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Ready for the Trip - 2011 Dodge Journey SUV



All-new back in 2009, Dodge has updated the Journey SUV for the 2011 model year. This year the Dodge Journey receives a major overhaul with a completely redesigned and retuned suspension, a new V-6 engine and a gorgeous new interior. Journey also boasts improved vehicle connectivity and customization with the Chrysler Group's new PowerNet electrical architecture.

On the outside, Journey maintains its sculpted, clean, aggressive lines and adds a new front fascia that sports the signature Dodge brand "split crosshair" honeycomb grille. The fog lamp bezels are bigger and bolder, and Journey models with the new Pentastar V-6 engine get a new, unique more aggressive lower fascia with the honeycomb texture in the grille. New 19-inch wheels; a new, less angular rear fascia and "ring of fire" LED taillamps wrap it up from front to back.

Available in Express, Mainstreet, Crew, R/T and LUX trim levels, base power is generated by a 2.4L four-cylinder engine mated to a 40TES four-speed automatic. A new 3.6L Pentastar V-6 engine bolted to a 62TE six-speed automatic is standard for upmarket models. All wheel drive is an available option for V6 engined models.

The all-new Journey is nimble, composed and handles well in all driving and road conditions. Chrysler Group engineers improved routine ride and handling by re-engineering the suspension geometry, adding new, improved premium tires and redesigning the steering for a more precise and coordinated response. Drivers also will be treated to a smooth, quiet ride. Engineers reduced noise, vibration and harshness by installing new, premium sound-deadening treatments and insulation throughout the vehicle.

But perhaps the most rewarding surprise is Journey's new interior. Customers will step into world-class levels of craftsmanship and comfort. A beautifully crafted one-piece instrument panel sets the tone. A new, larger cluster with standard Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) is positioned in the center of the new gauges. It's a full-color display backlit in Dodge red lights, giving it a soft glow unlike any in the segment. New, integrated center stack bezels are less angular and more sculpted, and designers softened the radius to make more room for the driver's knees. The heating and cooling outlets are also redesigned to make them better looking and better functioning. The center console gets a lot of extra cushion on the tilt-and-slide armrest. Lift the lid, and there's a larger center storage bin with a 12-volt outlet and USB port where owners can hook up their MP3/iPod® charging connections and hide them away.

The design team also worked to make the Journey's interior more comfortable. They moved the shifter and cup holders, making it easier for drivers and passengers to get their coffee and soda without having to lean over and under the dash. There's also a larger front storage bin with side nets. The new multi-functioning, three-spoke Dodge brand steering wheel with integrated controls and a wider, longer, soft-touch armrest transforms the driver's seat into a cockpit-like experience. Comfortable new seats might just make drivers want to take the long way home to get a little extra seat time.

From navigation to voice-command music selections to the ability to check fuel prices, the all-new Uconnect Touch media center makes life in the new 2011 Dodge Journey an excellent adventure for the driver and passengers. Four Uconnect Touch models are available, all featuring easy-to-use controls and class-leading technology. With its touchscreen display and user-friendly, touch-key categories, connecting and controlling personal devices is simple, intuitive and customizable.

Dimensions & specifications

Wheelbase: 113.8; overall length: 192.4; width: 72.2; height: 66.6

All vehicle measurements are in inches.

Engine: 2.4L four-cylinder – 173 hp at 6,000 rpm and 166 lbs-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm; 3.6L V6 – 283 hp at 6,350 rpm and 260 lbs-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm

Transmission: four-speed automatic, six-speed automatic

EPA Fuel Economy: 2.4L four-cylinder – 19 city/25 hwy.; 3.6L V6 – 17 city/25 (FWD), 16 city/24 (AWD).

Cargo capacity: 67.6 cubic feet

Towing capacity: 2,500 lbs.

Safety features

Dual front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, all-row side curtain airbags, driver's inflatable knee blocker, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, all-speed traction control, electronic stability control, trailer-sway control, electronic-roll mitigation, remote keyless entry, keyless engine start, U-Connect hands-free phone system, tire pressure monitors, and Sentry Key theft deterrent system. Crew adds fog lights, automatic headlamps, remote engine start, and alarm system. LUX adds rearview camera and Park Sense parking assist.

Optional safety features include: HomeLink garage door opener and navigation system.

Warranty

Basic: 3-year/36,000 mile

Powertrain: 5-year/100,000 mile

Corrosion: 5-year/100,000 mile

Pricing

The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2011 Dodge Journey SUV starts from $22,245 for the Express upto $34,440 for the LUX model. Destination charges add $750.

About the Author

Ken Chester, Jr.

Ken Chester, Jr. is President & CEO of Motor News Media Corporation – an automotive news service founded in 1989 as The AutoBuyer Plus Corporation. Featured on numerous television and radio programs, viewers, listeners and readers alike relate to Ken's friendly manner and wealth of information about the many vehicles currently for sale in today's complex automotive marketplace.


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