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2011 Dodge Journey

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2011 Dodge Journey Review

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As part of Chrysler Corporation's massive full-line overhaul, the 2011 Dodge Journey has been given a thorough makeover that breathes new life (and respectability) into a vehicle many critics had given up for dead. Like so many Chrysler products of late, the original Dodge Journey was a well thought-out design that suffered from poor execution. Rather than throw the baby out with the bathwater, however, Dodge engineers looked to repair the Journey's weakest links, namely its suspension, interior and engine. In all three areas, the Dodge boys have hit a home run, creating a comfortable, quiet and well-built crossover with all the flair and sportiness we've come to expect from the brand.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need a vehicle with three-row seating, but a minivan is definitely out of the question, check out the 2011 Dodge Journey. The Journey has a large and versatile interior, and offers high-tech audio, navigation and connectivity features rarely found in this segment.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Although the 2011 Dodge Journey has been completely overhauled, those looking for a well-established vehicle with equally well-established reliability and resale ratings should probably look to the Toyota Highlander, Honda CR-V, or even the new Ford Explorer.

What's Significant About This Car?

The 2011 Dodge Journey receives a new 283-horsepower V6 engine, a completely retuned suspension and steering setup, a gorgeous new interior, and an abundance of high-tech communication and connectivity features.

Driving the Journey

Driving Impressions The 2011 Dodge Journey doesn't drive like a tall SUV. In fact, it doesn't drive like any SUV or crossover we've been in lately. The new suspension and...

steering tuning create a car-like ride that is comparable to some sport sedans. Turn-in is rapid, the steering responsive and body roll and lean are kept well in check. Remarkably, the same stiff suspension that allows for such good handling also returns a smooth and comfortable ride, even over harsh and uneven pavement. We placed people in all three rows for an extended period of time and found that front seat and second-row passengers had nothing but praise for their accommodations. The third-row occupants, however, were not as kind. They roundly agreed that the Journey's rear-most seat is best suited for children, and not for any great length of time. While the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine doesn't have to strain to move a lightly loaded Journey, Dodge was wise to make its Pentastar V6 standard in all but the base trim. This new Pentastar is one of the best V6 engines ever produced by Dodge, and may even rank as one of the best V6 engines of all time. From its abundant power to its excellent fuel economy, we found the 3.6-liter to be a real gem.

Flip 'n Stow Storage
The 2011 Dodge Journey's 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.

2011 Dodge Journey Details
Interior

Comparing last year's interior to the one found in the 2011 Dodge Journey is like comparing night and day. The new interior is every bit as versatile as before, with a flush-folding third-row seat, Tilt 'n Slide second-row seating, and flat-folding front passenger seat. There's also loads of hidden storage space, including storage bins located under the second-row seats and the available Flip 'n Stow front seat. But, it's the new interior's overall execution that has us smiling. There are now five different trims with six different interior color choices. Soft touch material covers just about every touchable surface, and a handsome new three-spoke wheel plays host to controls for the cruise and audio. On upper-end R/T, Crew and LUX trims, an advanced Uconnect suite of communication and connectivity options abound, including Bluetooth and voice activated controls for navigation, audio and iPod. There's even a subscription option to Sirius Travel Link, which can provide updates for traffic, find the cheapest gas prices, plus report on sports scores, weather conditions and even movie times.

Exterior

In the world of compact crossovers, the 2011 Dodge Journey is on the larger side of the spectrum. Its long body makes the Journey look like a big station wagon. When placed side-by-side next to the Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape, the Dodge Journey surpasses both by a good 10 inches. The 2011 Dodge Journey receives some new exterior styling, including a revised crosshair grille, a different lower air intake on V6 models, and a number of aggressive wheel designs that range from 16- to 19-inches in diameter. The Journey also sports new "ring of fire" LED tail lights and a less-angular rear fascia.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base 2011 Dodge Journey Express comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and four-speed automatic transmission, power heated side mirrors, three 12-volt outlets, a 4.3-inch touch screen AM/FM radio with a single CD player, an audio input jack and USB port, second-row in-floor storage, and a rear-cargo area covered storage bin.

Optional Equipment

Beyond the base 2011 Dodge Journey Express, there are four other Dodge Journey trims: Mainstreet, Crew, R/T and LUX. All feature a 283-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. Options vary by trim and include all-wheel drive, UConnect Hands-free Communication network, leather seating surfaces, ParkView rear back-up camera, ParkSense parking assist, navigation, power moonroof, six premium speakers with subwoofer and 368-watt amplifier, third-row seating, 17- and 19-inch wheels, three-zone automatic air conditioning, Tilt 'n Slide second-row seats, Flip 'n Stow compartment, and heated front seats.

