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Dodge's Description Of The Dodge Journey's Four-Speed Automatic Is So Sad

Photo Credit: Dodge, Art by Jason Torchinsky
Photo Credit: Dodge, Art by Jason Torchinsky

The Dodge Journey is the last of the crappy DaimlerChrysler-era cars in Fiat Chrysler’s lineup. It’s a vehicle that sells based on one fact: It seats seven and costs about as much as a pack of Juicy Fruit. And while I could tell you all about why history won’t look kindly upon the cheap SUV, I don’t need to make fun of the Journey today. Dodge has taken care of that on its website.

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Here’s what Dodge has up. Prepare to slowly shake your head:

Photo Credit: Dodge
Photo Credit: Dodge
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Yes, the base Dodge Journey comes with a four-speed automatic transmission. It’s something you might expect to see in a 1988 Dodge, but certainly not in a car built in 2018, when lots of cars come with eight, nine or 10-speed autos.

It’s such outdated tech that it appears Dodge can’t find absolutely anything positive to say about the gearbox, instead simply providing the definition of an automatic transmission in the description for the four-speed auto, writing:

The four-speed automatic transmission automatically changes gears so you don’t have to shift gears manually.

Truly an incredible contraption.

The reason why this is so sad is that automakers are notorious for finding something positive to say about their products. I mean, even the V6 Dodge Journey, which comes with an also-not-particularly-modern six-speed automatic has a more fluffy description, with Dodge writing:

The six-speed automatic transmission with AutoStick is equipped with a very low first gear, designed to enhance takeoffs from a stopped position.

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I’ll admit that there’s something honest about Dodge just straight up saying “Hey, it changes gears for you. That’s about it,” but boy, just the thought of a bunch of marketing folks sitting around a table trying to think of something, anything positive to put in the four-speed auto’s description is both funny and sad.

You know what else is sad? This:

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Photo Credit: Dodge
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The description of the Journey’s 2.4-liter engine says the fuel economy numbers apply to the rear-wheel drive model. But the Dodge Journey comes only in front-drive or all-wheel drive. Not rear-wheel drive.

We once wrote an article titled “Did You Know Dodge Still Makes The Journey?” because we were amazed that the vehicle—as technologically antiquated as it was—still remained on the market after all those years. That was in 2015. Three years later, we wrote two more articles about the Journey’s long teeth.

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But the Journey continues to trudge on, offering dirt-cheap transportation for seven, even shifting gears all on its own.

(h/t: Matt!)

Sr. Technical Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from auto engineers—email me. Cars: Willys CJ-2A ('48), Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94).

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I’d love to see a car ad piece that uses the Captain Obvious model of exposition for everything.

“This 2.4L DOHC 16V I4 engine with Dual VVT delivers up to 173 horsepower so that you don’t have to push the car yourself manually.”

“The powerful stereo head unit will automatically deliver electrical signals to the speakers to generate sound, so that you are no longer required to sing and hum manually.”

“The windshield wipers will engage at the touch of a switch, pushing the water off of your windshield glass automatically so you don’t have to sluice water off your car glass manually.”

Now THAT’S what I call automatic features!