The Journey is an old design that's not very space efficient, fuel efficient, or reliable. It is comfortable for people who fit in the first two rows and probably costs less than newer, better competitors.
The most impressive vehicle about the same size I've driven recently is the Kia Sorento, which is better than the Journey in just about every way. The upper trim levels are especially nice, with much of the look and feel of a far more expensive vehicle.
For maximum fuel economy in a seven-seat crossover, check out the Nissan Rogue. My main reservations with the Rogue involve its transmission: some people don't like how a CVT feels, and their reliability has been iffy (though shuddering is a much more common complaint than outright failure).
If you decide you need something larger than the above vehicles, the new Honda Pilot is excellent overall, though I wish its ride was a little steadier.