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2019 Dodge Journey Review in Surprise, AZ

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2019 Dodge Journey: A Tried and True Three-Row SUV

It's clear from the constantly growing popularity of crossover models that modern drivers are looking for vehicles that are as versatile as their lifestyles. Car shoppers want vehicles that can accommodate a wide array of practical purposes with ease. While many manufacturers are dedicating time and energy into developing flashy new gimmicks and style for their practical crossovers, Dodge has stuck with a longstanding winning formula in its Journey SUV.

The Journey has been around for a decade, but its original appeal still sticks around. It's a textbook case of a well-rounded crossover SUV.

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Classic Dodge Styling

Take a quick look at the new 2019 Journey and you'll see some familiar Dodge styling cues. The whole look is very on-brand for the automaker. Up at the front, the Journey uses the iconic crosshair grille design. Black-bezel headlamps are available to frame the grille. Move over to the side and you'll see the large, muscular, flared-fender look that Dodge has been fond of for over a decade now. You can add extra visual appeal to the Journey by choosing one of several bright color options or opting into the available black rims.

Overall, the new Journey is far from the flashiest SUV on the market. Instead, it sticks to a proven design language that continues to draw drivers in.

Interior Flexibility

Versatility is one of the strongpoints of the new Journey. Dodge has designed a cabin in the Journey that can adapt to wide variety of needs, from passenger comfort to cargo convenience.

The Journey offers some impressive passenger capacity for a vehicle of its size. Where other midsize crossover SUVs often stick to just two rows of seats, the 2019 Journey offers three rows of seats standard. Fully loaded, the Journey carry seven passengers. That's not all it can do, though.

Dodge made sure that the Journey's interior can be used for flexible cargo space as well. Both the second and third rows of seats feature fold-flat design that open up some impressive cargo space. With the rear seats down, the Journey offers 67.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Convenient in-floor storage areas expand that space even further. It's perfect for moving furniture, boxes, sports equipment, home improvement supplies, and more.

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Powertrain Selection

The new Journey gives drivers two powertrain options to consider. Each one has its own set of strengths the serves different types of drivers.Base models come with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder making 173 horsepower. This engine isn't meant for speed or power. Rather, it focuses on smooth, quiet performance that's ideal for road trips and commuting. In fact, it offers a maximum range of up to 500 miles on a single tank of gas.

The 2.4-liter engine gets the job done, but we recommend the available 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine. It gives the Journey 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Plus, it matches the four-cylinder with its 25-mpg highway rating. Its accompanying upgrade to a six-speed automatic transmission is welcome as well. This is also the ideal engine for trailering, as it gives the Journey a 2,500-pound max tow rating.

Notes from Behind the Wheel

The Journey offers a range of available performance features. Different combinations can create different driving experiences.

The standard setup for the Journey is front-wheel drive with basic independent suspension. This combination makes for a smooth, quiet ride but doesn't offer much in the way of dynamics. The tightest handling is available with the High-Performance Suspension setup. For our money, though, we'd go with an all-wheel drive model equipped with the middling Touring Suspension. This configuration offers an excellent balance of handling and comfort.

Technology

Though it's been around since 2019, the new Journey comes with thoroughly 2019 tech options. The highlight of the options is the Uconnect 3 NAV infotainment system. This features gives you control over a wide array of functions through an 8.4-inch center display screen. The system is an easy interface for weather, navigation, music, and more.

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Verdict

The 2019 Journey is neither the most advanced or most eye-catching SUV on the road, but that's not the point. What Dodge has with this model is a sturdy, trusted workhorse of a vehicle. In place of flash, the Journey offers well-respected substance.

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