Dodge Journey Interior
With ample storage cubbies and optional integrated child booster seats, reviewers agree that the 2013 Dodge Journey offers features that make sense for families on the go. They also note that the Journey’s cabin is finished in price-appropriate materials, and an optional third-row seat makes the Journey one of the few affordable compact SUVs that can seat seven. While the base Journey offers a competitive list of standard features, they also note that the standard infotainment system isn’t as refined as they would like.
- "Journey's cabin is class competitive, with good fit and finish. Materials might seem a bit dull, but nothing feels cheap." -- Consumer Guide
- "In terms of quality and design, the Journey's interior is a cut above most, full of high-end features and clever storage compartments demanded by families on the go." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "I really dig the LED taillights, and the interior … impressed me with its attractive materials and cool ambient lighting." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)
- "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 (2011)
The base Journey seats five, but an optional third-row seat is available on all trims, which ups seating capacity to seven. Most reviewers agree that the first and second rows of the 2013 Journey offer plenty of space for adults and kids alike. However, they also note that the optional third-row seat is best left to small children. The Journey’s second row is available with integrated child booster seats, and one reviewer writes that they’re a worthwhile option that enhances the Journey’s family-friendly appeal. Other options and features available on higher trims include heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a power driver’s seat and leather upholstery.
- "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. They're an inexpensive option that's well worth having." -- Consumer Guide
- "Passengers in the front and second-row had nothing but praise for their accommodations, but those in the third row agreed it was best suited for small children." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Like the RAV4, the Journey offers a small third-row seat that is useful for occasionally taking on a couple of extra kids." -- Edmunds (2012)
- "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 (2011)
The 2013 Journey comes with standard features that include push-button start, dual-zone air conditioning, a six-speaker stereo with a 4.3-inch touch-screen display, an auxiliary input and a USB port. Options and features available on higher trims include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlights, navigation and an upgraded stereo that comes with an 8.4-inch touch-screen display, satellite radio and Bluetooth.
Most reviewers agree that the standard Uconnect touch-screen infotainment system is difficult to use. They note that the display is small, and that it makes climate control adjustments confusing. Instead, they recommend getting the optional infotainment system, which features a larger display, Bluetooth and satellite radio. Many test drivers say that the upgrade is well worth it, noting that the system is extremely easy to use.
- "The standard touchscreen interface is a bit on the small side, but it works well enough." -- Consumer Guide
- "Soft-touch surfaces abound, and the big 8.4-inch touch-screen audio system, featuring the Uconnect suite of communication and connectivity options, is one of the best, most intuitive systems available." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The touch screen is very small and flanked by giant, plain-looking buttons; its operation is complicated by the fact that the climate-control settings are displayed on the screen but adjusted only via large knobs located on the center stack. The whole setup feels really crude, as if it was cobbled together at the last minute." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)
- "We especially like the extra-large touchscreen interface available on most models." -- Edmunds (2012)
The Journey has 67.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front row. Five-seat models have 39.6 cubic feet of space behind the second row, while seven-seat versions have 37 and 10.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second and third rows, respectively. While reviewers agree that the Journey offers a competitive amount of cargo space, they’re particularly impressed with its small item storage spaces, which include a large glovebox as well as storage compartments under the front passenger seat and below the cargo floor.
- "In addition to the deep center console and upper and lower glove boxes, Journey boasts an available under-cushion front-passenger seat small-item compartment, two good sized foot-well storage compartments in the 2nd row, and a large, deep storage tray beneath the rear load floor." -- Consumer Guide
- "I was a bit surprised to find the seat cushion of the front passenger seat flipped up and forward to reveal a storage cubby, although I had more use of the fold-flat front seatback when bringing home a bundle of lengthy storage organizers." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)
- "For smaller items, the Journey does its best Millennium Falcon impersonation with storage bins hidden under the second-row floor as well as under the passenger seat." -- Edmunds (2012)