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2016 Dodge Journey Driving Impressions


When equipped with the optional V6 engine, the Journey is pleasant and responsive. The V6 and 6-speed automatic work well together, even when pushed hard, though the transmission has been known to shudder at times in low-speed stop-and-go driving.

With the four-cylinder, however, acceleration scores no higher than average. The four-cylinder is relatively rough, and the 4-speed automatic transmission that comes with it is disappointing throughout.

Fuel economy is acceptable, but fails to approach class-leading level. The four-cylinder model is EPA-rated at 19/26 mpg City/Highway, versus 17/25 mpg City/Highway for the V6. All-wheel drive drops the V6 figure a notch, to 16/24 mpg City/Highway.

Handling ranks as reasonably responsive, and the Journey’s suspension loads and unloads confidently. In fact, it reacts somewhat like a lower and leaner vehicle. Even while taking a corner swiftly, there’s no excessive bounding or wallowing when hitting a bump. Ride comfort excels, helped by hydraulic-type power steering that’s weighted well, no electric steering here.

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