By Cars.com EditorsNovember 22, 2010
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From the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, Cars.com's Mike Hanley takes a look at the 2011 Dodge lineup.
(rock music) <v Announcer>Cars.com "Auto Reviews." Hi, I'm Mike Henley with cars.com, and I'm here at the Los Angeles Auto Show. One of the big news makers at the show is Dodge, which has significantly updated a number of the models in its lineup.
I wanna take a look at three of them here: the Grand Caravan minivan, the Journey Crossover, and the Avenger sedan, to look at the three highlights of what's new with those cars. We're here with the Grand Caravan and the first big change it gets is a new 3.6 liter V6. This engine replaces three prior V6s that were offered in the Grand Caravan, and the Power Train features and ECON mode that gives you better fuel economy by changing the shift points, and keeping the torque converter locked longer. The second big change is the Grand Caravan's all new interior styling. It really raises the bar for this vehicle and offers. Nice materials on the dash. Pretty good fit and finish overall, and is something you wouldn't be surprised to see in a luxury sedan. Third big change is to want a Chrysler's signature features. It's their Stow 'N Go second row seats. With the new model, it just has a one-touch lever where you lift it up, and the whole seat articulates and folds into the bin in the floor. It's kinda cool. This is the 2011 Journey and the first big change it gets is all new front end styling that features Dodge's new crosshair grille, and it also gets a new lower grille, and the design is pretty aggressive and keeping with the Dodge brand. Like the Grand Caravan we were just talking about, the Journey gets an all new interior as well, and it raises the bar for this model by having more premium materials, and the third and final thing that's new in this vehicle is Chrysler's new Uconnect Touch 8.4, which is a 8.4 inch touchscreen that goes in the middle of the dash on some of these models, and it incorporates a lot of the features you'd normally find as hard buttons, like air conditioning and audio controls. It's also available with a Garmin navigation system integrated into it. So we've made our way over to the Avenger Sedan, and it gets a number of exterior styling changes that help keep its look within the Dodge brand. It also gets a new interior, which is becoming a theme in this video. Raises the bar in terms of materials quality, which is what this car needed. Finally, gets a newly available 3.6 liter V6 engine, which is an engine that powers a lot of these new Dodge models. The changes Dodge has made to the Grand Caravan, Journey, and Avenger definitely take those miles in the right direction. Especially in terms of interior quality, 'cause that's where they were lagging before, but those aren't the only models Dodge is updated for 2011. So check out our videos on the Durango SUV, the Charger full-size sedan, and also the Chrysler 200 midsize sedan. <v Announcer>For more car related news, go to cars.com or our blog, kickingtires.net.