2017 Dodge Journey RT Review – It’s extremely much a bit player in Australia the Dodge brand name has actually been around for simply over 100 years and still remains one of the world’s most recognisable names. A number of Dodge designs have actually come and gone in Australia over the past years– only one stays, the Journey. While it certainly does have SUV looks there’s no 4WD choice and to our minds that makes it a people mover. Integrated in Mexico to a fairly high standard Journey has an excellent paint finish and panel fit although not quite to the requirement of Asian-built cars. Three designs are offered, SXT, R/T and Blacktop Edition.
Exterior and Interior
The 2017 Dodge Journey is available in five- and seven-passenger configurations. and it is available in 5 trim levels: base SE, SXT, Crossroad, Crossroad Plus and 2017 Dodge Journey RT. The SE comes standard with 17-inch steel wheels, tinted rear glass, roofing system rails, dual exhaust pointers (V6 designs just), heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, cruise control, dual-zone manual environment control, a height-adjustable driver seat, and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a moving and reclining second-row seat, a 4.3-inch touchscreen and a six-speaker noise system with a CD gamer, a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack.
2017 Dodge Journey RT Review
Optional for the SE is the Flexible Seating bundle, which includes a 50/50-split 3rd row and tri-zone manual climate control. Moving up to the SXT includes 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, an unique front fascia, LED taillights, body-colored exterior mirrors, dual-zone automated environment control for front seat travelers, flooring mats and the Flexible Seating bundle. Going up to the Crossroad gets you 19-inch wheels, and gloss black and chrome outside trim, a leather-wrapped wheel and shift knob, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and bluetooth phone and audio connection, satellite radio and a freight internet.
The Crossroad Plus trim expands upon and the Crossroad’s feature content by including tri-zone automatic environment control, leather upholstery with fabric inserts, a six-way power chauffeur seat (with four-way power lumbar adjustment), a fold-flat front guest seat with hidden storage bin, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, an in-dash DVD gamer and an SD card slot. The Dodge Journey RT adds a V6 engine, remote engine start, monochrome outside treatment, special 19-inch wheels, double exhaust ideas, a sport-tuned suspension and steering wheel calibration, automatic headlights, perforated leather upholstery with red stitching, heated front seats, and a premium audio system and a 115-volt power outlet.
A number of the features on the upper trim levels are offered on lower trims by means of choice packages. Other available features (depending upon trim) consist of the Blacktop package (gloss black 19-inch wheels, grille and exterior trim), a sunroof, rear parking sensors, a rearview video camera, integrated second-row child booster seats, a rear seat entertainment system and a navigation system.
All Dodge Journeys get seven airbags consisting of curtain airbags that extend along all and three rows of seats. As the normal stability and traction control and ABS brakes with brake help; electronic roll mitigation (ERM) which senses when a rollover is possible and uses braking force to the suitable wheels to try and prevent it; and trailer sway control.
While the Fiat Freemont includes a choice of 3 engines, consisting of a diesel, its Dodge twin comes only with a 3.6-litre V6 petrol which is likewise one of the Freemont options. Power comes to a head at 206kW at 6350rpm, torque is 342Nm at 4350rpm however has 90 per cent of that worth from 1800 to 6400 revs. Transmission is six-speed with Dodge’s Auto Stick manual shift mode.