Looking for a very affordable yet versatile mid-size crossover? Then, why not consider the Dodge Journey, which sports a starting price of just US MSRP of $18,995. The Dodge Journey is also a very safe vehicle, having been regarded by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as a Top Safety Pick for four consecutive years, thanks to over 40 safety and security features.
Aside from its safety features, the Dodge Journey also boasts of being fitted with the latest vehicle connectivity and customization -- Uconnect Touch 8.4 radio that comes with 8.4-inch touchscreen. The Dodge Journey is regarded as the only crossover in the US that offers either a four-cylinder engine or V-6 as power source; either a five- or seven-passenger seating as layout; and either front- or all-wheel drive as drive train.
A customer could opt for the 283hp Pentastar V-6 engine, which boasts of best-in-class driving range and up to 25 mpg highway. A customer could also opt for second-row in-floor storage bins and hidden storage within the front passenger seat.
Also being offered is the Dodge Journey SXT Blacktop, which is also offered with the same engine, seating and drive train choices as the original version. The Dodge Journey SXT Blacktop comes with a number of finishing options -- Bright Silver, Bright Red, Brilliant Black, Brilliant Red Tri-Coat, White, Pearl White Tri-Coat and Storm Grey.
The Journey SXT Blacktop edition features exterior improvements like the 19-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels and center caps, a Gloss Black grille, Gloss Black bezel headlamps, Gloss Black lower front fascia accent and Gloss Black exterior mirrors. It also features the Uconnect Touch 8.4 radio. These unique features could be availed through the Blacktop package for only $995 US MSRP, signifying a package discount of $400. Dodge Journey SXT Blacktop models are available with premium black cloth seats or black leather heated seats with heated steering wheel.
The 2011 Dodge Journey has received a major overhaul, including a redesigned and retuned suspension, a gorgeous new interior, and a new V-6 engine. It also features the latest in vehicle customization and connectivity with Chrysler’s new PowerNet electrical architecture. And with the all-new Uconnect Touch, the vehicle’s available touch-screen command center, you will surely feel like you have the world at your fingertips
From navigation to its fuel price checking ability, its dual-zone climate controls, and the Uconnect Touch media center, all of these certainly make everyone’s experience with the new Dodge Journey a worthwhile adventure. There are four Uconnect Touch models available, all of which feature cutting-edge technology and easy-to-use controls. Its user-friendly touch-key categories and its touch-screen display make connecting and controlling your personal devices intuitive, simple, and customizable.
Moreover, the 2011 Dodge Journey is composed and nimble, and performs well in all road and driving conditions. Chrysler engineers were able to enhance routine ride handling by adding new and improved premium tires, by redesigning the steering, and by re-engineering suspension geometry, to get a more coordinated and precise response. Overall, the vehicle delivers an energetic and fun-to-drive experience.
Additionally, the new Journey delivers 283 hp and a torque of 260 lb.-ft. with its new 3.6L Pentastar V-6 engine. It also delivers 20% more power than its predecessor’s V-6 engine. This engine is paired with a smooth-shifting 6-speed transmission.
You will also be treated to a quiet and smooth ride on the new Journey, thanks to reduced noise, harshness, and vibration brought about by better insulation and premium sound-deadening treatments.