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2013 Dodge Journey: Class or Pass?

Published September 19, 2012

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Taking a look at the 2013 Dodge Journey today you would never know this once minivan used to be considered one of the most boring vehicles on the road. Certainly, reflecting back on prior years, it was nothing to write home about and certainly nothing worth posting on Facebook when you drove it off the lot. Today, though, with its stylish upgrades and stellar technology – as well as its incredible safety ratings, you might just want to buy one and plaster it all over your social media outlets.

The truth is, most vehicles have come a long way since they were first introduced and the 2013 Dodge Journey is no exception. With its sleek exterior and completely upgraded interior, it is a contender in the world of minivans, until you start looking at the way the vehicle handles. To be honest, it completely lacks in agility and like most three row vehicles, the third row is tiny.

The standard engine boasts a mere 173 horsepower, unless you splurge on the upgrade – the 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine. Here you will have a whopping 283 HP that will suit all of your traveling needs – on and off-road. Both engines get about the same gas mileage – with the 2.4L I4 getting 26 MPG and the 3.6L V6 striving at 25 mpg. They will both get you over 500 miles per tankful. Depending on the model you buy, you can choose between Front Wheel Drive (FWD) and All Wheel Drive (AWD).

Looking inside, you can see the many upgrades. Seating is more spacious and comfortable and the third row – while still cramped – is accessible from both the drivers and passengers side doors. No more climbing over your friends and family to get to your seat. The second row seating can be formed into a bench or separated for additional space – because you really don’t want your kids whining “mom! He touched me!” when you are on a long drive.

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Upgraded technology includes a 7” TFT (thin film transistor) which is consistently delivering real-time information on all you need to know about your vehicle. Customize your listening with an available audio jack and USB port – the new must have for cars today. It’s a wonder anyone uses the radio anymore. Oh, and if you wanted to actually use the radio – Sirius XM is available as an add-on option.

Keeping the kids quiet is also possible with a flip down DVD entertainment system – they can watch movies and play video games on the 9” screen. Splurging on this feature – which starts at $795 – will yield you the 9” television screen, two infrared headsets, a remote control and AV/RCA jacks to plug in the console of your choice. Kind of makes you wonder, whatever happened to reading?

All in all, deciding to buy this vehicle comes down to two factors – the safety ratings, and the overall feel of the vehicle. It is a far cry from the minivans of years past, but in my opinion, there are some excellent crossovers – say the 2013 Ford Edge – that will outshine the 2013 Dodge Journey.

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Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

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