2017 Dodge Journey
When looking for a crossover that’s powerful, reliable, and affordable, one doesn’t need to look much further than the 2017 Dodge Journey. Currently available in five trims, the decision a buyer has to make on which trim they want is fairly easy because many features are standard on all trims, so it’s not hard to find the right one. Buyers also have the option of how many seats they want. For small families, the base trim of five seats may be plenty, but larger families or people who drive with friends a lot might prefer the other Journey trims that seat seven passengers.
Available Driving Range
Avail. Engine Type
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There are two engines available on the 2017 Dodge Journey lineup. The standard engine when the Journey has 4x2 drivetrain is a 173-horsepower 2.4-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine with VVT. Built with a double overhead camshaft (DOHC) and variable valve timing (VVT) technology, not only is tension taken off the engine’s cylinders during the intake/exhaust cycles of fuel and air, but the timing events of such have been optimized for performance and fuel economy.
However, if buyers want all-wheel drive, then the standard engine is the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, which generates 283-horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The 3.6L engine is also the standard engine on the Dodge Journey GT, regardless of drivetrain. Both engines are paired to an AutoStick 6-speed automatic transmission.
Fuel Economy and Handling
Whichever engine the 2017 Dodge Journey is powered by, it has a highway fuel economy of 25 mpg. The smaller 2.4L engine averages 19 mpg in the city, and the larger 3.6L engine averages 17 mpg in the city. When equipped with an all-wheel drivetrain, the fuel economy averages about 16/24 mpg city/highway
Although rear-wheel drive (RWD) is standard, AWD will benefit those that drive in areas that receive snow during or simply when it’s raining. AWD offers better control because torque is sent to all four wheels, and that significantly helps a vehicle to not lose traction in various driving conditions. AWD is even more helpful with trailer sway control and electronic stability control, two features that help support the Dodge Journey’s towing capacity of 2,500 pounds when powered by the V6 engine.
The Dodge Journey used to have a R/T, or Road and Track, trim, but that trim was recently replaced with the GT, or Grand Touring, trim. As mentioned, many features are shared across trims. Starting with the lights, automatic headlamps are a lineup standard and so are LED tail lamps. Black side roof rails are standard on the base and Journey SXT trims, but can’t be found on the others with the exception of it being an option for the Journey GT. Other standard features consist of power fold-away and heated exterior mirrors and a rear window defroster.
Available on various trims are splash guards by Mopar, door sill guards by Mopar, a power sunroof, and fog lamps. Depending on the trim, the 2017 Dodge Journey rides on 17- or 19-inch wheels, available in various designs and wrapped in all season touring tires. Buyers have up to ten color options for the body paint.
The interior has just as much going on for it with plenty of standard and available features. Seating capacity changes between the base trim, the SE, and the rest, going from 5 to 7 passengers in a single leap. Standard features consist of an easy entry system seat to make it easier for passengers to get into rear seats, a 40/60 tilt and slide second row, and a third-row 50/50 fold/reclining seat - this is optional on the SE with RWD and standard with AWD. If looking to spruce up the cabin and looking for luxury, there are many available options that can make that happen.
For starters, leather heated front seats and a heated steering wheel are available in high-end trims, starting with the Crossroad trim, plus automatic temperature three-zone control; dual-zone manual is a standard feature. The interior can also double as a survivors retreat in case of the apocalypse, thanks to the many hidden storage compartments such as those in the seats and floors, including an in-floor cooler for cold drinks. Make use of the 60/40 folding seats for up to 67 cubic-feet of cargo space, and hold down equipment with cargo tie-down loops.
Standard for the 2017 Dodge Journey is a 4.3-inch touchscreen display, a 6-speaker system, and Radio 4.3. Optional on the Crossroad Plus trim is a 6-premium Alpine Speaker system with a subwoofer, standard on the GT trim. Both the Crossroad Plus and GT have an 8.4 touchscreen display as the standard and Radio 8.4; Radio 8.4 NAV is an available option.
A second-row overhead 9-inch video screen and wireless headphones are optional on the Crossroad Plus trim. Steering wheel mounted audio controls are a lineup standard. Oddly enough, the 2017 Dodge Journey is probably the only model without Uconnect, aside from Uconnect Voice Command with Bluetooth.
Safety Features and Warranty
Found on the 2017 Dodge Journey are all the basic safety features. These consist of a multi stage airbag system, stability and traction control systems, LATCH ready child seat anchor systems, and that’s what comes standard. If looking for advanced safety features, consumers will find them on high-end trims. These consist of a ParkView rear backup camera and ParkSense rear park assist, staples for the Dodge brand.
The Dodge Journey is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain, and roadside assistance for 5 years or 100,000 miles.