Heres the third and final chapter of our Journey up North, in which Redline Dodge correspondent Julie and her girl pals Sharon, Desi, and Elizabeth packed up their 2012 Dodge Journey and ventured north from metropolitan Detroit into glorious Michigan ski country.
The Journey might be the perfect vehicle for a vacation getaway like this one. First, theres the EPA V6 highway mileage of up to 25 mpg. Couple that with the standard 20.5-gallon fuel tank and the Journey has a range of over 500 milesmore than enough to make the five-hour trek from Detroit to Boyne Mountain without a fuel stop.
With a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel-drive, the Journey is ready and able for winter road conditions, while the roomy cargo area can handle luggage and sporting gear for four adult women. (Theres 39.7 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the second seat, while third-row seating is also available.) Then there are all the Journeys great comfort and connectivity features. Heres Julie to tell us more:
We couldnt keep our shopping conquests and all the fun we were having to ourselves, so we took advantage of the in-vehicle Uconnect phone capability to rub it in a little with the ladies back home. It was so easy to pair up our Bluetooth-enabled phone (even us non-tech savvy girls could figure it out) and make the hands free calls to our friends. Needless to say, they were probably not as enthused about this feature as we were!
Of course, we had to make a detour to the water to take in the gorgeous views of Little Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan before heading to our final weekend destination, Boyne Mountain.
Taking advantage of the in-seat storage, we could tuck our valuables safely out of sight while we were on the mountain. Elizabeths purse fit prefectly into the space. The Journey is full of these convenient and thoughtful features.
We took advantage of the beautiful sunny afternoon to get in our last few ski runs. By the end of the trip we were all tired and a little cranky, so a stop for a nice meal and a little bit of separation was in order. Thank goodness for the rear-seat DVD player with wireless head phones. The gals in the back seat were able to relax and watch a movie to pass the time.
Meanwhile, in the front seat I was able to cozy up to a book during the journey home. Even through the darkness, the front-passenger LED lighting let me read comfortably without distracting our driver, Elizabeth, who cranked up the tunes yet again during her turn behind the wheel. We arrived home late and exhausted from all of the weekends activities, but we sure were thankful we had the spacious and comfortable Journey for our travels!