Every now and then automakers introduce their newest models to the car-covering media by inviting journalists to attend a sneak peek preview to learn about the hot-off-the-line vehicle in an up-close and personal fashion. They go over every fine detail about the car, from its exterior and interior design, to safety features, entertainment options and engine sizes.
By the time you are done with these presentations, you are so well-informed that you are ready to build the car yourself.
Well, not quite.
This week, the venue was Las Vegas and the vehicle was the 2009 Dodge Journey. It’s a crossover vehicle that looks more like a full-sized station wagon than it does an SUV. Chrysler calls is a “right-sized” crossover.
Following on the successful launch of the “Stow ‘N Go” storage system and the new “Swivel ‘N Go”family seats, Chrysler has continued the same basic naming theme in the new Journey. Positioned around the pool at the Four Seasons Las Vegas (a.k.a. the Mandalay Bay’s hidden hotel), we learned about all the cool nuisances of the Journey, including in-floor storage bins called “Flip ‘N Stow” and second row seats that “Tilt ‘N Slide” to allow easy entry into the optional third row of seats.
Kinda sounds like the Journey is part amusement ride, doesn’t it?.
And while we can’t say for sure that the Journey fits the bill as a true DogCar, we do know that the rear seats fold flat and the tailgate opens wide enough to be easily accessed by eager pups.