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Used 2012 Dodge Journey for Sale Near You

Packey Webb Ford – Downers Grove / Illinois

Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl 2012 Dodge Journey Crew FWD 6-Speed Automatic 3.6L V6 24V VVT 19 x 7 Painted Aluminum Wheels, 2nd Row 4060 Tilt & Slide Seat, ATC w3-Zone Temperature Control, EASY ENTRY® Seat System, Flexible Seating Group, Front Fog Lights, GVWR: 5,475 lbs wFlexible Seating Group, Quick Order Package 28M, Radio: Uconnect Touch 8.4 CDDVDMP3, Rear Air Conditioning wHeater.Want to save some time? Call us at 866-496-6602 or text us at 630-345-4170 to confirm availability and let us know what time you’ll be here so we can have it ready for you.

AutoCheck Vehicle History Summary

Accident Free Vehicle: Yes

Accident History: This vehicle has 0 reported accidents.

Number of Previous Owners: This vehicle has 1 reported owner.

Personal Use Only: Yes

Usage Type: This vehicle was used by an individual.

History Provider: AutoCheck

Clean Title: No title issues reported.

Salvage Vehicle: No

Frame Damage: No

Theft History: No

Lemon Status: No

Free History Report: No

Features and Specs:

Description: Used 2012 Dodge Journey Crew with Tire Pressure Warning, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Remote Start, Stability Control, Heated seats.
Engine: 6-cylinders
Transmission: Automatic
Drive Wheel Configuration: front wheel drive
20 Combined MPG (17 City/25 Highway)

Listing Information:

Certified Pre-Owned: No
Listed since: 11-21-2019

The 2012 Dodge Journey snuck up on us during our 2012 Sport/Utility of the Year program as finally being a serious contender in the segment. Available with two engines, two transmissions, front- or all-wheel drive, and with an available third row of seating, we were impressed with its stylish interior design, hidden storage compartments, and V-6 engine.

The base engine of the 2012 Journey is a 2.4-liter I-4 mated to a four-speed automatic transmission that produces 173 hp and 166 lb-ft of torque. The base engine/transmission pairing is only available with front-drive on the Journey AVP and Journey SE. The engine you’ll want is Chrysler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 that produces 283 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, and is available with front- and all-wheel drive.

The 2012 Journey’s interior is full of upscale pieces that put most of its stablemates to shame. The Journey allows seating for up to seven passengers. The Journey is also full of hidden cubbies (like one available under the front passenger seat) and tech touches that buyers are likely to appreciate in a midsize crossover.

Dodge created a new base trim level for 2012, the Journey AVP (short for American Value Package). The Journey AVP starts at just under $19,000 for two-row Journeys and just under $20,000 for three-row Journeys. The Journey AVP cuts content a bit, offering cloth seats, 16-inch steel wheels, and the underpowered (for a crossover) 2.4-liter I-4 paired with a dated four-speed automatic. There are a few minor content changes across the rest of the Journey lineup: SE models now come standard with a roof rack and LED taillights; SXT models now come standard with a unique front fascia, fog lights, and Sirius XM Satellite radio; Crew models now get 19-inch wheels and a fold-flat front passenger seat with in-seat storage. Also all new for 2012 is the top-of-the-line R/T model which gets a monochromatic exterior, unique 19-inch wheels and a black leather interior with red accent stitching.

The Dodge Journey is a typical inoffensively styled midsize crossover. Up front the Journey wears Dodge’s signature split-crosshair grille and out back (on all trim levels except for the AVP) the Journey get’s Dodge’s “ring of fire” LED taillamps. Journeys equipped with the optional Pentastar V-6 are differentiated by a unique front fascia with fog lamps, and dual chrome exhaust tips in back; R/T models are further distinguished by its monochromatic exterior and unique 19-inch wheels.

