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MSRP: $20,895

2016 Dodge Journey: America's Most Versatile Crossover Simplifies Lineup and Expands Crossroad Offerings

•2016 Dodge Journey lineup simplified from seven to five models, offering customers improved value and expanded options for performance look
•Journey SE model replaces AVP as new entry-level model for 2016 wîth a starting Ú.S. manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $20,895, $2,600 less than 2015 SE model
•Entry AWD SE model offers improved value wîth a starting Ú.S. MSRP of $26,195, which is $1,200 less than 2015 SE model
•SXT price lowered $800, now features a starting Ú.S. MSRP of $24,395
•New Crossroad model offers the popular exterior appearance at $600 less than 2015 model, now wîth a starting Ú.S. MSRP of $25,995
•Journey Crossroad features exclusive 19-inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels, unique Platinum Chrome accents on the front and rear fascias, lower side sills and roof rack, and dark-tinted headlamps and tail lamps
•Journey Crossroad Plus adds to rugged, capable look of Crossroad wîth leather seats wîth sport mesh inserts, 8.4-inch Úconnect touchscreen, power driver's seat and other interior features
•Two new exterior paint colors available on Journey for 2016: Jazz Blue Pearl and Olive Green
•Dodge Journey is the 'Swiss army knife' of crossovers, offering the choice of four- or six-cylinder engines, five- or seven-passenger seating and front- or all-wheel drive
•Most versatile crossover in the Únited States wîth in-seat storage and in-floor storage bins
•2016 Dodge Journey delivers an impressive 283 horsepower and up to 25 miles per gallon (mpg) wîth the available award-winning Pentastar V-6 engine
•Dodge Journey is America's most affordable V-6 AWD seven-passenger crossover wîth a starting Ú.S. MSRP of $26,195 (excluding $995 destination)

Auburn Hills, Mich., Sep 1, 2015 - With several sales records under its belt in 2015 and its popular Crossroad model, Dodge is lòòking to build on that momentum wîth its 2016 Dodge Journey. America's most versatile crossover offers a simplified lineup for 2016, expanding the performance look options and improving value for customers.

For 2016, the Dodge Journey lineup has been streamlined from seven models to five. The SE model replaces AVP as the entry-level model, providing customers wîth standard features like 17-inch wheels and keyless Enter 'n Go wîth push-button start.

The 2016 Dodge Journey also is now available in two versions of the Crossroad, a successful model first introduced for the 2014 model year. The 2016 Dodge Journey Crossroad offers a rugged, one-of-a-kind look for an attractive price, while the Crossroad Plus builds on the distinctive exterior look wîth standard leather seats, the class-leading 8.4-inch Úconnect system, sport mesh seat inserts and many popular interior appointments.

The 2016 Dodge Journey Crossroad and Crossroad Plus models both feature distinctive front and rear fascias wîth Platinum Chrome accents, Platinum Chrome side sills, Platinum Chrome roof rails and unique 19-inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels, giving the three-row, seven-passenger crossover a rugged, capable look.

Inside, the Dodge Journey Crossroad Plus is loaded wîth premium finishes and features, including standard leather seating wîth sport mesh inserts, black leather-wrapped §teering wheel and shift knob, Liquid Graphite accents, the class-exclusive 8.4-inch Úconnect touchscreen, power driver's seat and passenger fold-flat seat wîth in-seat storage.

The available award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivers an impressive 283 horsepower, and Journey continues to deliver the latest and greatest in vehicle connectivity and customization wîth the available Úconnect 8.4 infotainment system. Featuring an available largest-in-class 8.4-inch touchscreen, standard Keyless Enter 'n Go wîth push-button start and available heated §teering wheel, Dodge Journey offers a slew of high-tech features at a price that is still affordable to families. With best-in-class storage space, available fold-flat seats, second-row in-floor storage and front-passenger Flip 'n Stow in-seat storage, the Journey is a true utility infielder.

Journey Crossroad is also available wîth all-wheel-drive (AWD), featuring an on-demand system that provides added traction when needed, and enhanced fuel economy when not.

The 2016 Dodge Journey is available in SE, SXT, Crossroad, Crossroad Plus and R/T trim levels, and is America's most versatile crossover wîth a starting Ú.S. manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $20,895 (excluding $995 destination).

