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in 2011 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $12,611 - $19,955
Original MSRP: $22,245 - $33,645
MPG: 19 City / 26 Hwy
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2011 Dodge Journey Interior

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The newly redesigned interior on the 2011 Dodge Journey wins a lot of praise from reviewers.  They like the new, more modern look and the improved materials.

  • “No longer is the cabin a hard-knock blend of Fisher-Price and ugly. Shiny plastic is as scarce inside the 2011 model as soft-touch materials were in the 2010." -- Car and Driver
  • "An even more noticeable aspect of the 2011 Journey's transformation concerns the interior. The combination of a handsome new design and soft-touch plastics gives the interior a level of sophistication that was sorely lacking in the previous version." -- Edmunds
  • "The Journey gets an all-new dashboard that uses higher-rent materials than the outgoing model. The instrument panel is new, too." -- Cars.com
  • "Rounding out the upgrade is a substantial improvement in interior materials. Nearly all are class-leading, easily besting luxury-grade vehicles costing tens of thousands more. Our midgrade Journey Crew tester featured nice cloth upholstery, fine leather around the steering wheel and soft touch surfaces throughout." -- Left Lane News

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Seating

The 2011 Dodge Journey can seat up to seven people.  Five-passenger seating is standard on all trims, but you can add a third row for an extra $1,000. Reviewers say the front seats are comfortable, but the second and third rows are best for kids. For about $200 extra, you can add integrated booster seats to the second row.  Springing for them may be worth it, especially if you have kids in car seats, since they will eventually need a booster anyway.

  • "With the prior model’s most loathsome interior characteristics banished, the Journey’s innately sensible traits -- the comfortably elevated seating position, standard underfloor bins in the second-row, and reasonable space for the occasional carpool in three-row form -- are vastly more appreciable." -- Car and Driver
  • "The long and wide-opening (nearly 90 degrees) rear doors make getting little ones in and out of car seats a hassle-free affair. The second row is comfortable for two good-sized adults. The third-row seat is best left for small children. With both the second and third-row seats folded down, the Journey offers 68 cubic feet of total cargo capacity -- a useful amount, although many competing models offer more." -- Edmunds
  • "Second-row seating is on the tight side for full-size adults, the third row even more so -- one of the compromises that come with a smaller crossover." -- Motor Trend

 

Interior Features

There’s no doubt about it – even the base Dodge Journey Express model is pretty well equipped.  Standard features include dual-zone climate control, heated outside mirrors, keyless entry and start, a USB/iPod interface and auxiliary input jack. The Journey Mainstreet trim adds features that include satellite radio and Dodge’s UConnect infotainment system.  The Journey Crew model adds premium speakers and an 8.4 inch touch-screen display (the base touch-screen is only 4.3 inches).  Reviewers love the bigger screen and are impressed by how well the in-cabin tech works.

  • "The new model has been significantly improved: The smartly designed gauge cluster with Electronic Vehicle Information Center and vibrant 8.4-inch touch-screen display should more than draw in a few looky-loos. An attractive three-spoke steering wheel, simplified center stack, and softer touch materials are now standard. When you're cooped up on the road during daily schlepping duties, an inviting interior is a godsend." -- Motor Trend
  • "Perhaps the most significant change for the 2011 Journey is the incorporation of the huge 8.4-inch touchscreen that dominates the dash of upper trim level models. Besides providing a slick way to access everyday controls, the screen plays a role in some of the cooler tech features offered here, including displaying the image from the rearview camera and the wide range of useful info delivered by the available Sirius Travel Link service." -- Edmunds
  • ”Further adding to the upscale feel on all but the lowest specification models is a touchscreen display for controlling audio and climate functions. Most essential items feature redundant buttons, but we found the menuing system particularly easy to use and efficient." -- Left Lane News

 

Cargo

Cargo space in the 2011 Dodge Journey is in line with what the competition offers. Behind the optional third row is 10.5 cubic feet of cargo space.  Fold the third row down, and you’ll get 39.7 cubic feet of space.  With both the second and third rows folded, the Journey has 67.7 cubic feet of cargo space.  Though the Hyundai Santa Fe doesn’t have a third row, it does offer more space overall (78.2 cubic feet of space).  However, on the Santa Fe, space behind the second row is just 34.2 cubic feet – less than what the Journey offers. The Santa Fe also starts at about $600 less than the Journey does.

  • "Stow the third row and there's more than ample cargo space for the in-laws' luggage come holiday season. … A bevy of usable storage compartments, hidden and in plain sight, are spread throughout the cabin." -- Motor Trend

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