2020 Dodge Journey

MSRP $23,495

Ranked #16 in Suv

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2020 Dodge Journey Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Back in 2009 when it launched, the Dodge Journey was the most affordable SUV in the states, and now the 2020 Journey is set to enter the 7-seater SUV arena with its low pricing to attract some buyers. At one point of time, the Journey was available in a plethora of trims and engine options like the V6, but now, it’s all washed down to just 2 trims and no engine choice, even the transmission and drivetrain options are limited. 

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Pros

Very budget-friendly

Roomy cabin

Cons list is bigger

Cons

Not at all fuel-efficient

Inline-4 engine feels sluggish

Dated interior design

Missing the V6 a bit too much

Poor safety features

Outdated infotainment system

What's New?

Now comes in only two trims

No more V6 engine available and 6-speed automatic transmission

AWD drivetrain no longer available

Optional popular equipment group package


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23495

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

172 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

165 ft-lb. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

4 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.8/13 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

113.8 in.

length

192.4 in.

width

72.2 in.

height

66.6 in.

curb weight

3818 lbs.

ground clearance

7.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

123.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

67.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/21/25 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

SE Value$23,495 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Dodge Journey in Billet Clearcoat color
Billet Clearcoat

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

4.0

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

6.7

Exterior

7.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

8.0

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.0

Overall Rating


All this means is Dodge is trying to sell off the inventory and the SUV is going to be axed from the lineup. This bare-bones SUV is trying to woo customers by coming at a cheaper price. By the looks of its interior and driving dynamics, rivals like Kia Sorento, Volkswagen Tiguan, and Mitsubishi Outlander are all sure to make the journey rough for the 2020 Dodge Journey.

2020 Dodge Journey Front view
2020 Dodge Journey Rear view

4.0/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.7/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2020 Dodge Journey Features

4.0/10

Dodge cut down on the trims and engine options for 2020 Journey, which leaves us with just two trim levels, namely SE Value and Crossroad. The SE Value trim is ultimately basic, comes with features like steel wheels and a basic audio system. Surprisingly, the SUV does have a touch screen system but lacks Bluetooth or any other smartphone integration like Android Auto & Apple CarPlay. The top trim Crossroad thankfully is nicer and better with bigger touch screen and comfort features like the leather upholstery and power sunroof. The complete distribution of features across the two trims is given below.

Trim

SE Value

Crossroad

MSRP (FWD)

$23,675

$28,595

Key Features

Manually adjustable seats with cloth upholstery

In addition to or replaces Base trim features with:

 

17-inch steel wheels

19-inch aluminum wheels

 

6-speaker audio system

LED taillights

 

Power folding mirrors

Power sunroof

 

4.3-inch touch screen

Leather upholstery

 

Automatic headlights

8.4-inch touch screen with Bluetooth

Apart from the standard features, there are optional packages that make it much better than what it is, and they aren’t expensive either. The Popular Equipment package for $1,550 gets you 3-zone automatic climate control, a 6-way power driver seat with heating function, leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, etc. The same package on the Crossroad trim adds a 368-watt amplifier, 5-years of SiriusXM services, and a garage door opener.

Which Trim should you buy?

Dodge Journey falls in the budget segment, and if leather upholstery or power sunroof isn’t something you crave for then the SE Value trim is the best choice for almost everyone. You won’t get a better engine or AWD setup in the top trim, so no point in spending $5k extra just for better wheels and leather upholstery. The SE Value with the Popular Equipment package gets you everything you want in a basic SUV.

2020 Dodge Journey Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The 2020 Dodge Journey comes with a single-engine option- a 2.4L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4 with a measly power figure of 173 hp & 166 lb-ft of torque, and to the buyers’ horror, it’s been coupled with a 4-speed automatic gearbox. It is very much obvious after seeing these numbers that the performance aspect of this SUV is going to be weak as it accelerates very slowly compared to the rivals. 

