In 2013, Dodge sold more models of their Journey than in any year prior. So it only seemed fitting that they would start 2014 by introducing a new trim to the line; a trim that befits the name “Journey” like no other before. Enter the 2014 Dodge Journey Crossroad, introduced at the Chicago Auto Show. The Crossroad is the middle sibling in the Journey lineup, sliding between the entry-level SXT, and the higher-end Limited model.
The Crossroad is truly designed for the journey, even if that journey crosses roads and needs to go offroad. It has available on-demand all-wheel drive, and 19-inch wheels, which make the bumpy roads a piece of cake. The engine is more than capable, too: there’s the standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder DOHC engine that makes 173 hp and 166 lb.-ft. of torque, while getting 26 highway mpg with its 4-speed automatic transmission. But for those that really want a journey, Dodge offers its award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 that makes 283 hp and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, good for best in class power. A 6-speed automatic helps that 6-banger achieve 25 highway mpg.
Go inside, and the journey continues. The second and third row of seating fold flat, and there are removable storage bins in the floor, offering innovative and secure spots for cargo (because everyone’s been on a journey when they need a spot to place their dirty clothes or wet camping gear). The interior is the perfect combination of luxurious and practical, and a 8.4 inch Uconnect touchscreen makes life in the car easier.
On the outside, the Journey Crossroad looks about as good as a CUV can. It’s sporty, with performance fascias front and rear, tinted lights, and black wheels; but it’s not over the top. It fits perfectly in with what the Journey Crossroad is about; practicality with a touch of fun, made for whatever road the journey takes you on.
And that doesn’t even include what may be the best part: it starts at just $24,995.
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