San Antonio.- When looking for a vehicle that can provide you space, functionality, style, power and safety, lots of consumers are starting to look at the category we call “crossovers” because of their ability to reach across the capability of several platforms.
The Dodge Journey for 2013 does exactly that; give you the room and drive of a van, with the more rugged capability of an SUV without the massive size and massive fuel bill. Not only does the Journey deliver on all the items that are important, it comes in different flavors.
To begin with the 2013 Dodge Journey is offered in a five or seven-passenger configuration. Then you are provided the choice of an American Value Package, an SE, SXT, R/T or Crew trim levels. At first, all those choices will make your head spin, but let me break it down for you.
The AVP comes with capable 17-inch steel wheels, heated mirrors, keyless ignition/entry, cruise control, dual-zone manual climate control, a height adjustable driver seat, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, a sliding and reclining second-row seat and a six-speaker sound system with a compact touchscreen interface, a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface. You have to admit that is an impressive array of standard options for a base model.
The SE version gives you all that and adds privacy tinted glass, side roof rails and LED taillights. Next is the SXT version, which takes those 17-inch wheels and adds alloy wheels, nice looking fog lamps, a more modern, defined front/rear fascia that really give it a stronger look.
Now once you decide to jump to the Crew version you add a V6 engine, a remote start, which I love on cold and rainy days, the lovely 19-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlamps, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a six-way power driver seat, dual zone automatic climate control, a premium audio system, and Bluetooth.
Finally you can chose to move all the way up to the R/T version, which includes all the Crew features and adds a monochrome exterior treatment, special 19-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension and black perforated leather upholstery with red stitching.
But let’s go under the hood, because Dodge is well-known for their power and performance.
A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces a respectable 173 horsepower powers the 2013 Dodge Journey in the AVP, SE and SXT versions. Fuel economy is competitive at 19-mpg city/26 mpg highway, which is not going to win any awards but does well in its class.
The SXT version of the Journey as well as the Crew and R/T get a powerful 3.6-liter V6 that will kick out 283 HP and 260 IL-FT of torque. I forgot to mention that front-wheel drive is standard on all these Dodge Journeys, but you can ask for all-wheel drive if that is important to you.
On the inside the Journey has a smooth, simple layout, with large dials and knobs and an LCD touchscreen framed by high-quality materials. Dodge has obviously used some of its long term experience with vans to design its interior to fit people as well as cargo. There are plenty of smaller spaces for personal items, toys, and accessories.
Seating is comfortable and the backseat spacing is among the best you’ll find in any vehicle this size.
All this quality and performance under the hood and style starts just under $19,000, all the way up to a little over $29,000.
A deal no matter how you look at it. Run to your local dealer and pile the kids into the back and take a spin, you will love what your experience in the 2013 Dodge Journey.