2011 Dodge Journey R/T – Performance, Style, Functionality


Sporty, stylish, versatile, and compatible with someone who has an active lifestyle. No, you’re not reading a personal ad. That’s how we’d describe the 2011 Dodge Journey, which is now boasting an R/T badge and an all-new look. We pulled out all the stops with a red and black interior, power front seats, three-zone automatic temperature control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote start, 19-inch aluminum wheels, and fog lamps. To top it off, the Journey R/T sports a new 283 horsepower, 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine mated to a six-speed transmission. Not only is this car beautiful, but it has brains too. The Journey R/T can skillfully handle all types of road conditions.

As if that wasn’t enough, the 2011 Journey R/T model connects you to music, media and technology like never before. With features such as Uconnect® Touch 8.4 CD/DVD/MP3/SIRIUS Satellite radio, six premium speakers with a sub-woofer and amplifier, and Uconnect® phone, you might actually wish for traffic. You’ll never get lost with the all-new Uconnect® Touch media center, including navigation, voice-command music selections and the ability to check fuel prices and weather.
But don’t take our word for it. Go check out the new and improved 2011 Journey with the R/T badge. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed…which is more than we can say for the personals.


  • Eric
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    R/T means Road and Track. Now, which racing series is the Journey featured in? Oh!! I know!! That would be….NONE!!!

    When I see the Journey R/T, there are several individual words I think of:

    There is NOTHING “R/T” about this thing.

  • Tom
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    You forget the Road part of Road and Track Eric. Besides that, what R/T vehicles of Yore competed in, let’s say NASCAR? The answer is none, the Chargers in NASCAR were Charger 500s, not R/Ts. So under your Logic we could assume the Charger R/T of the 70s was a Poser because it tried to be performance without having a brother on an actual race track.

    R/T was always meant to be street performance. The Journey R/T is meant to be a compromise. Everyone reaches that stage in life where they retire their Muscle Car in favor of a family mover. The point of upgrading said family mover with better performance is so that you can have a practical family car but still have a car that’s fun to drive. You don’t need to sacrifice fun and excitement when you start a family.

  • moparman
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Um, sorry but 1969 wasn’t the only year NASCAR existed. There were some 71-73 chargers in NASCAR. I don’t know if they were R/T models.

    Of course, if you did a little research you’d find that 90% of the “track” reference was to the drag race track.

    Oh well, go ahead and be mad because someone has a legitimate complaint.

    Not everyone “retires their muscle car”. That is just about the most absurd statement I’ve ever seen. I own a daily driver(4 door) and a ’69 charger (and a motorcycle, oh my!). I’ll never sell the charger. One of my kids will get it when I die.

  • El Cheapo
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    R/T has less letters in it than writing Sport on the side of a vehicle . Therefore, if you slap R/T on all the cars then you can buy the emblems in bulk and lower the cost. If it will help lower the cost of the Challenger then slap them on the Fiats as well. Who cares anymore since they came up with the SRT name. R/T used to be the top of the line sport editions, now they are the middle of the road. If it makes the car look better (which it does) then do whatever will sell. This is the best looking Journey that I have ever seen. I am ready to get my racing helmet on to take it out for a test drive. I suppose you get fitted racing helmets for the whole family if you purchase the R/T package. Maybe they will force you to get certified by the Richard Petty Driving School before you drive it off the lot.

  • Tom
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    Moparman, I wasn’t getting mad at all. I was only attempting to explain Dodge’s reasoning. Everyone else seems to be getting mad because their plastic badge is on the “wrong car”. In the 21st Century the SRT badge represents high performance. R/T is one notch below it which takes the average car and makes it more sporty and enjoyable.

    And when I meant people retire their cars I didn’t mean they took them to the crusher. You obviously confirm this yourself when you say you own a Four Door “Daily Driver”. The Charger you own is effectively retired to your garage, only to be driven on bright sunny days or taken to car shows. But as a daily driver it ceases to be practical. This is what I meant by retiring the classic cars in favor of a car like the Journey.

