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Summary – 2011 Dodge Journey

2011 Dodge Journey

In the last few months, Chrysler has brought many improvements and updates for the vast majority of their models and the Journey was not left out of the deal. Along with the 2011 Dodge Durango and the Dodge Charger, the Journey brings for 2011 a new look, significantly more power, a much updated interior look and decent fuel economy. According to the people at AutoBlog.com that had the chance of taking the car for a quick spin, it has one of the most generous and fast touch screen ever installed on an automobile before.

We all know that with their recent models, Chryslers has managed to greatly improve the materials that are used inside the cabin and it should come as no surprise that the Journey is benefiting from this trend. This is not the most important update brought to the car in comparison with the previous generation, as the engineers at Dodge spent a lot of time tweaking the driving character of the car. With these changes brought to the car, the Journey morphed from a car that was never seen as a potential competitor, into one that is worth taking into consideration when picking out a brand new crossover.

These significant changes were not applied to the exterior look of the car, Dodge wanted to keep the original look and improve things here and there, giving a more fresh and updated look to the Journey. Up front you will notice the redesigned fascia, the freshened corporate split-crosshair grille and the massive 19-inch rims. In the back the car got LED taillights and that’s about it, no other changes in comparison with the 2010 version of the Journey.

Once you get inside, you will notice the huge difference. Instead of offering new shades of the boring gray plastic, people over at Dodge managed to add new more exciting colors that give the car a new look as far as the cabin is concerned. Similar to other cars manufactured by the Dodge, the Journey benefits from the implementation of the single-piece, soft touch instrument panels. By eliminating the multi-piece dashboards that we are all accustomed to, Dodge managed to avoid the likelihood of rattles and squeaks and at the same time, reduced the possibility that during assembly, something might be done wrong. The nice to poke soft-touch material used for the cabin allowed the Dodge designers to throw in 0-milimiter tolerances for HVAC bezels.

We mentioned the big touch screen; it has a generous 8.5-inch diagonal (optional) that draws all the attention inside the large cabin of the Journey. The screen not only is very responsive and quick, but it also offers crystal-clear graphics. Changing the radio stations is done very easy without any hassle, and you don’t have to wait between two stations, we all know how annoying that could get.

2011 Dodge Journey

Moving on to more important business, the engine of the 2011 Dodge Journey is the new generation V6 3.6-liter Pentastar that is capable of outputting 283 hp at 6,350 rpm. Torque figures are 260 pound-feet at 4,400 rpm. In comparison to the previous generation of the engine, the car is now 20% more powerful which makes it very agile than ever before. The engine is linked to a comfortable smart-swapping 6-speed automatic gearbox, which will not give you any trouble in traffic. The Mexico-built 2011 Dodge Journey is available with a four wheel drive and it will do a decent 17 mpg city / 25 mpg highway. For those of you that cannot afford the Pentastar V6 3.6-liter engine, Dodge is offering a smaller 2.4-liter that outputs 173 hp @ 6,000 rpm and 166 pound-feet @ 4,000 rpm which is linked to an outdated 4-speed automatic gearbox, making the car quite slow, taking into consideration the weight of the 7-seater.

Of course the Pentastar engine is agile, but nobody can say that it is fast. However, thanks to the fact that it has a quicker-ratio steering rack, along with a host of bushings and stiffer springs, the 2011 Dodge Journey is quite capable of taking corners, despite its weight and size.

The base model for the 2011 Dodge Journey, dubbed Express, will cost you $22,245 but it will come with the outdated engine and transmission that don’t live up to the expectations of a 2011 model. For $2,000 more, you can get the Journey Mainstreet which will come with the powerful Pentastar engine. In addition to this price, you will have to pay a $750 worth of destination charge, regardless of the model you want.

Dodge managed to surprise many people with the launch of the 2011 Journey, which although does not offer many improvements as far as the exterior look is concerned, it brings many updates for the materials used inside the cabin, plus the V6 3.6-liter Pentastar power unit that gives the Journey a brand new life, leaving behind the rusted and outdated image of the outgoing generation that nobody took into consideration as a crossover choice.

Source: AutoBlog.com

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