The newly designed sport-utility vehicle that can double as a the family car is ready for anything that you throw at it. The 2012 Dodge Journey has a sophisticated interior, a smart touch interface, a strong V6 and has available built-in booster seats. New for 2012 is changes to the trims names and structure, not a lot of changes, but enough to give buyers more value.
The interior is smartly designed. Long rides in this cross-over will be no problem. Available is power windows, locks and mirrors, air conditioning, cruise control, push button start, a cooled glove box, a telescoping steering wheel, hidden storage, stow away third row seating and a AM/FM/CD player. Durable materials and all-weather mats help to keep the mess to a minimum, not every passenger can be outfitted with a sippy cup.
The exterior is the signature Dodge aggressive stance with a slight taper at the rear and cross-hair front grille. The 2012 Dodge Journey lays somewhere between a boxy SUV and a tall wagon, agile but still have the room for all your passengers and their gear.
As for keeping your family safe and sound, every 2012 Dodge Journey comes standard with anti-lock disc brakes, traction and stability control, active front head restraints, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag. In crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Journey received the top score of “Good” in the frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength tests.
The available trims are the American Value Package, SE, SXT, Crew and R/T. The 4 cylinder engine is nothing to boast about, but the V6 definitely gets the job done and doesn’t have a half-bad fuel economy. A 6-speed automatic with auto-stick is included with the new Pentastar engine, this driver-interactive transmission can be operated in manual or automatic modes to suit driver preference. It delivers the feel of a manual with the convenience of an automatic. 4-speed Automatic Transaxle is a torque management system that comes with the 2012 Dodge Journey, along with fully adaptive electronic control of all shifting, delivers smooth, seamless. consistent shifting. Standard with the Canada Value Package (SE) and SE plus.
3.6L Pentastar VVT V6 Engine
283 horsepower and 260lb-feet of torque
2.4L DOHC 16V 1-4 Engine with dual VVT
173 horsepower and 166 lb-feet of torque
Fuel Economy L/100km (MPG) City Highway
3.6L Pentastar VVT V6 14.7 (16) 9.4 (25)
2.4L DOHC 16V 1-4 dual VVT 12.4 (19) 9.4 (26)
Changes to the suspension and steering gear completely transformed the driving experience. handling feels much more secure and the steering is now more intuitive and predictable. There are a lot of features that make the 2012 Dodge Journey a top notch choice for your family.