What puzzled us is the omission of that V6 engine, this could have resurrected the otherwise dead performance of the Dodge Journey. Dodge stripped it off in every possible way and turned it into a basic people mover with no power tap. The vehicle comes in a standard FWD configuration with no option to upgrade to an AWD system. AWD drivetrain used to be available in the past though. The vehicle takes its own sweet time of 9.5 seconds to accelerate from 0-60MPH and covers a quarter-mile in 14.8 seconds.

Models

2020 Dodge Journey

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander

2020 Kia Sorento

MSRP

$23,675

$24,945

$24,895

$26,990

Engine 

2.4L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

2.4L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.4L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

4-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

CVT

6-speed automatic

Power 

173hp @ 6,000rpm

184hp @ 4,400rpm

166hp @ 6,000rpm

185hp @ 6,000rpm

Torque

166lb-ft @ 4,000rpm

221lb-ft @ 1,600rpm

162lb-ft @ 4,200rpm

178lb-ft @ 4,000rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

9.5

8.2

10.0

9.9

Quarter mile (sec)

14.8

16.3

15.0

17.2

Top Speed (MPH)

117

137

115

116

Most of the SUVs come with a 2.4L NA Inline-4 engine, and the power outputs are a mixed bag. The Mitsubishi Outlander has even lesser ponies to propel that mass of metal forward. The 2020 Tiguan is the only proper SUV in this group, thanks to the turbo engine. Though the horsepower difference isn’t night and day, the acceleration is. The 2020 Tiguan takes just 8.2 seconds to cover the 0-60MPH run, all the credit goes to the turbo 4-pot motor and that 8-speed automatic transmission. However, the SUV fails to cash in on it in the quarter-mile as it takes 16.3 seconds for the same.

How well does the 2020 Dodge Journey handle?

The 2020 Dodge Journey can be described as a slow or sloppy camel ride when it comes to handling characteristics. The steering response is light, and it doesn’t offer any feedback, we weren’t expecting it to be anyway. Driving the SUV on wide-open roads at moderate speeds is fine, but the moment you give it a quick nudge, it wobbles and leans a lot. The suspension setup is soft and provides plush ride quality. It soaks all the undulations nicely, and most of it doesn’t get translated inside the cabin. The Journey is meant for a calm and comfortable driving experience, and it does that pretty well.

Braking Performance

The 2020 Dodge Journey takes 129 feet to stop from 60 MPH, and that is quite an on-par result for this segment. Brakes on the Journey are one of its bright spots honestly, working with them is easy as they are light on the foot and can be controlled easily in any situation unless panic braking. As standard, you get 13-inch rotors at the front and 12.9-inch rotors at the back.

Under panic braking, the brakes become squishy, and the vehicle leaves the straight line more than often. Another quite expected behavior is the nosedive, which becomes problematic majorly in emergencies. Due to that soft suspension setup, nosedive is a daily scene if braked aggressively, but with a little anticipation and practice, these can be a great set of brakes to have.

Models

2020 Dodge Journey

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander

2020 Kia Sorento

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

13

13.4

11.6

12.6

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12.9

11.8

11.9

12.1

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3818

3757

3329

3810

60-0 MPH (feet)

129

124

118

125

With such performance, this Dodge SUV is doing fine along with most of its competition. The Japanese Outlander is performing rather well with just 118 feet of braking distance, which is quite good for an SUV. The lightweight construction on the Mitsubishi makes it all possible. Both Tiguan and Sorento also offer better performance as compared to that of Dodge as they take 124 and 125 feet respectively to reach a halt from 60 mph.

2020 Dodge Journey Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The 2020 Dodge Journey could have been a complete family solution if the fuel economy numbers were at least satisfactory. Sadly, the SUV gets the lowest fuel economy of 19 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway, resulting in a combined MPG of 21. This is the only time we are glad that we don’t have the optional V6 as it returned even lower economy on the previous year's SUV. With a large 20.5-gallon fuel tank on offer, it delivers an overall driving range of 512 miles on the highway.

