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Grab the kids, load up on snacks, and enjoy the ride in your Chapman Dodge Journey as you take in Arizonas scenic high country before school starts.

From Flagstaff to Show Low, Payson to Pine, Arizona summer road trips mean escaping the brutal desert heat. And what better way than in the 2013 Dodge Journey, now with seating for seven and featuring optional integrated child booster seats.

“The Journey is a great entry point into the SUV crossover market,” says Scott Ogdie, Internet/Fleet Manager for Chapman Dodge in Scottsdale. “And with three rows of seating and ample storage compartments, there’s room for people and belongings. There’s even in-floor water-tight storage, for items such as water bottles.”

The Journey offers two engine choices: A 2.4L four-cylinder with 173 horsepower and a 3.6L V6 with 283hp. The base four-cylinder 2.4L engine will save some greenbacks but sacrifices power. You won’t be pulling a fifth-wheel with it, but for hauling people, it’s an economical choice. The V6 gets decent mileage (up to 17 cty/25 hwy) and also gets you up the hill to Flagstaff without much downshifting. If you’re going camping and hauling a trailer, it’s the way to go. The American Value Package, SE and SXT models come standard with the 4-cyl, while all other trim lines come standard with the 6-cyl.

If affordability is what Phoenix Dodge dealer customers are looking for, the Journey comes in five trim lines – the American Value Package, SE, SXT, Crew and R/T. All trim lines have the ability to add the third-row seat for an extra charge. The American Value Package Journey starts at $18,089, and comes standard with side curtain airbags, USB/iPod/iPhone integration, CD player, sound system w/touch screen and auxiliary audio jack, four 12V power outlets, ABS braking system, keyless ignition/entry, 17-inch steel wheels, and manual dual climate controls. This model comes standard with seating for five: Adding the third row bumps the price up slightly (less than $1K) and reduces the rear cargo area. The SE adds tinted glass, roof rails and LED taillights.

The Journey SXT model adds satellite radio, cool front/rear detailing, cargo net, fog lamps and 17-inch alloy wheels. The Crew includes the V6, remote start, leather, heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, 115-volt power outlet, premium audio system, Bluetooth, heated leather steering wheel, 19-inch alloy wheels, and a front passenger seat that folds flat and features a hidden storage bin. The R/T adds a sport-tuned suspension, red-stitched, black leather seating, special 19-inch wheels and a monotone exterior paint treatment. Depending on the trim level chosen, options such as rear parking sensors and rearview camera, integrated second-row child booster seats, rear seat entertainment system and a navigation system also are available.

Now that you have your ride, where should you Journey to? Try these scenic drives through Arizona.

  • North rim of the Grand Canyon – start on State Route 67 at Jacob Lake and travel 30 miles to the entrance of Grand Canyon National Park North Rim. The actual rim is 14 miles south of the entrance. You’ll view Ponderosa pine, aspen, Douglas and white fir, and wildlife such as mule deer, wild turkey and perhaps even a California Condor. Closed in the winter, this route is open mid-May thru mid-October.
  • Coronado Trail Scenic Byway – your adventure starts on US 191 heading south out of Springerville. Starting in high-country grasslands featuring the Casa Malpais Indian Ruins, this route winds through conifer forests near Alpine and Hannigan Meadow down to the desert mining community of Morenci and the open pit mine located nearby.
  • Historic Route 66 – travel the “Mother Road” and experience the way travel by car used to be – a leisurely drive, not a “floor-it-til-you-get-there” race. Begin off of I-40 west of Williams, in the town of Ashfork. Take exit 146, which leads right to Route 66. From there, visit the Ashfork museum, and continue on to Seligman, where authentic Route 66 eateries, gift shops and motor courts will transport you back in time. The road continues to the Grand Canyon Caverns, the largest dry cavern system in the US.
  • Sky Island Scenic Byway – only in Arizona can you start in the cactus of the Sonoran Desert and end up in the cool pines of a winter ski resort in under 30 minutes. Start your adventure in Tucson by taking the Catalina Highway north. This road winds through the Santa Catalina mountain range, offering spectacular views and a great place to stop and picnic at Rose Canyon Lake. You can finish your drive in the town of Summerhaven, or continue on to the Mt. Lemmon Ski area, the southernmost downhill ski area in the continental US.