The 2015 Dodge Journey adds a few updates this model year, but it’s awaiting a complete redesign for the 2016 model. This mid-size crossover has made huge improvements over the years to clean up its original bad reputation, and while it’s not perfect, the Journey is definitely shining a little brighter.
The 2015 Dodge Journey is the bridge between the old Journey and the anticipated new Journey, expected to launch in 2016. The Dodge Journey was first introduced in 2008 for the 2009 model year. The original vehicle had a lot of negative response, but has worked over the years on improving its reputation. The 2015 model is based off the 2013 refresh with some minor tweaks to update the style; however, the real overhaul is expected for the 2016 model. The Journey is a mid-size crossover that is capable of carrying up to seven passengers with the right configuration and offers ample features for an affordable price.
The Dodge Journey adopts a more European look for the 2015 model, including tweaks to the grille and front fascia. The Journey hasn’t improved on the outside as much as it has on the inside over the years, but it still has a pretty decent look. This car successfully bridges the gap between tall wagons and square-like SUVs. It has a more unique appearance than most other cars in the segment, although we wouldn’t say that it is anything too far out of the ordinary. It exceeds the length of most of the competition and has some chrome details that are eye-catching. Different trim levels will offer more or less the same in terms of exterior features, but notable options include 19-inch alloy wheels and a power sunroof.
As mentioned, the interior of the Journey has undergone some major revisions to bring it to a level that will be competitive in the class. It is finally up to a standard that should win the appreciation of buyers. The Journey’s interior has high-quality fabrics, including soft leather and soft-touch surfaces. The cabin can be configured to carry a lot of people and cargo. With three rows, the Journey can carry seven passengers or just five with the regular configuration. The third row (if used) will fold flush, and the second row seats can slide forward and back for easy access. Functionality is valued in the interior of this car and small details highlight this. One of these is the flip ‘n stow storage, hidden in the front passenger-seat cushion that flips up to expose a big storage bin.
As for technology features, the Journey actually has some of the best in the segment. The 8.4-inch touchscreen interface is offered in all of the models, except the SE. It is pretty easy to use and available with or without navigation. The SXT model can be equipped with a Uconnect media centre that impressively handles a wide range of devices from iPhones to SD cards. This vehicle is available with satellite radio, a premium audio system and a DVD system for the backseat passengers.
The 2015 Journey maintains the same powertrain options as the previous models, depending on the trim level. The lower trims come equipped with a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard as is front-wheel drive. Optional on the higher-end trims is a 3.6-litre V6 engine that generates 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. This engine is matched to a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive with all-wheel drive as an option.
Overall, the 2015 Dodge Journey has grown leaps and bounds since its debut six years ago. While it does have a lot to offer in terms of style, space and function, we would suggest waiting until the 2016 model is released to see how much they can add to this mid-size crossover.
2015 Dodge Journey
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Rating: 7.3 / 10
|Trim / Style||MSRP||Est. Monthly Payment||Average Price||Invoice Price|
|Canada Value Package||$21,495||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Crossroad||$32,295||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Crossroad AWD||$36,395||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Limited||$32,395||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|R/T AWD||$35,495||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|R/T Rallye AWD||$36,195||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|SE Plus||$24,795||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|SXT||$28,095||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|SXT V6||$30,095||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Number of Doors||5|
|Drive Train||Front Wheel Drive|
|Power and Performance:|
The 2015 Dodge Journey AVP, SE and SXT are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard, and you can only get front-wheel drive with this engine. Fuel economy ratings are 21 mpg combined (19 city/26 highway) ? well below average for a four-cylinder crossover.
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|Interiors and Special Features:|
Inside, the Dodge Journey's materials are high in quality, the design is clean and modern and the available technology is pretty easy to use. We especially like the 8.4-inch touchscreen interface offered in all models except the SE. It's intuitive to use and is available with or without navigation.
Other strengths for the Journey include clever storage bins built into the floor, and options such as a fold-flat front passenger seat and integrated child booster seats for the second row that make life easier for families. Also helping that cause is the Journey's available third-row seat, which is bundled with a separate rear air-conditioner. This seat is far from adult-friendly, but if you need to take a couple extra kids to a T-ball game, it's handy.
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Every 2015 Dodge Journey comes standard with antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, active front head restraints, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag. Integrated second-row child booster seats and rear parking sensors are optional on every Journey. A rearview camera is available as an option on the SXT, Limited and R/T.
In Edmunds brake testing, a Journey V6 FWD came to a stop from 60 mph in 124 feet, an average performance for this class.
