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2011 Dodge Journey Consumer Reviews

4.4
Average based on 20 reviews
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Awesome Vehicle

by from Fort Wayne, In on July 17, 2011

This crossover wasn't even on our list when we went to the dealership. We were actually looking in the used lot. Our sales rep showed us this vehicle after looking at a few other used and new vehicle...
This crossover wasn't even on our list when we went to the dealership. We were actually looking in the used lot. Our sales rep showed us this vehicle after looking at a few other used and new vehicles. We started looking for a smaller used car, a Nissan versa. We looked at it, but there was little room for anything considering we have two dogs and plan on keeping the vehicle for quite a few years. There's a TON of room in the front seats. I'm a bigger guy, 6'1" and 230 pounds. I sit very comfortably in either the driver or passenger’s seat. The back seats are exactly the same. The two back seats are exactly the same situation, thanks to the fitted bucket seats. I have enough room in the back so that when the front seat is all the way back; my knees don’t touch the front seat. The thing has so much storage room (with the mainstreet and above). There's under-the-seat secret like compartment in the passenger’s side seat! Awesome for hiding valuables (say like a GPS or something). The interior is beefed up from the previous iterations of this model. Soft touch materials cover just about every surface, very nice makes it feel luxurious. The seats are nice and soft, not hard and unforgiving. The optional third row is small, but we opted out of it. It added to the price and wasn't necessary for us. We did receive cargo nets, and a cargo cover, nice little touch. There are two cooler compartments in the floor behind the front seats. Very cool for a road trip. Allows you to keep drinks cold. They cooler bin is removable for easy cleaning! Awesome touch!! The floor mats, I know it seems like a little detail, lock in place. They don't slide around and cause issues. The LCD display for the driver is awesome. It can display just about any information you want from the vehicle. It will display Speed, Direction, Tire Pressure, Vehicle Codes (for diagnosing), Fuel Economy and more! There's a ton of options. The touch screen LCD in the middle of the vehicle is small around 4 inches. It can control anything from the radio (either satellite (Mainstreet and above) MP3, FM and AM, CD), climate control, vehicle lighting and all kinds of vehicle settings. The menus are clear, easy to read and control with either touch or the dials. There is an optional Bluetooth integration, with a large 8" screen. It would be nice to have it, but the option was too expensive for our taste. The one we choose came with remote start, a nice option in the winter. The vehicle does have a key start, but a push button start. It works very well. I like the idea of not having to strain the starter. It also makes it impossible to lock yourself out of the car. The car won't like if the key fob is still inside the vehicle. The push button lock (a small button on the car handle) is an awesome feature. This makes it so that you don't have to take your key fob out of your pocket, whether getting in or out of the car! It will lock and unlock the vehicle as long as the key fob is on you. The only aftermarket part we may add is a Bluetooth car attachment, for hands free operation. (Cheaper than built in at the factory). The engine we choose was the Pentastar V6 3.6L 286HP, with 6 speed semi-automatic transmission. Much better than the express 2.4L Four Cylinder, with only 170HP and 4 speed automatic transmission. We tested out both vehicles on the highway and in the city. The four cylinder felt find in the city, plenty of horsepower there. Once you get to the highway though, the four cylinder won't cut it. I kept getting stuck in places, due to the lack of acceleration in the four cylinder. With the larger V6, the issues disappeared. The V6 has plenty of get up and go, much more suited for the highway. (May be important to some and not so to others) The fuel economy is much better than expected. The sticker EPA rates it at (The V6) 17 city/ 25 highway. These are the newly rated EPA standards, much more accurate than the old ratings. We reach better then rated standards. In town we get about 20 mpg, on the highway we average about 27-28mpg. Not too bad for a larger crossover vehicle. As long as you don't have a lead foot you'll get a respectable number. Great vehicle, Purchase it!!!!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Most Excellent Ride

by from Atlanta, GA on April 13, 2011

After having 4 Rodeo's (no longer made), driving my last one well beyod 100k miles, I went searching for a new SUV / crossover. I drove many new 2011 vehicles, but none were impressing me until I drov...
After having 4 Rodeo's (no longer made), driving my last one well beyod 100k miles, I went searching for a new SUV / crossover. I drove many new 2011 vehicles, but none were impressing me until I drove the 2011 Dodge Journey. Wow! What a fantastic ride! I was done looking. Priced way below it's rival competition too! I purchased a Silver "Crew" model with the 8.4N Uconnect pkg, the normal cloth (black) interior, beautiful 19" alloy wheels, the 3.6 liter 283hp Pentastar engine, and I feel like I'm cruising in a luxury liner. Beautiful dash layout and color scheme by the way. Just got back from 1000 mile round trip to the beach, carrying 3 bicycles racked on the back, and it drove like a dream. The only reason I gave it a 4 on performance is because of a slight lag in pickup you can encounter if you are light footed, due to electronic relaying of gas pedal info. Anticipate pickup needs and be more heavy footed with the Journey and you'll be fine though and get all the extra power you'll need when/if you need it. I'm totally happy with this solid vehicle.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

