Dodge Journey had its best sales year in 2013, and Dodge will celebrate by launching a new trim line, the 2014 Dodge Journey Crossroad, at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.

Unique aspects of the Journey Crossroad are its front and rear fascias, side sills, and 19-inch black aluminum wheels, along with interior touches with new leather seats and “Liquid Graphite” appliqués.   It slots in between SXT and Limited, with a retail price of $25,990 including destination.

2014 dodge journey crossroad

Paints for the 2014 Dodge Journey Crossroad include black, silver metallic, white, Copperhead Pearl, Fathom Blue Pearl, Granite Crystal Metallic, Pearl White Tri-Coat, and Redline Red Pearl.

Inside, the car has standard black leather seats with sport mesh inserts and light gray accent stitching (the stitching is also used on the center armrest and door panels). A leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are standard. The Dodge Journey Crossroad comes with the class-exclusive 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen, a power front seat, and a front passenger fold-flat seat with a hidden storage bin under the seat cushion.

Second- and third-row seats fold flat to create 67.6 cu. ft. of cargo space. Second-row seats recline and have available class-exclusive integrated child booster seats. There are removable storage bins in the floor that can hold everything from muddy clothes to soda cans, or conceal valuables.

Dodge Journey Crossroad interior

The Journey Crossroad is powered by a standard 2.4-liter 16-valve DOHC four-cylinder engine that produces 173 horsepower and 166 lb.-ft. of torque, linked to a four-speed automatic transmission. This four-cylinder engine delivers 26 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway. The optional V6 produces  283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission; it provides up to 25 mpg, highway.

Dodge Journey Crossroad interior
Optional all wheel drive works on demand, driving only the front wheels to maximize fuel efficiency until power to the rear wheels is needed. All-wheel drive also is activated on dry pavement between speeds of 25 and 65 mph to enhance handling during performance driving; this is more readily accomplished with Journey’s electronically controlled coupling (ECC) than with viscous-coupling or gerotor systems that require some degree of front-to-rear slip before torque is transferred to the rear wheels. At speeds greater than 53 mph, the control strategy provides minimal torque to the rear wheels under normal driving conditions to provide better fuel economy.