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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
The Journey is offered in an extensive lineup, with AVP (American Value Package), SE, SXT, Crew, and R/T models. You'll need to step up to SXT models to get either the V-6 engine or all-wheel drive.
Crew and R/T models get added features for 2013, for better value, while prices on the R/T have actually dropped by $1,000. 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. A USB port is also included, although it's tucked away in the center console. Bluetooth isn't included on the base model, but it is a $395 option. Seven-passenger seating is available on any of the models.
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. SXT models can be optioned with UConnect and a power sunroof for 2013, but with the Journey Crew you get remote start, automatic climate control, leather steering-wheel trim, and in-seat storage. At the top R/T level you add appearance upgrades like red accent stitching, satin-carbon aluminum wheels, and a six-speaker, 368-watt premium audio system.
You'll also need to get the SXT, at minimum, to get the UConnect media center, an option that we appreciated for its ability to easily control a wide range of devices ranging from iPhones to SD cards (it even quickly indexed one with 16 GB of music). The system includes an 8.4-inch touch-screen that at the top of the lineup can combine with a Garmin navigation system that isn't all that intuitive. Sirius Satellite Radio and TravelLink features are available, along with the premium audio system, and a DVD entertainment system for backseat passengers is also optional.
The Dodge Journey is a pretty strong value for the money, and its connectivity and entertainment options are standouts.