Models

2020 Dodge Journey

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander

2020 Kia Sorento

MPG (City)

19

22

25

22

MPG (Highway)

25

29

30

29

MPG (Combined)

21

25

27

25

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

20.5

15.3

16.6

18.8

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

389.5/512.5/430.5

336.6/443.7/382.5

415/498/448.2

413.6/545.2/470

It's not the engine that’s at fault, and Mitsubishi is a living example of that, the same 2.4L engine returns the best-in-class economy, well the 500lbs light body could be the key here. Kia and Volkswagen both share the same economy, but what Kia has squeezed out of the naturally aspirated engine, it could have done much better if they strapped on a turbo. Dodge Journey has the least fuel economy in the lot, but the brand has put in a large 20.5-gallon fuel tank as a compromise. The 2020 Tiguan has the smallest tank in the lot, and that affects its driving range by quite a margin.

2020 Dodge Journey Interior

6.7/10

The 2020 Journey is a 7-seater SUV, and so the overall passenger space is ample. The dashboard design is simple and practical with some intelligent design touches for the switch layout. Moreover, the plastic panels are soft to touch and are of acceptable quality. The 8-inch touch screen on the top trim does elevate the overall tech side of things in this cabin. The front seats get cloth upholstery but are comfortable for longer slow-paced journeys and come with heating and a 6-way power adjustment for the driver. 

The second row has good headroom and legroom, but the A/C vents that are installed in the roof make the cabin feel a little cramped as the mechanicals eat up the roof space. Get the power sunroof, and you will further shrink the headroom. The third-row space is a similar story to most of the low-end SUVs, it's best left for kids. You can fit some teens in here, but then you will have to stretch the second row forward, compromising on their legroom. For a family of 4, this cabin is more than enough but anything more than that makes it awkward for everyone.

Models

2020 Dodge Journey

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander

2020 Kia Sorento

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

7

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.8/57.5/40.8

39.6/57/40.2

40.6/56.4/40.9

39.5/59.1/44.1

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.9/56.9/36.1

39.1/55.9/36.5

38.4/56/37.3

39.3/58/39.4

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.7/43.5/23.4

33.8/47.8/27.9

35.7/50.4/28.2

36.3/52.8/31.7

Cargo Capacity (cu ft)

10.7

12

10.3

11.3

All the SUVs come with 7 seat accommodation, but their interiors vary a lot. The Volkswagen Tiguan, being the European entry, has a modest yet classy feeling interior, and the seats are nicely contoured. The Mitsubishi Outlander has a little less wide seats on the second row, so having 3 back in there is a no-go. Kia Sorento has ample room in the second row, and seats are bolstered as well for optimum comfort. The cargo storing capacity of the Journey is not that great with just 10.7 cubic feet with all the seats up, but it is decently sized with the third row folded down at 37 cubic feet. The liftgate on the SUV opens up high and wide, and the load height is decent. Standout interior features include:

  • Leather/cloth upholstery
  • 6-way power driver seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2020 Journey gets a 4.3-inch touch screen display along with a 6-speaker sound system on the base trim. The top trim gets an 8.4-inch touch screen as standard, which was an option on the previous iterations. The smaller touch screen does take you back in time with that older software, but that works flawlessly without any nonsense. The bigger screen would have gotten your hopes high but get ready to be disappointed as it doesn’t get any kind of smartphone integration like Android Auto & Apple CarPlay. Well, some might say that you get what you pay for, but there are better systems on offer. Standout infotainment features include:

  • 4.3 inch / 8.4-inch touch screen
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • 368-watt amplifier (Optional)
  • 5 Years SiriusXM services (Optional)
  • DVD player
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Navigation (Optional)

2020 Dodge Journey Exterior

7.0/10

The 2020 Dodge Journey looks almost similar to the one launched in 2009. Well, it has got a refresh a few years ago, so there aren’t any noticeable changes for this year. The overall design language has a mix of family van and SUV. The base trim looks pretty bland with steel wheels and plastic hubcaps, but the Blacktop package makes things better with 17-inch alloy wheels and a blacked-out grille, headlights bezel, and wheels.

