For 2013 the Dodge Journey gains roof rails with adjustable crossbars, Rear-seat entertainment system option available on Crew and R/T AWD, Voice recognition with Bluetooth added to available Uconnect Touch 8.4 radio with navigation. Neat stylish and fairly restrained on the exterior, The Journey is available with a 2.4-litre four-cylinder with four-speed automatic, or 3.6-litre V6 with six-speed automatic. The 2.4-litre is offered on the high selling SE Canada Value Package and SE Plus. SXT, Crew and R/T use the V6 engine. All models are front-wheel drive except for the all-wheel R/T AWD. The Journey arrives with five seats as standard, but can be optioned to a third row for seven-passenger seating as our tester was.

Features on the SE Canada Value Package include 16-inch steel wheels, dual-zone temperature control, keyless entry with proximity sensor, Uconnect Touch 4.3 media centre, USB and auxiliary input, tilt and telescopic steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, body-colour door handles, heated mirrors, cloth seats, power windows, and tire pressure monitoring display.
Model wise, the SE Plus adds 17-inch alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel, body-colour mirrors, LED taillights, front and rear floor mats, cargo cover, deep-tint sunscreen glass and black roof rails with adjustable crossbars.

The SXT adds auto up/down front windows, fog lamps, dual bright exhaust tips, overhead console, automatic headlamps, security alarm, and auto-dimming rearview mirror and conversation mirror. The Crew model sweetens the pot with 19-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, Uconnect Touch 4,3S stereo, Sirius satellite radio, heated seats, ten-way power driver’s seat, fold-flat front passenger seat, remote starter, front and rear interior LED lights, bright roof rails, and garage door opener.

The R/T AWD adds leather-faced seats, bright door handles, premium speakers with subwoofer, and performance suspension.

Interior wise our test R/T Journey proved to be very impressive. Firstly the bright, gleaming cream leather seats and chrome trim on interior looked very classy. Other niceties include: a rear DVD option, 115-volt outlet in the rear, remote start, hidden but handy cargo compartments under the fold-flat front passenger seat, in the second-row easy-entry system to allow third-row access and floor and under the cargo storage area. Dodge has incorporated other cool features in the Journey. For example the second-row seat with the integrated child seats (A $200 option), while the second-row seats can slide back and forth to adjust legroom for both rows. Comprehensive instruments and comfortable seats and a roomy interior with lots of clever storage make it a very family–friendly interior.

On the road the V6 engine in R/T tester proved to be a fast powerful unit offering good acceleration and passing power. It is also quite and smooth in operation. Also impressive was the new six-speed automatic transmission offering smooth up shifts and downshifts. Whether on highway cruising or on the urban grind the Journey proved be a comfortable refined family hauler with no vices. It steers well, handling is viceless and it is easy to park and maneuver. No much too complain about, some interior plastics could be better, but it’s a minor niggle far out shadowed by the stellar features and value for money the Journey offers. No wonder it is an award winner. A Top pick in this sector.

2013 Dodge Journey: Priced from $ 20,995 – $ 30,995