In case you find “compact” SUVs a little too compact, and you don’t want to deal with a compromised fuel economy and large footprint of a larger SUV, Dodge might have the solution for you. The anticipated 2018 Dodge Journey is definitely among the “tweener” sized SUVs that could provide you with your perfect size. The 2018 Dodge Journey has a few things going for it, as a people carrier. There is obviously a third row of seat adequate enough for toddlers, and there is more room for adults in the second row, as well. Also, there is an inbuilt booster seats available, which will certainly save any parent tons of child-loading time. Front wise, there will be an optional infotainment system coming in as an extra highly recommended for everyone. Fortunately, the flaws experienced in the 2015 Dodge Journey will finally be laid to rest. We can all reminisce that the vehicle came with two engines, neither of which was exceptional. Continue reading the review as we will delve right into the juicer details in the Engine Specs section below.
It is important to always sample a few vehicles within the segment before deciding on the ultimate one. One of those is the refreshed Honda CR-V, although having five seats, boasts of adequate cargo volume, good fuel economy and an excellent ride, too. Both the Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5 share many of Honda’s attributes but turn out to be very interesting to drive. Finally, you can check out the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorrento, they might be a little pricier but plenty of features to show for it. In overall, the Journey isn’t a bad choice for your family, however, there are tons of other excellent vehicles out there.
Exterior Changes & Interior Colors For the New 2018 Dodge Journey
First things first, the upcoming new 2018 Dodge Journey will be available as either a five or seven-passenger configurations. It will be available in AVP, SE, SXT, Crossroad, Limited and R/T trims. The AVP (American Value Package) will be available with the following standard features: keyless ignition/entry, 17-inch steel wheels, heated mirrors, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver seat, dual-zone manual climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a six-speaker sound system with a compact 4.3-inch touchscreen interface, a sliding and reclining second-row seat, a CD player, an iPod/USB audio interface, and an auxiliary audio jack.
The SE adds LED taillights, tinted glass, and roof rails. Moving up to the SXT adds unique front/rear fascias, 17-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, body-colored exterior mirrors, a cargo cover and net, floor mats, and satellite radio. Moving up to the Crossroad gets you chrome exterior accents, 19-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-way power driver seat (with four-way lumbar adjustment), leather upholstery, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an 8.4-inch touchscreen audio display, and a fold-flat front passenger seat with hidden storage bin.
The Limited adds remote start, a V6 engine as standard, automatic headlights, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, and a 115-volt power outlet. The R/T includes all of the Limited features (minus the roof rails) and unique 19-inch wheels, adds a monochrome exterior treatment, a sport-tuned suspension, a premium audio system, black perforated-leather upholstery with red stitching.
Other available features (depending on trim) include the Blacktop package (grille, gloss black 19-inch wheels, and exterior trim), rear parking sensors, a sunroof, a rearview camera, three-zone automatic climate control (with rear air-conditioning), a folding and reclining third-row seat, integrated second-row child booster seats, a navigation system (paired with the 8.4-inch touchscreen),, a rear seat entertainment system, and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Engine Specs – 2018 Dodge Journey
The upcoming new 2018 Dodge Journey AVP, SE, SXT, and Crossroad will be motivated by a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine capable of generating 173 hp and 166 pounds of torque. Also, there will be an available 4-speed automatic transmission system.
According to EPA, the 2015 Dodge Journey had a fuel return of 19/26/21 mpg in the city/highway/combined, but we expect the upcoming Dodge Journey for 2018 to come with above par ratings for a 4-cylinder crossover. Another engine that we speculate will be provided as standard on the SE, SXT, Crossroad, and Limited models will be a 3.6L V6 capable of yielding about 283 hp and 260 pounds of torque. This engine will be paired to a 6-speed auto.
Price & Release Date – 2018 Dodge Journey
It is highly speculated that the vehicle will hit showrooms before this fall or early next year. The price of the vehicle is expected to range between $20,000 and $35,000 depending on the specified trim model and the packages.