Tuesday, May 11, 2010

2010 Dodge Journey R/T Review

With three rows of seating, a tall roof and hatch style rear door, the 2010 Dodge Journey sounds a lot like the Dodge Caravan. Well, it is and then it isn't. Let's say multi passenger vehicles are dorky, let's say no one really wants to drive one but let's say plenty of people need the function and features of a minivan. Sound like you? The you might be a cadidate for a Dodge Journey R/T.

In many ways the Journey has a split personality - it looks like an SUV but works like a minivan, it looks distinctly American outside but has an obvious European feel inside. Ride and handling are sporty enough to make the Journey R/T entertaining at times but the really interesting features are family items like Sirius Backseat TV that allows rear seat passengers to watch Disney Channel and Nickelodeon programs, that plus tons of underseat storage will make road trips much less of a hassle. There's also a built in child's booster seat in the second row - again, very European in terms of features and presentation.

The 3.5 liter V6 that's standard on the R/T moves the crossover Journey from 0-60 in 8 seconds - 23 miles per gallon is not stellar but certainly in line with other crossover SUVs like the Chevrolet Traverse. Acceleration is more than adequate and the Journey R/T actually feels quick.

As an alternative to a minivan, the 2010 Dodge Journey is excellent. As a serious competitor to other crossover SUVs it's just middle of the road. Still, the Dodge Journey's aggressive good looks and interior flexibility are enough to earn it a test drive by anyone looking for a good, non-minivan family wagon.

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