Today I drove (for only a couple hours, mainly on the freeway) a 2011 Dodge Journey AWD 4dr Mainstreet. It was white with a black interior, V6 engine. While it’s pretty plain looking to me on the outside, it was fairly enjoyable to drive, the V6 paired well with a 6-speed automatic tranny, peppy enough, had a pretty good feel, though the suspension was a bit sloppy (soft) for me. This one had 3 rows of seats, so it would be good for large families or those that are often playing chauffeur for more than a couple people. I liked the interior (nice job people of Dodge’s interior dept.), not flashy like luxury types, yet not having that “computer-designed-plastic” feel. The center dash where the audio, hvac, etc. resides is well laid out, simple and to the point, I could figure it out quickly, and also connected my music via the aux jack (this one has USB connection also, but I didn’t try that), decent sound. The gauges were not always easy to see with the way the sun reflected off them (somebody tell Dodge how to angle the plastic in front of the gauges so that sunlight doesn’t glare off it, please!), however, in the center is a computer menu system with various options such as mpg, can be set to show your speed, thus alleviating the glare issue (as that part of the dash was easier to read). Well, I really don’t have a lot to say since I just drove it on the freeway for a couple hours, but, it seems like an alternative to a mini van for those that need room for lots of people, if this is you, maybe check it out.
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