    But you don’t need to buy a boring base model car. You can have the Journey which is practical, but the R/T Journey is practical and fun to drive. Not as fun as the Charger of course but fun nonetheless.

    Also, they did have Charger R/Ts is NASCAR but they failed in comparison to what Ford offered. This is why they replaced it with the Charger 500 which was also used in 71-73. My Dad owns a 1971 Dodge Charger 500 which I plan to own as well someday.

  • moparman
    Posted February 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Tom, thanks for the civil response. I may have seemed a bit snooty in mine. I get tired of hearing what sound like excuses to me for the things that have happenned in the last 6 years or so.

    Noone should ever feel they have to come up with an excuse to have a “insert item” on an “insert car model”. The way to avoid that, in my opinion, is to not put “insert item” on an “insert car model” if they know it’s going to create this much trouble / backlash due to the history of “insert item”.

    I have suggested to chrysler via e-ail, snail mail, and I think even on this site before, that they should just ditch the “SRT” name in favor of “R/T”, because that’s what it really should be, and in my opinion, thta would sell cars, as long as that’s what it was on…..cars, specificallymuscle cars. R/T, SE, and jsut plain “charger”, like it was originally. You didn’t always have to have a letter after the name. The base model was just a “whatever” (camaro, challenger, charger, mustnag, coronet, or whatever)

    A chrysler exec made a statement back in 2006, while pissed off about all the hate mail they were recieveing, “that if those guys want a ’69 charger they should go buy one, they’re still available”. Though really stupid to say that to potential customers, part of his statement was correct, they ARE still out there, and many still wear the R/T badge.

    Regardless of the reasons why chrysler thinks this is a good idea, R/T will always retain it’s original meaning. You can’t change history. And chrysler should not try. They are lucky they did not suffer the same result as the “new GTO”. The only thing that saved them was that the car they slapped “charger” on wasn’t quite as aweful as the one GM slapped “GTO” on. (well, that, and alot of old people bought them. I kid you not ,7 out of 10 that I saw the first 4 years were driven by senior citizens)

  • peteMT
    Posted February 17, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    I’m not sharing the hate for this R/T. I like it – plus, red interior!

    I think it’s very legitimate for an R/T model for each vehicle. Let’s wait and see how it handles and performs. Note the ‘sport suspension’!

    Who knows – maybe in another year it will get a power upgrade to compete with the ecoboost Fords. I’d like to see that.

  • 440
    Posted February 17, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    R/T does not mean is was featured or had its own in a racing series,its a up level performance trim for Dodge vehicles since day 1 !! Get over it !

    R/t wasnt a nascar edition back in the day,street with 3.23 or drag pack with the 3.54,4.10,hey like today they offer a drag pack..on its Charger/Challenger.
    The 66-67 ,69-74 Charger’s in nascar was not an R/T,as for the 1968 , it had the R/T stripe on some,was it a real R/T..doubt it….The 1970-1971 Charger 500 was not a nascar version(69 was the only limited edition 68 Coronet grill,flushh rear window),the 500 in 1970 turned into a trim level from the 318 to the 383 2 and 4 bbl…Basically a base Charger with a 500 name on it,and tail stripe option(I believe for the 383 4bbl cars).No 1972-1974 Charger 500 was made and no 1972-1974 Charger R/T was made..

    I dont agree with you on the R/t,SRT thing,I like what they do today..It’s like the old R/T cars could have them loaded up or base models,Drag Pack no Drag Pack.
    If the R/T replaced the SRT,we would have no 5.7 HEMI Challenger’s,Charger’s ect,the R/T has many different options,track pack ect,like the old days,the new R/T models are the same as back in the 60/70’s,I love the choice of all the R/T’s from a base level R/T with the track pack,Road And Track,remember those cars have different suspension tuning and options(like back in the day alot of R/T cars were plain base models with a 383Magnum(e body 70-71),440 or Hemi or most people who complain really are not Chrysler fans,and want them to get rid of the R/T because they are jealous Dodge has a great idea with its full line of R/T cars and SRT cars .SRT cars are usually optioned the same way,plus or minus a sunroof or stripes,auto or stick..the R/T trim level is great many,many options like the old days ! Remember they made a Neon R/T and a Aspen 318 2 barrel lean burn R/T (though they ran 14’s without lean burn and a 4bbl carb on them and at least a 3.21 axle)

  • moparnut
    Posted February 17, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Such strong opinions about a stinken badge! Let’s be clear, muscle cars are what I’m into but not everyone wants a muscle car and if that badge makes these cars a little cooler and keeps people driveing/buying dodges and keeps chrysler from going belly up then I say go for it!

