FCA's not only still making the Journey... it's selling them like seven-passenger hotcakes.
Remember the Dodge Journey? Yeah, we barely do, either. Heck, we barely realized it was still around. But Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is not only still making the Journey, it's also selling them hand over fist. And it's updated the lineup for yet another year by streamlining and simplifying the range.
For the 2020 model year, the Journey will be offered in only two trim levels: SE Value and Crossroad (pictured at bottom). That means both the standard SE and top GT (pictured below) are gone, the mid-level SXT having been retired last year.
Dodge introduced the Journey over a decade ago, way back in 2008, and gave it a facelift in 2011. Since then, it's carried on essentially unchanged. But that hasn't stopped them from flying off dealer lots.
Despite its age, Dodge sold over 94,000 Journeys in the United States last year – second only to (and not far off from) the 108,000 it sold in 2015 and the nearly 107,000 it moved in 2016. It peaked globally in 2012 with 190,000 units thanks in no small part to foreign markets, in many of which it was rebadged as the Fiat Freemont (since phased out).
Last year's domestic sales figures put the Journey (at 94,000 units) behind only the Grand Caravan (at 152,000) on Dodge's chart. That's right, Dodge sold more Journeys last year than it did Chargers, Challengers, or Durangos. In fact, it sold well over twice as many Journeys as all the Fiats and Alfa Romeos combined.
So what makes the Dodge Journey so enduringly popular at this late stage in its life? Well, as the manufacturer points out, the Journey is "America's most affordable midsize crossover and the only crossover in the segment to offer standard seven-passenger seating." And that apparently makes it a compelling choice for a lot of customers.