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2012 Dodge Journey Crew Review

Family-Ready Crossover

A three-quarter front view of a 2012 Dodge Journey Crew

In short: A seven-passenger crossover for active families.

While not as immediately flashy as some of its competitors, there is something to be said for the understated value and solid performance of the 2012 Dodge Journey Crew. What you get with the seven-passenger crossover is a versatile vehicle that works well for active families. Featuring a 3.6-liter V6 engine with VVT, the Journey Crew tops out at 280 horsepower and earns a respectable 25 mpg highway, making road trips a little bit more attractive.

An interior view of the 2012 Dodge Journey Crew

The 3.6-liter V6 engine of the 2012 Dodge Journey Crew

Power can be maximized with Chrysler's AutoStick automatic transmission with manual gear selection. The tight third-row seating should be reserved for kids, while everyone can appreciate the premium Alpine sound system and iPod-ready audio input jack. Optional equipment such as the Uconnect infotainment system with Garmin navigation and a rearview back-up camera give the Dodge Journey Crew a sophisticated, driver-friendly feel.

A three-quarter rear view of a 2012 Dodge Journey Crew

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Warranty/Service: Five-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; three-year/36,000-mile basic limited warranty; 24-hour towing assistance

Base Price: $28,495 / As Tested: $31,715

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel drive, 7-passenger, 4-door crossover

Engine: 3.6-liter V6 engine with VVT
Horsepower: 280 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Curb weight:
4,054 lbs
Wheelbase: 113.8 in
Length/Width/Height: 192.4/72.2/66.6 in
Turning circle: 39 ft

4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and brake assist
Suspension: independent front; multi-link independent rear

Traction: electronic stability program with traction control

EPA City: 17 mpg
EPA Highway: 25 mpg

driver and front passenger front airbags; driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags; front and rear side-curtain airbags

Likes: value; easy to drive

Dislikes: hatch door is heavy and doesn't close well


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PNW032712 (Updated: 05/07/12 NW)