  • moparman
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 2:51 am | Permalink

    “Remember they made a Neon R/T and a Aspen 318 2 barrel lean burn R/T”

    Just because they made a mistake before doesn’t mean I should like it when they make the same mistake again. You know, the whole “two wrongs don’t make a right” thing.

    As to moparnut, I respect your opinion, but can you imagine if the manufacturers had considered them “stinkin badges” back in the ’60s and ’70s?

    Hmmm: Pinto GT, Monza SS, F250 GT, Grenada GT, Monaco R/T, Cordoba R/T, Bronco GT 350. Stinkin badge indeed!

  • 440
    Posted February 19, 2011 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    Actually,now that I think of it I would like a new Challenger R/T Classic with the 392 Hemi…
    I know what you are trying to say,but I like the R/T throughout the line-up,more choices ,especially the Charger R/T versions are awesome,like an old 60’s R/T can have them 20 different ways..And for people who need a suv/truck…minivan R/T is coming ,I think it is great !

    But the R/T just isnt on cars as it was back then,I still think there is nothing wrong with A Journey R/T,my only gripe is they should of upped the h.p to make the R/T a bit more special,besides,suspension,exhaust note,paint,wheels,interior is great what they have done.

    I actually owned a 1980 Aspen R/T 318..took the lean burn off,put 360 heads,4bbl & ld 340 intake,put 3.21 rear axle from a wrecked Volare police car,and it was all stock parts,engine not redone and it ran 14.70’s screeching the tires off the line ,good enough for a 16 year old in 1990,blowing away new 5.0 Stangs and Camaro’s I was saving my 68 Charger R/T (still have today)for a weekend cruiser,thank God I did..I totalled that Aspen !! I have loads of toothpicks for the rest of my life,since I plowed through enough tree’s to make an environmentalist cry !!

  • moparman
    Posted February 19, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    YIKES!, yeah, good thing you saved the charger. That would have sucked. Hopefully you didn’t get hurt in that wreck.

  • 440
    Posted February 20, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    I only had a cracked rib,was stiff & sore for a long while,no scratches only minor bruises on chest but if you would of seen the Aspen..practically nothing was left of the car,and I used to buy beat up wrecks for parts ..not this one went straight to be a new fridge .
    Yeah,glad my I didnt take the Charger out that night,sure taught me a lesson and was extremely careful with my Charger afterwords.. I used to really drive it hard,fast top end speeds (that stopped no need or feelings to bury the odometer) used to street race on weekends,that stopped that,still went but as a spectator..Still like to roast the tires and go sideways and love the second gear chirp ect,but sure am extremely careful nowadays..I know I was very lucky,and also looking back very stupid,always think of that when I see a young guy in a accident these days,I was there,done that,dont ever want to repeat it.

    About the R/T badge,I think Dodge uses it on most models because when people see R/T they know its something special,I have some Mopar buddies that agree,R/T should just be the top of the top,and not on vans,suv’s.. guess we have no choice on what they do,I am just glad we have decent vehicles again today..Challenger/Charger/300/Ram trucks..Viper when it comes back..

  • MajikTom
    Posted March 3, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    So I ordered a 2011 Journey R/T and requested “I want everything in it”. The sales rep showed me a car in the showroom and stated, “This one is fully loaded, I can order one just like this for you.” I figured, ok if this one has everything, then go ahead and write it up.

