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2012 Dodge Journey AVP
The least-expensive mid-size crossover on the market, the 2012 Dodge Journey AVP (American Value Package, a new model for 2012), is powered by a 173-horsepower 2.4-liter in-line four-cylinder engine paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. EPA-rated fuel economy is 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway in the front-wheel drive Journey.
Five-passenger seating is standard, with seven-passenger seating starting at $19,990. The Journey’s power mirrors are also heated and fold-away, and the crossover features keyless entry and push-button start, which Dodge says is not commonly found in the mid-size crossover segment.
With respect to the all-important interior dimensions for headroom and legroom, the Journey acquits itself nicely with front/rear headroom of 40.8/39.9 inches and front/rear legroom of 40.8/33.6 inches (in five-passenger configuration). Cargo volume behind the first row seat is 67.6 cubic feet. Behind the second-row seats, it’s 39.61 cubic feet.
Additional safety features on the Journey include driver knee airbag, electronic roll mitigation with brake assist and trailer sway control.
For a more complete review, see why TheCarConnection says: “Practical without being too prim, the 2012 Dodge Journey cuts an interesting figure and spans the gulf between practical crossovers and family-grade SUVs.”