The Dodge Journey’s interior is intelligently packaged, and very well may be one of the best interiors Dodge has to offer. The Journey’s interior is available with either two or three rows of seating. Both rows are capable of folding flat to offer 67.6 cubic feet of cargo space. The Journey’s second row offers a child-sized booster seat in the middle to allow parents easier access to their toddler. The Journey is also notable for the prevalence of storage cubbies like the two standard under-floor cubbies in front of the second row, and the optional flip-up storage compartment under the front passenger’s seat.

Midsize crossovers like the Dodge Journey aren’t geared toward performance. That said, we’ve found Journey crossovers equipped with the 3.6-liter 283-hp V-6 and the six-speed automatic to perform respectably. In our testing, a Journey Crew with all-wheel drive accelerated from 0-60 mph in 7.7 seconds. The other engine option, a 2.4-liter 173-hp I-4 bolted to a four-speed automatic is one we’d avoid at all costs. The I-4-equipped Journey returns an EPA-estimated 19/26 mpg city/highway — not good enough in our book to warrant its choice over the V-6 which can return 17/25 mpg city/highway with front-drive, and 16/24 mpg city/highway in all-wheel-drive form.

As expected in a modern crossover, the 2012 Dodge Journey comes loaded with safety features. All 2012 Journeys come standard including front driver and passenger airbags, full-length side-curtain airbags, and front seat-mounted side airbags. 2012 Journeys also get standard traction control, electronic stability control, Electronic Roll Mitigation, and Trailer-sway Control. All-wheel drive, and Trailer-Sway Control are both available safety-related options on the Journey. The 2012 Dodge Journey is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick.

  • Countless hidden storage compartments
  • Well thought-out interior design
  • Comfortable ride
  • Gutless I-4 and its four-speed auto

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2012 Dodge Journey

Back in the 2009 model year, the brand-new Dodge Journey had only made it halfway to its intended destination. Pitched as a seven-seat alternative to the company’s bigger family minivans, the crossover was on target for size, flexible seating, and sheetmetal–but lacking severely when it came to a quality interior or a modern six-cylinder powertrain. With its major issues solved in a makeover last model year, the 2012 Dodge Journey arrives with very few changes included, or needed.

The Journey’s a good-looking crossover vehicle, one that walks a smart line between blocky SUVs and tall wagons. The Dodge crosshair-style grille works here–it translates down in size much better than the chrome boomerangs on some luxury cars, for example–and the slight taper to the rear end give the Journey a pert look that sets it cleanly apart from Dodge’s bigger utility vehicles, while it still looks harmonious with the humongous Durango. The new interior that came along in the 2011 model year is a wonderful triumph of plastic over plastic. The first-year Journey’s brittle, grainy dash and its oddly misaligned, cheap-looking gauges were junked, and the new dash couldn’t be more sophisticated. Big new dials and knobs and an LCD touchscreen are framed by much higher-quality materials, with only a couple of minor gripes created in the wake. The new center console cuts down on knee room a little, and some of the ancillary switches embedded in the metallic trim are tough to find and use without distraction.

The Journey’s pricetag starts well below $20,000, and to keep it there, Dodge offers a basic powertrain consisting of a coarse, loud four-cylinder engine with 173 horsepower, teamed to a four-speed automatic. If it sounds like vintage early-1990s technology, it’s because it is. Acceleration is dawdly, and even fuel economy struggles to beat out the much more desirable V-6. A 3.6-liter now found across the Dodge lineup, this engine produces 283 horsepower and is hooked up to a new six-speed automatic for much better responsiveness in this moderately chunky vehicle. The six-speed automatic can take some of the polish off the package, though: in some versions we’ve driven, the automatic juddered and hesitated before it downshifted.

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The Journey’s handling is reasonably responsive. Last year Chrysler reworked the suspension to include stiffer, better-responding shocks and a lower ride height in front, and it’s honed some of the Journey’s duller responses. The ride quality remains a strong point, with the proper damping and roll control for a family vehicle, but the very light and very quick steering feel leaves a lot to be desired.

