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2011 Dodge Journey

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2011 Dodge Journey Review

Enjoy the safety and technology features without the up-market pampering.

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Overview

As vehicles types, designs, and features continue to grow, manufacturers face higher competition to give consumers the best value. The 2011 Dodge Journey benefits from this competition. Still, an even more exciting trend presents itself as manufacturers work to outdo the competition with the best techno-sound and techno-friendly features with each new model.

The Range

Body Styles: crossover SUV
Engines: 2.4 liter V-6, 3.6 liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Journey SE Sport Utility, Dodge Journey SXT Sport Utility, Dodge Journey Crew Sport Utility, Dodge Journey RT Sport Utility

What's New

The 2011 Dodge Journey has undergone some important upgrades, getting a new 3.6 liter V-6 engine. There has also been some reworking on the suspension to give the vehicle better stability and on the steering system to give the driver more control. As in most vehicles from 2011, the interior upholstery materials have made a move from the old plastics that make cars look cheap to more cloth-based materials that give the vehicle a better overall finish.

Exterior

The 2011 Dodge Journey has presence when standing at a ground clearance of 7.3 inches, a width of 72.2 inches, a height of 66.6 inches, a length of 192.4 inches, and on a wheelbase measuring 113.8 inches. It offers a cargo capacity of 39.7 cubic feet with all the seats in place, and this increases to 67.6 cubic feet. The vehicle comes fitted with a roof rack, which means you can haul camping gear up there. The drag coefficient stands at 0.37 cd, whereas it reaches a maximum towing capacity of 1000 pounds when properly equipped.

The aesthetics of the 2011 Dodge Journey get enhanced by 16-inch steel wheels with P225-70R16 all-season tires. The other fittings include variable intermittent wipers, a privacy glass to shut out eavesdroppers, and a rear window defogger and wiper for different weather conditions.

Interior

The interior of the 2011 Dodge Journey provides a comfortable amount of space for most passengers and beats some of the other models in its class. It comes with front headroom of 40.8 inches, front hip room of 53.8 inches, and front legroom of 40.8 inches, and it offers a height-adjustable driver’s seat and bucket front seats.

The 2011 Dodge Journey provides good room in the rear with headroom totaling 39.2 inches, rear legroom at 33.6 inches, rear shoulder room at 56.9 inches, and reclining and split-folding rear seats.

The power-operated features include remote power door locks, power mirrors, heated mirrors, power steering, and one-touch power windows.

Performance & Handling

The SE Sport 2011 Dodge Journey remains an average performer with a 2.4 liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 166 lb-ft of torque and 173 hp. It has variable valve timing (VVT), 16 valves, and a double overhead cam (DOHC). It uses a four-speed automatic transmission with front drive.

The suspension system comes standard and feels bit average with a front and rear stabilizer bar, four-wheel independent suspension, MacPherson strut front suspension, and multi-link rear suspension.

Safety

The driving, starting, stopping security features of the 2011 Dodge Journey do not give any new inspiration, but the basics remain in place and so you can rest in the knowledge that the car stays at par with the current safety trends. These features include four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), ventilated front disc and solid rear disc brakes, an engine immobilizer, stability and traction control, electronic brake force distribution, and emergency braking assist to enhance the ability of the vehicle to stop.

Other safety features include child seat anchors and rear-door child safety locks. The airbags all come standard for all passengers and for the driver, both in front and on the sides. The vehicle also includes height-adjustable headrests with a passenger head restraint whiplash protection system to secure the neck in the event of an impact.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Journey: 19/26 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Enhanced technology
  • Stylish interior
  • Enough room for the whole family

You Won't Like

  • Weak four-cylinder engine
  • Limited cargo space
  • Cramped third row

Sum Up

Enjoy the safety and technology features without the up-market pampering.

If You Like This Vehicle

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