In the market for a low-priced midsize SUV? With its extremely accessible pricing, the 2017 Dodge Journey certainly fits the bill. Available in two- or three-row configurations, the 2017 Dodge Journey also offers unexpectedly competitive levels of standard content.
For 2017, the GT replaces the R/T as the top trim in the Journey lineup. Two new exterior colors join the lineup: Spitfire Orange Clear Coat and Rhino Clear Coat. Also, the wheels of the Crossroad trim are enhanced with a new Satin Carbon finish.
The 2017 Journey is is compact SUV that may be configured to seat five or seven passengers. It’s offered in five trims: SE, SXT, Crossroad, Crossroad Plus and GT. A four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive are standard, and a V6 and all-wheel drive available.
The Journey has a simple yet attractive design that mixes sculpted sheet metal, bold wheel flares and Dodge’s hallmark cross-hair grille. Despite its affordable pricing, the Journey comes standard with premium cues such as heated exterior mirrors, daytime running lamps and automatic headlights. All models travel on 17-inch steel wheels.
Higher Journey trims are available with fog lamps, LED taillights, dual bright exhaust tips, power-adjustable side mirrors and 17- and 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. A dedicated Blacktop appearance package for the SXT and GT trims bundles black roof rails, black 19-inch wheels and a black grille.
The Journey’s cabin is reasonably attractive, especially when you consider the model’s affordable price tag. A two-piece dash with strongly horizontal lower trim is standard and incorporates HVAC vents at its far ends. The first two rows are pretty roomy, and the quality of materials used is decent. Models equipped with optional three-row seating provide 10.7 cubic feet of capacity behind the third row. There’s 37 cubic feet of capacity behind the second row, and the Journey provides 67.6 cubic feet of capacity behind the first row.
Standard features include dual-zone air conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping column and a second row that slides and reclines. Up-level Journey trims provide leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and tri-zone automatic climate control.
The 2017 Journey has a standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque. More competitive is the vehicle’s optional 3.6-liter that makes 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. One place where the Journey shows its age is with its standard four-speed automatic transmission. Fortunately, a more modern six-speed transmission is also offered. Both front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive are available, and the Journey can tow up to 2,500 pounds.
The EPA ratings for the 2017 Journey come in at 19/25 mpg city/highway with the 2.4-liter engine. The V6 achieves 17/25 mpg with front-wheel drive and 16/24 mpg with all-wheel drive.
The base Journey is equipped with keyless entry and ignition, an AM/FM radio, a six-speaker audio system, a 4.3-inch touch screen, an auxiliary input and a remote USB port. Options include an 8.4-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, satellite radio, navigation, voice control, hands-free texting functionality and a premium sound system. A rearview camera and rear parking sensors are optional.