2012 Dodge Journey Salt Lake City
For 2012, Dodge added the American Value Package into its Journey vehicle. The Uconnect Touch 8.4 multimedia system with navigation gains voice-recognition technology, song-tagging capability and an eco-routing feature. UConnect is an in-vehicle, hands-free communication system that allows you to talk on your Bluetooth® Hands-Free Profile mobile phone while keeping your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. The 2012 Journey comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine of 173 horsepower. There is also a 3.6 L engine available that boasts more horsepower. The Dodge Journey uses a lightweight unit body structure similar to that used by cars instead of a body-on-frame truck chassis. It's considered a crossover vehicle because it straddles the line between car and SUV. The Journey is available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive for superior traction and confidence in bad weather.
Design of the'12 Dodge Journey
On the outside, the Journey announces its presence with the familiar Dodge cross-hair grille. Beneath the grille, the Journey has a large intake, and it runs the full width of the vehicle and is flanked on either side by integrated fog lights on Crew, R/T and Lux models. Around the sides, the Journey features pronounced wheel arches and a creased character line that starts at the top of each headlight, angles upward, and wraps completely around the vehicle. The roof-line flows nicely from the windshield, curving down slightly front to rear. The B- and C-pillars are blacked out to, as Dodge puts it, give the look of a car-like greenhouse and an SUV-like lower half. At the back, the Journey's taillights wrap around the sides of the vehicle and continue into the tailgate, which opens upward. The taillights themselves are now ringed by LEDs. The rear bumper has an integrated step pad that matches the height of the load floor. Models with the V6 engine can be distinguished by their dual chrome exhaust tips. The Journey is bigger than it looks, so its size translates to plenty of interior cargo room.
Interior of the' 12 Dodge Journey
The dash-top, door panels, armrests and center console are all soft to the touch. Added sound-deadening material makes it quieter underway. The look, feel and calm places the Journey at or near the top of the class for interior quality. The Journey offers plenty of entertainment features for all occupants. An AM/FM radio with in-dash six-disc CD changer and six speakers is standard. An available rear DVD entertainment system has a nine-inch screen and wireless headphones. Dodge's UConnect Phone hands-free cell phone link and a premium Infinity sound system are also offered. The UConnect Touch's base version has a 4.3-inch touchscreen and a standard audio input jack and USB port; it's offered with or without Sirius satellite radio. The next step up comes with an 8.4-inch touchscreen and a 30-gigabyte hard drive that can hold up to 6700 song files. There is also a premium version of this unit that adds Bluetooth streaming audio, voice command, a Garmin navigation system with Sirius Travel Link, and pre-programmed hands-free texting responses.
The 2012 Dodge Journey is offered in five trim levels: Express, Mainstreet, R/T, Crew, and Lux. The Express is only available with front-wheel drive and the 173-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission with Dodge's AutoStick manual shift-gate. The other 2012 Journey models have a 3.6-liter V6 with 283 horsepower, fitted to a 6-speed automatic transmission with AutoStick and are offered with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (AWD).
Journey Express comes with cloth upholstery, cruise control, air conditioning with dual-zone manual climate control, Chill Zone beverage storage bin, AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with six speakers, 4.3-inch touchscreen, auxiliary input jack, USB port, power windows, power heated exterior mirrors, power door locks, remote key-less entry, tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, driver's seat height adjustment, 60/40-split-folding second-row seat, automatic-off headlights, theft-deterrent system, roof rails, and P225/70R16 all season tires on steel wheels.
Journey Mainstreet and Mainstreet AWD add leather-wrapped steering wheel, Sirius satellite radio, floor mats, rear cargo cover, and P225/65R17 tires on aluminum wheels.
Journey R/T and R/T AWD upgrade to dual-zone automatic climate control, 6-way power driver's seat, 4-way power fold-flat front passenger seat, 8.4-inch touchscreen, SD card slot, UConnect Phone wireless cell-phone link, voice recognition, outside-temperature indicator, automatic day/night rear-view mirror, compass, illuminated visor mirrors, 115-volt power outlet, conversation mirror, automatic headlights, fog lights, removable/rechargeable LED flashlight, and P225/55R19 tires on aluminum wheels. It deletes the roof rails.
Journey Crew and Crew AWD add three-zone automatic climate control with rear controls, second-row 60/40 Tilt 'n Slide reclining seat, third-row 50/50 split-folding seat, and remote engine starting.
Journey Lux and Lux AWD get leather upholstery, heated front seats, rear-view camera, rear park assist, Bluetooth streaming audio, pre-programmed hands-free texting, and chrome alloy wheels.
Options include the Flexible Seating Group with a third-row 50/50 folding/reclining seat, second-row 60/40 Tilt 'n Slide seat, and three-zone temperature control (including the rear). A Navigation and Sound Group includes six premium Infinity speakers with sub-woofer and 368-watt amplifier, Garmin navigation, 30-gigabyte hard-drive, rear park assist, rear-view camera, UConnect Phone, six premium Infinity speakers with sub-woofer and 368-watt amplifier, and voice command. Rear DVD entertainment comes with the Infinity sound system and Sirius Backseat TV can be added. Stand-alone options consist of an engine block heater, sunroof, heated front seats, integrated second-row child safety seats, and a Trailer Tow Group with an engine oil cooler and a four-pin connector.
The 2012 Dodge Journey is a great car that has a peppy V6 engine that will make driving the car exciting. Inside, the Journey has one of the nicest interiors in the class, as well as an intelligent design with family-friendly entertainment and versatility features. For the young family on the go, the Journey will offer a pleasant ride, plenty of room, and enough space and entertainment options to keep the kids comfortable and occupied.
Some information for this review was obtained from NewCarTestDrive.com