Cockburn Gazette - - DRIVEWAY - Chris Ri­ley

Dodge crosshair grille.

A 3.6-litre Pen­tas­tar petrol V6 is stan­dard and the only op­tion, with 206kW and 342Nm.

The V6 is paired with a sixspeed auto with man­ual shift mode, but no change ped­als.

Fuel con­sump­tion, a con­cern with any big ve­hi­cle that has a petrol en­gine, is a claimed 10.4 litres/100km.

We were sur­prised to find it could do bet­ter than this at 8.9 litres/100km af­ter more than 600km, but these were mainly mo­tor­way kilo­me­tres.

Be­fore mov­ing on, we should point out the third row of seats is in fact op­tional, even on this model, and adds $1500 to the price.

Bear in mind, how­ever, you can buy a Fiat Freemont Cross­road (es­sen­tially the same ve­hi­cle) for $36,500 with a third row in­clu­sive.

Ac­cess to the third row is made

The six-speed auto also pales in com­par­i­son to the eight- and nine­speed sys­tems now on of­fer across the Jeep line-up.

In­stead of ped­als, it re­tains the old Daim­ler-Chrysler style side­ways flick to change up or down.

The dash is dom­i­nated by an 8.4-inch com­puter screen com­plete with satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion.

There’s also a pre­mium 368Watt au­dio sys­tem that adds a sub­woofer and an over­head 9-inch drop down video screen with wire­less head­phones for rear seat pas­sen­gers.

Auto lights and in­te­rior mir­ror are fit­ted, but the wipers are man­ual.

Hit­ting the road throt­tle, re­sponse is sharp and the brakes ag­gres­sive, but the trans­mis­sion tends to hunt.

Ride and han­dling is com­pe­tent but the ride can be harsh and will prob­a­bly im­prove with more pas­sen­gers aboard.

The Black­top is a spe­cial edi­tion of Dodge’s Jour­ney. JOUR­NEY is the last re­main­ing Dodge to be sold in Aus­tralia. The rest have all fallen by the way­side. The Avenger, Cal­iber and Nitro: great names but per­haps not par­tic­u­larly good cars. The...

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