- Most significant changes: GT replaces R/T model.
- Price change: Base prices are $150 higher on all models. The destination charge is $100 higher at $1,095.
- On sale: Early September
- Which should you buy, 2016 or 2017? 2016
A new GT model replaces the R/T as the most-expensive version of the Dodge Journey, an SUV that offers the choices of seats for five or seven and front- or all-wheel drive.
The GT is equipped similarly to the R/T and comes with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine, performance suspension, leather seats, monochromatic exterior, 19-inch aluminum wheels and a six-speaker, 368-watt sound system. Base prices on the GT are $33,040 with front-wheel drive and $34,940 with all-wheel drive, $250 higher than last year’s R/T (all prices include destination).
Base prices also are up $250 on the SE, SXT and Crossroad models, which return with few changes.
A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is standard on all but the GT trim, and the 3.6-liter V-6 is optional. Front-drive models with the 2.4-liter use a four-speed automatic transmission, and V-6 and all-wheel-drive models get a six-speed automatic. Three rows of seats are standard on all versions except the base SE, where seats for five are standard and the third row is optional.
As a midsize crossover, the Journey competes with a herd of five- and seven-passenger SUVs including the Honda CR-V and Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport, Kia Sorento, Toyota Highlander and RAV4, and others, all of which are based on newer designs. The Journey offers flexible seating, cargo arrangements, and the easy-to-use Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch-screen, and is reasonably priced. However, performance from both engines and the outdated four-speed automatic transmission leave much to be desired compared to its rivals.