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|Audio Connectivity: includes input AUX jack front and USB|
|Audio system with AM/FM radio, CD player (reads MP3 format), touch screen and colour screen|
|Remote audio controls: steering wheel mounted|
|Brake assist system|
|4 disc brakes (2 ventilated)|
|Electronic brake distribution|
|Painted front and rear bumpers|
|Load restraint: hooks|
|Charges: Air Conditioning Tax $ 100.00|
|Delivery/freight charge: $ 1,695.00|
|Driver and passenger vanity mirror|
|2 12V in front, 1 12V in rear, 1 12V in cargo area|
|Keyless Go smart key: ; includes keyless entry and keyless start|
|Front and rear reading lights|
|Vehicle start button|
|Cargo area light|
|Cargo area dimensions: width between arches (mm): 1,051, height (mm): 842 and loading floor height (mm): 782|
|External dimensions: overall length (mm): 4,887, overall width (mm): 1,834, overall height (mm): 1,692, wheelbase (mm): 2,890, front track (mm): 1,570, rear track (mm): 1,582 and curb to curb turning circle (mm): 11,738|
|Internal dimensions: front headroom (mm): 1,036, rear headroom (mm): 1,013, front hip room (mm): 1,367, rear hip room (mm): 1,382, front leg room (mm): 1,036, rear leg room (mm): 853, front shoulder room (mm): 1,460 and rear shoulder room (mm): 1,444|
|Cargo capacity(in litres): rear seat down: 1,914 and all seats in place: 1,121|
|Rear door: lifting gate|
|Body colour exterior door handles|
|Doors: driver, rear driver, passenger and rear passenger : front hinged|
|Engine: 2.4L in-line four-cylinder DOHC with VVT|
|Emissions data: CO2: 5,106 kg/yr|
|Fuel consumption(L/100km) : city= 12.7 ; highway= 9.1 ; combined= 11.1 ;|
|Power: 173 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 166 ft lb of torque @ 4,000 rpm|
|Fuel tank: 78 litre capacity|
|Fuel: unleaded ( 87 octane)|
|Fuel system: multi-point injection|
|Service interval indicator|
|Multi-function display screen 4.3, touch screen and 1|
|Low tire pressure monitor displays pressure|
|Main dashboard display|
|Trip computer: includes avg fuel econ, current fuel econ and fuel range|
|Luxury trim: chrome on shifter and none|
|Floor covering: carpet in passenger compartment, carpet in load area and none|
|Headlights: halogen with complex surface lens|
|Daytime running lights|
|Card key power locks ; automatic locking|
|Rear seat belts for driver, rear seat belts for passenger, 3-point rear seat belts for center|
|Trailer stability program|
|Driver knee airbags|
|Crash test results IIHS, G, Good, Good and Good, crash test results NHTSA, 5, 4, 4.00 and 4|
|Height adjustable front seat belts with pre-tensioners for driver and passenger|
|2 active height adjustable head restraints for front seats, 3 height adjustable head restraints for rear seats|
|Front side airbags|
|Intelligent driver and passenger front airbag|
|All three rows protected by curtain airbags|
|Seat upholstery: cloth|
|Front seat center armrest|
|Front driver seat : bucket ; details: manual height, front passenger seat : bucket|
|Rear seats: split-folding split bench with seating for three ; details: manual recline and manual fore/aft|
|Rear seat center armrest|
|Seating: 5 passengers|
|Multi-function steering wheel ; includes height adjustment and telescopic adjustment|
|Dashboard console with open storage, full floor console with covered storage|
|Cupholders in front row, rear seats and 3rd row seats|
|Storage box trunk, floor and fixed|
|Independent front strut suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs, independent rear multi-link suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs|
|Transmission: AutoStick 4-speed automatic w/manual mode ; incl. shifter on floor|
|4.280:1 axle ratio|
|Roll stability control|
|Electronic traction control (via ABS & engine management)|
|Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP) stability control|
|Ventilation system with cabin filter|
|Passenger seat secondary ventilation controls|
|Version information 07 Apr 2015|
|Trim level: CANADA VALUE PACKAGE|
|Powertrain type : combustion|
|Rear side windows: wind-up on driver side and passenger side|
|Driver and passenger fixed 3rd row windows|
|Rear view mirror|
|Driver and passenger door mirror: heated, black, power adjustable|
|Rear window with defroster and intermittent wiper|
|Windshield wipers with variable intermittent wipe|
|Front power windows with 1 express, rear power windows|
|Warranty whole vehicle - OEM 36, 60,000 and 37,282|
|Warranty whole vehicle - Total: 36 months/ 60,000 km|
|Roadside assistance warranty: 60 months/ 100,000 km|
|Warranty powertrain - OEM 60, 100,000 and 62,137|
|Paint warranty: 36 months/ 60,000 km|
|Anti-corrosion warranty: 36 months/ Unlimited km|
|Warranty powertrain - Total: 60 months/ 100,000 km|
|Weights: gross vehicle weight (kg): 2,270, published curb weight (kg): 1,720, gross trailer weight braked (kg): 450, payload allowance (kg): 550 and Manufacturer’s own|
|Front and rear alloy wheels: 17"x 6.5"|
|Spare wheel: spacesaver with steel rim|
|Front and rear all-season tires 225/65/T|