Intro: The 2011 Dodge Journey crossover has gone under the knife, and the result is drastic improvements in all the right places. Though exterior updates to this 5-passenger crossover may be subtle, they do well to give the Journey an upscale appearance.
Trims for the Journey are Express, Mainstreet, R/T, Crew, and the range-topping Lux. Our Crew test model featured 19-inch painted aluminum wheels and fog lights while all models get an updated chrome grille and a new, more aerodynamic lower front fascia. Out back the Dodge badge has been replaced with the Dodge name, elegantly spread emblazoned across the available power open/close rear hatch.
Performance: The Base Express trim comes equipped with a 2.4-liter inline-4 sending 173 horsepower to the front wheels through a 4-speed automatic. All other models come equipped with Chrysler's new 3.6-liter V6, sending 283 horsepower through a 6-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels or available all wheel drive.
Fuel Economy: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
Features: While the exterior update was modest, the interior has been thoroughly overhauled, and the new design is a looker. A chunky interior layout has been replaced with a flowing interior, rooted in utility. Uprated models, like our Crew tester, feature Dodge's Uconnect 8.4-inch multimedia touch screen display. From this screen you can control everything from the available heated seats to the optional Alpine premium audio system.
The driver is treated to an advanced trip computer with a vivid LCD screen, while rear seat passengers benefit from an available tri-zone climate control with rear seat dials.
Safety Features: Standard safety features include traction control, electronic stability control with roll mitigation, and a full assortment of front and side impact airbags. The available backup camera is a welcomed option, especially when viewed through the massive touch screen.
Pricing: Base MSRP for the 2011 Dodge Journey is $22,245. A range topping all wheel drive Lux model starts at $33,445.
Warranty: The Journey is backed by 5-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Summary: With minor exterior updates hinting at the tremendous improvements within, Dodge has beefed up its entry in the crossover market in the 2011 Journey.