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Dodge Attempts to Make its Journey Relevant Again


It's supposed to look more SUV-like, but the Journey still shares a platform with the Avenger.

Set to debut this week at the Chicago Auto Show, Dodge has revealed a new trim level for its Journey crossover. First launched way back in 2008, an eternity ago in terms of cars, the Journey is one of the remnants left over from the Cerberus ownership era of Chrysler. In fact, its front-wheel-drive platform also underpinned the previous gen Chrysler 200 and the soon to be discontinued Dodge Avenger. The 2014 Dodge Journey Crossroad is a new trim slotted in between the SXT and Limited.

It benefits from a new more rugged-like appearance and optional all-wheel-drive. In an effort to make it more SUV-like, Dodge has given the Journey Crossroad unique front and rear fascias, lower side sills, dark-tinted headlamps and tail lamps, as well as unique 19-inch Hyper Black wheels. The interior has been spiffed up with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, leather seats with accent stitching, and Liquid Graphite accents throughout. Buyers can also check the box for the optional 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with 283 horsepower. A 2.4-liter four pot with 173 hp is standard. Pricing will start at $25,990 (including destination). Sales will begin this spring.

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