The Dodge Journey is classified as a mid-size crossover SUV that is manufactured by the Dodge division of Chrysler. This vehicle started as the 2009 model in early 2009 and received a significant update for the 2011 version. The Journey was first introduced to the public in 2007 at the Frankfurt Motor Show as well as the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show as is identified as the JC49 within Dodge. This vehicle has a shorter wheelbase than the Chrysler Pacifica and uses a similar but modified Dodge Avenger platform. There is 5 or 5+2 seating with four forward-hinged doors and it is available with a 4-cylinder engine.
Production versions of the Journey officially went on sale in March of 2008 in North America and the middle of the same year for all other markets. There was also a version of this vehicle for Chinese market introduced at Auto China in 2008 and it was marketed as the JCUV. The initial production of this vehicle started in 2009. The location of the model name emblem was moved to the right hand side of the trunklid and was replaced by the brand emblem.
The Journey received a significant update in 2011 with a number of revisions, including changes to the grille, interior front fascia, powertrain, and steering. The 2012 version of this vehicle was Dodge’s smallest SUV following the Nitro, which is its more expensive counterpart. A Dodge logo was also added to this vehicle with two slanted rectangles as opposed to the simple Dodge text for all of the 2012 models. There were a number of trims available in North America from 2008 to 2010, including the SE, which uses a 2.4 173 horsepower I4 engine, the SXT, which uses a 3.5 liter 235 horsepower V6 engine, the SXT AWD which uses a 3.5 liter 235 horsepower V6 engine, the R/T which uses a 3.5 liter 235 horsepower V6 engine, and the R/T AWD which uses a 3.5 liter 235 horsepower V6.
Some of the different features of the newly updated 2011 Journey include an aluminum hood, composite plastic tailgate, under-floor storage lockers behind the front seats, rear climate control vents and optional rear climate control panel, interior child-view mirror, extra power outlets, optional booster seats, theatre seating, traction control, rollover sensing, tire pressure monitors, a rear backup camera, and many more. This vehicle has a number of safety features that come standard, including electronic stability program, four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes, multi-stage front driver and passenger air bags, and brake assist.
The four-cylinder engine that the Journey comes with is a 2.1 liter and is capable of 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque. The V6 engine was offered in North America through 2010, and it was a 3.5 liter with a 6-speed automatic transmission that was capable of producing 235 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque. This engine was later changed to the 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 which was capable of producing 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. There were a number of other markets that offered the 6-speed automatic transmission with the flex-fuel E85 compatible 2.7 liter V6. All-wheel drive is only available with the V6 models.
The Dodge Journey was marketed in Japan as the Dodge JC, as the “Journey” name was being used by Isuzu Motors at the time. JCs were part of the Subsidy Scheme for Environmental Friendly Vehicles by the Japanese government. As of right now, the future of the Journey remains uncertain. It was announced in March of 2013 that it will receive a second generation for the 2015 model, though there have been no further updates since then.