Unchanged in terms of interior room and function since it was introduced, the Journey seats up to seven passengers. We think three adults will be too close for comfort across the second row, but three kids will fit easily in the middle row, as will two in the way-back. The front rows of seats have flat-feeling bottom cushions, but ample head and leg room, taking good advantage of the Journey’s size proportions. On some Journeys, the middle-row seat moves fore and aft to boost leg room or cargo room; on those same models, the front seats have hidden storage under their bottom cushions to complement the deep storage in the center console, found under its tilt-and-slide top. Bins and cubbies abound in the Journey, in fact, and its cargo space hits 37 cubic feet when the second-row seat is folded down. With all three rows of seats in use, though, cargo space shrinks to 10.7 cubic feet behind the raised third-row seat. Flip everything down behind the front seats, and you can fit a half-dozen flat-screen TVs in the Journey’s 67.6 cubic feet of space.

The Journey sports some of the most extensive offerings for entertainment in this class, but to get them all, you’ll be spending considerably more than $20,000. A new base model for 2012 is configured as a five-seater with power windows, locks and mirrors; air conditioning; cruise control; pushbutton start; a cooled glove box; a telescoping steering wheel; and an AM/FM/CD player. Options include a not-terribly-intuitive Garmin navigation system with voice-command controls; Sirius Satellite Radio, TravelLink and Backseat TV, an on-the-go service with a small selection of kid-friendly programming; a new DVD entertainment system; and a premium audio system and uConnect multimedia with MP3 player controls. A USB port is standard now, but it’s buried deep in the center console, so there won’t be any texting and driving without a long cable. Bluetooth is added on the top three models for free, but it’s available on the base trims, too.

Used 2012 Dodge Journey

Favorite Features

Flip ‘n Stow Storage
The 2012 Dodge Journey’s front passenger-seat cushion flips forward to expose a big storage bin that can hide valuables from prying eyes, or just keep things in place.

In-Floor Storage Bins
Behind the front seats are two bins in the floor that can accommodate up to a dozen 12-ounce cans and ice – or whatever else you can put in there. The bins have locking lids and are removable for easy cleaning.

Used 2012 Dodge Journey Interior

If you’re all about good design and a handsome, smart interior, we think you’ll like what Dodge has done with the 2012 Journey SUV. Of the five trims, the SXT and Crew are the most flexible, with various interior color choices in rich fabrics or plush leather. Soft-touch surfaces and material cover just about any spot where you’d want to rest an arm or hand, and the properly sized 3-spoke steering wheel is fitted with redundant controls for the audio and cruise control. R/T and Crew models feature an advanced 8.4-inch touch-screen audio system featuring the Uconnect suite of communication and connectivity options. Highlights include voice-activated controls for the Bluetooth, navigation, audio and iPod, as well as “Eco-Route” guidance and song tagging. There’s even a subscription option to Sirius Travel Link, which can provide updates for traffic, find the cheapest gasoline prices, plus report on sports scores, weather conditions and even movie times. On the versatility front, the 2012 Dodge Journey midsize SUV features a flush-folding third-row seat and second-row seats that can slide fore and aft (making access to the third-row seat a bit easier). Upper-level trims also have a flat-folding front seat that increases the cargo floor right up to the dashboard.

Used 2012 Dodge Journey Exterior

As midsize SUVs go, the 2012 Dodge Journey is on the larger side of the scale. Its tall stance and long profile give the Journey the look of a big wagon, similar to the old Chrysler Pacifica. The 2012 Dodge Journey SUV is so long, in fact, that it dwarfs the Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape by nearly 10 inches. To keep the exterior from looking too family-wagonish, Dodge has dressed up the Journey with a chrome-trimmed cross-hair grille, flashy alloy wheel choices and, on V6 models, a more aggressive lower air intake. The R/T trim takes things up another notch with a monochromatic exterior, 19-inch wheels, and R/T badging.

