Chicago 2011: Dodge Journey R/T Debuts

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
chicago 2011 dodge journey r t debuts

The Dodge Journey R/T is the kind of vehicle we really can’t see a point for, but it’s here to stay and could end up in the hands of an eccentric few customers.

Under the hood is a 283 horsepower 3.6L Pentastar V6 with a 6-speed automatic transmission, that will at least give the R/T badging, aggressive wheels and new body kit something to stand behind. Dodge says the suspension geometry has been completely overhauled, and the steering system revised – changes that, if you ask us, should be carried over to the rest of the lineup. Chrysler’s ubiquitous UConnect system, featuring satellite radio, an integrated Garmin navigation system and Bluetooth integration is also standard.

The Journey R/T will set you back $28,995 for the front drive model, or $30,695 for the all-wheel-drive version, plus a $750 destination charge.

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  • Ron Ron on Feb 14, 2011

    These SUV's are nice, but a lot of people think they are real off road capable vehicles. But the key word is crossover, which equals tall car. built on unitbody's, and with car suspension, i.e. Macpherson struts and a lower control arm, possibly even an aluminum control arm. My mom's Jeep Commander is unitbody, but is reinforced, has a good front sub-frame, and has upper/lower steel front control arm suspension. It can handle some off road abuse, and drives excellent on road as well. As someone who studies vehicle suspension, and auto construction. I believe cars, SUV's and even some truck's are constructed to wimpy, for the price they cost. Auto makers! toughen them up. Use more high tensile steel, and be proud of your cars.