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2016 Dodge Journey Walk Around


The styling is dated after eight years of production. Even so, its slab-sided profile, augmented by sheetmetal that exhibits a chiseled appearance, is distinctly different from the crossover SUV pack. The look is helped by flared wheelwells, as well as squarish shoulders and sporadic creasing of the body metal.

More than most, the Journey slips into a middle ground between a traditional wagon and a modern SUV. Despite that styling difference, lacking the customary curves of a crossover SUV, the Journey could be perceived as a somewhat anonymous vehicle. Some might even dub it a relic of an earlier automotive era, but with merits and demerits similar to those of its modern competitors.

Interior

Smooth, simple and swooping in shape, the Journey’s interior conveys less of a warmly upscale appearance than other Dodge models. Materials are high in quality, if dark, but offset by sufficient brightwork to reveal a little more upscale aura.

Dials and knobs are large, with fuss-free, easy-operating climate controls. The infotainment screen is big, too.

Seats are smartly arranged in the Journey’s nicely configured, family-focused cabin, which contains many small storage spaces. The front seats are wide and accommodating.

Second-row seating is among the best in this size vehicle. The rear seatbacks adjust for rake, and the bench slides fore and aft several inches. The rear seats are contoured to fit adults. Sliding the second row forward eases access to the optional third row, where space is acceptable for smaller-size adults.

An extra step is needed to fold seats forward for cargo hauling, which results in a lower and flatter floor. Cargo space totals 37 cubic feet behind the second row; or 10.7 with the third row (if installed) raised. With only front seats up, it’s 67.6 cubic feet.

Visibility can be an issue, due to the tall-shouldered design. A rearview camera is available on upper trim levels, helpful when backing up in this vehicle.

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