It’s not there yet The family wagon does well on price and gear but it has some baggage
YOU only get one shot at a good first impression and the Dodge Journey missed the target.
There was a quality failure in the first minute I had with the car and that tainted my whole time with it.
After all the coverage the Journey has been getting recently, together with its Italian twin the Fiat Freemont, I was expecting good things.
It’s well priced — I saw a sign in Sydney the other day touting $40,000 drive-away for a fully loaded Journey R/T. It’s a good size and has plenty of the “surprise-and-delight” stuff I’ve come to expect from Chrysler products over the years, including a lift-up base on the front-passenger seat with a surprisingly roomy storage box beneath.
It also comes with the same 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 and sixspeed automatic combination I first liked in the Jeep Grand Cherokee, as well as plenty of safety stuff.
The Journey, much like the Freemont, has a shape that’s more crossover wagon than allout SUV and that gets a small tick from me. It comes as a fiveseater with good flexibility and easy workings on the secondrow seats, with a third-row package if you need to carry seven (small) people and have an extra $1500 for the option.
The Journey is the sole survivor of the Dodge brand in Australia and the badge is not looking good on the future front, as the American maker shifts its focus to Chrysler and Jeep products. But the Journey and Freemont are sparking lots of questions from Carsguide readers.
I think the car drives well enough for what it is, the level of standard equipment is good,