The new Dodge Journey Range offers up 7-seater MPV cars with one main purpose – to haul around families and their gear. Of course, there could be other uses for the Journey, but this use will see the most popularity. With plenty of room for people and loads of storage spaces, the Journey is outfitted to accomplish its goal in style.
The interior of the Dodge Journey is big enough to carry 7 people fairly comfortably. The far back seat may not be as roomy as the other two, but it is still adequate for most trips. This second back seat is easy to get into, since the first back seat folds down quickly and easily with the touch of a lever for easy entry.
With the Journey, priorities have to be set as to whether luggage or riders take precedence. With all the seats down save for the driver’s seat, there is a vast amount of room for gear. With all 7 seats taken up by people, there is not much room for luggage. Most times families will give up some of the luggage space or they will take less people along. Both are just not possible.
Still, even with the Journey filled with 7 full-grown people, there is loads of storage in bins around the cabin and under the floor. Thanks to the Dodge Flip n Stow storage system, there is room to put bags, boxes and bottles under the seats. The extra glove box adds another handy feature, a Chill Zone where water bottles can be stored at a cool temperature.
The engines of the Dodge Journey Range are capable of moving the hefty MPVs along the motorway with ease. The two engines are a 2.4-litre petrol engine that produces 168bhp and 220Nm at 4500rpm. The CRD 138bhp 2.0-litre direct injection diesel does better, delivering 310Nm at 2500rpm. It can reach a top speed of 116mph. Fuel efficiency is surprisingly good, at 44.8mpg combined. That is the kind of fuel economy that will endear the Dodge Journey Range to families looking for less expensive running costs. The petrol version comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox, and the diesel comes standard with a 6-speed one. A twin-clutch, semi-automatic gearbox is also an option for the diesel.
The Journey offers some nice equipment, such as the cruise control, three-zone climate control and a sound system with a six-disc CD player and MP3 compatibility standard. It has 16-inch steel wheels, powered and heated door mirrors, and electric windows. The steering column features tilt and telescoping adjustments. Some of the SE models have even become so family-friendly that they offer integrated child booster seats in the second row.
The safety features include front, side and curtain airbags, ABS and ESP. With prices for the Journey at somewhere between £17,000 and £22,000, it is fairly priced for such a large people mover. The Dodge Journey Range is a comfortable fit for large families in cost, quality, and equipment. With all this going for it, the Journey is likely to reach a market eagerly waiting for a great family MPV.
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