Her and His Reviews

April 15, 2010

2010 Dodge Journey SXT AWD

There are always two sides to everything, right? Well, the truth is there are many more than that! To keep our car reviews innovative and well-rounded, we are providing you with not just one, but two points of view on the same exact vehicle – Her and His perspectives.

Her: Anne Fleming, Car Buying Advocate,women-drivers.com
His: Chuck Kerber, Writer, AutomobileJournal.com 

Anne Chuck
$30,040 as tested $30,040 as tested
This crossover SUV is hearty. There was no place I couldn't travel during the SnowZilla of February in the Journey. Perhaps not the sexiest vehicle, but who needs that when security is the word of the day during the snowiest month ever?

That said, the vehicle is abit loud and slow to perform

A 3.5 liter V6 engine, Anti-lock 4 wheel disc brakes and ESP

Traction and speed control

6 speed

A 3.5 liter V6 24V MPI Engine

Anti-lock 4 wheel disc brakes and ESP

6 speed Automotive 62TE Transmission

This car combines the Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger platform. Ride is unflattering while overall it's a safe and steady vehicle.

Fuel Economy
15 City /23 Highway MPG's 15 City /23 Highway MPG's
The Car
If you need to get places and take up to seven (7) passengers, this vehicle will accommodate. Especially, as mentioned, when buried under 20" of snow.

Stiff and somewhat rough in handling and responding

Handy remote starter

Second rows of seats have 60/40 split which worked splendidly when placing luggage in the seat

6 way power driver seat for adjustability and comfort; with manual lumbar support; love the heated front seats

Great storage and space for the families necessities; including illuminated multiple cup holders

Second row reclining seats; very hard for the passengers in rear to activate middle seat so they could get out; didn't intuitively 'get' the tilt and slide

Second row in floor storage bins are great-each child can keep their goodies segragated. Ditto for passenger storage in cushion - brilliant.

Those in the back will not lack for comfort on those inclement days - with 3 ways temperature control

Optional 50-50 split folding bench in third row

Adjustable roof rails/crossbars for additional storage

Ample lighting for all in rows one, two and three

If it's a 'tried and true' car you are looking for, this is it. A new model, so the verdict yet is still out.

Vehicle is awkward as it really has a 'mini van' feel on inside and exterior. In fact, it's much closer to a mini van than an SUV, no matter what nomenclature is used.

Amenities and features of the vehicle are many, including.

6 way power, heated front seats. Lumbar adjust on drive's side

Plenty of compartment, storage and cup holders - a place for all the stuff that will get used inside; floor storage bins and in-seat cushion storage great

Dual climate control is a nice touch, and same for those in the back row(s)

Plenty of lighting but did not like the industrial-looking light dials in the front seats

Tinted windows help with the winter/summer glare

Optional 50-50 split folding bench in third row

Roof rails/crossbars for additional storage

This vehicle has very strong crash test scores

Multistage front air bags and supplemental font seat side air bags; active head restraints

Child seat anchor LATCH system

Automatic rear view dimming mirror

Anti-theft system

Front Air bags and Supplemental font seat side air bags

Active head restraints

Security Alarm

Child seat anchor LATCH system

Automatic rear view dimming mirror

Anti-theft system

Sirius satellite radio for one year

Trip computer: has the outside temperature and compass (i.e. rudimentary GPS, without the satellite)

6 CD/DVD/MP3 radio; 6 Infinity speakers with subwoofer to jam to

115 volt auxiliary power outlet

Power heated exterior mirrors - handy, no kidding!

Audio jack for MP3's, etc. including 115 volt auxiliary power outlet

One year SIRIUS Satellite radio

Power front windows

Phone connect with voice command

6 CD/DVD/MP3 radio; 6 Infinity speakers with 368 watt amplifier

Aesthetics & Styling
This car-type SUV is much better than the 'van', but with much competition in the crossover category, while this car has many amenities, the verdict is out on its styling and performance. This car gets a nod for the family ride, but the overall design is dated.
Basic, 3 year/36,000 miles

Power train, 5 year/100,000

24 hour towing assistance, ask dealer about restrictions

Basic, 3 year/36,000 miles

Power train, 5 year/100,000

Non-tangibles / Other
Final Assembly Point, Mexico. Engine and transmission made in USA