• Oct 20, 2010
2011 Dodge Journey – Click above for high-res image gallery

As Chrysler continues its effort to drastically refresh the majority of its product portfolio in short order, we're seeing a raft of updated interior refinements and powertrain enhancements making their way across the full range of Pentastar vehicles. The big news for most of these vehicles is better interior quality, and no place is that more apparent than on the 2011 Dodge Journey. Have a look at the old Journey's cockpit and compare that with the new one. On face value alone, this looks to be a massive improvement.

Updated interior aside, the 2011 Journey receives revised suspension geometry, better tires and an overhauled steering system in an effort to make things more engaging from behind the wheel. In the biggest development of all, Chrysler's new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is under the hood, delivering 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. V6 models also receive a more aggressive lower front fascia, 19-inch wheels and LED taillamps.

Pricing has not been released as of this writing, but we'll have those details closer to the 2011 Journey's on-sale date near the end of this year. For now, read Chrysler's own words about the updated Journey in the press release after the break and check out the high-res gallery below. Thanks to all for the tips!

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2011 Dodge Journey Crosses Over: A Gorgeous New Spirit and a Driver's Soul

October 20, 2010 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - It's not over yet. Dodge continues to unleash new products to the market; today, introducing the new 2011 Dodge Journey, its mid-size crossover with "right sized" proportions, five- or seven-passenger seating, innovative storage solutions, abundant safety and security features, all-wheel-drive capability and models packaged for a variety of lifestyles.

For 2011, Dodge takes what was good and makes it better. The Dodge Journey receives a major overhaul with a completely redesigned and retuned suspension, a new V-6 engine and a gorgeous new interior. And that's not all. Journey also features the latest and greatest in vehicle connectivity and customization with the Chrysler Group's new PowerNet electrical architecture. Owners will feel like they have the world at their fingertips with the Journey's available touch-screen command center, Uconnect Touch.

From navigation to dual-zone climate controls to the ability to check fuel prices, the all-new Uconnect Touch media center makes life in the new 2011 Dodge Journey an excellent adventure for the driver and passengers. Four Uconnect Touch models are available, all featuring easy-to-use controls and class-leading technology. With its touch-screen display and user-friendly touch-key categories, connecting and controlling personal devices is simple, intuitive and customizable.

The 2011 Dodge Journey is nimble, composed and handles well in all driving and road conditions. Chrysler Group engineers improved routine ride handling by re-engineering the suspension geometry, adding new, improved premium tires and redesigning the steering for a more precise and coordinated response. Overall, customers will be treated to an energetic, fun-to-drive experience behind the wheel.

In addition, at 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, the 2011 Dodge Journey equipped with the new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivers a 20 percent boost in power compared with the V-6 engine it replaces. It's mated to the smooth-shifting six-speed transmission.

Drivers also will be treated to a smooth, quiet ride. Engineers reduced noise, vibration and harshness by installing new, premium sound-deadening treatments and insulation throughout the vehicle.

But perhaps the most rewarding surprise is Journey's new interior. Customers will step into world-class levels of craftsmanship and comfort. A beautifully crafted one-piece instrument panel sets the tone. A new, larger cluster with standard electronic vehicle information center (EVIC) is positioned in the center of the new gauges. It's a full-color display backlit in Dodge red lights, giving it a soft glow unlike any in the segment. New, integrated center stack bezels are less angular and more sculpted, and designers softened the radius to make more room for the driver's knees. The heating and cooling outlets are also redesigned to make them better looking and better functioning.
The center console gets a lot of extra cushion on the tilt-and-slide armrest. Lift the lid, and there's a larger center storage bin with a 12-volt outlet and USB port where owners can hook up their MP3/iPod charging connections and hide them away.

The design team also worked to make the Journey's interior more comfortable. They moved the shifter and cupholders, making it easier for drivers and passengers to get their coffee and soda without having to lean over and under the dash. There's also a larger front storage bin with side nets. The new multi-functioning three-spoke Dodge brand steering wheel with integrated controls and a wider, longer, soft-touch armrest transform the driver's seat into a cockpit-like experience. Comfortable new seats might just make drivers want to take the long way home to get a little extra seat time. The Dodge Journey offers six new interior color and trims to complete the makeover.

On the outside, Journey maintains its sculpted, clean, aggressive lines, and adds a new front fascia that sports the signature Dodge Brand "split crosshair" honeycomb grille. The fog lamp bezels are bigger and bolder, and Journey models with the Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 get a new, unique more aggressive lower fascia with the honeycomb texture in the grille (late availability). New 19-inch wheels, a new, less angular rear fascia and "ring of fire" LED taillamps wrap it up from front to back.

