With an available third-row seat and a V6 engine, the new 2017 Dodge Journey might be a descent pick for anyone on a tight budget. However, you might be tempted to go for other alternatives as the Journey falls short of modern offerings. Its release date should be expected in the 1st Q of 2016.
Some of the highlights defining the new 2017 Dodge Journey include a budget friendly MSRP, a seating capacity of up to seven individuals, a smart touchscreen interface, and a useful interior storage solution. For 2017, the Journey returns virtually unchanged.
If you share the same reasoning as us, you might also be wondering why the Journey is still on sale.
Except for the significant redesigned that was witnessed in 2011, the Journey has been almost the same ever since it debuted seven years ago. During this period, its competitors have not spared any time in constant redesigns and makeovers in order to remain competitive in the fiercely fought-over segment.
Nevertheless, the Journey still has some attributes left to its name much to its credit. Admittedly, it provides a quiet ride, supportive seats, and a smooth ride even on some of the toughest roads and, undoubtedly, offers an appealing ride on long trips. Also, it comes with a very soothing price tag, and if running on a tight budget, the Journey should be at the top of your shopping list.
Unfortunately, some greying has started showing up, which might just work against it. Some of the downsides include a mediocre handling ability, lack of upscale safety technologies, a below-average fuel economy rating, and a weak acceleration.
Available Trims – Dodge Journey
The 2017 Dodge Journey is available in five trims: SE, SXT, Crossroad, Crossroad Plus, and the top-of-the-line R/T trim.
Exterior Review & Interior Concept – 2017 Dodge Journey
The new 2017 Dodge Journey, available in five-and seven-passenger seating configurations list of features and technologies is outlined below.
The base SE comes standard with cruise control, tinted rear seats, 17” wheels, a height-adjustable driver seat, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, keyless entry, manual climate control (dual-zone), a relining and sliding second-row seat, an USB port, CD player, keyless ignition, and a six-speaker sound system.
Optional features for the SE include the manual climate control (tri-zone), a 50/50-split third row seat, and LED running lights, which come bundled in the Flexible Seating package.
Springing for the SXT gets you an automatic climate control (dual-zone), LED taillights, 17” alloy wheels, floor mats, body-colored exterior mirrors, unique front fascia. And foglights.
Next up is the Crossroad trim that gets you a satellite radio, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, chrome exterior wheel, 19” wheels, a cargo net, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Opting for the Crossroad Plus trim gets you a four-way power lumbar, an in-dash DVD player, a leather upholstery, automatic climate control (tri-zone), a fold-flat front passenger seat, an 8.4” touchscreen interface, and cloth inserts.
The top-of-the-trim R/T comes standard with unique 19” wheels, a premium audio system, automatic headlights, a sport-tuned suspension system, monochrome exterior treatment, steering wheel calibration, a 115-V power outlet, perforated leather upholstery, and dual exhaust tips.
Features available on the top trims are also provided for the lower trims as options. They include a rearview camera, an 8.4” touchscreen interface, a rear seat entertainment system, and gloss-black 19” wheels, rear parking cameras, and a second-row child bolster seats.
Engine Specs – 2017 Dodge Journey
Powering the 2017 Dodge Journey SE, SXT, Crossroad, and Crossroad Plus is a 2.4L four-cylinder engine rated at 173 hp and 166 pounds of torque. Both the four-speed transmission system and the front-wheel-drive are default systems.
Its EPA ratings are estimated at 19/26/21 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
Also, a 3.6L V6 engine rated at 283 horsepower and 260 pounds of torque is available as an option for the SE, SXT, Crossroad, and Crossroad Plus trims. The front-wheel drive is standard, as is the six-speed automatic.
During our 2017 Dodge Journey test drive, we recorded an acceleration of 7.8 seconds for a sprint of 0-60 mph.
The V6-powered engine’s fuel economy ratings stand at 17/25/19 mpg with the FWD, and 16/24/19 mpg with an AWD.
Price & 2017 Dodge Journey Release Date
The new 2017 Dodge Journey should cost you an MSRP starting from $20,995. As for the release date, expect the vehicle to hit dealerships during the 1st Q of 2016.