2019 Dodge Journey

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in Midsize SUVs
2019 MODEL
$23,645 - $35,295 See Inventory Prices

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Detailed Review

The Journey was something of a sensation during its debut in 2009. And while the rest of the competition in 3-row SUV has moved on, the Dodge Journey has not. Granted, there are a few tweaks here and there in the last ten years, but 2019 shows a major overhaul is badly needed for it to stay in the game.

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Pros

Reasonably priced

Seven-seat capacity

User-friendly infotainment system

Smooth ride

Cons

Uninspiring engine

Under-par fuel economy

Low towing strength

Lacks modern safety features

What's New?

Dodge has made a few changes in its musty mid-sized Journey for the 2019 mode year. However, the line-up has been simplified by dropping the SXT trim while making third-row seat standard. Some of the added features include:

A new Destroyer gray color scheme

The base SE trim gets a few more features as standard

New front and rear bodywork for the GT trim



Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Dodge Journey SE

SE

power
283 hp @ 6350 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$23,645 - $28,045


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A) Starting at $23,645 MSRP (19 mpg/21/25 mpg) 173 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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4-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive TBD
SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $28,045 MSRP (16 mpg/19/24 mpg) 283 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive TBD

 2019 Dodge Journey Crossroad

Crossroad

power
283 hp @ 6350 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$28,095 - $31,595


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Crossroad 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A) Starting at $28,095 MSRP (19 mpg/21/25 mpg) 173 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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4-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive TBD
Crossroad 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $31,595 MSRP (16 mpg/19/24 mpg) 283 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive TBD

 2019 Dodge Journey GT

GT

power
283 hp @ 6350 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$33,395 - $35,295


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GT 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $33,395 MSRP (17 mpg/19/25 mpg) 283 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, flex-fuel (unleaded/E85)
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6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive TBD
GT 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $35,295 MSRP (16 mpg/19/24 mpg) 283 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive TBD

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial June 29, 2019

The Journey is certainly affordable. It certainly belongs to the bottom end of the price range with the base SE trim starting at $22,995. The Journey is the SUV that can get the job done, and not much else. Although, the 3.6L V6 is efficient and powerful. The price will give you a solid build and decent utility. as is expected with Dodge, but if you want real value for money you are much better off with any of its higher-priced competitors such as GMC Arcadia or Honda Pilot.

2019 Dodge Journey Features

Dodge offers the Journey in three trims and two engine options. The base SE is pretty basic and does not even have Bluetooth as a standard feature. Things don’t look too better with the CrossRoad trim that only has a few improvements and a few luxuries that you can get as standard in the base trim in any other vehicle in the class. It’s only the range-topping GT that gets you something truly high-end, plus leather seats and a standard V6.

Trims

SE

CrossRoad

GT

MSRP

$22,995

$28,095

$35,295

Features

Three-Row Seven-Passenger Seating.

Uconnect 3 with 8.4-inch Touchscreen,

a CD/DVD/MP3

Player and Sirius Satellite Radio.

3.6L Pentastar V6 Engine.

 

Over 500-Mile Highway Driving Range Per Tank.

Black Roof Rails.

Leather-Trimmed Seats with Sports Mesh Inserts and a Premium Soft Touch Leather-Trim Interior.

Uconnect 3 with 8.4-inch Touchscreen, a CD/DVD/MP3

 

Automatic Headlamps.

60/40 Split-Folding Second-Row Seats with Tilt and Slide.

10-Way Power Driver Seat.

Player and Sirius Satellite Radio.

Heated Front Seats and Heated Steering Wheel

High-Performance Suspension.

 

Air Conditioning with Dual-Zone Temperature Control.

   
 

Heated Power Exterior Mirrors.

   

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Buyers on a tight budget should be satisfied with the Journey SE equipped with Popular Equipment and Connectivity packages that gets you Bluetooth, rear-seat ventilation, and overhead storage.

