The Dodge Journey is ranked as one of the worst SUVs you can buy. It doesn’t hold a candle to the rest of the competition. Before it’s cheap price lures you in, learn why the Dodge Journey is a below-average option.
The Dodge Journey Can’t Keep Up With Other SUVs
The Dodge Journey starts around $23k, making it an attractive mid-sized SUV. However, for about $3k more, you would be much better off in the Kia Sorento. We’re just saying that if you need an SUV with three rows of seats, you can do much better!
With a weak fuel economy, the Dodge Journey isn’t great for taking trips in. It only gets up to 19 mpg in the city and up to 25 mpg on the highway. Ideally, it should get up to 30 mpg on the highway to compete with other mid-size SUVs.
Dodge Journey Performance
The Dodge Journey lacks power. It only comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 173 horsepower and 165 lb-ft of torque.
Don’t expect this amount of power to help you tow items for trips, because the Dodge Journey can only tow up to 1,000 lb.
The Kia Sorrento, however, can tow up to 5,000 lb, making it much more capable. If Kias were still laughable, we would make fun of the Dodge Journey for being weaker than one. However, the Kia Seltos, Telluride, Sorento, and more have turned things around.
Now getting back to the Dodge Journey after that Kia tangent, it’s worth mentioning the lack of pickup. The Dodge Journey takes a lengthy 8.8 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph.
This is slower than the competition. The Kia Sorento only takes 7.6 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph.
But on a positive note, the Dodge Journey is available in all-wheel drive, like it’s competitors. So it can handle snow and slippery conditions.
Dodge Journey Features
On another positive note, the Dodge Journey sports a quiet and comfortable ride. It’s equipped with a fully independent suspension and MacPherson struts to absorb impact.
It also has a trailer sway control feature to make towing your boat more comfortable. This makes us wish the Journey could pull more than 1,000 lb.
The interior doesn’t appear to have a luxurious feel, with bland plastic materials, but there is cargo space everywhere.
There is a drop-down storage bin in the floor along with a built-in cooler to keep your beverages ice cold.
While there is only 10.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, you can access up to 67.6 cubic feet of cargo space total.
Also, the Dodge Journey has a 9″ infotainment center in the second row to entertain the kiddos.
There are plenty of USB ports and outlets to keep every device charged. But while the Journey has Bluetooth connectivity, it does not have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
Unfortunately, the Dodge Journey falls behind on standard safety tech. It has a brake assist feature to help you stop once it senses you slamming on the brakes instead of forward collision prevention.
It also doesn’t have lane departure assistance or blind-spot monitoring. At least it has side airbags and roll mitigation.