One nice feature is the large, 8.4-inch touchscreen on the Uconnect Media Center that dominated the dashboard on my test car. It responds quickly to input, has easy-to-understand graphics, and its big size makes the digital "buttons" simpler to read and push while driving.
From a styling perspective, the Journey looks a little boxier and tougher than the rounded off, jellybean shape of many crossovers these days.
If you want the most sinister, sporty-looking version, Dodge offers a special Blacktop Edition with black wheels, a black grille and black mirrors. I liked the look on my test car because it minimized the vague Grand Caravan styling cues that you can detect on the ordinary Journey. It looks like less of a family-hauler in Blacktop trim.
Overall, if you're looking for a compact crossover that doesn't feel so compact, the Journey should be on your list to test drive. It offers a lot of space and, with the V6 at least, a lot of capability for the money.
Derek Price is an automotive columnist for CNHI News Service. Contact him at email@example.com.