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Dodge Journey in Winter: Everything You Need to Know

Dodge Journey in Winter: Everything You Need to Know

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After a hiatus last week for the Los Angeles Auto Show coverage, let’s get back to looking out for winter. Today I want to talk about the Dodge Journey. There is no doubt that it’s the underdog in its class but this plucky crossover has more going for it than you might realize and makes a decent bet for Canadian winters in AWD guise.


2018 Dodge Journey

The 2018 Dodge Journey is a solid performer in terms of reliability and drive. It is comfortable, composed and with the Pentastar V6, perfectly capable of managing our many miles of highways. Get it in AWD and it is also perfectly capable of handling our harsh winters.


The design of the 2018 Dodge Journey has remained more angular than the competition but it is still handsome. I like the ruggedness of the design. It reminds me of the Wrangler or other cars like it. It’s ready to work, not sit on a driveway and be admired. It wants to drive, not spend ages in front of the mirror preening like many of its contemporaries.


With that in mind, the design is a good looking vehicle. With the right trim, there is also a refreshing lack of chrome. Another mark in its favour, winter or not. The low front end has the signature Dodge grille and light recesses. The lights aren’t angular or cut away like many competitors and remain better for it. Cheaper to replace too.


The profile is unadorned except a detail that runs over the front fenders, along the door sill and to the rear wheel arch. A slightly sloping roof folds down into a simple rear end, again with little detailing or fuss.

Inside, there is room for adult passengers and cargo. Despite modest proportions, the cabin feels spacious and well put together. With decent levels of technology, it’s a nice place to spend time.


Under the hood


Under the hood of the 2018 Dodge Journey is either a 2.4-litre four cylinder that produces 173 hp and 166 lb-ft of torque or a 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 that produces 283 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The four cylinder has a four speed auto while the V6 has a six speed automatic transmission. The V6 also has AWD as an option making this the one to get for winter.


With competent suspension and hydraulic power steering, the Journey rides with an almost old school feel. You get feedback from the road, the car talks to you as it corners and offers a refreshingly positive drive.


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