Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Dodge has attempted to improve interior quality in the Journey - and it is certainly better than other models like the Caliber and Avenger. However, while there are some soft-touch panels, plastics uses elsewhere don't fit precisely and leave some sharp edges exposed as a result. A centre console housing stereo and satellite navigation controls looks smart, but the driver's instrument cluster seems like an add-on and some of the switches feel flimsy.

All but the rearmost seats boast good legroom, but the high floor can create a slightly claustrophobic feeling, particularly noticeable in models with dark interior trim. At night the instrument lighting has a cool blue-green hue and this is also used to pick out the front cupholders, giving a classy appearance. Unfortunately the ride is a let down, the suspension is too stiff, yet the ride is bouncy and over twisting routes passengers can all too easily start to feel queasy.

The seats aren't particularly comfortable or supportive either, which is especially noticeable on long journeys.