Used 2012 Dodge Journey Standard Features

A 2012 Dodge Journey AVP comes with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and 4-speed automatic transmission, power heated side mirrors, three 12-volt outlets, a 4.3-inch touch-screen AM/FM radio with a single-CD player, an audio input jack and USB port, keyless entry and push-button start, second-row in-floor storage, and a rear-cargo area covered storage bin. All models feature electronic traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes (ABS), front-seat side airbags, and 3-row side-curtain airbags.

Used 2012 Dodge Journey Options

Beyond the base 2012 Dodge Journey AVP, there are four other Dodge Journey trims: SE, SXT, Crew and R/T. The SXT, Crew, and R/T have a 283-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. Options vary by trim and include all-wheel drive, UConnect Hands-free Communication network, leather seating surfaces, ParkView rearview camera, ParkSense parking assist, navigation, power moonroof, six premium speakers with subwoofer and 368-watt amplifier, third-row seating, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, 17- and 19-inch wheels, 3-zone automatic air conditioning, Tilt ‘n Slide second-row seats, Flip ‘n Stow compartment, and heated front seats.

Used 2012 Dodge Journey Engine

Engineered for commuting and good gasoline mileage, the 173-horsepower, 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine provides a sufficient amount of power for the weight of this crossover, but the potent 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, which pumps out 283 horsepower, is really the engine you’ll want. Coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the 3.6 liter never fails to deliver power when asked, and once up to speed, requires only minimal fuel to keep the Journey cruising. The Journey’s V6 is also E85-compatible.

2.4-liter in-line 4
173 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
166 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26

3.6-liter V6
283 horsepower @ 6,350 rpm
260 lb-ft of torque @ 4,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 (FWD), 13/18 (FWD, E85)
16/24 (AWD)

How Much Does the Used 2012 Dodge Journey Cost?

The 2012 Dodge Journey AVP SUV has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just under $20,000. The SXT starts closer to $25,500, while a loaded AWD Crew tops out around $34,000. All-wheel drive (AWD) adds another $1,700 to the Dodge Journey’s bottom line. Before you buy, be sure to check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to see what the Journey is typically selling for in your area. The 2012 Dodge Journey sport utility vehicle is expected to hold residual values comparable to the Ford Escape and Hyundai Santa Fe, remain slightly below the Chevrolet Equinox, and fall far below the 5-year values set by the Toyota RAV4 and Honda Pilot.

2012 Dodge Journey

2012 Dodge Journey Overview

The 2012 Dodge Journey is powered by a four-cylinder engine that test drivers said doesn’t produce enough power. They recommended the V6 engine, which they said provides ample power and brisk acceleration. The base model with front-wheel drive gets an estimated 19/26 mpg city/highway, which is below-average for the class. The V6 model with front-wheel drive gets up to 17/25 mpg city/highway. Automotive writers said the Dodge Journey handles confidently and feels secure through turns. They also agreed that the Journey offers a relatively smooth, composed ride and steering that’s precise and responsive.

Reviewers were pleased with the 2012 Journey’s well-designed cabin, which they said includes nicer materials than the Journey offered in previous model years. The Dodge Journey seats five, and the second row was available with integrated child booster seats when it was new. The 2012 Journey was available with a third row, increasing seating capacity to seven, which is rare for the class, but automotive writers said it only provides enough room for small children. Test drivers said the front- and second-row seats offer plenty of head- and legroom, and the sliding second-row seat adds additional legroom or cargo space. Base Journey models are equipped with dual-zone air conditioning, keyless entry and start, a USB port, an auxiliary jack and a touch-screen Uconnect infotainment system. Options when it was new include heated front seats, a voice-activated Uconnect infotainment system, satellite radio and Bluetooth. Reviewers said the standard touch screen is overwhelmed by large, redundant climate control buttons that can be confusing to operate. They preferred the larger screen on the available navigation system and said it’s easy to read. With both the second and third rows folded, the Dodge Journey has 67.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Reviewers liked that the Journey has numerous convenient storage bins, including one under the front passenger seat.

