Especially in that gray color, our Journey test car really looked like it was carved from a block of stone. Its exterior design is a combination between the rough lines of a 1970s American station wagon, the side profile of a Jeep Wagoneer and the taillights of a Mercedes B-Klasse. The front-end is semi-evil looking, although a bit far from being threatening.
We were a bit disappointed about the chrome excess all over the car, which was actually just plastic. Although we do have our doubts about the level of plastic chrome in the front and rear Ram badges, everything else looked and felt cheap. From the distance, the car has a distinct station wagon on stilts look, combined with the stance of shrunken full-size SUV.
Its designer, Ryan Nagode, said that the look of the compact Dodge Avenger's front was inspired by a pair of Oakley sunglasses. Well, then the look of Journey's front was probably inspired by a pair of seeing glasses belonging to a librarian from a porn movie scene. It's not the fact that it's bad, but it looks so inconspicuous that you might this it's an FBI stake-out car. Although at the size and number of interior storage spaces the Journey might prove to be better suited for a bank job. Absolutely NOT as a getaway car though, since it's far too underpowered.
The car's mid-size exterior dimensions are a bit misleading about the actual size of the car when seeing it up-close. The long front and rear overhangs, the generous wheelbase and the gigantic headlights and taillights don't add a lot of cuteness to it. Even more, little children might actually be afraid of it. Nevertheless, we couldn't call the Journey an ugly car, mainly because it's far from it. Sure, it has a few odd details but it has a nice overall stance.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
Listen guys , I don't like Dodge. I don't like... ahem... 'merican cars in general actually. Not that Dodge is a bad... ahem... car brand. Although come to think of it, its connection with the Al Bundy character from the "Married, with children" ... ahem series wasn't exactly doing it any favors.
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