The family-friendly Dodge Journey crossover SUV now has a new model to entice consumers: the 2014 Dodge Journey Crossroad that debuts at the Chicago Auto Show.

Pricing should definitely appeal to budget-minded families in search of a comfortable, versatile vehicle that can seat up to seven passengers in three rows. When it arrives in dealerships this spring, the Journey Crossroad pricing will start at $25,990, including $995 destination charge).

What’s different?

Dodge says the Journey Crossroad slots in between the Journey SXT and Limited, but features unique functional and cosmetic touches. Underpinning the Crossroad, however, is the same mechanicals as the SXT and Limited.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Journey Crossroad takes its styling tips from “big brother” Dodge Durango R/T. These include heated and foldaway mirrors and 19-inch Hyper Black wheels (whereas the Durango has 20-inchers).

The Journey Crossroad, with its modified bumpers, revised side skirts and other exterior trim, has a more rugged, off-road look that may beef up its appeal with active families.

Other visual tweaks include performance fascia treatments such as Gloss Black grille and fog lamp surrounds with Platinum Chrome accent and rear elements including matching Gloss Black lamp bezels with Platinum Chrome-finishes faux skidplate. Roof rails also feature subtle brightwork.

 

On the inside, the Journey Crossroad trim is distinctive and has enhanced standard features. Seats, for example are in black leather with sport mesh inserts and Light Slate Grey accent stitching. The instrument panel, center console, door pulls, wheel trim and gauge cluster feature a Liquid Graphite finish.

Standard features

There’s also an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen, a fold-flat passenger seat with a storage compartment hidden under the seat cushion, and a power front driver’s seat.

Other standard features include Keyless Enter ‘n Go with push-button start, steering-wheel mounted audio and cruise controls, and illuminated cup holders,

As befits a three-row family crossover, storage space is also important. The second- and third-row seats fold flat and the front passenger seat flips forward to create 67.6 cubic feet of cargo space. According to Dodge, when you factor in the in-seat storage the Journey Crossroad offers, this adds up to best-in-class storage.

Slightly more performance-minded

While there is a Journey R/T with the 283-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, that engine is an option on the Journey Crossroad. Standard powerplant in the Journey Crossroad is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 173 horsepower and delivers an estimated 26 mpg in highway driving. The V6-powered Crossroad has a six-speed autoshifter while the four-cylinder model is backed by a four-speed automatic transmission.

Standard front-drive or optional all-wheel drive are available in the 2014 Journey Crossroad, just as in Journey SXT and Limited.

Safety

The 2014 Dodge Journey Crossroad has more than 50 safety and security features. These include seven airbags (including advanced multi-stage front passenger airbags, driver knee airbag, side-curtain airbags covering all three rows, and front seat-mounted side airbags), active head restraints, electronic stability control with all-speed traction control, electronic roll mitigation with brake assist, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, LATCH child-seat anchor system and trailer-sway control.

 

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