The Journey, Dodge's first car-based SUV, used the Chrysler Sebring/Dodge Avenger platform.
The fairly compact vehicle offers a tiny third-row seat.
A noisy 2.4-liter engine is standard, but the punchier and more refined 3.5-liter V6 engine is a better choice.
However, 16 mpg is the tradeoff for the improved performance potential.
Ride quality is a bit unsettled and handling lacks agility, but is ultimately secure.
Storage bins under the front-passenger seat cushion and in the second row floor are handy.
Integrated child booster seats are an option.