If you truly want value for money, you may go with the top-trim GT it gets you Uconnect Infotainment system and a package for seating both the driver and the passengers. The Pentastar 3.6L V6 engine comes as standard with this trim and you will get the best Dodge has to offer for the Journey.

2019 Dodge Journey Engine

Not only is the 2019 Journey’s V6 option the preferred choice, it’s actually a well-respected unit that powers several Jeep/Dodge vehicles. It’s refined, fuel-efficient and has some useful muscle.-Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

If anything, the base in-line four is a joke. It has an output of just 173 horsepower, which is hilariously low even at the base SE price standards. The V6 is a much better replacement with a decent 283 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. It is the same you would find in other of its Chrysler cousins, such as the Jeep Cherokee and the 300C.

Models

Dodge Journey

GMC ACADIA SL

Kia Sorento SX

Volkswagen Tiguan S

MSRP

$35,295

$29,995

$39,990

$25,895

Engine

3.6L Pentastar V6

2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder

Gas engine

3.3L V6

2.0L inline 4- cylinder, 16V, turbocharged,TSI

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

8-speed Automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

283 hp

193 hp

290 hp

184 hp

Torque

260 lb-ft

188 lb-ft

252 lb-ft

221 lb-ft

Acceleration

The base 2.4-liter inline-4 engine is woefully slow and takes good 10.4 seconds to make 0-60 making it the slowest in the class. The car might slow down further if you take it for a ride filled with passenger and stuff. All is not lost though as the 3.6-liter V-6 feels strong but it takes 7.4 seconds to go from 0-60 which is still very slow when compared to most rivals with similar engines.

Overall, the Journey feels heavier than many other crossovers and doesn't inspire much driver confidence.- Edmunds

Models

Dodge Journey 

GMC ACADIA SL

Kia Sorento SX

Volkswagen Tiguan S

0-60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.0 sec

6.9 sec

8.5 sec

Quarter mile

15.5 sec

17.5 sec

15.8 sec

16.2 sec

Engine

3.6L

2.5L

3.3L

2.0L

Emission Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

8.4

7.7

8.0

7.4

Braking and Handling

There are not many good things to say about Journey’s ride and handling. It handles winding roads perfectly at low speeds although there is a lot of body lean around turns. Take it out on the highway and you will find it is difficult to keep in a straight line. Automatic transmission feels quick to upshift in most condition while too slow to downshifts on the steep surface.

The journey takes 129 feet to stop from 60-0 which is average for the class. The brakes feel firm even after repetitive use and the car nosedive a bit while hard braking.

According to Edmunds, The Journey is more of a highway hauler as it does not instill much confidence while cornering.-Edmunds

Model

Dodge Journey 

GMC ACADIA SL

Kia Sorento SX

Volkswagen Tiguan S

Brakes Front(in)

13.0

12.6

12.6

13.4

Brakes Rear (in)

12.9

12.4

12.0

11.8

Curb weight(lbs)

3818

3956

3704

3777

60-0 MPH (ft.)

129

126

130

134

With 129ft of stopping on the tarmac the Dodge Journey fares better than the Kia and the Volkswagen.

Towing Capacity

It seems like age has taken its toll on the Dodge Journey. An outdated 2.4-liter inline-4 engine is only good enough to tow 1000 pounds which is very unimpressive as all its competitors provide more towing capacity. Even with the V-6 engine, the maximum towing rate is limited to 2500 pound. The Sorento leads the competition with an impressive 5000-pound towing capacity.

Model

Dodge Journey

GMC ACADIA SL

Kia Sorento SX

Volkswagen Tiguan S

Capacity (lbs)

2500

3500 - 4000

5000

1500

Drive Train

AWD

FWD

AWD

AWD

Power Train

3.6L

2.5L

3.3L

2.0L

2019 Dodge Journey Fuel Economy

The Journey seems too far to compete with the best when it comes to fuel economy. It gets the worst EPA rating in the class with the base engine scoring 19 mpg city, 25 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined. Going for the V-6 engine, the performance drops further as it is rated at 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.

