2012 Dodge Journey 3.6L V6 AWD 6-speed Automatic Consumer Review - The RIGHT-SIZED Crossover!

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The RIGHT-SIZED Crossover!
By misterfusion on


2012 Dodge Journey SXT 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)


Do not overlook this gem when cross-shopping! The 2012 Journey hits a sweet-spot in terms of size: Smaller than a Traverse/Highlander, but bigger than an Equinox/RAV4. Put another way, this is the smallest CUV with a usable 3rd row (unlike the Mazda5 or Mitsu Outlander for example). Interior quality cannot be overstated -- class-leading in many ways. Highly versatile interior configurations, if you get the right packages (see Edmunds review). I did my research and did not even consider the 4-cyl, especially since the mileage with the V6 is about the same! Ride & handling are great for a vehicle this size/weight. Mileage is right on the EPA for city/hwy. 9 months, 17k flawless miles!

Favorite Features

I have the SXT with all packages except the 8-inch Uconnect, leather/sunroof, and booster seats. The Pentastar V6 is a must-have. Even if you're not a leadfoot, you'll appreciate the smoothness, plus it's just the safer choice in this heavy vehicle. Love the interior design & materials quality. Seats are comfy, and fabric is very nice. I also appreciate all of the storage compartments in the car. "Tumble & Fold" 2nd row seats make accessing the 3rd row easy (unless you have child seats installed). Even the base stereo interface is nice, with a 4.3-inch touchscreen. Some competitors do not offer a screen as standard.

Suggested Improvements

As noted in the Edmunds review, the transmission could be better: It can get confused by certain speed transitions, sometimes downshifting too low or being generally unintuitive. But it is smooth-shifting in normal driving, and the O/D puts you at about 1800 RPM at 70mph, which is impressive. My SXT could be improved by the packages I DIDN'T get, namely the 8-inch Uconnect touchscreen, and built-in booster seats (both unavailable when I was shopping early in the model year). I now seriously regret not holding-out for these.
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By misterfusion
on 05/17/12 12:47 PM (PDT)

As a follow-up, here's another item for the negative column: A backup camera is NOT standard on the 2012 -- you have to get the 8.4-inch Uconnect option.

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