Launched almost a decade back, the aging mid-size SPORT UTILITY VEHICLE (SUV) has survived this long thanks to its affordability and practicality, but it can decidedly lacking in the most advanced technology and safety equipment. Inspite of the availability of five trim packages, an inline-four and a V-6, front- or awd, and five- or seven-passenger seating, will be certainly not a single version of the Journey that is truly competitive with the best family cars. It’s only worth considering if there’s a high discount working in your benefit. What’s New for 2017? Not much. Besides a few new paint colors, the Journey’s biggest update this year was the renaming of its top trim level from R/T to GT.
2017 Dodge Journey Specs
Considering it costs thousands less than other crossovers its size, the 2017 Dodge Journey low base price may capture your eye. Do not fooled: the base Journey comes with an underpowered four-cylinder engine and an ancient four-speed computerized transmission that’s best avoided. A little extra cash can rating you a more up-to-date V-6 and six-speed computerized transmission, but even that mixture lags behind the competition in acceleration. Front-wheel drive is standard with either engine; all-wheel drive is optional on the V-6 and not available with the inline-four.
We have never tested a 4cyl 2017 Dodge Journey, but we can confidently say that their 173 horsepower won’t be enough to adequately force this two-ton SUV. Actually the 283-hp V-6 model we tested was the slowest in this matchup. The bigger engine is punchy enough for every day driving, but the six-speed computerized transmission is sometimes slow on the subscriber base when you request more power, hampering the Journey’s responsiveness.
2017 Dodge Trip Exterior
The blandly designed Journey looks almost the same as it do mainly because it debuted in 2009, so it goes rather unnoticed on the highway. If you’re concerned about blending in too much, there are a few available appearance packages to liven things up. Sizewise, the Quest is a tweener, being bigger than most two-row lines but a lttle bit smaller than most three-row competitors.
To make things more interesting, “2017 Dodge Journey” offers a Crossroad trim level with rugged-looking exterior parts and a supposedly sporty GT model with larger wheels and a more aggressive front fascia. No amount of money, nevertheless , will get you a Journey with a power liftgate, a feature that practically all its competition offer.
2017 Dodge Journey Interior
The second-row split bench is helpful enough to seat 3 across, but you need to slide the chairs all the way again to maximize legroom. Performing so renders the optionally available third-row seat almost worthless. Even with the second-row seats positioned forward, will be certainly almost no foot- and space in the wayback. The single positive aspect of the third row is how easy it is to access: pulling a lever flips and very easily folds the other row out of the way, giving a big space for passenger exit and entry.
The 2017 Dodge Journey flat and featureless dashboard doesn’t look at all upscale, but its obviously marked climate settings and large touchscreen are simple to use. Cheap-feeling bits like a plasticky shifter and hollow-sounding interior door-trim screens are especially egregious in Trips that are as well equipped as was our practically $40, 000 test car–which is why we made the $29, 185 SXT the version we suggest to buyers. A number of luxury features including an electrical passenger seat, cooled seats, and heated rear chairs are notable in their absence from the choices list.
2017 Dodge Quest Prices
The bare-bones Journey SE sure is cheap at $22, 290, but you get what you pay for: it has few standard features, and its underpowered four-cylinder engine pairs with a four-speed programmed transmission–an ancient relic in today’s crowd of eight-, nine-, and 10-speeds. We’d step up to the more modern 3. 6-liter V-6 engine and six-speed automated by selecting the mid-level SXT trim and then checking the box for the $1700 V-6 engine upgrade.
The little appeal that the 2017 Dodge Journey has is strongly tied to its value proposition, so we’d stay light on the options by adding the particular $895 Radio 8. 4 option that brings a bigger Uconnect touchscreen (8. 4 ins versus 4. 3) with a backup camera and SiriusXM radio. Awd is available on V-6 models for $1800. Our front-wheel-drive Trip SXT ends up at $29, 185, but you’ll likely be able to find discounted examples at your local Dodge dealer.