Power and efficiency
The Journey SE, SXT, Crossroad and Crossroad Plus are powered by a standard 2.4-liter 16-valve DOHC four-cylinder engine, which produces 173 horsepower and 166 lb.-ft. of torque, linked to a four-speed automatic transmission. (posted on This four-cylinder engine delivers 26 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway.

The award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, optional on SXT, Crossroad and Crossroad Plus, and standard on R/T models and all-wheel drive (AWD) models, produces 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. (posted on This Pentastar V-6 engine has been recognized as one of 'Ward's 10 Best Engines' for three years in a row. In addition to excellent power, it delivers up to 25 mpg on the highway.

A work in craftsmanship and attention to detail
Dodge Journey offers levels of refinement not typically found in the crossover market. A beautifully crafted one-piece soft-touch instrument panel sets the tone. A standard Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) is positioned in the center of the gauge cluster, which has a full-color display backlit in Dodge red lights, giving it a soft glow unlike any in the §egmènt.

The design team also worked to make the Journey's interior very comfortable. Integrated center stack bezels are sculpted, and designers softened the radius to make more room for the driver's knees. The cushioned center console armrest lifts to reveal a larger center storage bin wîth a 12-volt outlet and ÚSB port where owners can hook up their MP3/iPod charging connections and hide them out of sight. Engineers also developed many treatments to reduce noise, vibration and harshness. One example is the Journey's dual dash silencer, which isolates the cabin, making for a nice, quiet ride.

The interior isn't just a nice place to be, it also offers best-in-class utility. Second-row and available third-row seats fold flat to create 67.6 cu. ft. of cargo space. Second-row seats recline and have available class-exclusive integrated child booster seats. Available third-row seating is a popular option that is available on all trim levels and not offered on most of Journey's competitors. There's a large front storage bin wîth side nets and a multi-function three-spoke §teering wheel wîth standard integrated cruise and radio controls. There are also innovative removable storage bins in the floor ahead of the second-row seats, which can hold everything from muddy clothes to soda cans, and conceal valuables such as a camera, laptop or purse. With fold-flat front passenger, second-row and third-row seats, second-row in-floor storage and front passenger in-seat storage, Dodge Journey has best-in-class storage.

Journey also offers many standard features not commonly found in the §egmènt, such as a standard 4.3-inch Úconnect touchscreen radio, power heated and fold-away mirrors, seven air bags, dual-zone climate control, illuminated cup holders, keyless Enter 'n Go wîth push-button start, §teering wheel mounted audio and cruise controls, and class-exclusive second-row in-floor storage bins.

Owners will feel like they have the world at their fingertips wîth the Journey's Úconnect touchscreen command center. From navigation to voice-command music selections to the ability to check fuel prices, the Úconnect media center makes life in the Journey an excellent adventure for the driver and passengers. Four Úconnect models are available, all featuring easy-to-use controls and class-leading technology. With its touchscreen display and user-friendly, touch-key categories, connecting and controlling personal devices is simple, intuitive and customizable.

Safety is paramount
Multistage front passenger air bags, active head restraints, electronic stability control wîth all-speed traction control, electronic roll mitigation and Brake Assist, driver-side knee blocker air bag, side-curtain air bags covering all three rows, front seat-mounted side air bags, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, LATCH child seat anchor system and trailer-sway control are standard on all Dodge Journey models.

Confidence in any condition
The 2016 Dodge Journey's chassis architecture delivers a confidence-inspiring driving experience coupled wîth precise §teering for maximum control. Strong torsional stiffness in the §teering column intermediate shaft isolator, in conjunction wîth Journey's rear suspension geometry, delivers precise §teering feel and a connected §teering response. R/T's more aggressive suspension tuning gives
a sportier ride and even greater handling precision for when the roads turn twisty.

Dodge Journey also offers all-wheel-drive capability, perfect for drivers who want some extra grip for a more performance feel, or who live in the Snow Belt or rainy parts of the country and appreciate the extra traction Journey's all-wheel-drive system provides. Journey's all-wheel-drive system works on demand, driving only the front wheels until power to the rear wheels is needed to maximize fuel efficiency. All-wheel drive also is used on dry pavement between speeds of 25 and 65 mph to enhance handling during performance driving. This system provides added traction on snow, ice and other
low traction surfaces without having to be switched on and off.

