its sheetmetal and looks less expensive than the Journey can be. Truck Trend half-praises it as "kind of nice," but Edmunds says "its interior is less refined than those found in competitors." Road & Track remarks "the interior execution, which, while an improvement for Dodge, is still a far cry from being superb. The gauges have a 1980s look with square housings and glass partitions." Car and Driver reports, "The instrument cowl has a fun retro style to it-think '80s-vintage LeBarons-but the lack of graining on the plastic stands out as much as the cheeky design." The Detroit News observes "controls are all easily and intuitively within reach," though it notes the gearshift sits on the center console in a slightly awkward spot. ConsumerGuide likes the Journey's "generally handsome cabin decor," but it doesn't care for the way the steering wheel "partially blocks view to dials to the far left and right." They add with the base audio system, "all audio controls are set too low for easy access."