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in 2010 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $11,357 - $17,566
Original MSRP: $20,845 - $28,545
MPG: 19 City / 25 Hwy
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2010 Dodge Journey Interior

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The 2010 Dodge Journey's interior's standout quality is its dizzying number of cubbies, storage bins and cupholders. It's also very versatile. However, the cabin's good qualities are lessened by cheap-feeling materials.

  • "Build quality, refinement, and interior materials don't convincingly match a fully loaded Journey's sticker price." -- CNET
  • "Generally handsome cabin decor is marred by excessive use of hard plastics and unpadded materials.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Judged purely from the standpoint of family usability, the Journey's cabin is hard to fault. Legroom is adequate in all three rows, and there are so many storage slots and cupholders, you'll be able to corral every last cell phone and sippy cup." -- Edmunds
  • "Interiors haven't been a Dodge strong point, but the Journey's quiet cockpit is fairly upscale, with tight panel fits and soft-touch plastics." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "Inside, the Dodge Journey is awash with innovation and first-class appeal. Storage is the theme here, as unique bins hold anything from multiple pop cans to laptops, sunglasses and CD's. There is even a secret compartment located under the passenger seat cushion, the perfect location for hiding valuables from prying eyes." -- Road & Travel

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Seating

The base Journey seats five in two rows and comes with stain-repellant cloth upholstery. To get seating for seven, buyers will have to trade up to the SXT model and add the Flexible Seating Group for $995. That increases the Journey’s price to around $25,400 (about $5,000 more than the base model).

Though the second and third rows are a bit cramped in seven-passenger models, reviewers appreciate their versatility. A nice feature is the second-row Tilt ‘n Slide seats, which provide easy entry to the third row with the turn of a lever. Seven-passenger models also get rear air conditioning and heating. If you opt for the Family Value Group ($295), you’ll get two integrated child booster seats for the second row -- a first in this class.

A cramped third row is a typical complaint in the Journey's class. If you want more room, consider the Ford Flex. It starts at about $8,000 more than the Journey and has a lower base fuel economy rating -- but it comes standard with a third-row seat that’s big enough for adults. It even provides LATCH connectors for three child safety seats (two at the second-row outboard positions and one at the third-row passenger side).

  • "Supportive [front] seats and ample headroom and legroom make Journey long-trip friendly." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The third row is so small that my 12-year-old and her friend had their knees up to their chests because there was no leg room. To make room for the ill-fitting third row, Chrysler also had to move the second row forward, which has far from class-leading leg room as it is." -- Autoblog
  • "The seats are flat and will have you wishing for a little more bolster to hold you in place as the car tilts around a corner, but the cabin is a comfortable place overall." -- AutoWeek
  • "Even though you can slide the second row forward and back, I found little relief for my knees in the rearmost setting. There was little thigh support, but the seatbacks do recline. However, since I seemed to have plenty of headroom, I'd gladly give up the reclining seat for more leg- and knee room." -- Cars.com
  • "As this is a Chrysler product, there's almost nothing the rear seats won't do. Both rear rows have reclining seatback cushions, and the second-row seats adjust fore/aft, allowing you to move infants closer to mom and dad. What's more, older children should be able to seat themselves in the third row without help." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Several reviewers criticize the Dodge Journey’s sub-par materials quality and dated-looking controls. In addition, while the base SE model is quite affordable, it isn’t very well-equipped and doesn’t offer many of the SUV’s high-tech options. Its standard features include power fold-away heated mirrors, a glove box with a Chill Zone beverage storage bin, a tilt and telescopic steering column, and a six-disc CD player.

To get conveniences like automatic climate control, an interior observation mirror, power-adjustable seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel or iPod control, you’ll have to upgrade to the SXT model (which costs an extra $3,300) -- and even then, some of these features will cost you extra. Note that you also have to upgrade to the SXT to get the optional third-row seat.

If you’re willing to spend the extra cash, the Journey offers plenty of features to keep your kids happy. Optional on all trims but the base SE is the Rear Seat Video Group ($1,195). It comes with a second-row overhead nine-inch video screen and wireless headphones. Sirius Backseat TV ($470), which also isn’t available on the base model, streams kid-friendly channels like Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network Mobile. Uconnect navigation and voice controls are available with the Navigation and Sound Group ($1,695) -- which, again, isn’t available on the base model.

  • "The Journey was also designed to keep the family happy, offering an optional 8.0-in. rear DVD display and, of course, a 110-volt plug for connecting a video game system. They may not notice the interior execution, which, while an improvement for Dodge, is still a far cry from being superb. The gauges have a 1980s' look with square housings and glass partitions." -- Road and Track
  • "Interior materials are a leap forward from what Chrysler vehicles have offered in the past, but are still a step behind some competitors." -- MSN
  • "The MyGig hard-drive navigation and music storage option in the … Dodge Journey is a top-notch system. A rear-seat entertainment screen, Bluetooth phone compatibility, USB input, and a rearview camera bolster it." -- CNET
  • "The interior is simple and laid out in an intuitive manner. There are plenty of cupholders and cubbies for storage, and everything looks tight and put together well." -- AutoWeek
  • "Speaking of pricing, that's another of the Journey's strengths, as the base SE model costs about the same as a bare-bones five-seat family sedan. How does Dodge do it? Simple: It skimps on interior quality and performance." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The Journey provides only an average amount of cargo space for the class, but its real strong suit is the number of ingenious storage spaces throughout the cabin. Reviewers love the Journey's small storage spaces, which add up to what Dodge calls a “best-in-class storage system.”

For base models, features include an instrument panel storage bin, a cooled beverage storage bin (inside the glove box), two second-row in-floor storage bins and cargo tie-down loops. Other trims also come with a cargo net, front-passenger Flip n’ Stow in-seat storage and grocery bag hooks. Models equipped with the optional third row add a rear in-floor storage bin. Surprisingly, a power liftgate isn’t available.

The Journey provides 10.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the optional third row and 37.0 cubic feet behind the second row in seven-passenger models (this space increases to 39.61 cubic feet in five-passenger models). By contrast, the Ford Flex provides about twice as much space behind its third row (20 cubic feet, to be exact) and a bit more space behind the second row (43.2 cubic feet). It costs $8,000 more than the Journey, but it may be worth it for that extra space. Plus, its third-row seat is more spacious and it has plenty of interior storage spaces as well.

  • "Although you can't get a power-operated liftgate for your Dodge Journey, the gate itself is composite rather than steel, which means it's relatively lightweight and easy to pull shut." -- Edmunds
  • "With the third-row seats filled, there isn't a lot of room behind them. But the seat backs fold flat at the pull of a strap to dramatically expand cargo space. Second-row seat backs also fold flat, as does the passenger seat, to fit a ladder inside." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "The most unique aspect of the vehicle by far: the standard, removable underfloor cooler/storage bins that can hold a dozen cans of soda-on ice-without leaking. Younger transistites can fill them with baby toys, Cheerios, and baby bottles." -- Car and Driver
  • "The Journey may lead the industry in cubbies per square inch. There are hideaways galore, including double-decker glove boxes (the upper berth is cooled); a covered dashboard bin, where the screen for the optional navigation system goes; and hidden storage under the front-passenger seat." -- New York Times
  • "The Journey is full of ingenious places to stow things, with up to five open storage spaces and eight covered ones." -- MSN

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