2016 Dodge Journey R/T: A Sporty Crossover Upgrade

To assume that all family vehicles are big, boxy, and slow-moving minivans would be, thankfully, incorrect. These days, there are plenty of young parents looking for safe, reliable family vehicles to handle daily driving, but who also don’t want to give up on the fun and feeling of driving a sleek, sporty car. Luckily, the 2016 Dodge Journey is now available at your local Dodge dealer in Miami – and with it, the seriously impressive Journey R/T trim level.

With upgraded performance features to put a little extra spring in your step, the R/T trim level promises some of the most exciting rides you’ve ever experienced in such a versatile hatchback, especially one as expectation-shattering stylish as this one. And for all those times you’re whipping around corners and blasting through straightaways, the Journey comes with an amazing standard safety system and plenty of cool tech to keep you and your most precious cargo – your passengers – safe and happy on the road.

Ready to upgrade your family car to something worth being seen in? Here’s a quick look at the amazing features on the new 2016 Dodge Journey R/T, and why it might just be the vehicle that will carry you and your family into the future with style.

Distinctive Premium Style

The most noticeable improvements on the 2016 Journey with the addition of the R/T trim include some enviable exterior ornamentation, most of which helps bring attitude and a level of refinement to an already gorgeous crossover. This is true on both the outside, which features some prominent performance upgrades, to the interior with its trim-specific accents that add a touch of class to your daily drive.

A Sleek Exterior

With everything from dual chrome exhaust tips to 19-inch carbon gloss black aluminum wheels standard on the R/T trim level, you can ride in style knowing your vehicle looks better than the rest. Sporting Dodge’s custom body-color performance front fascia, the R/T model helps boost aerodynamic capabilities, and those looking for a little extra convenience can choose the optional power sunroof or the available roof rails for easy cargo storage.

The R/T trim level comes in eight exterior colors, with the option of adding the Blacktop Performance package. This upgrades your trim with a gloss black grille, fascia, and exterior mirrors, black side roof rails, and dark-tinted headlamp bezels. You’ll look more mysterious than ever zipping around town, and heads will definitely turn when this stylish model whizzes by.

A Comfortable Cabin

When it comes to providing a comfortable ride that even the most fidgety riders won’t complain about, few can match the plush design and stylish accents in the cabin of the Dodge Journey R/T. With trim-specific leather, perforated seat upholstery throughout, and standard heated front seats for the driver and passenger, you’ll feel as though you’re nestled in a cocoon of comfort on the road.

And since this is a Journey, you’ll find you have plenty of space to bring along just about everything you need for the ride, with the rear seats folding down to reveal up to 67 cubic feet of interior cargo space, plus available passenger in-seat storage and an in-car ice box that can be filled with ice to keep your favorite drinks cool on the go. For the family in search of a truly useful vehicle that doesn’t sacrifice style, there may be no better option than the Dodge Journey R/T.

Sport-Ready Performance

Of course, improving performance and capability on the road was the main inspiration behind this sporty trim upgrade, and the boost this package gives to the Journey’s overall ride is palpable from the first push of the pedal. With a powerful standard powertrain and impressive handling upgrades, the R/T trim offers Journey drivers an unforgettable experience in what, on the surface, might just not be recognized as a family car.

R/T Engine Power

In its base trim levels, Journey buyers are only offered Dodge’s powerful 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine as an additional upgrade – but not so on the R/T package, which features this impressive engine standard as part of the trim. Delivering 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, this powerful engine manages an impressive 25 miles per gallon highway and, as a Flex-Fuel vehicle, it can run on alternative fuel sources like ethanol. That means you can do better for the planet as well as yourself, and can plan to spend less time at the pump and more time cruising down the road. Plus, with a max towing capacity as high as 2,500 lbs, this crossover is also undeniably useful for those heaviest tasks.

Handling Upgrades To Match

With all the power the 3.6L engine can deliver, it’s important that the vehicle have performance-grade handling to match. That’s why the Journey’s R/T trim level includes standard high-performance suspension and Firm-Feel power steering, both of which help keep you in control on the road and provide excellent handling to the driver looking to have a little fun.

A Great Family Crossover

What draws most people to the Journey in the first place is its renowned status as an excellent family car, featuring all the amenities a growing family needs to conquer daily chores and the constant run around with the right tools for the job. While the R/T trim level may promise greatly improved performance power and a distinct style, it still holds onto just about everything that makes it such a great family vehicle – all the more reason this is the best model for sporty families.

Safety All Around

With seven advanced airbags, active front head restraints to minimize whiplash, and a high-strength steel frame with carefully designed crumple zones, your Journey is able to take on the worst the road ever threatens and still protect you and your passengers inside. Standard anti-lock disc brakes with Brake Assist technology help make sure you can stop and stay when you need to, while standard safety tech like Electronic Roll Mitigation and Electronic Brake Force Distribution help keep your crossover planted firmly on the ground, reducing the chance of an accident every day out on the road. Additional safety tech like a rearview parking camera with Rear Park Assist only make those tight or dangerous situations that much safer.

Convenience Tech For Everyone

Because those boring drives can get to anyone after enough time, the Journey knows the value of keeping the driver and the backseat passengers entertained on the road. That’s why the R/T model features a standard 8.4-inch touchscreen interactive center console and a six-speaker premium audio system with a subwoofer to blast all your favorite music, be it through a connected Bluetooth device, USB device, or simple streaming audio or SiruisXM satellite radio. Plus, you and your passengers can always stay connected thanks to the 4G Wi-Fi throughout the cabin.


With all these amazing features to match impressive performance, there are few crossovers that can better fill the gap between “capable family vehicle” and “actually fun to drive” – but the Dodge Journey R/T does this almost. If you’re looking for a serious upgrade to your boring family vehicle or are simply too enticed by everything this model has to offer, head over to your local Dodge dealer and see what’s on the lot today.

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