    When I went to pick up the car, it didn’t have the phone button (hence the Uconnect Bluetooth) to sync to my phone. It didn’t have the fold up child booster either. So I didn’t accept delivery and the dealer scrambled to find a vehicle with “Every available option”. They could not fine a single car in any color in North America that had “Every single available option”.

    They offered me a compromise; I take this car and they install thePhone Button, cable, Bluetooth upgrade and change out the second row seats as soon as they get the parts. I had them jot this down on the bill of sale and confirmed with them that these were the only two options the car was missing.

    Going through the “2011 Dodge Journey Owner’s Manula” (DVD version), there were some settings which don’t appear on my computer, such as “Memory Linked to FOB”, “Fuel Saver Display in CLuster”, and “Tilt Mirrors In Reverse”.

    So I spent about 6 hours calling all over the place to find out if these features should be in the Dodge Journey. The Dealer, Chrysler Canada, Uconnect technical assistance, Dodge Customer Service, Chrysler USA, nor the Uconnect website can confirm if these features are available on the Journey. (By the way, if you call Customer service, the voice prompt asks for the “4 digit Model Year of your vehicle”. Enter 2010 because 2011 will just take you around in an endless loop.)

    I must have spoken to about 8 different people and the conclusion I get is that there is no way to find out if your vehicle is supposed to have any of the options stated in the Manual.

    Sure there is a disclaimer that states that some options may or may not be installed on your vehicle, but if you buy a car “With every available option”, you would expect everything in the manual is on your car right? It would seem that even if the Manual is printed for a specific Model, some options in the Manual may in fact not be available at all.

    The moral to this story is do more than your fair share of your homework. Figure out exactly everything you want in your vehicle and make sure they put it in the bill of sale. When picking up your vehicle, bring a laptop, load up the CD, check every single little detail to make sure you have everything you requested. If there is missing but one item, do not drive the car off the lot.

    In hind sight, we went to Nissan, and when you buy a car from Nissan, not only do they guarantee you have every single option (which Dodge/Chrysler will not do), they go over each and every option with you in a physical inspection of the vehicle before they even write up the bill of sale for that physical vehicle so that you have everything you want.

    So needless to say, we did not get the vehicle we wanted, and we are stuck with it for at least a couple years until we can sell it for as minimal a loss as possible.

    We wanted seat memory and my wife made me swear that we would get a car with tilting mirrors when you put it in reverse, unfortunately, even though it is in the manual, no one at the Dealer, Dodge nor Chrysler can confirm if this feature even exists.

    No, I woul dnever get a Dodge/Chrysler product again.

    Other than that, the vehicle is not bad. I will likely be posting more at a later time, but the purchasing experience and Customer Service aspect of this car is a total fail.

  • MajikTom
    Posted March 3, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Oh and by the way, the R/T we got has a very different Front grill/bumper than the one pictured above. The picture above has what looks like a nicer bumper. So if you are expecting a certain look, bring pictures and compare what you’re about to drive off the lot so you aren’t surprised later.

    Again, when you go to Nissan, all these details of the sales experience are scrutinized, Dodge doesn’t seem to care and in fact seems to hide these details from the consumer. You really don’t know what you are getting until you go over the vehicle with a fine tooth comb.

  • MajikTom
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Ok, so a few days to take the vehicle through the ringer and here are some preliminary observations:

    The Good:
    Performance is very good, in fact better than I was expecting. It out accelerates quite a few SUVs out there and all crossovers I ran against. Cornering is surprisingly smooth and the sway bars work very well. I would prefer a little more tightness in the rear, thus a bit more oversteer, but the average driver will still get a thrill.
    The Player read my SDcard, my USB stick and allowed me to choose which one to read. The browser is ok, but there should be more intelligence here. The Alpine sound system is ok (audiophile-wise).
    Remote start has loads of range, not sure what someone else said here, but I started it from more than 100 yards away; how much more range do you need?

