Review and Test Drive: 2017 Dodge Journey Crossroad Plus AWD

By Paul Riegler on 1 February 2018
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The Dodge Journey, which has been around since 2009 and received a minor facelift in 2011, is Dodge’s time capsule. Change has been slow for Dodge’s smallest SUV: it’s soon to enter its ninth year without any major changes yet its popularity has only grown. Indeed, in 2013, the main change was the addition of Dodge’s new logo.

The Crossroad, introduced in 2014, is distinguished from other Journeys with chrome accents along the lower part of the body and in the interior, a large bumper, retro smoked head- and taillights, and a black grille.

The Crossroad comes with comfortable leather seats with what Dodge calls “sport mesh” inserts, a ten-way power driver’s seat, and a very easy to use Uconnect infotainment system controlled by an 8.4” touchscreen. Unfortunately, neither Apple CarPlay nor Android Auto is offered, and Dodge only offer a single USB port up front.


Two options that did catch my eye highlight the family-oriented nature of the Journey and a partial explanation for its popularity: booster seats for older children and a child-view mirror.

In addition, Dodge offers many options that weren’t necessarily available in 2009 including rear park assist, a back-up camera, a premium Alpine sound system, and Garmin-powered navigation.

Make no mistake: this is basic reliable transportation so keep it simple. Time has largely passed it by, so adding expensive options to the Journey puts it into a price class where it simply cannot compete.

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