2013 Dodge Journey Preview

Jeff Youngs | Jun 07, 2013
  • Midsize crossover
  • Front- or all-wheel drive (FWD or AWD)
  • 4-cylinder or V-6 power
  • Seating for 5 or 7 passengers
  • Crew and R/T trim levels get more equipment
  • 17-inch wheels standard on base model
  • New Blacktop package for SXT trim level


The Dodge Journey is a 5- or 7-passenger midsize crossover offered with 4-cylinder or V-6 power. Front- and all-wheel drive versions are available.

The Dodge Journey competes against both 5- and 7-passenger crossovers. Five-passenger rivals include the Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, and Ford Edge. Seven-passenger competitors consist of the Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Toyota Highlander.

Exterior Features

Standard exterior equipment on the Dodge Journey includes a rear wiper/washer, automatic-off headlights, and P225/65R17 tires on steel wheels with wheel covers. Alloy wheels are standard on the SXT trim level, and the Journey Crew and R/T variants get 19-inch wheels. The R/T also features a monochromatic exterior and satin carbon-finish wheels.

Interior Features

The Dodge Journey comes standard with seating for 5, and a Flexible Rear Seating package adds a 2-passenger third-row seat, tilt and slide features for the second row, and rear air conditioning with rear controls. The third-row seat folds in a 50/50 split and the second row folds in a 60/40 split. In the 7-passenger version, the Journey has 37.0 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and 10.7 cubic feet behind the third row. The 5-passenger version has 39.6 cubic feet behind the second row, and both versions have a total of 67.6 cubic feet of cargo space with all the seats down.

Standard interior features consist of cloth upholstery, dual-zone manual climate control, interior air filter, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, height-adjustable driver's seat, heated power mirrors, power windows, power door locks, keyless access and starting, AM/FM/CD stereo, auxiliary input jack, USB port, and a theft-deterrent system.

Optional Features

The Journey SE comes with the same equipment as the American Value package, but customers are also required to choose a Preferred Order package with rear privacy glass, roof rails, and LED taillights. Basically, the American Value package is a price leader for the Journey lineup.

The Journey SXT gets satellite radio, a rear cargo cover, floor mats, rear privacy glass, roof rails, fog lights, and alloy wheels. The AWD version adds a 3.6-liter V-6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission, plus a performance-tuned suspension.

The Crew trim level comes with the V-6 and 6-speed transmission, plus dual-zone automatic climate control, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, heated front seats, 6-way power driver's seat, fold-flat front passenger seat, 8.4-inch touch screen, Bluetooth connectivity, voice recognition, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 115-volt power outlet, remote engine starting, conversation mirror, automatic headlights, touring suspension, and P225/55R19 tires. The AWD version gets the performance-tuned suspension.

The Journey R/T features a 368-watt stereo, rear cargo cover, and a high-performance suspension.

Notable option packages start with the Safe and Sound group, which adds rear park assist, dual-zone automatic climate control, rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, and voice recognition. A Navigation and Sound group adds rear park assist, rearview camera, navigation system with real-time traffic information, and a universal garage door opener. A Trailer Tow Group comes with an engine oil cooler and a 4-pin connector.

A new Blacktop package for the SXT comes with black headlamp bezels, body-color grille, gloss black exterior mirrors, fascia applique, P225/55R19 tires on gloss black aluminum wheels, tri-zone automatic climate control, touring suspension, and Dodge's UConnect 8.4-inch touch screen.

Other options include a sunroof, heated front seats, and a rear DVD entertainment system.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Dodge Journey is offered with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine or a 3.6-liter V-6. The 4-cylinder produces 173 horsepower and 166 lb.-ft of torque. The V-6 delivers 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. It is flex-fuel capable, meaning it can run on E85 ethanol or regular gasoline. The 2.4 is mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission, while the V-6 has a 6-speed automatic. Both have Dodge's AutoStick manual shift capability.

Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available with the V-6.

Fuel Economy

EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Dodge Journey are:

  • Journey with 4-cylinder engine and FWD: 19/26/21 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Journey with V-6 and FWD: 17/25/20 mpg
  • Journey with V-6 and AWD: 16/24/19 mpg


The 2013 Dodge Journey comes with the usual standard safety features, plus a driver knee air bag, brake assist, electronic stability control with rollover sensors, trailer sway control, and active front head restraints. It is also offered with rear park assist and a rearview camera.

In the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program, FWD and AWD versions of the 2013 Dodge Journey received the highest rating of 5 stars in the side crash test, and 4 stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests, giving it a 4-star overall rating. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testing, the Journey received the highest rating of "Good" in the moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength, and rear crash protection tests, qualifying it as a "Top Safety Pick." It was not subjected to the new small overlap front crash test, so it cannot qualify as a "Top Safety Pick Plus."
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