• fb_1779529571 avatar Bill Posted: 7/28/2012 7:31am PDT

    Sometimes a rental car can be an eye opener. I got a Journey a couple of years ago and was so surprised at how much there was to like about the crossover. Yes the dash and some interior features were lacking, but the overall package was just well executed. Why aren't these things selling like crazy, Iasked myself, is it the interior alone? The answer is yes and no and I believe the author hit on the answer...bad timing. Dodge and Chrysler as a whole was in a place of reaping the impact of somebad decisions, public doubt and product compromises which obscured basically a very good product. Too bad because the Journey and the Chrysler200/Dodge Avenger cousins are alot better than what we got out of the box and the damage was done.

  • fb_774124542 avatar Hector Posted: 8/28/2012 11:57am PDT

    I would like to see electric sliding rear doors in the Dodge Journey, like the mini vans.

  • bengt avatar Bengt Posted: 8/28/2012 6:22pm PDT

    Hi Hector,
    The interesting thing is that when Chrysler introduced the Journey, it effectively replaced their short-wheelbase Dodge Caravan. Many shoppers seem puzzled about why minivans have grown so large, and that there's a lack of vehicles that park more easily yet have sliding side doors. A number of people within the industry insist that there isn't any demand for this (the Mazda5 is one of the only vehicles like this), and that people prefer the larger hinged rear doors, but I don't agree.

  • fb_100002541566975 avatar fb_100002541566975 Posted: 12/12/2012 1:24pm PST

    Bought a 2012 in March2012, and went on three back-to back trips. I'm getting 26.7 on the road, 19 in town - Fantastic! Only drawback is the shifting problem mentioned in the article - it's really touch in roller-coaster terrain. I use the shift thing ( forgot what it is calle d- but it's like going into a standard transmission and controlling the shifting) in the shills and it performs great! My (adult)kids were skeptical about this car, but after they drove it a bit they want one, too.

  • fb_100002541566975 avatar fb_100002541566975 Posted: 12/12/2012 1:27pm PST

    sorry about the typos - too much of a hurry. 'tough' in roller coaster terrain, and 'hills', not 'shills!'