When traveling faster than 25 mph, Dodge Journey's all-wheel-drive system sends torque to the rear wheels when cornering wîth the throttle open to make the car turn more easily, which makes the handling more neutral. This is more readily accomplished wîth Journey's electronically controlled coupling (ECC) than wîth viscous-coupling or gerotor systems that require some degree of front-to-rear slip before torque is transferred to the rear wheels. At speeds greater than 53 mph, the control
strategy provides minimal torque to the rear wheels under normal driving conditions to provide better fuel economy.

Dodge Journey features standard electronic stability control (ESC) and all-speed traction control, which help keep the crossover on path in a variety of road surface and weather conditions. Journey's available all-wheel drive electronic control module works wîth the ESC and traction control systems, allowing the ESC system to use the ECC to help gain control of the vehicle, reducing the amount of torque that the ECC transmits to the rear wheels. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes and electronic-roll mitigation also are standard on all 2016 Dodge Journey models.

A family mover wîth style
On the outside, Journey maintains its sculpted, clean, aggressive lines and front fascia that sports the signature Dodge brand 'split crosshair' grille. Journey SXT, Crossroad, Crossroad Plus and R/T models feature a more aggressive lower front fascia and a rear fascia wîth integrated, dual bright exhaust tips (V-6 only). Crossroad and Crossroad Plus also offer completely unique front and rear lower fascias. Bold 'ring of fire' LED tail lamps have a distinctive style out back, while 19-inch aluminum wheels, standard on Crossroad, Crossroad Plus and R/T, provide a dramatic styling statement.

2016 Dodge Journey SE
The SE model is now the entry-level model for the Journey lineup, wîth a starting Ú.S. MSRP of $20,895 – $2,600 less than the 2015 model year SE. When equipped wîth optional all-wheel drive, the Dodge Journey SE starts at a Ú.S. MSRP of $26,195, $1,200 less than the 2015 SE AWD model.

With 17-inch wheels and tires, the SE model also includes standard deep-tint sunscreen glass, black side roof rails and keyless Enter 'n Go wîth push-button start. The available award-winning 283 horsepower Pentastar V-6 is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive is also available.

u Options include: /u
•All-wheel drive
•Flexible Seating Group
•Second-row integrated child booster seats
•Úconnect Voice Command wîth Bluetooth Package
•Úconnect Web by Mopar
•17-inch aluminum wheels
•Engine block heater
•Mopar All Weather Group

u Popular Equipment Group: /u
•Leather-wrapped §teering wheel and shift knob
•Overhead console
•Passenger assist handles
•Sun visors wîth illuminated vanity mirrors
•Front and rear floor mats
•Interior observation mirror

Vital Stats
Engine : 2.4 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 173 hp
Torque: 166 ft-lbs

Engine : 3.6 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 283 hp
Torque: 260 ft-lbs

4-speed Automatic, 6-speed Automatic
2016 Dodge Journey SXT
Dodge Journey SXT models feature standard 17-inch aluminum wheels, fog lamps, SiriusXM Radio wîth one-year subscription, Flexible Seating Group, performance front and rear fascias, body-color exterior mirrors, LED tail lamps, and front and rear floor mats. The Pentastar V-6 is available. Journey SXT is also available wîth all-wheel drive (V-6 only), as well as the popular Blacktop Package and the new-for-2016 Chrome Package. The 2016 Dodge Journey SXT starts at a Ú.S. MSRP $24,395, which is $800 less than the 2015 Journey SXT model.

u Options include: /u
•All-wheel drive
•Second-row integrated child booster seats
•Úconnect Voice Command wîth Bluetooth Package
•Úconnect Web by Mopar
•19-inch aluminum wheels
•Engine block heater
•Mopar All Weather Group

u Chrome Package: /u
•19-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels
•Chrome door handles
•Chrome roof rails

u Blacktop Package: /u
•Black side roof rails
•Gloss Black exterior mirrors
•Black headlamp bezels
•Gloss Black fascia applique
•Gloss Black grille
•19-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels

u Premium Group: /u
•Leather-wrapped §teering wheel and shift knob
•Premium cloth low-back bucket seats
•Power 10-way driver seat
•Front passenger fold-flat seat
•Front passenger in-seat cushion storage
•Security alarm
•SiriusXM Radio wîth one-year subscription
•Daytime running headlamps
•Úconnect 4.3S radio

