The Dodge Journey Crossover History

The Dodge Journey is a popular crossover sport utility vehicle manufactured by Chrysler Corporation. First introduced in 2008 as part of the 2009 model year in North America, the vehicle has also been produced for the international market as the Fiat Freemont since 2011. The vehicle is marketed in Japan under the Dodge JC label as the Journey nameplate had been utilized by an Isuzu product.

In North America, the Dodge Journey is available with a choice of three engines. The standard 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine generates about 170 horsepower and boasts a fuel economy of about 19 miles per gallon in the city and nearly 26 mpg on open highways.

Drivers looking for a bit more power have two V6 engine choices. The 3.5-liter engine offers about 235 horsepower while the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 boasts 280 horsepower. More horsepower means less fuel economy. Mileage drops to 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway when the Pentastar engine is utilized.

Drivers of the Fiat Freemont version of the Dodge Journey have gas or diesel engines to choose from. The Brazil model of the Freemont offers the 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine as its base option. Buyers outside Brazil can choose the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 in a gas-fueled engine or choose the 2.0-liter diesel. The 2.0-liter diesel is available in two configurations producing either 140 or 170 horsepower. These engines are extremely efficient with estimated fuel efficiencies of about 28 mpg in the city or 43 mpg on the open road.

Along with good fuel economy, the Dodge Journey is known for some its innovative features aimed at the family market. Some of these features include rear doors that open to a right angle to the side of the vehicle. This creates a wider opening making it easier to mount child-safety seats or place children within these seats. Other safety features aimed at family buyers include mirrors placed to view back seat passengers and rear seats that are elevated to allow shorter passengers a better view of the road.

The Dodge Journey and Fiat Freemont also include several standard features including traction control and tire pressure monitors. The vehicles are available in two-wheel or all-wheel drive configurations with various trim and d├ęcor options.