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Don't Stop Believing in the Journey

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author photo by Autotrader October 2010

Chrysler’s rush of updated models continues with a refreshed Dodge Journey. Due to arrive in dealers later this year, the 2011 Journey features a spruced-up interior with new technology, a new engine and an improved suspension.

The Journey has always had a clean, well-proportioned exterior for a mid-size crossover, but has drawn criticism for its low-rent, plastic-filled interior. For 2011, an upgraded cabin sees a new steering wheel, dashboard and instrument cluster. It also has a larger center storage bin, new seats, plus six new interior colors and trims that help accentuate the changes.

Occupants can sync cell phones to the newly-available Uconnect Touch communications feature, which allows touchscreen operation of the navigation system and climate control. And a new “electronic vehicle information center” mounted in the gauge cluster displays audio information, fuel mileage and other vehicle data.

Out goes the old powertrain to make room for the automaker’s new V6. This 3.6-liter engine, which is coupled here to a standard six-speed automatic transmission, produces 283 horsepower, an increase of nearly 50 from last year’s 3.5-liter V6.

Ride and handling also improves for 2011, thanks to better chassis components. According to Chrysler, engineers revamped the suspension geometry and redesigned its steering system for sweeter handling. The company said it also gave the Journey “premium tires,” aiming for a more compliant ride. Rounding off the driving experience, new sound deadening materials and insulation have been added throughout to reduce noise and vibration.

Other changes for 2011 include the addition of a USB port for charging iPods or other MP3 players, a slightly restyled front fascia that incorporates the Dodge brand’s tweaked grille, new 19-inch wheels and LED tail lights. Pricing has not yet been set, but don’t expect a huge departure from last year’s, which went from around $21,000 for a base-level SE to just under $30,000 for a top-line Journey R/T.

This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
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