2015 Dodge Journey Crossroad – TestDriveNow.com Review by Auto Critic Steve Hammes | TestDriveNow

2015 Dodge Journey Crossroad – TestDriveNow.com Review by Auto Critic Steve Hammes | TestDriveNow


Today, most of life’s journeys are best
accomplished with a 3-row crossover and for 2015 Dodge takes their value-driven entry
in an updated direction. This is the new Journey Crossroad.2015 Dodge Journey CrossroadWhen
the Journey first arrived in 2008, it gave Dodge a highly versatile 3-row crossover to
fill the spot between the Caliber and the Grand Caravan. Now 7 years, a new owner and
one major overhaul later the more rugged looking Journey Crossroad continues into the 2015
model year, offering shoppers a little more bling and available AWD at a budget price.Positioned
5th in the Journey’s 7 trim lineup, the Crossroad can be specified in front or all-wheel
drive with a starting price of $27,590. Its Crossroad characteristics include leather
seats with sport mesh inserts, 19” Hyper Black aluminum wheels, platinum chrome accents
and dark-tinted headlamps and tail lamps.I’ve always appreciated the utility angle afforded
by the Journey, its cleverness and accessible price point. Of course, 7 years is a long
time in the auto biz and indeed a 2nd generation Journey is in the works for a mid-2016 release
where it will share the Chrysler 200’s platform. But midsize crossover shoppers are still finding
it to their liking, as the Journey remains one of Dodge’s best-sellers.The $1,500 Flexible
Seating Group is an important option because it adds the 2nd row tilt and slide seat, the
third row seat and tri-zone climate control. These are critical elements in the Swiss Army
Knife reputation of the vehicle. There are also built in booster seats in the outboard
positions. The system works well, operates easily and gives those in the 2nd row lots
of room to stretch out. The 3rd row, on the other hand, is one of those really cramped
spaces exclusively reserved for kids. When not in use, an expansive cargo area is created
without fuss. An underfloor storage area and pop out flashlight in the rear, more underfloor
storage in the 2nd row and a front passenger seat that folds flat and also offers more
stuff it space under the seat cushion are the reasons owners love their Journeys. My
tester also has the optional Rear Seat Video Group with a drop-down 9” screen.Where the
Journey shows its age is in its narrow proportions, some previous gen electronics and the usage
of a smattering of old Chrysler plastics. The upgrade years ago to the Pentastar V6
gives the Journey a solid 283 horsepower engine matched to the old 6-speed auto. And no doubt
the Journey will benefit from the more nimble 200 chassis because though this one is family-friendly
relaxed, its moves lack the modern sophistication of the newer Chrysler Group products. It’s
neither exciting nor dull to drive. Gas mileage of this AWD model is 16mpg city/24mpg highway
– slightly better than a comparable GMC Terrain.Now, that being said this Journey
has remote start, heated seats and a heated steering wheel – all very welcome during
this brutally cold week. And though this Uconnect system doesn’t have all of the features
that some of the newer models have, it’s still excellent and far better than most,
there’s a sweet sounding 6 speaker plus subwoofer premium audio system and SiriusXM
Traffic and Travel Link are free for the first 5 years. There are also a number of key safety
features including a driver’s side knee airbag and electronic-roll mitigation. The
as tested-price is $34,850 – an attractive MSRP for families on a budget in need of an
AWD, creative 3-row. Not a minivan, but minivan-like, the Journey is about to chart a new course
but until then this one can still make sense.

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    pedrof830

    $21k when it first came out seemed like a bargain compared to others in the class, but at $34k now? I'd look elsewhere,sorry Dodge.

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    eskil1u

    had a journey as a rental, it was pretty terrible, switched it for a GMC arcadia instead, so much nicer on the highway. I know, not the same class at all. 

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    Khu NoPie

    This is the perfect vehicle for people who need 3 rows and are getting the stink outta Dodge. I have a large family and my wife, who is a circus midget (she prefers "performing little person"), will comfortably fit in the 3rd row.
    Once again Steve Hammes sets the bar for automotive review excellence. Boo Yeah!

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    Billy Sou

    Check out the post on Testdrivenow.com's Twitter page @drivetimevideos for the most unique line about the Dodge Journey. 

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    Theo Morrow

    If only Dodge realized that this car was not going to be competitive out-of-the-box when it first came out. But, as they say, too little, too late. And I wouldn't call it bargain priced, Steve. What would happen if someone spent $34,000 on it, and then realize that they made a huge mistake? Because, frankly, this car is just simply terrible by today's standards.    

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    TeoTonio Bass

    I love my journey crossroad i have the 4 cylinder engine fwd and i have been getting like 30mpg+.. i am afraid of how the journey srt will look when they put it in auto shows

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    James McDonald

    Honda Pilot? Those things are goddamn foul looking and lack the cool interior features this vehicle offers. I've checked out all suv's as I'm considering buying and the journey smokes the competition for the interior cleverness. All the rest are bare bones boring

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    mostertruckfan

    have to say a Journey is slow especially with the 4 cylinder the engine seems to be real weak for the suv now i would recommend the v6 but far as room their nice and worth the price

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    CARS USA

    It's very nice car for all big family. We have happy shipping in Ukraine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fswmw7L_7gU&t=4s

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    StraightToThePoint

    i got a 2015 dodge journey crossroad v6 for my first car i fell in love and i love it! the engines high pitched noise it makes when i accelerate really fast is amazing.

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    Abby Hunker

    Love my 2012 dodge journey crew mine doesn't have the third row I dont need it but I love the built in booster seats in mine ! I use my dodge journey crew for uber n Lyft n my customers love it!

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