The 2016 Dodge Journey – A Huge Interior, Without a Huge Fuel Appetite

It’s one of the hardest trade-offs in auto buying: Big, or fuel efficient?

It seems like no matter how you fall on the answer, it’s because you have no choice. Either you have to settle for something small at the expense of fuel efficiency, or you have to forgo efficiency in order to fit all of your stuff. This has undoubtedly left many car buyers between a rock and a hard place, wishing there was some fuel-efficient car with enough room to get you and all your stuff from Point A to Point B.

Now, thanks to the 2016 Dodge Journey, that wish has been granted.

It’s Huge
Hockey bags? No biggie. Skis? Sure, throw in a couple pairs. A kayak? Toss it in. With the 2016 Journey’s 67 cubic feet of interior space, you’ll be able to pack just about anything without having to sit on someone’s lap.

Featuring second-row in-floor storage and available “Flip ‘n Stow” front passenger in-seat storage, the 2016 Journey can hold all your gear without bumping anyone out of its seven passenger seats. And with an in-floor bin that can double as a cooler, everyone can ride in total comfort no matter how much cargo.

It’s Comfortable
Dodge spares no expense on comfort either, with available soft-touch leather trim seating, a six-way power driver seat with four-way power lumbar adjustment, and separate reclining back seats for your guests. For the growing family, the back seats also offer built-in, foldable booster seats to keep even the smallest traveller comfortable and part of the great driving experience.

Every 2016 Journey comes standard with Dual-Zone Manual Temperature Control to keep every driver and co-pilot in the lap of luxury while driving. For those a bit more finicky, look into the available heated front seats, heated steering wheel, and Three-Zone Automatic Temperature Control to keep everyone comfortable in both the coldest hottest conditions.

Dodge Journey Interior

It’s Stylish
As nice as the 2016 Journey is on the inside, it’s the outside that will turn the most heads.

Boasting a bold profile, sleek LED headlamps with black bezel, a crosshair grille and available dual exhaust tips, the 2016 Journey keeps the driver looking stylish while delivering excellent performance. And for those you leave in the dust, the image of your available Ring of Fire LED taillamps pulling away in style will not easily be forgotten.

Eight available 17- and 19- inch wheels and eight different paint options bring total customization while standard automatic heated mirrors and an available 8×4 roof rack allow the 2016 Journey to maintain its boldly utilitarian design.

It’s Powerful and Efficient
Don’t let the luxury and unparalleled comfort fool you – this is one serious road-tripping machine.

All 2016 Journeys feature a standard 2.4L 16-valve our-cylinder engine capable of pumping out 173 horsepower and 166 lb-ft of torque using its Variable Valve Timing and an automatic transmission. These work together to give the Journey an estimated 26 miles per gallon, equating to about 500 miles on a single tank of gas – relatively unheard of for a crossover.

Or, for those looking to seriously up their driving power, the 2016 Journey also features an available 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine of award-winning caliber, capable of 283 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Boasting a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, this engine gives the Journey amazing performance on the road and maintains exceptional efficiency at an estimated 25 miles per gallon.

The available Pentastar engine is also equipped with an exceptionally low first gear, meant to improve acceleration from a stopped position, while the Dual Variable Valve Timing maximizes power and efficiency through the use of computer-aided engineering on the intake and exhaust system.

And who can pass up a crossover that can tow up to 2,500 lbs – big enough for a boat or your heaviest couches?

The 2016 Dodge Journey. Photo courtesy of Dodge.
The 2016 Dodge Journey. Photo courtesy of Dodge.

It’s Safe
Available All-Wheel Drive gives the Journey exceptional traction on icy and slippery surfaces by transferring power from wheels without traction to those with traction automatically, and only powers the front wheels until the rear wheels are needed.

Electronic Stability Control, working together with the Antilock Brake System and All-Speed Traction Control prevent slides and burnouts on less-than-ideal road conditions, while Electronic Roll Mitigation prevents rollovers by strategically activating individual braking and reducing engine power to help prevent wheel lift – all to keep you and your passengers safe in almost any emergency situation.

Fully independent suspension, featuring McPherson struts in front and multilink suspension in the rear allow for each wheel to move independently over rough and rocky Surfaces. For even greater riding comfort, the 2016 Journey offers available Touring Suspension or, for the ultimate smooth ride, High-Performance Suspension.

A protected frame, seven advanced airbags, active front seat head restraints, a knee blocker and an advanced crumple zone all make the 2016 Journey exceptionally safe in the event of a crash. And, available rear backup camera and a Rear Park-Assist system make parking and backing up in this crossover a breeze.

The 2016 Journey’s standard four-wheel disc antilock brakes individually monitor and apply brakes to each wheel for ultimate braking performance, while Electronic Brake Force Distribution automatically regulate brake pressure front-to-rear and available Brake Assist boosts brake power in the event of an emergency stop.

It’s High-Tech
What good would all the power and luxury in the world be if it came without the comforts of the 21st century?

Fortunately, the 2016 Journey is fully outfitted with the latest and greatest tech to make driving not only comfortable but really, really fun.

First, there’s the keyless entry and keyless ignition that can automatically detect your key fob approaching and unlock the door as soon as you pull the handle, and with the single push of a button you’re off and on your way.

Need to look up the weather at your destination, find the next movie showtime, locate a gas station, or check upcoming traffic? You can do it all on the available Radio 8.4 NAV with 8.4-inch touchscreen – the largest in its class. And with an available built-in Garmin navigation system, you’ll never get lost again.

Crank that available SiriusXM Satellite Radio through the Journey’s six surround speakers or, if you want to really bring the party, through the available 368-watt amplifier. And for the serious audiophile, available six-channel Digital Signal Processing can really breathe a whole new life into even your most classic road tunes. Plus, there’s also the standard USB and auxiliary ports and available Bluetooth-connectivity so you can bring your own playlists on the road wherever you go.

Need to entertain those in the back seats? Try the available second-row 9-inch screen that flips down from the overhead console for all their movie and video-game needs. And with a remote control and wireless headphones, the fun stays in the back seat.

The 2016 Dodge Journey Blacktop Special Edition. Photo courtesy of Dodge.
The 2016 Dodge Journey Blacktop Special Edition. Photo courtesy of Dodge.

Plus, for the busy professional, an available 115-watt power outlet, and WiFi hotspot capability mean you’ll never be disconnected, no matter how far away you take your 2016 Journey.

Starting at only $20,695 MSRP, the 2016 Dodge Journey is the perfect blend of power, luxury, and affordability. Or, if you really want to spice up your new Journey with some serious attitude, opt for the special edition Blacktop package, featuring 19-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels, Gloss Black bezels and grille, Gloss Black lower front fascia accents, Gloss Black exterior mirrors and Black side roof rails for that stealthy, sleek look.

If you have been looking for that special combination of roomy and efficient that other crossovers and SUVs haven’t been able to match, then head on over to your local Dodge dealer and take a closer look at the 2016 Dodge Journey for yourself. Be warned, however: you may just find that you need one.

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