Under the Hood

Engineered for commuting and good gas mileage, the 173-horsepower, 2.4-liter, four-cylinder provides a sufficient amount of power for the weight of this crossover, but the potent 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, which pumps out 283 horsepower, is really the engine you'll want. Coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission, the 3.6-liter never fails to deliver power when asked, and once up to speed, requires only minimal fuel to keep the Journey cruising. The Journey's V6 is also E85 compatible.

2.4-liter in-line 4
173 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
166 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26

3.6-liter V6
283 horsepower @ 6350 rpm
260 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 (FWD), 13/18 (FWD, E85)
16/24 (AWD)

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2011 Dodge Journey Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
6.9
Out of 10

Based on 391 Ratings for the 2009 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    7.2/10
    Quality
    6.9/10
  • Reliability
    7.3/10
    Performance
    7.2/10
  • Comfort
    7.7/10
    Styling
    7.8/10

Dodge Journey is a great value for less

By on Friday, January 08, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "comfortable, easy to drive and versatile."

Cons: "four cylinder is adequate but needs a little more"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I leased my Journey over two years ago and it has never ceased to impress me with it's comfort,versatility and spacious interior. My four cylinder is adequate but could use a few more horses,but it gets the job done. If you need a new vehicle that has plenty of room for passengers or family cargo this is very affordable,try out a Journey and see for yourself."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Like the car in general.

By on Monday, December 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"4 cylinder with 4 speed trans is terrible, especially with air conditioner on. Needs the 6 speed trans like the V6 has and I think it would improve it tremendously. Other than that it has been a nice vehicle overall. To get that trans the cost is 8 to 10 thousand dollars to upgrade to the model with the V6 package. An additional 1000 wouldn't be so bad to get a better transmission but not 8000."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Good road trip Vehicle

By on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "It is a nice vehicle for the money."

Cons: "Transmission is due for an upgrade."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"It is a nice vehicle for the money - avoid the four cylinder engine and opt for the 3.6L V6. It offers a smoother and quieter ride. Vehicle is a bit heavier and lower to the ground than some other SUV/Crossovers in its class-we recently drove in high wind conditions and did not get knocked around like some lighter SUV/Crossovers."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Good basic transportation for people and cargo

By on Friday, November 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 510

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Inexpensive, good looks, handles well, ample power"

Cons: "I have to pay for it."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

2015 Dodge Journey AVP

"I only had this car a few days. The day after I brought it home I made a 450 mile round trip run to my home in the mountains with a full load of cargo. The 4 Cylinder engine was more than up to the task of hauling the load, had plenty of get up and go on the highway when needed and averaged 28 MPG. The interior is roomy, quiet, comfortable. The ride quality is good and feels solid. The handling on twisting mountain roads was very good. In the total darkness the headlights/high beams were super bright."

12 people out of 19 found this review helpful

2015 Dodge Journey AVP

Lots of problems, all correctable

By on Monday, October 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "MPG OK, comfortable"

Cons: "Poor visibility,tire pressure indicator defective"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"We bought this car used with 50,000+ 4 years ago from a well known car rental company; I was originally looking at a new Caliber with a stick. I feel a manual transmission is an extra bit of theft insurance. This vehicle has been driven by two adults, going to and coming from work, and was used for several short trips totaling no more than 2,000 miles each. After discussing my needs, I was convinced by the salesman that I needed a bigger car, the Journey, which had a bigger cargo area. I had explained that the vehicle would be used for my family and our pets, one of which is a 240 lb mastiff. Turns out the car is too high off the ground- he is unable to climb up into or jump down from the cargo area. We have found that our over-sized puppy clearly enjoys riding on the soft, padded middle seat - he occupies the whole seat. With regard to the third seat, it is rarely used, but is not really suited for use by adults - it has too little leg/foot room. The small area works great for families with three kids- two kids get their own seat and the third gets to ride "up-front" with the driver. Some significant problems with visibility, which I understand has been addressed in later editions. I'm glad I bought the extended warranty - transmission problems at about 75,000 miles. Big issue with the pressure sensitive valve incorporated into the dash-board problem indicator. My husband got so upset with taking this car to the shop 2-3 times a month that after finding out this was a common and re-occuring problem with this model he had the repair shop replace the this piece of standard equipment on all four tires. We now check the tire pressure manually with a gauge. Although I am sure your engineers added this feature with safety in mind, this equipment does not achieve this purpose. The design is not only poor, but the it is built into an innovative standard design requiring expensive and overpriced tires. I would not recommend this vehicle to my friends until the previously noted issues have been identified, addressed and corrected. The issues noted have caused our family to experience the significant discomfort and inconvenience,"

12 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Excelent vehicle

By on Sunday, October 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great price"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Excelent vehicle, the price is very good. The 2.4l engine is enough for normal use. Inside is huge, comfortable, well made."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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