The Crossroad trim is the better-looking journey of the two; it gets LED taillights and body-colored mirrors. The overall design is still isn’t that bad and still has some strong SUV design elements like straight body lines and boxy body panels. Well, it's really due for a proper cosmetic refresh as this design is really losing its grip over aggressively designed rivals. The SUV has a curb weight of 3,818 lbs and stands 7.2 inches above the ground.

Models

2020 Dodge Journey

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander

2020 Kia Sorento

Curb Weight (lbs)

3818

3757

3329

3810

Length (inches)

192.4

185.1

184.8

189

Width (inches)

72.2

72.4

71.3

74.4

Height (inches)

66.6

66.3

67.3

66.3

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.2

7.9

8.5

7.3

Wheelbase (inches)

113.8

109.8

105.1

109.4

Dodge Journey is the longest SUV today in overall length and wheelbase. Kia Sorento has the widest overall body, making it a better place to be inside. Both Tiguan and Sorento have decent wheelbase, giving them a stable ride on the highways. When comparing the curb weight, the Journey is the heaviest, although by a margin of just 8 lbs and the Sorento stands close by with a curb weight of 3,810 lbs. Standout exterior features include:

  • Roof rails
  • Blacked out grille
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Black exterior accents
  • Fog lights
  • Sunroof

2020 Dodge Journey Safety

8.0/10

The Federal agency like the NHTSA has given the Journey 4-stars for overall safety, while it gets 5-stars for side crash tests, even the rollover rating is very good at 4-stars considering this SUVs wobbly nature. In the IIHS tests, the SUV did okay with a Poor rating on the front overlap test, but in the rest of the categories, it did well and got a Good rating. Dodge hasn’t fully bestowed their SUV with active safety features considering the 2020 standards, let's see what features do we have here. Standout safety features:

  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rearview camera
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags

2020 Dodge Journey Competition

8.0/10

2020 Dodge Journey vs 2020 Kia Sorento

There is no solid comparison between these two SUVs. The Sorento has a better interior, better power, and even comes with an option for the V6 engine. The fuel economy as well is better on the Kia. The infotainment system on the Sorento gets smartphone integration, while the Dodge is left hanging on just Bluetooth. If you want a feature-packed value for money SUV, then the Sorento is a solid option to wishlist.

2020 Dodge Journey vs 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

The 2020 Tiguan has everything better than the Dodge Journey. It accelerates much better and gets a turbocharged engine as standard. It even beats the Dodge SUV in standard cargo space, but with seats down, both are quite similar. The Tiguan features better build quality, and the safety features that come standard are much better. For $1,000 extra, you get a better interior and better performance. All in all, the best value-for-money package is the Volkswagen Tiguan.

2020 Dodge Journey vs 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander

In the base trims, both the SUVs are bare-bones, but the Outlander keeps getting better and better in the higher trims. It gets all the infotainment features a 2020 SUV needs and gets fairly luxurious if you spend more. What the Outlander lacks is the horsepower, but if your need doesn’t require a V6 power, then you might do fine. So, take it for a test spin and see if you can cope up with that engine.

2020 Dodge Journey Final Verdict

Well, the 2020 Dodge Journey is a practical SUV keeping ergonomics and economy in mind. It comes with really basic features, and after some mandatory options, it might seem like a good deal, and it is to an extent. However, the kind of features and performance rivals are offering should make you think at least twice. The 2020 Journey is fine for most people but again that lethargic performance doesn’t even aid fuel economy. There are better, fuel-efficient, and cozy alternatives available, so take a look at all the options before finalizing.

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