The New Journey: What You Need to Know & How it Compares to the Escape

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It seems that in the most recent years, the demand for high quality, dependable, and efficient SUVs has been on the rise. The automotive industry took care to listen to what America was asking for, and provided them with an all new vehicle segment – the crossover SUV, or CUV. Ever since this category came to be, automotive manufacturers have been chomping at the bit to join the fastest growing segment, and stay ahead of the competition.

Dodge was no exception to this, and the Fiat-owned company answered back to those demands with its all-new 2009 Dodge Journey. The mid-size crossover was an instant success, and after a slight update in 2011, the Journey got a complete makeover for its latest model year. The 2016 Dodge Journey is the result of hard work, ingenuity, and encompasses everything consumers ask for in a crossover.

Meet the 2016 Dodge Journey

At first glance, the new Journey is recognizable from past model years. It has the same overall shape, contour, and appearance of the outgoing edition. The most noticeable (or not so noticeable) change, is that the new Journey shares a platform with the large-size Chrysler 200 sedan, as well as some of its styling elements.

If you take a closer look, the exterior of the capable crossover is actually quite different, a point that is even more noticeable when it is compared to the 2015 version of itself. New 19-inch aluminum wheels help the new Journey stand out, as well as redesigned, elongated front headlamps. The 2016 Dodge Journey offers a more prominent presence, and is actually slightly larger than the outgoing model.

When you step inside of the 2016 Dodge Journey, the interior cabin has been completely redesigned, updated, and outfitted with the latest in-vehicle technology. A standard dual-zone automatic climate control system is present on all 2016 Journey models, as well as new airbags, and a satellite television stereo. The overall feel of the crossover’s interior is more luxurious, as a result of Dodge using higher-end materials throughout.

More Options Means More Intrigue

Dodge created five different levels of features and luxury for the 2016 Journey. Those five trim levels each offer drivers unique options, standard amenities, and engines.

This year, the Journey comes standard with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, which is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. This combination creates a total of 173 horsepower, which is plenty of power for drivers who aren’t planning on towing any heavy loads. The four-cylinder engine comes standard on the base SE, SXT, and Crossroad models.

The second engine option is a powerful 3.6-liter V6, which is paired with a responsive six-speed automatic transmission. The horsepower that this engine makes is an impressive 283, which is plenty of power for towing and hauling larger loads. The V6 comes standard on the R/T model of the 2016 Journey and is available in both FWD or AWD.

For drivers who want a lower trim level, but also want the extra power and all-wheel-drive system, can opt for the V6 engine on any of the 2016 Dodge Journey models. Just another way that Dodge is making the new Journey one of the most flexible crossovers on the road today.

Each trim level of the brand new 2016 Dodge Journey has plenty of standard features, and also a lot of available options. Dodge is handing the keys over to buyers, by allowing them to configure their Journey exactly how they see fit.

The automotive manufacturer even has packages and option groups available, to help make the 2016 Journey even more unique than it already is. From the striking Blacktop package, to the Driver Convenience Group, and the Premium Sound Group – there is truly a unique option for every driver’s unique taste.

From More Seating, to Best-in-Class Features – The Journey Beats the Competition

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The all new 2016 Dodge Journey was completely redesigned, with a strong desire to beat out the competition. As we said before, the crossover segment is one of the fastest growing segments in the United States, which also makes it the most competitive.

Planners, engineers, and designers of the new Journey put as much effort as they could into creating a quality, reliable, well-made crossover, that could stand up to the tough competition. From price, to standard features, the 2016 Dodge Journey gives the crossover segment higher standards to live up to.

One of the new Journey’s competitors in the crossover segment, has been around for quite a while. The Ford Escape is a name that is instantly recognizable, and it’s 2016 version is newly updated for this model year. Let’s see how the Escape stacks up to the Journey in a quick comparison.

  • Price: One of the most important aspects to consider when purchasing a new vehicle, the new Journey comes in close to $3,000 less than the Ford Escape. With a starting MSRP of just $20,995 – the 2016 Dodge Journey is more affordable than the Escape, giving it an immediate advantage.
  • Interior Space: The Ford Escape offers seating for up to five passengers, while the 2016 Journey exceeds that number by two. With more interior seating, and a larger overall interior space, the Journey clearly wins out in this category.
  • Power & Performance: The new Journey is equipped with a larger engine than the Escape, which also means it has more horsepower, and torque. The Journey also beats out the Escape when it comes to towing capacity, making it the clear choice for drivers who need to tow with their crossover.
  • Amenities: Aside from price, space, and performance, we like our crossovers equipped with a decent amount of standard features. The 2016 Journey offers Satellite radio, rear reading lights, a locking glovebox, and a dual zone climate control system on its base SE model. The base Escape does not offer any of those features, and lacks in other key areas as well.

It is clear that the all new 2016 Dodge Journey is a great crossover vehicle on its own, but that it also stands up well to the competition. The new Journey is the perfect family vehicle that is well equipped, features plenty of power, standard features, and a low starting MSRP. What more do you need in a crossover SUV?