Crossover vehicles have become incredibly popular in the last few years. As a result, most major car manufacturers have several different crossovers available. Given the stiff competition, what is it that makes the 2018 Dodge Journey, the updated version of Dodge’s midsize three-seater, worth considering as your next vehicle? Our Dodge Indianapolis team has read everything there is to read on the 2018 Dodge Journey, and below we cover everything that makes it special.
Convenience and Affordability
Perhaps the biggest draw of the 2018 Dodge Journey is its affordability. The price of even barebones crossover vehicles has crept up in the last few years, meaning that even the most basic ride from Dodge’s competitors will set you back more than $30,000 (or higher, in some cases) if bought brand new.
If you’re someone who sees that price tag and starts getting second thoughts, the 2018 Journey is perfect for you. The 2018 Dodge Journey is the only three-seat crossover vehicle available for less than $30,000, with the basic version having a suggested retail price of $22,495.[i]
Even if you want to upgrade to one of the more expensive trims, the Journey is still one of the most affordable vehicles available in 2018 when you compare the expense with the quality of the vehicle. The Journey also comes available with trim levels that include SE, SXT, Crossroad, and GT, most of which still come in under $30,000.[ii]
So, what do you get for the Journey’s incredibly affordable price? While the Journey is far from the fanciest vehicle on the market, it more than makes up for lack of flash by offering drivers reliability and ease of use. Its 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine delivers 173 horsepower and 166 ft-lb of torque; the engine can also be upgraded to a 3.6-liter V6 capable of 283 horsepower and 260 ft-lb of torque.
Another feature that makes the Journey noteworthy is the large amount of cargo space it has available. Along with the standard three rows of seats in all the different varieties of trim, the standard layout for the 2018 Journey has a maximum storage capacity of 67.6 cubic feet. That doesn’t include the second-row storage bins conveniently located beneath the floor.
The 2018 Dodge Journey also includes a thoroughly modern infotainment center that’s easy to use despite the number of excellent features it includes. The 8.4-inch Uconnect has everything a modern driver would expect from today’s infotainment system, including quality speakers, USB ports, and well-designed controls that make using it as easy as possible, even while driving.
The 2018 Dodge Journey certainly won’t please everyone. If you’re a picky driver who needs all the latest and fanciest accouterments to be included in their vehicles, then the Journey’s back-to-basics approach isn’t for you. If, however, you’re looking for a crossover that’s reliable and affordable, then you’re not likely to find a better deal than the 2018 Dodge Journey.
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