By KBB.com Editors
Based on the same D-segment platform as the Dodge Avenger, the 2010 Dodge Journey is a relatively new crossover utility vehicle that fits in between the compact Caliber and family-hauling Grand Caravan. The Journey provides the utility of an SUV, the passenger capacity of a minivan, the driving characteristics of a car and has a multitude of storage bins and spaces. The Journey compares favorably with the Chevy Equinox, Ford Escape, Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota RAV4, and it's especially ideal for those with families, or those looking to start new families, as it offers different trim levels with a choice of seating configurations and amenities that should suit a variety of needs and budgets.
If you're looking for minivan utility and storage space, without the minivan look, the Journey is a viable option. With its available third-row seating, it offers more room than the Ford Escape and Chevy Equinox.
The Dodge Journey lacks in interior quality compared to other cars in its class. The dashboard and paneling and available leather seating are not the Journey's strong points.
New features added for 2010 include a fuel saver "ECO' light in the instrument cluster, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes on all models and a 1 mile per gallon improvement in highway fuel economy on V6 models.
Driving Impressions The 2010 Dodge Journey indeed drives like a car, but with the comfort and space of an SUV. On our test drive its tall ride height didn't affect stability much...as the suspension had a good amount of firmness to handle corners but was still comfortable, as compared to the rugged stiffness of the Ford Escape. The four-cylinder engine was peppy and had enough power to get us up moderate inclines, but the V6 seemed to be a better fit, although not as powerful as the V6 in the Toyota RAV4. We also appreciated all the convenient storage spaces. The Chill Zone beverage cooler above the glove box kept drinks cold surprisingly well, and the second-row in-floor bins, that were holding snacks, didn't leak a single drop of melted ice-water during a two-hour drive along bumpy back roads.
Flip 'n Stow Storage
The front passenger-seat cushion flips forward to expose a big storage bin that can hide valuables from prying eyes, or just keep things in place.
In-Floor Storage Bins
Behind the front seats are two bins in the floor that can accommodate up to twelve 12-ounce cans and ice – or whatever else you can put in there. The bins have locking lids and are removable for easy cleaning.
The spacious cabin of the Dodge Journey is lined with soft-skin paneling and chrome trim accents, is available with stain-resistant cloth fabric or two-toned leather seating and can accommodate up to seven occupants, depending upon the trim level. The front passenger seat, second and third rows fold flat for nine feet of load capacity, and in-floor storage bins are located in the second row and rear cargo areas. Other convenient features include the available Flip 'n Stow compartment in the front passenger seat and the Tilt 'n Slide feature, with which the second-row seats fold upward and slide forward to allow third-row access.Exterior
For a crossover, the Dodge Journey is fairly large, with a wheelbase almost ten inches longer than those of the Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape, which allows for more cargo and third-row room. The Journey has an aggressive look, with its sculpted wheel arches and angled beltline giving it a sportier, SUV-like appearance. The front of the Journey exudes muscularity, with a signature Dodge crosshair chrome grille and Ram's-head stamp in between quad-halogen headlamps and available fog lamps. To finish off the look, the composite lightweight rear liftgate has an integrated spoiler that provides form and function, improving the Journey's aerodynamics.
A base 2010 Dodge Journey comes with a 2.4-liter four cylinder engine with a four-speed automatic transmission, four wheel anti-lock disc brakes, power steering, power windows, power locks, air conditioning, Chill Zone beverage storage, AM/FM radio with a six-disc CD changer and six speakers, second-row in-floor storage and a rear-cargo area covered storage bin. Standard safety features include dual front and side airbags, side-curtain airbags in all rows, Electronic Stability Program and Electronic Roll Mitigation.
Available options for the Dodge Journey are a MyGIG infotainment system, UConnect Hands-free Communication, ParkView rear back-up camera, navigation, rear-seat nine-inch screen, wireless headphones and video remote control, six premium speakers with subwoofer and 368-watt amplifier, third-row seating, Tilt 'n Slide second-row seats, Flip 'n Stow compartment, automatic temperature control and heated front seats. These options are made available by opting for certain packages.
Engineered for commuting and good gas mileage, the 2.4-liter, four-cylinder provides a sufficient amount of power for the weight of this crossover, but the potent 3.5-liter V6 does the job even better. The 2.4-liter is fit outfitted with a four-speed automatic transmission, while the 3.5-liter has a six-speed.
2.4-liter in-line 4
173 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
166 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/25
235 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
232 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24 (FWD), 15/23 (AWD)
By Dawn on Wednesday, February 26, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 101,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Pros: "fun to drive, sporty, hidden storage"
Cons: "No room for passengers or luggage"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"Although the Journey seats 7, there really isn't much room for passengers, even my small children. My average- sized Kindergartner doesn't have enough leg room in the third row. The seats are narrow and do not provide enough room for child car seats or even booster seats. I have taken it on a number of roadtrips, and there just isn't room for passengers and luggage. When the third row is up the trunk space is minimal. I have to put the seats down to make room for my groceries. Additionally, the seats are not comfortable for long drives. Like many other reviewers, I frequently have had battery-related issues with this vehicle, even with new batteries. The blind spots are rather large as well. While it is fun to drive, this will be my last Journey. I'm upgrading to a real family car...a minivan"
By Cincinnati on Friday, February 21, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Price, features, build quality, 3rd row"
Cons: "exterior look - more Caravan than Durango"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"The Dodge Journey is the best value in it's category. I shopped around, and the amount of features for the $$ was unbeatable with the Journey. The V6 is a phenomenal engine with great power coupled with a smooth 6 speed trans. We don't use the 3rd row often, but it is a fantastic option to have available. I was never a Dodge fan, but I have been impressed with the quality and feel of the Journey. This may seem insignificant, but I like it when i close my car door and the vehicle feels solid. We have had no reliability issues just at 1 year of owennership! I have recommended this vehicle to my friends and family and look forward to purchasing a Durango in the near future."
5 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By pappy on Monday, February 17, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 300overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"only had it a few days have driven under 400 mi had no problems except rear visibility backing up. need a backup camera on it i guess . mileage is 23.5 highway."
1 person out of 2 found this review helpful
By Journeyman on Sunday, February 09, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great value. Sporty handling & acceleration. SAFE!"
Cons: "gas mileage, but better than my 01 Jeep Cherokee"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I just bought my second Journey. The first one was totaled after just three months. I was t-boned (passenger side) by someone doing around 65mpg while texting. I corkscrewed and ended up passenger side down. Climbed out without a scratch! Was given a Ford Edge Limited as a rental and hated it. I love this car. SXT, V6, Blacktop package, and mostly loaded. I'm a big fan of the blacktop package. No "chrome" and a mean looking bumper. Will drive this until it falls apart."
4 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By paul9079 on Wednesday, January 22, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "keyless entry; backup camera; large video display;"
Cons: "not too many so far!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"owned for about 16 months on lease; will keep for 3 years; at lease expiration likely will get a fresh Dodge Journey. I like keyless entry; backup camera; large video display; drives well; peppy engine and smooth transmission"
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By fisher man on Saturday, January 11, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,000overall rating 2 of 10rating details
Pros: "Total Junk"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Journey is poor excuse for a car.Car does not start every day.Need to jump start it as battery will not hold a charge Dealer states that I do not drive it enough to keep battery charged.You pay over twenty thousand for a car that will not start.What a Joke. Owned Dodges all my life but will never buy another one."
1 person out of 7 found this review helpful