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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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2012 Dodge Journey Interior

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The interior of the 2012 Dodge Journey is well-liked by reviewers for its good cargo space, optional third row that increases seating for seven, handy optional booster seats, easy-to-use infotainment system and quality construction. The only aspects that receive complaints are the second and third rows that reviewers say are too small for most adults.

  • "Ongoing strengths for the Journey are its clever storage bins and integrated child seats that make it decidedly family-friendly." -- Edmunds
  • "It's still largely trimmed in plastic, but many areas feel cushy, soft, and even plush in places. The decor is handsome, helped by stylishly designed cloth seats." -- Consumer Guide

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Seating

Five-passenger seating is standard on all Journey trims, and a third row, which increases seating to seven, is optional on all trims. Reviewers say the front seats are comfortable, the second row may be tight for taller adults and the third row is best for children.

Integrated child booster seats for the second row are optional on all trims. Springing for them may be worth it, especially if you have kids in car seats, since they will eventually need a booster anyway.

  • “Supportive (front) seats and ample headroom and legroom make Journey long-trip friendly. The standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel is a nice touch. Visibility to the rear corners is slightly restricted by thick roof pillars. The 2nd row provides more than adequate legroom for six-footers, though headroom is limited for anyone much taller. Knee clearance gets tight when the seats are moved far back. ... The available booster seats are a boon for families with children who have outgrown their car seats, but are still required by law to be in boosters." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Also helping that cause is a versatile seating arrangement. While the sliding and reclining second-row seat is now the norm for this size of crossover, its optional third-row seat is not. Like the Toyota RAV4's, this seat is far from adult-friendly, but if you need to take a few extra kids to a T-ball game, it should come in handy." -- 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

Last year, the Dodge Journey got an extensive redesign, and reviewers are still impressed with the updates. They say that thanks to the interior’s modern design and quality materials, the Journey now has one of the best cabins in the class.

Though Bluetooth and satellite radio aren’t standard, the base Dodge Journey is still well-equipped. Standard features include dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and start, a USB port and auxiliary input jack. A Uconnect touch-screen interface, which is Dodge’s infotainment system, is also standard. Reviewers are impressed with the Uconnect system in particular. They say it is very easy to use, even when you add optional navigation, which absorbs the climate and stereo controls. These days, that’s a rare compliment for any car because interior technology is becoming more elaborate and tougher to use.

  • "The optional navigation system's screen is huge and easy to read. Its size and touchscreen functionality make it among the simpler systems to use, but it still absorbs audio and climate functions. Clear, large redundant climate controls are set within easy reach of the driver, however." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Last year's overhaul transformed the Journey's interior from one of the worst among compact/midsize crossovers to one of the best. The materials are better in quality and texture, the design is clean and modern, and its up-to-the-minute technology is pretty easy to use. We especially like the extra-large touchscreen interface available on most models." -- Edmunds
  • "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

Cargo

Cargo space in the 2012 Dodge Journey is in line with what the competition offers. Behind the optional third row is 10.7 cubic feet of cargo space. Behind the second row you’ll get 39.7 cubic feet of space or 37 if you have the optional third row. With both the second and third rows folded, the Journey has 67.6 cubic feet. Some competitors offer slightly more cargo space overall, but that’s still very good for the class.

Reviewers say that folding the second and third rows is a simple process, and like that the Journey has a lot of storage bins that can make life easier for parents.  

  • "Seven-passenger models make do with a smaller rear compartment limited to the area behind the rear bench. Note also that the front passenger seat folds flat to create an impressive load floor. The 2nd- and 3rd-row seats easily fold flat and feature long tether straps for pulling the seats back up without having to climb in. A pop-out flashlight built into the cargo area is a welcome convenience." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Meanwhile, the wealth of good ideas still remains, including clever hidden storage bins and available integrated child seats." -- Edmunds

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