While Dodge made significant improvements across the product line, one of the least advertised, but most significant, was the 2012 Dodge Journey SUV. This vehicle prides itself on being the most affordable mid-size crossover, in addition to being America's most affordable seven-passenger vehicle. It is family friendly with plenty of room and there are even built-in booster seats!
An economical 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine gives the Dodge Journey SUV solid 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque, without sacrificing fuel efficiency. It is paired up with a four-speed automatic with overdrive and returns 19 miles per gallon in the city and 26 on the highway. Those who upgrade to the SXT or Crew models will enjoy a 3.6-liter V-6 engine, which produces 183 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Zero to 60 mph in only 7.5 seconds is certainly impressive for a vehicle of this size and weight. If you add the all-wheel drive, you will reduce the miles per gallon, however again, the extra control is well-worth the higher expense. Expect 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, which is still very competitive.
Despite its larger size, the Dodge Journey SUV is easy to maneuver, responding quickly and accurately to steering commands as a result of the quicker-ratio steering rack. Stiffer bushings and springs ensure solid handling, and considering its weight, going around corners is remarkably simple and enjoyable.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety selected the Dodge Journey SUV as a Top Safety Pick, thanks to more than 50 standard and available safety features. Every trim includes seven standard airbags, which are designed to protect all seven passengers in case of a collision. Construction is specially designed to absorb the energy from an impact, or send it away from passengers to ensure everyone remains uninjured. Add in electronic stability control and all-speed traction control, as well as brake assist, trailer sway control, and electronic roll mitigation, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, tire pressure monitoring system, brake drying, dusk sensing headlamps, child seat anchors, rear door safety locks, engine immobilizer and a whiplash protection system in the front passenger head restraints, and you can feel safe on the road, regardless what precious cargo you are carrying. When braking was tested, the 2012 Dodge Journey SUV was able to come to a complete stop from 60 mph in only 121 feet, which is impressive for a vehicle in this segment.