Journey also is loaded with an abundance of safety and security features, including: standard advanced multi-stage front passenger air bags, active head restraints, electronic stability control (ESC) with all-speed traction control, electronic roll mitigation and brake assist, new driver-side knee blocker air bag, supplemental side-curtain air bags covering all three rows, supplemental front-seat-mounted side air bags, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, LATCH child seat anchor system and trailer sway control.

The Dodge Journey is built in at Chrysler Group LLC's Toluca Assembly Plant in Toluca, Mexico. It will arrive in U.S. dealerships in fourth quarter of 2010.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Things will only get better now that Chrysler is an automotive company again, and not just a bank for the thieves from Stuttgart or a experiment gone wrong for some Wall St. bandits.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I guess you boys were in a coma from early 80's to 2000. Chrysler was the highest profit per vehicle automaker for much of the 90's.
        Had record profits before Dimebag stepped in with the "merger of equals" B.S.
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks worlds better! now let's see the remaining cars that have been redesigned or heavily revised.
      300, Avenger, Grand Caravan, Challenger, Compass... I think it's amazing Chrysler could re-do all these vehicles in such a short time frame and without spending a ton of cash...makes me wonder what toyota, ford etc. can do if they actually spend money.

      Go Chrysler, and all domestics. let's bring the american auto industry back it used to be...(not putting down any foreign manufacturer, they're just as good if not better then most american cars)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Whoa! Good job Chrysler!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure every city boy born and raised in south Detroit will enjoy lovin', touchin', squeezin' on that new dash.

      As for the old V6, I'll be alright without you, but I hate the idea of expensive 19 inch tires on those wheels in the sky. It's a family car after all.

      Compared to the take it or leave it Honda models, you can practically option out a Journey any way you want it. After all, thats the way you need it, any way you want it, right? That Pentastar V6 should leave the Hyundai fanboys asking themselves "who's cying now?"

      Personally, I'd welcome one with open arms if the price is right. All in all, don't stop believing in the new Journey.....

      • 4 Years Ago
      Much nicer over all, however, I must say I was nostalgic on the 80's inspired dashboard. Reminded me of my first car i was given as a 16 yr old - the family's decade old short, first generation Caravan!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now that is pretty damn nice looking interior. Well, compared to the previous gen.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dodge could teach Honda a thing or two about reducing the number of buttons on the dashboard!
      • 4 Years Ago
      OH that's SOOOO much better than the previous one. Chrysler's listening to us!!!

      I'm still a FORD guy though the other two are looking better every day.
      morgan plus four
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nothing can help the Journey. Just bad.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @morgan plus four
        Peter, Based on what? I've driven one for a week as a rental and interior short falls aside, I was impressed with most aspects of the Journey. Have you driven one Peter? Give the 2011 a test shot, I'll bet you at least find it acceptable, if not outstanding. Peter, the Jouney is the top selling crossover in Canada already, guess why?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Much better Dodge! Very nice! I am a Ford guy but since my 2010 F150 has given me tons of trouble in its first 4500 miles I am looking at a Dodge next time. I will go back to Ford when they get it together. My 2004 F150 had a few mishaps but ended up being my favorite truck. I just sold it in good shape and running well at 126,900 miles. I am thinking a Charger next time, in bright red!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Excellent choice on the Charger. I have an 06 Daytona in TorRed. No problems at all. Love my car. I will admit the interior was a weakness, especially the arm rests, lol. But they have fixed this and the new ones look amazing. I have had my Charger for 4 yrs now, and it still turns heads every single day. I cant go anywhere hardly without some one commenting or asking about my car. So, if you are shy, or just wanna blend in, you dont want this car. If you like being more unique and seperating yourself from the rest of the flock, this is your car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        DCDRT...I'm only 31 but I love old American style cars. I have always been a Ford man, and always will be, but until Ford dumps the unpainted plastic that is plastered all over their cars, ruining them(Mustang, Taurus, upcoming Focus(not as bad), Edge, 2011 Explorer), I am done. I have had 5 F150's and they are by far in my opinion unbeatable(dispite the issues I have had). But I want a car next time around after my F150 is paid off(still love regardless!), and the Charger seems to be the most me. Glad you have had a good run with your Charger, I know not everyone has good times with the old Chrysler! And as for wanting to stick out..I drive a bright white supercrew with the chrome package. A big truck with lots of chrome..I am in heaven! lol. I even had a Zinc yellow 2002 Mustang before. Now that is sticking out lol.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the exterior and this new interior, but now it needs to shed some pounds and gain some economy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Keep in mind that 2009 pick is for the R/T which is the top level trim.
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