Model

Dodge Journey GT

GMC ACADIA SL

Kia Sorento SX

Volkswagen Tiguan S

Mpg city mpg

19

21

19

22

Mpg highway mpg

25

26

26

27

Mpg combined

21

23

22

24

2019 Dodge Journey Interior

The interior has been refurbished for the 2019 Dodge Journey. It gets improved cabin highlighted by soft-touch rich looking dashboard along with Dodge’s three-spoke corporate steering wheel. Seats are not that spacious as compared to others in the class. However, the first two rows are comfortable enough to hold adults while the third row boasts enough space for kids. The infotainment system is user-friendly but lacks Apple CarPlay or Android Auto support. The biggest negative of the Dodge Journey is the shrunken cargo space despite its big size.

In spite of some questionable construction, material quality is above average with soft touch points and solid switchgear.-Edmunds

Interior Seating and Comfort

The Dodge Journey is a highway hauler and your family will feel at ease during a long road-trip. The car keeps its control on wobbly pavements and even on the rough terrain. Cabin noise is minimal but the slow-reacting transmission gets noisy while climbing steep hills. Adjustable seats make up for the cramped legroom in the second row. Drivers seats also get a six-way power adjustment with manual recline. Seating feature includes:

  • Cloth or leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel

Model

Dodge Journey SE

GMC ACADIA SL

Kia Sorento SX

Volkswagen Tiguan S

Passenger capacity

7

7

7

7

Passenger Volume(ft cube)

123.7

143.8

38.6

123.9

Front (Head/Hip/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.8/53.8/57.5/40.8

40.3/55.7/59.4/41

39.5/56.7/59.1/44.1

39.6/56.9/57.0/40.2

Second (Head/Hip/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.9/54.4/56.9/36.1

55.7/32.9/58.7/39.7

55.7/32.9/58/57.8

39.1/56.2/55.9/36.5

Third (Head/Hip/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.7/40.0/43.5/23.4

37.2/42.9/54.3/31.1

41.4/31.7/47.2/52.8

33.8/41.0/47.8/27.9

Infotainment

Journey gets the same Uconnect touchscreen which other Dodge cars also have. The 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system which was optional earlier now come standard on the Crossroad and the GT while a 4.3-inch touchscreen is standard on the SE. Overall, the touchscreen is intuitive and easy to use but Dodge uses FCA’s older software which is easy to use. Infotainment feature includes:

  • USB Port
  • A six-speaker audio system
  • DVD Player
  • A 115-volt power outlet

Cargo Space

Cargo capacity is below average for a vehicle this size. The Journey has 10.7-cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 37-cubic feet behind the second row and 67.7-cubic feet overall. These figures put together a bleak future for the car as the rivals offer far better cargo capacity than the dodge. There are storage compartments under the seats and the front passenger seat folds down providing space for longer items.

The rear load floor is high, making it harder to lift and load heavy items. With all the seats folded down, maximum cargo capacity is average for a small crossover SUV.-Edmunds

Model

Dodge Journey SE

GMC ACADIA SL

Kia Sorento SX

Volkswagen Tiguan S

Behind 3nd Row(ft.cube)

10.7

12.8

11.3

12.0

With 3nd row folded (ft.cube)

37.0

41.7

38.0

33.0

With All Seats folded (ft.cube)

67.6

79

73.0

65.7

2019 Dodge Journey Exterior

It looks bland and nearly the same as it debuted back in 2009 and goes unnoticed on road. Size-wise, its 192.4-inches in length and exceeds most two-rows crossovers in the competition. Dodge designers have worked hard on its exterior with chrome-trimmed crosshair grille and aluminum-alloy wheel but the car still fails to impress.

Design and Styling

The base Journey looks pretty downscale with 17-inch steel alloy wheels and plastic hubcaps. Things get a little better in the CrossRoads as it gets alloy wheels, LED taillight, body colored exterior mirror and fog lamps. To get a more stylish look go for the GT which comes with 19-inch painted aluminum wheels, monochromatic treatment, and GT label. The Crossroad gives you a tougher look with faux skid plates, black aluminum wheels, and standard rail roof.

