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2013 Dodge Journey

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2013 Dodge Journey Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

While the Dodge Journey can fit seven passengers, it's not as roomy or comfortable as a larger GMC Acadia or Honda Pilot. The standard 4-cylinder engine contributes to the Journey's low base price, but in that form it's noisy and underpowered.

What's New for 2013

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 the Journey

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.

2013 Dodge Journey Details
Interior

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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.

2.4-liter inline-4
173 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
166 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 mpg

3.6-liter V6
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)

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2013 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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