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2016 Dodge Journey Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Dodge Journey was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

The 2016 Dodge Journey uses quality materials throughout its interior, which automotive writers say give it a pleasing look and feel. They point out that the first two rows of seats provide plenty of room for adults, but the third row is cramped for anyone other than children. Critics love the user-friendly Uconnect infotainment system, especially with the optional larger touch screen. The Journey offers subpar cargo space for the class, but reviewers note that there is plenty of small-item storage available in the cabin.

  • "The materials are upscale in look and feel, and the dashboard manages to look sleek and dressy without compromising the Journey's gauge legibility or ergonomics." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "In place of the old Rubbermaid interior is a thoroughly improved cabin highlighted by a rich-looking soft-touch touch dashboard and Dodge's three-spoke corporate steering wheel." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "Though Dodge seldom has enjoyed a reputation for high-quality interiors, the 2015 Journey does boast pleasing materials and textures throughout the cabin and solid-looking assembly. The gauges and dashboard have a functional and contemporary design that wouldn't be out of place in any number of higher-priced vehicles." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • Journey's cabin is class competitive, with good fit and finish. Materials might seem a bit dull, but nothing feels cheap." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Seating

The Journey seats either five or seven people, depending on the trim. Reclining second-row seats and cloth upholstery are standard. A power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, tilt-and-slide second-row seats, built-in second-row child booster seats, reclining third-row seats and leather upholstery are available. Some test drivers say that the front seats are comfortable and the driving position provides good visibility, but others think the seats could be more supportive. They add that the built-in child booster seats are great for families with little kids. Critics note that while adults can sit comfortably in the second row, the third row really only provides enough room for children.

  • "We like the Journey's upright seating position and found the front seats to be remarkably supportive and comfortable, even after driving long distances." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The Journey's front seats offer mediocre support, but they do sit you up nice and high, affording an expansive view of the road ahead. The steering column telescopes on all models, although those with long legs might still find the wheel too far away." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "Journey seats five occupants comfortably, while the third row is useful for carrying children and small adults on short....erm, journeys." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "As a people carrier, the Journey has a few things going for it. The available third row of seating is big enough for small children, and there's enough space for adults in the second row, too. There are also built-in booster seats available, which will save any parent lots of valuable child-loading time." -- Edmunds (2015)

Interior Features

The 2016 Dodge Journey’s standard features include a USB port, a six-speaker sound system, push-button start and Dodge’s Uconnect infotainment system with a 4.3-inch touch screen. Available features include a power sunroof, dual- or tri-zone automatic climate control, remote start, satellite radio, a rear-seat entertainment system with a 9-inch screen, a premium six-speaker Infinity audio system, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors and an upgraded Uconnect system with an 8.4-inch touch screen, voice command, Bluetooth, hands-free texting and navigation with lane guidance.

Critics appreciate the 2016 Journey’s Uconnect infotainment system for being user-friendly and providing a responsive touch-screen interface. Some compare it to a tablet or smartphone, and all agree that it is one of the best infotainment systems in the class. In addition to the touch screen, there are separate buttons for controlling climate and audio, which some reviewers find helpful.

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  • "One of the best features of the Journey is its available Uconnect infotainment system. In addition to a large and easy-to-use 8.4-inch touch screen centered in the dash, there are supplementary buttons for climate and audio that are simple to see and use." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "There's almost universal acclaim for Dodge's available UConnect 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment interface. You won't find a system that's more straightforward to use or more pleasing to the eye, with large, readable typefaces and icons and sensible menus." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Generally regarded as one of the more user-friendly infotainment setups on the market, Uconnect Access integrates most of the crossover's audio, navigation and climate control functions into one unit. An 8.4-inch touchscreen mounted on the dashboard is the central component of the system, but redundant buttons and knobs for climate and audio volume and tuning are also included." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "But the big technology news in the Journey is the 8.4-in touchscreen (optional on the SXT model and standard on the Limited and R/T models), which brings iPad-like crispness and ease of use into your driving experience. It's one of the best infotainment interfaces on the market, and it even includes an SD-card interface to give you more options in portable media. We highly recommend it." -- AutoTrader (2015)

Cargo

That 2016 Dodge Journey’s cargo capacity is poor for the class. There's 67.6 cubic feet of space behind the first row of seats. Seven-seat models provide 37 cubic feet behind the second row and 10.7 cubic feet behind the third. Five-seat models provide 39.6 cubic feet of space behind the second row. There are also several storage areas under the seats and around the cabin. Critics appreciate the space available for small-item storage and add that the optional fold-down passenger seat provides the versatility needed to fit large items.

  • "Dodge's Journey SUV for 2016 has numerous clever storage ideas. Not only does the rear seat fold flush, there are additional storage bins beneath the 2nd-row floor and front-passenger seat cushion. The same seat can fold flat to better accommodate long items such as a surfboard and skis." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Cargo capacity behind the third row is just 10.7 cu ft., i.e., a few grocery bags' worth, but there are 39.6 cu ft. behind the second row and 67.6 cu ft. behind the first row. Those are competitive numbers for this type of vehicle." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "There are useful storage areas, too. You can store snacks and cold drinks in bins built into the floor of the second-row seating area, and a compartment under the front passenger seat is handy for stashing valuables." -- Edmunds (2014)

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