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Great Trip Vehicle

by from New Mexico on July 19, 2011

I have had my Journey R/T for 1 month. Reliability is TBD. I have a 1991 Dakota with 212K on it and its still going strong. I suppose that influenced by purchase of the Journey. The exterior styling i...
I have had my Journey R/T for 1 month. Reliability is TBD. I have a 1991 Dakota with 212K on it and its still going strong. I suppose that influenced by purchase of the Journey. The exterior styling is right on. Strong muscle feel to the appearance like the other Dodge muscle vehicles (Charger, Challenger). The interior is to die for. Literally better than both an Acura and Mercedes that are owned by friends. The Uconnect is perfect, except that it does not allow me to play my iPod playlists. I can play all the songs but only by artist. Not a big deal. Phone, climate, audio, nav are all right on. The engine is strong. The Journey has muscle but its computer is tuned with MPG and not performance in mind. BUT, I have had my Journey up to over 100mph with two mountain bikes on the roof, and it didn't hesitate getting there either! Love the space. More space than all competitors that I drove. Gear? No problem. Great vehicle. Again, only had it for one month, but I am VERY happy with my purchase.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Outdoor sports (hiking, cycling, etc.)

Does recommend this car

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Love it!

by from illinois on July 16, 2012

I have owned this vehicle for about 10 months and after the initial shock of switching from a Town and Country I am really happy with it. The bluetooth and touch screen are great. I had a hard time ge...
I have owned this vehicle for about 10 months and after the initial shock of switching from a Town and Country I am really happy with it. The bluetooth and touch screen are great. I had a hard time getting used to looking out the windshield at first, but worked it out after a couple months. The biggest minus I would say is the delay in "Pick Up" when you ask it to move out. I have the 3.6 engine. It gets about 20mpg in daily use with lots of short trips and in the 1000 mile trip to the beach it got 25mpg fully loaded with 5 people, cooler, etc. I would definitely purchase again.
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Uses car for Transporting family

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Lot of Car

by from Central Ma on March 19, 2012

Dodge did a great job with the remake of the Journey 2011. 2010 model is not even close. Lot of car for your money.
Dodge did a great job with the remake of the Journey 2011. 2010 model is not even close. Lot of car for your money.
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Uses car for Transporting family

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let it snow!!!

by from madison,wi area on September 23, 2011

have journey awd v-6 model. enjoy great power,nice seats cargo area has decent room we have the 5-passanger version. love the big screen for info. Gas mileage is what you except for a 4000 lbs car wit...
have journey awd v-6 model. enjoy great power,nice seats cargo area has decent room we have the 5-passanger version. love the big screen for info. Gas mileage is what you except for a 4000 lbs car with awd.
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Uses car for Commuting

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Great car....Dissappointing MPG

by from Brea, CA on November 2, 2012

I really have no problem with this car other than the miles per gallon. I have 4 kids who are very busy and the many storage compartments and convenient 3rd row are fantastic! We've had it for 2 years...
I really have no problem with this car other than the miles per gallon. I have 4 kids who are very busy and the many storage compartments and convenient 3rd row are fantastic! We've had it for 2 years exactly and have had no real engine trouble. The only thing about this car that gets on my nerves is the MPG. I usually drive streets and I can't seem to get above 15 MPG no matter how I drive. My previous car was a Honda Element which gets awesome MPG so it's very frustrating. The highest MPG I ever got was 21 on a 500 mile camping trip we took last summer. If you value the money in your pocket book, you may want to look for a more fuel efficient SUV. But if you don't mind the extra trips to the pump, it's a great car.
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Love my new Journey

by from Kansas City, MO on October 30, 2011

I love this car. Seven seater with plenty of room. I do wish it had better "pick up" when getting on highway.
I love this car. Seven seater with plenty of room. I do wish it had better "pick up" when getting on highway.
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Uses car for Just getting around

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Going Back to Chevrolet

by from Indianapolis, IN on August 21, 2013

Although I love the inside of my R/T and the options that came with it I am unhappy with the performance and the number of times I have had to have it serviced. This is my Dodge and will be my last. W...
Although I love the inside of my R/T and the options that came with it I am unhappy with the performance and the number of times I have had to have it serviced. This is my Dodge and will be my last. When I shift from reverse to drive it jerks and makes a noise (I am being told nothing is wrong with it). My back window gets stuck as I roll it up. My backup camera went out. I have had this vehicle for less than six months and it has seen servicing once a month for the last five months due to issues. Also for a V6 the pickup isn't that great. I have a certified 2011 DJ R/T purchased with 12k miles on it.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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better than expected

by from athens, ga on December 18, 2011

I rented an SUV over T-giving. I expected a Chev Equinox but got a Journey. Pleasantly surprised with the handling, comfort, storage, gas mileage (avg 26 mpg). Put on over 1400 miles in a week. Handle...
I rented an SUV over T-giving. I expected a Chev Equinox but got a Journey. Pleasantly surprised with the handling, comfort, storage, gas mileage (avg 26 mpg). Put on over 1400 miles in a week. Handled various weather and terrain. Bottom line - would I buy one to keep for 5 yrs - no. Lease one - yes. My only complaint is fit and finish of some exterior body panels. For the right price it would be very useful. For me as a daily driver not so much.
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Uses car for Having fun

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