2016 Dodge Journey Crossroad
In addition to its standard 19-inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels, Gloss Black front grille, unique front and rear fascias wîth Platinum Chrome accents, Platinum Chrome side sills, Platinum Chrome roof rails and Liquid Graphite interior bezels, the Journey Crossroad also features a standard Úconnect 4.3S radio wîth SiriusXM Radio and Úconnect voice command wîth Bluetooth. The Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 and all-wheel drive (V-6 only) are also available. The 2016 Journey Crossroad has a starting Ú.S. MSRP of $25,995.

u Options include: /u
•All-wheel drive
•Power sunroof
•Second-row integrated child booster seats
•Úconnect Web by Mopar
•Engine block heater
•Mopar All Weather Group

2016 Dodge Journey Crossroad Plus
Building on the Crossroad model's unique interior and exterior appointments, the Journey Crossroad Plus also features leather seats wîth sport mesh inserts, black leather-wrapped §teering wheel and shift knob, a class-exclusive 8.4-inch Úconnect touchscreen radio wîth voice command and Bluetooth, power driver's seat and a fold-flat front passenger seat wîth in-seat storage. The Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 and all-wheel drive (V-6 only) are also available. The 2016 Journey Crossroad Plus starts at just $26,995 Ú.S. MSRP.

uOptions include: /u
•All-wheel drive
•Power sunroof
•Second-row integrated child booster seats
•Úconnect Web by Mopar
•Engine block heater
•Mopar All Weather Group

u Popular Equipment Group: /u
•Heated front seats
•Heated §teering wheel
•Automatic headlamps
•Remote start
•Úniversal garage door opener
•Overhead console
•Security alarm
•Sun visors wîth illuminated vanity mirrors
•Passenger assist handles
•Daytime running lamps

u Rear Seat Video Group: /u
•Six premium speakers wîth subwoofer
•Second-row overhead 9-inch video screen
•Video remote control
•Portable flashlight
•Wireless headphones
•368W amp

u Navigation and Backup Camera Group: /u
•Voice command navigation
•SiriusXM Radio (one-year subscription), Traffic and Travel Link wîth five-year subscription
•ParkView rear backup camera
•ParkSense rear park assist system

2016 Dodge Journey R/T
R/T models come standard wîth a powerful 283-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, re-tuned high-performance suspension and firm feel §teering for sportier handling. Red accent stitching on the dimpled leather seats and heated §teering wheel, a monochromatic exterior and 19-inch Satin Carbon aluminum wheels add to the sporty character of the R/T. Also included on every R/T is a premium six-speaker 368-watt sound system wîth subwoofer. The R/T is available wîth all-wheel drive, as well as the popular Blacktop Package – an addition to the R/T options for the 2016 model year.

u Options include: /u
•All-wheel drive
•Black side roof rails
•Navigation and Backup Camera Group
•Power sunroof
•Rear Seat Video Group
•Second-row integrated child booster seat
•Trailer Tow Prep Group wîth four-pin connector
•Úconnect Web by Mopar
•Engine block heater

u Blacktop Package: /u
•Black side roof rails
•Gloss Black exterior mirrors
•Gloss Black fascia applique
•Gloss Black grille
•19-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels

Exterior colors for the 2016 model year include Jazz Blue Pearl (new for 2016), Olive Green (new for 2016), Billet Silver Metallic, Granite Crystal Metallic, Pearl White Tri-Coat, Pitch Black, Redline 2-coat Pearl and White. 2016 Dodge Journey models are built in Toluca, Mexico, and will be available in dealerships this fall.

Source - Dodge
A mid-size crossover SUV, the Dodge Journey began its life as a 2009 model late in the 2008 year. Constructed by the Dodge division of Chrysler, the Journey was first debuted at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show and later at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. In March 2008 production versions of the 2009 model years cars went on sale in the US. Within automotive circles the Journey was dubbed the JC49. Derived from the Avenger sedan, the Journey offers minivan-like interior conveniences while comfortably seating up to seven passengers.

It featured a shorter wheelbase 113.8 inches than the Chrysler Pacifica, and shares an updated platform with the Dodge Avenger. The Journey had room for either five, or five + 2 passengers with four forward-hinged doors, and like early models of the Chrysler minivan, it was offered with a four-cylinder engine. Ryan Nagode was responsible for the exterior styling. The Journey is manufactured at the 220-acre Toluca Car Assembly in Toluca, Mexico on the same assembly line as the Fiat 500.