    The Bad:
    No one knows if there is a real iPOD connector available, but it is in the Charger with the exact same uConnect 8.4N with Bluetooth. Chrysler is clueless if you are able to connect an iPOD directly in the Journey, and isn’t even sure which adapter is required. There is however an analogue mini8 jack, but that’s bogus.
    The radio doesn’t always display the album art. Can’t figure that one out. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t. I checked all the folders have all the jpg files, but seems it doesn’t always figure out the art is there. Chrysler has no help in this regard, so you’re on your own with uConnect except to help sync your phone. There is no other support available in the world it seems.

    The Ugly:
    Fuel economy is nowhere near advertised. I reset a few times and drove very gingerly, but couldn’t get better than 17l/100km in the city. (13.6mpg) (Very poor, total fail)
    Hey isn’t there laws governing this? Chrysler, you better retract your fuel economy stats before someone sues you.

    More detailed review to come…

  • mary
    Posted July 27, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    i just want to know what R/T means for Dodge cars.. im getting alot if answerssaying its Road/Track and that it means Roadand Transit.. can u please help me….

    Posted July 28, 2011 at 3:36 am | Permalink

    Mary, it is Road and Track.  I have some old car books from the 60’s and 70’s and that is what is says.

  • Eric
    Posted July 28, 2011 at 5:36 am | Permalink


    R/T did mean Road and Track.  The original R/T cars were essentially factory built, street legal race cars.   Today, the emphasis is apparently geared more toward the “Road” part, even on the Charger and Challenger.  
    Sorry, but my response to whoever said, “Get over it” is that no, I will not get over it.  I happen to be a great believer in history and lineage.  With only a scant few exceptions, the majority of the so-called “R/T” vehicles made today are not worthy of the moniker.  Those of you who disagree can rationalize to the contrary all you want. 
    Not sure exactly what R/T means today.  Apparently it stands for a handling and appearance package, which in my book is about the same as “putting lipstick on a pig.”

  • Neil
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    My 2010 Journey is the first Dodge owned since the ’60s (we’re Chevy fans).  For it’s price and available options, we’re happy.  Yet the Owner’s Manual (DVD, CD, or whatever) is a huge DISAPPOINTMENT!  Sorry for sounding old fashion but the “piece of crap info” provided (owner’s manual?) is a joke and nothing more than a promo for it’s features!  GM used to have a booklet called an Owner’s Manual which covered every aspect of your new vehicle.  Dodge’s version is no version at all.  Try and find “resetting your oil life” or for that matter, anything functional!  It’s a shame that cost savings neglected “the bible of your car”…a real owner’s manual! 

  • Mary
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    You can print out an owners manual if you really want old school provisions. 

  • Mary
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    You can connect your IPod in the Journey.  My two daughters do this all the time – we hear them coming several blocks away.  They use a standard IPod adapter.

    • Posted May 27, 2012 at 5:13 am | Permalink

      Mr. Diaz,I am writing as a csteomur/user of Dodge Trucks. I am not pleased with what I see going on. Here are some of the big issues that I see:1. The website.It has not been update significantly in almost a year. I could care less about building a 09 HD truck. They are largely not available anymore and out of production. The 2010 HD info has not been changed since the auto show almost a year ago. At this point I should be able to build a 2010 HD truck on the website and get detailed info on specs and price. The preliminary specs from the auto show are unacceptable. Your competitors websites have what is needed, why don’t you?2. Inventory.Simply put there isn’t any. The 09’s are largely gone and the 2010’s are no where to be found. GM and Ford don’t have this trouble, why does Dodge? There is nothing to look at the local dodge dealers, and your website is not giving me anything either. Is Dodge in business or what?3. 3500 HD single wheel regular cab.Both Ford and GM make this truck, why don’t you? Why is it every time I buy a dodge I have to get a 2500 regular cab and add springs to it? Are you serious about the HD market or not? We in this market need heavy front and rear springs, a class 5 receiver hitch, up fitter switches, and built in brake controllers as a starting point. Why is this so difficult to build? GM and Ford get it. You are making being a Dodge user/owner very frustrating.4.Dodge Durango:Either build it or get it off your website, simple as that. I can’t understand why you would tool up a new model and pull it after a few months. Get your act together!

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