Model

Dodge Journey GT

GMC ACADIA SL

Kia Sorento SX

Volkswagen Tiguan S

curb weight(lbs)

4238

3956

3968

3777

Length(in)

192.4

193.6

189.0

185.1

Width(in)

72.2

75.4

74.4

72.4

Height(in)

66.6

66

66.5

66.3

Ground clearance(in)

7.3

7.20

7.3

7.9

Wheel base(in)

113.8

112.5

109.4

109.8

Track width(in) F/R

61.8/62.3

64.5/65.5

64.1/64.5

62.2/61.8

Wheels

Ride quality differs with the wheel size. A 17-inch wheel comes standard on the SE and SXT and offers a smooth ride quality. While the 19-inch wheel is optional on the SXT and comes standard on Crossroad and GT. The ride quality on the 19-inch setup feels bumpy on uneven roads.

Model

Dodge Journey GT

GMC ACADIA SL

Kia Sorento SX

Volkswagen Tiguan S

Size F/R (in.)

17*6.5/17*6.5

17*7.5/17*7.5

19*7.5/19*7.5

17*7/17*7

Quality

Steel

Aluminium

Aluminium

Aluminium

Wheel type

w/o Alloy

Alloy

Alloy

Alloy

2019 Dodge Journey Safety

The 2019 Dodge Journey GT is yet to be crash tested on the American soil, though last year's results seem promising. The 2018 variant passed NHTSA crash test rating with a 4-star score. On the other hand, IIHS marked the Journey as Good in their crash test. However, the driver side and Headlights were deemed Poor in the report.

Dodge didn't back the Journey with a lot of drivers assist features already active in the market like adaptive cruise control, forward collision, and blind spot monitoring.

Safety Features

  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Stability Control
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
  • 2 Front Headrests
  • 3 Rear Headrests
  • Dusk Sensing Headlamps
  • Auto Delay-Off Headlamps
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Traction Control
  • Ventilated Front Disc / Solid Rear Disc Brakes
  • Front, Rear, And Third Row Head Airbags

2019 Dodge Journey Competition

Dodge Journey Vs GMC Acadia

Dodge is definitely cheaper than the Acadia while a seven-seat is standard on both the car. However, I would stop here as there is not much to talk about the Journey. Acadia meanwhile proves its money worth with an extensive list of features. GMC comes standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission while the Dodge Journey SE is equipped with an outdated 4-speed automatic. Dodge is, however, a good car for the family on a tight budget although there are better options available.

Dodge Journey Vs Kia Sorento

There is no comparison here as the Sorento is one of the best midsize SUVs in the segment. If you are looking for a value-packed midsize SUV or a family-friend vehicle then this is the car to go. It is reasonably priced as well so you will not feel the pinch in your pocket. Pay $3,000 more for the Sorento and you get better fuel efficiency, towing capacity, cargo space and many more features.

Dodge Journey Vs Volkswagen Tiguan

VW Tiguan impresses with the acceleration and better fuel economy but the Journey has more cargo space and better towing capacity. Tiguan bests the Journey in terms of second and third-row seating comfort as it offers better leg room. However, its lone engine feels lethargic while you get to opt for a V-6 engine in the Journey which performs better. With $2,000 more the Tiguan base feels a bit high priced with the kind of offering that it boasts. Dodge Journey, despite lacking in some areas offers better value for money.

2019 Dodge Journey Final Verdict

Overall, the Dodge Journey comes out as a mildly practical mid-size SUV at best. It is great if you don’t have much cash to spare, no doubt about it. But with its low price comes so many trade-offs that you wonder if you should consider it at all. It has stiff competition from a number of superior vehicles in its class.

The GT trim will only get you so far. The V6 rules but with a wonky steering, it is difficult to control at high speeds. It doesn’t give you much confidence with safety either. We shall have to wait and see if any major overhauls followed up by next year, if at all.