By KBB.com Editors
KBB Expert Rating: 6.5
The 2013 Dodge Journey maintains its mid-size crossover SUV vehicle status, offering room for up to seven passengers, but with pricing and fuel economy figures on par with smaller SUVs, such as the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester. In terms of quality and design, the Journey's interior is a cut above most, full of high-end features and clever storage compartments demanded by families on the go. In the second row of seats are under-floor storage compartments, while the front passenger-seat bottom lifts to reveal more storage space. But the best part of the 2013 Journey is its available V6, which we think is one of the most powerful, smooth-running and fuel-efficient V6 engines on the market.
If your growing family demands a vehicle with minivan-like proportions, but you don't want a minivan, check out the 2013 Dodge Journey. With its available V6, 7-passenger seating and AWD, the Journey can handle most of what fits into a traditional minivan and still maintain its less-bland SUV-like appeal.
For 2013, the Dodge Journey gets more equipment added to its various trims but with no price increase. AVP and SE trims get new 17-inch wheels, while the R/T models have a $1,000 price drop. New standard features on the Crew trim include leather seating, heated steering wheel and heated front seats.
Driving Impressions Although the 2013 Dodge Journey might look as though it would ride and handle like a tall SUV, the feeling we experienced seemed more in keeping with a well-mannered wagon....Dodge has given the Journey a very taut suspension that absorbs most road irregularities without complaint, yet is still stiff enough to keep the Journey from rolling and bobbing on windy roads. Passengers in the front and second-row had nothing but praise for their accommodations, but those in the third row agreed it was best suited for small children. As for power, we found that Journey's standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine didn't exhibit much performance, even when moving a light load. For overall performance and peace of mind, we'd recommend going with the Pentastar V6. The 3.6-liter 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.
FLIP 'N STOW STORAGE
The 2013 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.
UCONNECT 8.4-INCH NAVIGATION RADIO
Highlights include voice-activated controls for the Bluetooth, navigation, audio and iPod, as well as "Eco-Route" guidance and song tagging. There's even a subscription option to Sirius Travel Link, which can provide updates for traffic, find the cheapest gasoline prices, report on sports scores and weather conditions and even give movie times.
Step into a Journey Crew or R/T trim and you'll find various interior color choices in rich fabrics or plush leather. Soft-touch surfaces abound, and the big 8.4-inch touch-screen audio system, featuring the Uconnect suite of communication and connectivity options, is one of the best, most intuitive systems available. On the versatility front, the 2013 Dodge Journey mid-size SUV features a flush-folding third-row seat and second-row seats that can slide fore-and-aft (making access to the third-row seat a bit easier). Upper-level trims also have a flat-folding front seat that increases the cargo floor right up to the dashboard.Exterior
As mid-size SUVs go, Dodge's 2013 Journey is on the larger side of the scale. Its tall stance and long profile give it the look of a big wagon, similar to the old Chrysler Pacifica. The Journey is so long, in fact, that it dwarfs the Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape by nearly 10 inches. To keep the exterior from looking too much like a bland family wagon, Dodge has dressed it up with a chrome-trimmed crosshair grille, flashy alloy wheel choices and, on V6 models, a more aggressive lower air intake. The R/T trim takes things up another notch with a monochromatic exterior, 19-inch wheels and R/T badging.
Standard equipment on the 2013 Dodge Journey includes a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and 4-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, keyless entry, push-button start, 17-inch wheels, second-row in-floor storage and a covered storage bin in the rear cargo area. All models feature electronic traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes, front-seat side airbags, and 3-row side-curtain airbags.
Beyond the base Dodge Journey for 2013, there are four other Dodge Journey trims: SE, SXT, Crew and R/T. The 283-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission are offered on the SXT and standard on Crew and R/T trims. Options vary by trim and include all-wheel drive, UConnect Hands-free Communication network, leather seating surfaces, ParkView rearview camera, ParkSense parking assist, navigation, a power moonroof, six premium speakers with subwoofer and 368-watt amplifier, third-row seating, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, 17- and 19-inch wheels, 3-zone automatic air conditioning, Tilt 'n Slide second-row seats, Flip 'n Stow compartment, a heated steering wheel and heated front seats.
