2012 Dodge Journey Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The 2012 Dodge Journey benefits from significant upgrades. The Journey is a midsize sport-utility that offers the smoother ride and better fuel economy of a car with the cargo space and roominess of an SUV. It seats five or seven, depending on model.
The 2012 Dodge Journey features a new V6 engine, a much more upscale interior, added sound deadener, and revised suspension tuning. Inside, the 2012 Journey gets Dodge’s latest infotainment system, which is called UConnect Touch. Exterior styling is tweaked for 2012 as well, with new front and rear fascias, a revised grille, and LED taillights.
The Dodge Journey uses a lightweight unitbody 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.
The new V6 for the 2012 Dodge Journey is a modern 3.6-liter engine that replaces an older 3.5-liter engine. The new 3.6-liter engine has plenty of power but is ill-matched to the 6-speed automatic transmission, making it feel less powerful than it actually is.
The 2012 Journey comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine of 173 horsepower. We found the four-cylinder engine is rough and noisy and offers too little power for a vehicle of this size.
The new interior design and materials give it one of the nicest cockpits in the class. It comes standard with seating for five, with a two-passenger third row optional.
The hard plastic surfaces of previous Dodge products are replaced with rich soft-touch surfaces in an attractive layout for 2012. The dashtop, 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 same couldn’t be said last year.
The center stack is completely redesigned for 2012 with three low-set knobs surrounded by several buttons. The climate controls are arrayed around the center knob, and they’re easy enough to use.
The infotainment system choices are all new for 2012. Instead of MyGIG, it’s now called UConnect Touch and it’s offered in four varieties. The 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. We’ve had limited exposure to the new system but it works fairly well. Given Garmin’s reach, more people should be familiar with the navigation system, but we think it looks cartoonish. We also like the idea of hands-free texting.
The 2011 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 shiftgate. The other 2011 Journey models have a new 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).
The Dodge Journey is nondescript when it comes to road manners, though suspension changes for 2011 make it more controlled and a bit sportier. Those changes include stiffer springs and shocks, new lower rolling resistance tires with more grip, a retuned steering gear and stiffer steering mechanism, and modified rear suspension geometry.
The result is a ride that is generally good, with little pounding over bumps. The head sway that is associated with a high seating position is also minimal. Even with the available 19-inch wheels, the Journey does a good job of ironing out most jolts. But there are plenty of midsize crossovers and SUVs with similar ride characteristics.
2012 Dodge Journey Specs :
Vehicle Type: front-engine, front- or 4-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 5-door wagon
Engines: DOHC 16-valve 2.4-liter inline-4, 173 hp, 166 lb-ft; DOHC 24-valve 3.6-liter V-6, 283 hp, 260 lb-ft
Transmissions: 4-speed automatic, 6-speed automatic with manumatic shifting
Wheelbase: 113.8 in
Length: 192.4 in
Width: 72.2 in Height: 66.6 in
Curb weight (mfr’s est): 3800–4200 lb
Performance (C/D EST):
Zero to 60 mph: 7.2–9.6 seconds
Fuel Economy (MFR’S EST):
EPA city/highway driving: 16–19/24–25 mpg
2012 Dodge Journey Price :
$18,995 – $31,795 Aprrox (Update November 2011).