Trim Levels and Options
The 2017 Dodge Journey is primarily available in 5 different trim levels, the GT, Crossroad Plus, SE, SXT, and Crossroad. All of the 2017 Dodge models are available in 5-passenger and 7-passenger configurations.
The base model SE is equipped with steel wheels measuring 17 inches, keyless ignition and entry, automatic climate control, cruise control, a steering wheel with a tilt and telescoping feature, height-customizable driver seat, USB port, audio jack, 4.3-inch touchscreen, foldable 2nd row, high-quality 6-speaker sound system, heated mirrors, and roof rails.
The standalone optional features for the SE model include a foldable third row with 50/50 split and tri-zone climate control. In the 4WD models, these features are standard.
The SXT trim is packed with features such as alloy wheels measuring 17 inches, redesigned front fascia, fog lights, LED taillights, a flexible seating package, and body-colored side mirrors.
The Crossroad model presents buyers with 19-inch wheels, a steering wheel and shift knob decked in leather, chrome and gloss black accents on the exterior, auto dimming rearview mirror, satellite radio, and Bluetooth support.
The Crossroad Plus model adds to the standard features of the crossroad model. It features tri-zone climate control, premium leather upholstery, LED interior lighting, a foldable passenger seat with storage bin, 6-way driver seat, 8.4-inch touchscreen, cargo net, SD card slot, and a DVD player.
The GT model is built for performance. It includes a V6 engine, remote ignition, 19-inch wheels, body colored grille, automatic headlights, redesigned sports suspension, premium leather upholstery with red stitching, heated steering wheel and front seats, observation mirror in the cabin, a quality sound system paired with a subwoofer, and a 115-volt power outlet.
The unique features on the upper models can also be added to the lower trims through optional packages. Other notable standalone features for the 2017 Dodge Journey include a Blacktop package (19-inch black wheels, gloss black grille and unique exterior), rear parking sensors, rearview camera, sunroof, second-row child seat, navigation system, and an entertainment system in the rear for passengers.
The 2017 Dodge Journey has a unique look that is unlike any other crossover on the market. The Journey has managed to take the best aspects of the minivan and shape them to the crossover mold. It has an angular profile and nice curves that create a striking display of beauty and elegance.
The interior carries the same beauty and luxury as the exterior. Its smooth lines and refined curves lend it a spacious and functional look. The instrument cluster has large control knobs that are convenient to operate and very responsive. The 2017 Dodge Journey has a dark interior decked in a high-quality material. The interior is arranged cleverly and creatively to give it a posh feel.
From an engine and powertrain perspective, the 2017 Dodge Journey is still the same as the previous model. It carries an inline-4 engine that can generate 173 HP and 166 lb-ft of torque. The powerful engine of the 2017 Dodge is paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission system. The inline-4 engine is standard on all models except for the GT trim.
Buyers can also choose a 3.6-liter V6 engine that comes with the 4WD system. The powerful V6 engine can generate 283 HP and 260 lb-ft of torque. Due to the higher RPM of the V6 engine, it is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The 2017 Dodge Journey feels solid on the road. It suspension gives it the feel of a full-size SUV. The handling is immensely satisfying and responsive. With the 2017 Dodge Journey, you do not have to bear the dreaded dragging acceleration of many large vehicles. The 2017 Dodge Journey is perfect for long family trips due to its smooth acceleration and comfortable drive.
Although the 2017 Dodge Journey is categorized as an SUV it handles like a premium sedan. The level of comfort and agility present in the 2017 Dodge Journey make it a perfect family car. Turning corners is extremely easy thanks to the Dodge's hydraulic suspension and unibody construction.
The front seats are well designed with perfect back support for long trips on the highway. The Dodge has been tuned perfectly to help it accelerate rapidly without creating excessive vibrations. Overall, the 2017 Dodge Journey presents buyers with a comfortable and highly enjoyable driving experience.
Front-wheel drive models of the 2017 Dodge Journey managed to achieve a 21 MPG combined fuel economy rating. This estimate decreased to 19 MPG on 4WD models.
Considering the price tag of the 2017 Dodge Journey, it has a luxurious and refined interior decked in quality material. The 2017 Dodge Journey has a highly functional instrument cluster that avoids being excessively flamboyant. The addition of the Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen brings the quality of the entire interior to new heights. The infotainment system on the 2017 Dodge Journey is well-designed and easy to operate.
The interior of the 2017 Dodge Journey is packed with hidden compartments and storage bins to enable a family to store all kinds of knick knacks and electronics. Passengers in the 2nd and 3rd row have ample legroom and don't have to squeeze in to fit properly. The interior of the 2017 Dodge Journey feels spacious and has many impressive qualities considering the lower price tag.
On the technology front, the 2017 Dodge Journey does not disappoint either. It contains the industry-leading Uconnect infotainment system that has a near-perfect user interface. Opting for a larger 8.4-inch touchscreen enhances the feel and functionality of the interior even further. The touchscreen feels responsive and has a nice visual appeal.
Certain features like the stereo volume, air-conditioning, and climate control are controlled by knobs that are easy to reach even by the driver.
Utility and Comfort
The 2017 Dodge Journey is a practical vehicle perfect for a family seeking an affordable solution to move around in. The Journey features one of the most innovative and well-designed cargo spaces you'll find this year. Buyers can store stuff in the hidden bins under the 2nd row and passenger seat in the front. The rear seats can be folded to gain additional cargo space.
The 2017 Dodge Journey targets families who require large cargo and seating space. When the 3rd seat is folded, buyers get 37 cubic feet of cargo space in the back. Even if the 3rd seat is not folded buyers get a respectable 10.7 cubic feet of cargo space.
The interior is filled with clever compartments and storage bins where a family can store backpacks, electronics and the occasional bag of snacks. The interior is decked in high-quality materials that do not wear off quickly and lend the interior a nice, upscale look.
The rear seat can accommodate 2 adults and has an adjustable sliding feature so that everyone can get ample legroom and comfort. The seats have nice contours that provide the perfect back support, making sure that you don't get tired on long journeys. An optional 9-inch entertainment system can be installed in the rear seat with accompanying headphones to provide some extra entertainment for young ones, making long journeys much more bearable.
The standard safety features on the 2017 Dodge Journey include antilock disc brakes, stability control, traction control, side airbags at the front, side curtain and knee airbags, head restraints for the driver and passenger, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors.
The 2017 Dodge Journey performed exceptionally well on all government-led crash tests. It managed to earn 5-star rating for crash protection and 4 stars for the front impact protection. The IIHS awarded the 2017 Dodge Journey with their top rating for moderate frontal impact crash protection.
The 2017 Dodge Journey passed roof strength and side impact tests with flying colors as well. Overall, the 2017 Dodge Journey is a sound vehicle from both a safety and a performance perspective.
The 2017 Dodge Journey is available for sale near Kansas City in Lawrence, KS.