Step Inside the 2011 Journey and Let the Journey Begin
Change is in the air at Dodge, as the brand undergoes a sweeping reinvention focused around great style, improved performance and dramatic, high-quality new interiors. The 2011 Dodge Journey is one of the beneficiaries, coming out of its transformation an even stronger competitor in the crowded crossover market than before. Now the Journey is available at Cedar Rapids dealer Pat McGrath Dodge Country!
Outside, the Journey’s handsome, sculpted lines carry forward with new trim elements adding touches of both bravado and class, LED taillamps and new 19-inch wheels. A completely redesigned and retuned suspension, redesigned steering and premium tires give the 2011 Journey a nimble, composed ride and precise, controlled handling.
Dodge Journey Provides Ample Power with Impressive MPG Numbers
Under the skin, the 2011 Dodge Journey sees a wide-ranging array of improvements. The Dodge Journey Express is fitted with Dodge’s 2.4-liter DOHC four-cylinder World Gas Engine and benefits from new engine mounts that reduce noise and vibration, contributing to a quieter cabin and smoother ride. The 2.4-liter engine delivers a robust 173 hp and 166 lb/ft of torque while returning an impressive 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. The Express has front-wheel drive and a four-speed automatic transmission
Journey is equipped with the available V6 (the Mainstreet, Crew, Lux and R/T trims) get a new engine altogether – the 3.6-liter Pentastar. This muscular new six-cylinder churns out 283 hp and 260 lb/ft of torque. Even better, the Pentastar V6 is great on gas; it’s rated at 25 mpg highway in front-wheel drive models. The Journey Mainstreet, Crew, Lux and R/T models are also available with all-wheel drive. AWD Journeys still deliver 24 mpg highway. A new six-speed automatic is standard with the Pentastar V6.
2011 Journey Gets Best-in-Class Interior Overhaul
Even more exciting than the four-cylinder’s improved refinement and the all-new V6 are the modifications made to the Journey’s all-new passenger cabin, which was effectively gutted and replaced with an interior that must be considered among the best-in-class for midsize crossovers. It begins with a soft touch, one-piece instrument panel that replaces a variety of individual pieces, creating a smooth-fitting and seamless look. An all-new gauge cluster faces the driver with larger instrumentation, a full-color Electronic Vehicle Information Center display and red backlighting that provides a warm glow that will be a Dodge brand signature.
Designers then went over every other aspect of the interior and refined it accordingly. Driver knee room has been expanded. The center stack has been reorganized with smoother bezels surrounding the components. The heating and air conditioning vents have been restyled for better appearance and improved functionality. The center armrest is wider, longer and significantly more padded than before. The center storage bin is deeper, and it includes both a USB port and a 12-volt outlet. A new steering wheel greets the driver, and the seats are new as well.
Chrysler’s uConnect® Touch communication and entertainment command center interface is used across the entire Journey range. uConnect Touch 4.3 is found in the value-priced Journey Express and includes a 4.3-inch QVGA touchscreen display, a single-CD AM/FM radio, USB and auxiliary jacks and dual-zone climate control. Voice Command with Bluetooth is available as an option. uConnect Touch 4.3S adds SIRIUS Satellite Radio and song/game alert. It’s standard in the Journey Mainstreet trim.
The full-featured uConnect Touch 8.4 system is standard in the Lux, Crew and R/T trims and upgrades to an 8.4-inch screen. It includes Voice Command with Bluetooth, an SD card reader, DVD playback (in Park), AM/FM/SIRIUS Satellite Radio (the latter with song/game alerts), a USB port with iPod controls and three-zone climate control. Standard on Lux models (available on the R/T), the system upgrades further to uConnect Touch 8.4N, which includes everything listed above, plus Garmin GPS navigation and SIRIUS Travel Link.
Other available features include the ParkSense® Rear Parking Assist system, as well as the ParkView wide-angle rearview camera. There’s also the Mopar Electronic Vehicle Tracking System, which lets drivers keep tabs on their car’s location, assists in stolen vehicle recovery and can send text message alerts if the car is being driven too fast, etc. by another party. Best of all, there’s no subscription required to take advantage of the service. Finally, Journey includes the latest safety features as standard equipment including Electronic Stability Control, Electronic Roll Mitigation and a driver’s side knee blocker airbag.
A freshened look, a high-class, top-quality interior, abundant technology features, seating for up to seven and one of the best new engines in the marketplace make the 2011 Dodge Journey an instant contender for anyone looking to upgrade their family vehicle.