in 2012 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $15,379 - $21,074
Original MSRP: $18,995 - $31,795
MPG: 19 City / 26 Hwy
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Used Car: 2012 Dodge Journey Review

Review Last Updated: 9/2/14

Reviewers liked the Dodge Journey's composed handling and convenient storage spaces, but were disappointed with its underpowered base engine and confusing tech features.

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The 2012 Dodge Journey is powered by a four-cylinder engine that test drivers said doesn't produce enough power. They recommended the V6 engine, which they said provides ample power and brisk acceleration. The base model with front-wheel drive gets an estimated 19/26 mpg city/highway, which is below-average for the class. The V6 model with front-wheel drive gets up to 17/25 mpg city/highway. Automotive writers said the Dodge Journey handles confidently and feels secure through turns. They also agreed that the Journey offers a relatively smooth, composed ride and steering that’s precise and responsive.

Reviewers were pleased with the 2012 Journey’s well-designed cabin, which they said includes nicer materials than the Journey offered in previous model years. The Dodge Journey seats five, and the second row was available with integrated child booster seats when it was new. The 2012 Journey was available with a third row, increasing seating capacity to seven, which is rare for the class, but automotive writers said it only provides enough room for small children. Test drivers said the front- and second-row seats offer plenty of head- and legroom, and the sliding second-row seat adds additional legroom or cargo space. Base Journey models are equipped with dual-zone air conditioning, keyless entry and start, a USB port, an auxiliary jack and a touch-screen Uconnect infotainment system. Options when it was new include heated front seats, a voice-activated Uconnect infotainment system, satellite radio and Bluetooth. Reviewers said the standard touch screen is overwhelmed by large, redundant climate control buttons that can be confusing to operate. They preferred the larger screen on the available navigation system and said it's easy to read. With both the second and third rows folded, the Dodge Journey has 67.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Reviewers liked that the Journey has numerous convenient storage bins, including one under the front passenger seat.

Other SUVs to Consider

The Honda CR-V comes equipped with some standard features that were optional on the Dodge Journey when it was new, including Bluetooth and a rearview camera. The Honda CR-V earned praise for its spacious, comfortable seating and good rear visibility.

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport gets great fuel economy for the class, with an estimated 25/31 mpg city/highway. Reviewers thought the Outlander Sport has spacious, comfortable front and rear seats.  

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