Engineered for commuting and good gasoline mileage, the 173-horsepower, 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine in the 2013 Dodge Journey provides adequate power when lightly loaded. But bigger loads and the AWD system demand the potent 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, which pumps out 283 horsepower and is not only the engine many people will want, it's the one we recommend. Coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the 3.6-liter V6 never fails to deliver power when asked and, once up to speed, keeps the Journey moving with remarkable fuel efficiency. The Journey's V6 is also E85-compatible.
173 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
166 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 mpg
283 horsepower @ 6,350 rpm
260 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 mpg (front-wheel drive), 12/18 mpg (front-wheel drive, E85)
16/24 mpg (all-wheel drive)
By Steve on Thursday, December 18, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Price, user friendly, motor"
Cons: "Wish it came standard with GPS navigation"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have driven this vehicle for 2 round trips. Each round trip was 1700 miles. The cloth seats are very comfortable. Plenty of space for a child, three dogs, gifts, and inclement weather survival items in the storage compartments. We just bought another one because we liked the first one so much. First one is SXT FWD and the second is SXT AWD. The FWD accelerates very fast, climbs hills easy, really quiet ride, and handles like a nimble car. The AWD doesnt accelerate as quickly (nature of AWD), extermely quiet and comfortable ride, and definately feel in grabbing the road (traction not an issue). The AWD feels/handles like my wide and heavy muscle car, except it obvously doesnt accelerate as quickly."
6 people out of 10 found this review helpful
By romeomom on Wednesday, December 17, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "nice smooth ride"
Cons: "terrible gas mileage and no cigarette package"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"The transmission had to be replaced twice. All of the electrical wiring had to be replaced. And even still my windows do not go up and down properly when it is cold. I love the ability to get up to highway speeds quickly, and how smoothly it runs at those speeds. I love the third row seating and all of the storage space and spaces it has."
2 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By chuga chuga on Tuesday, December 09, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,500overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "heated seating/steering wheel, and assist handles."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"i've been driving lease vehicles for over 30+ years constantly. this was the car for my wife and I to drive during retirement. we had selected the 6 cylinder engine with the added maintenance agreements as well. along with what we needed for creature comforts-this car is well worth the investment. we have had this car for over a half year-and it works very well for our needs. hope that this helps."
9 people out of 10 found this review helpful
By Elizamart on Sunday, December 07, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "System tells you when you need maintenance."
Cons: "A little on the expensive side!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"I can't imagine anyone not liking this vehicle. It has all the bells and whistles. Keyless start and entry, backup camera, u-connect. I love this vehicle. The interior fabric is very nice, the u-connect system is fairly easy to use(regardless of what other people say). It just takes some exploring to figure everything out. I have only had one problem with it in almost 4 years (the battery died right after we got it). Handles very well in winter conditions."
5 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By Jaymista on Saturday, November 22, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to drive, lots of storage, quiet"
Cons: "big pillars, donut spare tire"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I owned a 2009 Dodge Journey SXT and I was very satisfied with that one so I went with a 2012 Journey Crew a couple of years ago. I have had only one problem and a warning light came on but I could still drive it as normally so I took it to the dealer who, under warranty, installed a new oil pump. It was not a common problem. I put on new brake shoes a couple of months ago at the dealer's suggestion. Other than those two items, my Journey has been completely free of problems. It drives smooth and powerful. I can pass on the road when I want to and I have driven it satisfactory in all kinds of weather. I use it sometimes to drive a 1500 lb. small RV trailer with no problems but I drive it a bit slower around 55-60 mph. My wife loves driving the Journey as well. It is relatively easy on gas in my opinion (26-28 mpg Canadian)."
14 people out of 21 found this review helpful
By ldupree on Tuesday, November 18, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I was really surprised with how much I got for the price. I wish that I would have gotten a 6 cylinder though. I feel like the 6 cyl. would be easier getting up hills. I get great mpg though. On road trips I have gotten up to 29 mpg which is amazing for an SUV."
8 people out of 13 found this review helpful