New sheet metal has freshened up the exterior, and roof rails are among its standard offerings. SXT editions have fancy platinum accents. The tasteful new interior has a nicer material quality. The new design is smooth and simple with the right organization and spaciousness to make a family feel at home. The Dodge Journey's dashboard is sleek and dressy with a soft-touch feel that fits its modern style. The front row seats are American-sized, according to the reviewers at the Car Connection. The second row seats can recline for greater comfort. These seats can tilt and slide as needed for access to the third row. The available third row immediately increases seating to seven. The Journey also offers built-in child booster seats, a real plus for busy parents who value their children's safety.
When it comes to value, the 2016 Dodge Journey really piles on the features. This contemporary SUV has push button start and a standard touchscreen. The SUV has helpful in-floor storage and an available in-seat hidden compartment. The standard power-cool glove box makes it easy to keep formula or juice ready for babies or toddlers. The large 37-cu.ft. cargo hold quickly expands, even achieving greater length with the fold-flat front passenger seat. The Car Connection notes that the fold-flat seats actually create a lower, flatter load floor than many rivals. The climate controls are offered in a tri-zone format for greater passenger comfort. A power sunroof adds a dash of the outdoors to the daily drive. Leather upholstery is a major attraction on higher editions. Other favorite features include a heated steering wheel and power seats with seat heaters.
On the dash, two available UConnect touchscreens offer class-leading capability. The 8.4-inch display comes with Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free texting. Voice commands make it easy to interact with its audio and navigation functions. Edmunds, Kelley Blue Book, and many other critics call this system one of the best available. Other tech features include a remote starter and a rear entertainment center.
Two powertrains offer up excellent power and fuel economy. The most fuel-efficient is the 177-horsepower 2.4-liter engine with front-wheel drive. The second is a 283-horsepower V-6, which comes with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. The V-6 is standard on the R/T edition and any other edition with all-wheel drive. The Car Connection reports that the suspension is well-damped, making ride quality a strong point.
The two-row Journey is offered as an SE model while the three-row is available on the SXT, Crossroad, Crossroad Plus and R/T trim levels. Dodge changed the number of trims, actually reducing prices on three editions. The pricing scheme continues to undercut rivals, especially when compared with other three-row choices.