The 3.6 liter version is much more popular and sports 283 horsepower. It gets about 17 city miles to the gallon and 25 highway miles to the gallon for the front wheel drive option. All wheel drive versions are closer to 16 city miles and 24 miles per gallon along the open road.
Consumers mostly compare the Journey to the Chrysler Pacifica, which ran from the 2004 through 2008 model years. Much of the ingenuity that was originally in the Pacifica was transferred into the Journey, while the problems were addressed: the 2.4L I4 is paired with the same 4-speed transmission as the Pacifica, but the 3.6L V6 is paired with a 6 speed automatic. The navigation system is much better and still available for the Journey, and in the 2012 model year rear DVD has returned to the crossover.
With all of the interior improvements, ride quality has taken a step up: with a re-engineered suspension, the SUV has gone from a fussy ride to a smooth comfortable glide. Included are several standard safety features including roll mitigation, stability control, and anti-lock brakes. Add in the optional all-wheel drive, and this crossover can handle just about anything.