Last week’s photo showed the 2012 Dodge Journey, a crossover utility vehicle. For a better photo and information, read this week’s road test.
Chosen randomly from the correct entries was Barbara Wilke, of Evans, who wrote about the Journey: “A lot of SUVs look alike to me, but the rattail antenna off the roof, the wide fender flares and the gas cap on the driver’s side indicate that it is a Journey.”
She wins a prize from The Augusta Chronicle.
Other readers identifying the Journey were:
CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “The Journey is itself on a journey, a journey of redemption. Introduced as a 2009 model, it has been widely panned for its cheap interior materials and weak performance. Dodge has now addressed these concerns and presents a totally revamped package, at least in the two primary problem areas.
“The exterior is relatively unchanged, but the interior has been completely redesigned and fully addresses those ergonomic and materials quality complaints of earlier models.
“Also addressed are performance issues, at least with the V-6 Pentastar offering, which together with the improved interior is garnering claims of perhaps the quietest in its class. The base four-cylinder model is still criticized for being too small and too noisy with snail-like performance and only mediocre mpg.
“This a very crowded market segment, and marginal build quality, poor quality materials and perceived lesser value for the dollar will quickly doom a nonperformer to the trash bin alongside Edsel, Pacer and others. I applaud Dodge for quickly addressing the Journey’s shortcomings and saying “Look at me now!”… but if the buying public has already become jaded to the Journey, then its journey might be a short one.”
EVANS: Bill Harding wrote: “It is a Dodge Journey, a nice car when equipped with Chrysler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and six-speed automatic. Last year, the interior was redone, and very nicely.
“Journey is based on the same architecture underpinning the Chrysler 200 and the Dodge Avenger, but offers much more in the way of utility because it’s essentially a station wagon, although Chrysler doesn’t use that term, instead referring to the Dodge Journey as ‘America’s most affordable midsize crossover.’
“Prices begin at $19,490 for the base 2.4-liter four-cylinder model and top out at a rather lofty $35,810 for a fully-optioned R/T with all-wheel drive. Those prices include destination charges but do not reflect current factory sales incentives, which for our region will come to around $3,000.”
Also, Jerry Paul
HEPHZIBAH: Christopher Fuller said: “My mom has one, and she enjoys it. It gets good gas mileage and rides good, too.”
NOTE: Three readers guessed that the photo showed the Fiat Freemont, and that was understandable. Now that Fiat owns Chrysler, it has brought out its own version of the Journey and slapped a new name on it. Those readers were: Darrell Adair, of Evans; and Jim Muraski and Jeff Miller, both of Martinez.