The 2015 Dodge Journey Crossroad may be only a mid-size SUV in the middle of the Dodge Journey lineup, but – as recently tested – but it easily the top value for young families deciding to go with an SUV instead of a minivan as that first multi-purpose family vehicle.
We have been bullish on the Dodge Journey since our first test drive back in 2011. The range of the offering across seven models with two engine choices, FWD and AWD and two or three row seating – all entry priced from just over $20,000 to just over $30,000, makes it what Dodge calls the ‘Swiss Army Knife of SUV’s”. We could not agree more and, apparently, so do a lot of consumers.
Though it does not get the press coverage of some other mid-size SUV models, it does seem to resonate with buyers – selling over 100,000 units in North America each year since 2012. And, through eight months of 2015, Journey has sold nearly 82,000 units which would translate to 2015 sales of between 120 and 125,000 vehicles. Not bad for a Swiss Army SUV that does not get the notice it should.
2015 Dodge Journey Crossroad FWD V6
Dodge delivered us a new 2105 Dodge Journey Crossroad V6 for week-long ride and drive test recently. It was in a handsome Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat with Black Interior. The MSRP for the 2015 Dodge Journey Crossroad with the 3.6L V6 engine mated to a six-speed adaptive electronic control automatic transmission is $26,595.
The Journey comes standard as a two-row SUV with capacity for five. Our test Crossroad was set up for seven with the addition of third-row seating via the optional Flexible Seating Group ($1,500) with the 40/60 Tilt ‘n Slide easy entry (to third row) feature, 50/50 third row folding/reclining seats and three-zone climate control for the second and third rows. Also included were the dual Integrated Child Booster seats in the second row ($225).
Journey Crossroad has its own distinctive look starting with unique 19-inch Hyper Black Aluminum Wheels shorn with Kumho Solus KH16 225/55R19 All-Season touring tires. It features Fog Lamps with Gloss Black Surrounds, LED Tail Lamps with Black Bezels and Halogen Headlamps with Black Bezels, Gloss Black Grille, Body Color Performance Fascia with Platinum Chrome, Platinum Chrome Side Roof Rails, Black Extended Side Sills with Platinum Chrome accents, Deep Tint Sunscreen Glass, and Body-Color Foldaway Mirrors.
On the inside, Crossroad features Leather Seats with Sport Mesh Inserts in Black with Light Slate Grey contrast stitching. Other interior elements include Automatic Temperature with Humidity Control, Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel with remote controls, Power Six-Way Driver Seat, Fold Flat Passenger Seat with hidden storage beneath the cushion, Reclining Fold-Flat Second Row Seating and Second Row and unique In-Floor Storage Bins.
Audio and infotainment is managed through Uconnect 8.4 with its 8.4-inch color touchscreen display for the AM/FM/SAT/CD/DVD/MP3 audio system. Crossroads also has 12-volt front and rear power outlets and remote USB port.
For the convenience of the driver and passengers, Dodge added their Popular Equipment Group ($1,050) with automatic headlights, daytime running lights, remote start, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, universal garage door opener and security alarm.
The Navigation and Back-up Camera Group ($1,095) included upgrading the audio system to the Uconnect 8.4N with Garmin Navigation with voice command, SirusXM Satellite radio with SiriusXM Traffic and Travel LInk, ParkSense rear park assist and ParkView rear backup camera.
Loaded-up with a very complete range of standard features plus a right array of options, our 2015 Dodge Journey Crossroad FWD V6 stickered, with delivery, at $33,160. That bears repeating, off the lot and into your garage (it fits) – for just $33,160.
The 2015 Crossroad is the middle of the trim line offerings for Journey, but in terms of options for young families wanting a solid and affordable SUV, the Journey Crossroad equipped as we tested it, is the top value in the line.
The V6 power train for Journey FWD is rated at 17/25 mpg city/highway and 19 combined. With fuel tank capacity of 20.5 gallons, the highway range of a Crossroad FWD is over 500 miles. The Journey Crossroad with the V6 – in our view – is the only way to go.
Note: You can get a Journey Crossroad with a four-cylinder engine and four-speed automatic transmission for $2,500 less, but we do not recommend it. There is no measurable fuel economy advantage and you will not like the lackluster performance.
AWD is Available
The Journey Crossroad powered by the V6 engine can be equipped with the optional All-Wheel Drive (AWD) for another $3,420. Normally we recommend AWD, if available, in most SUV or CUV vehicles for improved traction and control in variable weather conditions. In the case of Journey Crossroad, we do not recommend it.
We paid particular attention to the drive characteristics of our FWD test Journey and found it to be more than satisfactory around town and on the highway. The standard touring suspension with Independent MacPherson strut and coil over gas-charged shocks and stabilizer bar up front and rear multi-link independent with coil springs and gas-charge shocks; power rack and pinion steering, Traction Control, Electronic Stability Control and Speed Control – in combination – make the Journey Crossroad an easy drive. To that end, we also are complimentary of the relatively high command seating position in the Journey for good driver visibility enhancing ability to manage driving conditions.
In summary, the 2015 Journey Crossroad V6 with FWD – as tested – is a solid family value for a very affordable sticker price of $33,160.
But, if the family wants to go the minivan route first, Dodge has the minivan for you there too. See our recent review (Suggested Links below) for details on the 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Plus.