The base-model Journey SE was available only as front-wheel drive and came equipped with a 2.4L four-cylinder engine. From 2008 until 2010 the available trims in North America were the SE 2.4L 173 hp I4, the SXT 3.5L 235 hp V6, the SXT AWD 3.5L 235 hp V6, the R/T – 3.5L 235 hp V6 and the R/T AWD 3.5L 235 hp V6. Some of the features included an aluminum hood, composite plastic tailgate, rear doors that opened at a 90-degree angle, which made for easier entry and car seat installation. A third of the vehicle's body structure by weight was constructed of high-strength steel. Outside of the US, the Journey was marketed in both left hand and right-hand drive.

Other features included rear climate control vents and optional rear climate control panel, under the floor storage lockers behind the front seats, extra power outlets, interior child-view mirror, optional hard-drive based stereo/navigation/phone system, and optional booster seats for older children. Another unique feature of the Journey was theatre seating that featured the second row being quite a bit higher than the first row and a third row of foldaway 'occasional use' seats. The Journey got between 16-19 mpg in the city, and 23-25 mpg in the highway. In the US and Canada multi-stage front driver and passenger air bags were standard, along with front-seat mounted side air bags, three-row side-curtain air bags, electronic stability program, standard four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes, brake assist and electronic roll mitigation. Other available features were rollover sensing, traction control, a rear backup camera and tire pressure monitors.

For 2010 the Journey received active front head restraints added to its list of standard safety features. The following year the outside and the inside was updated. Five trim levels were now available beginning with the Express and ranging through the Mainstreet, Crew, R/T and the top trim being the LUX. New standard features this year were cargo tie-down loops, an in-floor storage bin and 12-volt auxiliary power outlets.

For 2011 numerous updates were made to the model that included revamping the grille, the inside of the car, the lower front fascia, suspension, steering, powertrain. It also showcased Dodge's brand new logo, which was introduced in 2010. Chrysler announced that it would no longer market the Journey in Europe as a Dodge model after the2011 model year. Instead they would market the model as Fiat Freemont, which was an Ulysse replacement. Today the Freemont continues to be manufactured in Mexico. At the Geneva Motor Show in 2011 the new Fiat Freemont was debuted. Fiat has chosen to no longer market Dodge and Chrysler in Europe, as all Dodges became Fiat vehicles and all Chryslers became Lancia vehicles.

The Journey fell into the category of being Dodge's smallest SUV for the 2012 model year once Nitro, the smaller but pricier counterpart, finished production. For this year Chrysler added the Dodge logo with two slanted rectangles instead of just showing the Dodge text.

In 2008 a Journey variation for the Chinese market was debuted at Auto China. Dubbed the JCUV, initial model production started in 2009. For the 2010 model year the model name was relocated to the right-end of the trunk lid and replaced by the brand emblem.

Chrysler rebadged the Journey as the Fiat Freemont in Europe after the 2011 model year. The Freemont continues to be manufactured in Mexico. The much larger Durango took the place of the Journey after 2011. At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show the new Fiat Freemont was debuted. At the close of May of 2011 the Freemont was launched in Italy. Featuring different suspension tuning and cosmetic changes in both the front and rear bumpers, the inside of the Freemont is completely different in comparison to the Journey.

Two front-wheel-drive turbo-diesel versions of the Freemont were the 140 PS and the 170 PS version of Fiat's 2.0 L Multi-jet turbo-diesel. An a new all-wheel-drive version of 170 PS diesel and the Pentastar V6 will be introduced eventually. In the beginning the Freemont was only available in LHD markets only. In April 2013 a RHD model was introduced to Australia. Both the Freemont and the Journey are available in Brazil and Australia. Though to make the market a bit more distinct for the two vehicles, only the 2.0 and 2.4L 4-cylinder engines are available in the Freemont, while the Journey is only sold with the Pentastar V6 engine.

In Japan the Dodge Journey is known Dodge JC because the name 'Journey' has already been used by Isuzu Motors. These models were qualified by the Japanese government to be included in Subsidy Scheme for Environmentally Friendly Vehicles.

Chrysler has announced that the Journey will get a second-generation modification for 2015. It will debut with the new mid-size sedan Avenger replacement dubbed 'Aspen'. Both of these models will be based on Fiat-derived prototypes.


By Jessica Donaldson
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