Other SUVs to Consider

The Honda CR-V comes equipped with some standard features that were optional on the Dodge Journey when it was new, including Bluetooth and a rearview camera. The Honda CR-V earned praise for its spacious, comfortable seating and good rear visibility.

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport gets great fuel economy for the class, with an estimated 25/31 mpg city/highway. Reviewers thought the Outlander Sport has spacious, comfortable front and rear seats.

Compare the Journey, CR-V and Outlander Sport “

2012 Dodge Journey Review


If you’re looking for an affordable SUV, the 2012 Dodge Journey provides a number of wallet-friendly choices. This includes two cabin layouts as well as multiple powertrains. You can also find upscale touches like heated front seats and a modern infotainment system.

The 2012 Dodge Journey is a midsize SUV that comes standard with two rows and a five-person seating capacity. You can add two more small seats with an optional third row. The Journey lineup starts with a new “American Value Package,” or AVP, trim level. The other 2012 trims for the Journey are the SE, SXT, Crew and R/T. Front-wheel drive and a four-speed automatic transmission are standard. Upper trim levels have a standard six-speed automatic and offer all-wheel drive.

Refreshed last year, the Journey is available with a new rear-seat DVD entertainment system for 2012.


A crisp, athletic design helps the Journey stand out on the road. Dodge’s “crosshair” grille leads the way, and that’s set off by swept-back headlights and prominent hood creases. The uplevel models show rugged cues up front, such as a molded bumper guard and a lower skid-plate trim piece. A wedge-shaped body, rounded fenders and a prominent rear bumper emphasize the Journey’s ready-for-action look.

Heated mirrors are standard. However, the rest of the Journey’s standard content, like its 16-inch covered steel wheels, is pretty basic. The AVP trim offers daytime running lights, and those along with 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are optional for the Journey SE. The other models can supply LED taillights, automatic headlights, fog lights, a power sunroof and 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.


The 2012 Dodge Journey has a sporty cabin with an expressive molded dashboard. For a stylish wing-like effect, full-width metallic trim underlines the center stack and flows outward to frame the outboard climate vents. A 60/40-split folding second row is standard, while a 50/50-split folding third row is available. The Journey also features a standard second-row cargo bin built into the floor and an optional fold-flat front-passenger seat with under-the-cushion storage. When all seats are folded, the Journey has 67.6 cubic feet of storage. That’s noticeably less than what you get in a 2012 Toyota Highlander.

The Journey does provide a fair amount of standard content. Highlights include manual dual-zone climate control, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, cruise control and a steering wheel with integrated audio controls and a tilt-and-telescoping column. There are a few high-end comfort upgrades, too. The Journey offers premium-cloth or leather-trimmed seating, heated front seats, a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. As a bonus, three premium climate systems are available. They deliver automatic dual-zone, manual tri-zone and automatic tri-zone functionality.


A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is standard for the AVP and SE trim levels. For both trims, that engine produces 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque. The SXT, Crew and R/T models rely on a standard 3.6-liter V6. With that engine, output increases to 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The four-cylinder engine is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. The V6 engine switches to a standard six-speed automatic and can be paired with front- or all-wheel drive. Anti-lock brakes, stability control and traction control are standard.

The Journey can tow up to 2,500 pounds. The 2012 Toyota Highlander can tow twice as much.

In terms of EPA ratings, the Journey is competitive with both engines. The most fuel-efficient model, with a standard powertrain, earns fuel-economy grades of 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.


The 2012 Dodge Journey stacks up well versus the competition when it comes to infotainment technology. The Journey’s standard system includes a 4.3-inch touch screen, AM/FM stereo, CD player, USB port, auxiliary input jack and six speakers.

A backup camera and rear parking sensors are available for driver assistance. The Journey also offers a navigation system, an 8.4-inch touch screen, voice recognition, Bluetooth connectivity, hands-free text messaging, satellite radio, an SD card slot, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and a premium sound system. That setup is backed by six Infinity speakers and a 368-watt amplifier.

By unknown author (Last Updated 8/16/2018)