The 2019 Dodge Journey may not feature the most up-to-date technology and modern styling, but let's face it: newer vehicles with contemporary designs can be costly, especially when we're talking about three-row crossovers. Thankfully, that doesn't mean you have to miss out on affordability and practicality in this class of automobiles - The Journey is an outdated option sure enough, yet still a great alternative to pricier rivals!
Although the Dodge's interior may lack in grandeur and its handling is not stellar, its cabin can be configured in a variety of ways and it boasts an intuitive infotainment system. Though neither powertrain option is especially attractive, the V-6 version offers speedier performance compared to the four-cylinder engine, as well as impressive fuel efficiency. Unfortunately for those interested in this car, sparse driver assists and a lackluster driving experience will likely leave them wanting more than what it brings to table -- unless they're looking for a great bargain!
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The SE and Crossroad trims come with an underpowered four-cylinder engine and a short-shifting 4 speed automatic transmission that are best avoided. However, if you invest in the more powerful V6 option that comes with a 6-speed auto transmission, you will find its handling quite disappointing as it still cannot compete with other vehicles on the market when it comes to acceleration. Although this V6 offers enough power for everyday driving, one must push it hard to make sure of proper moving; add to this issue is its slow downshifts which render even duller results in real life performance.
Looking for a three-row crossover that is both fun and enjoyable to drive? You're not likely to find it in the Journey, with its ineffective transmission as well as plodding handling. Even we were unable to detect differences between our most recent test of the GT model, which should have had stiffer suspension than other trims, but instead fell short with excessive body roll and uncertain steering when cornering.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Neither of the Journey's two engine choices are fuel efficient. The four-cylinder engine has the worst EPA ratings among competitors with similar powertrains. The V-6 model with all-wheel drive that we tested did manage to outperform its EPA estimates in our real-world testing.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The Journey's lackluster safety report card reveals that it's not the best choice when it comes to sheltering your precious onboard cargo. Its crash-test results are not great, and—what's worse—it offers none of the advanced driver-assistance technology that is expected in other family haulers.
Is the Dodge Journey a reliable car?
Overall, Dodge ranks 3.5 out of 5 for reliability according to research performed by RepairPal, and that above average rating extends to the Dodge Journey—the Journey scored 4/5 for reliability!
What is the life expectancy of a Dodge Journey?
On average, the Dodge Journey can last for 150,000 to 200,000 miles, subject to regular maintenance. A couple of users even reported having 200,000+ miles on their Journeys. If you drive 15,000 miles every year, you may be able to get 10 to 15 years out of your Dodge Journey.
Why was the journey discontinued?
The Journey's discontinuation is part of Dodge's efforts to update and revitalize its lineup, focusing more on its iconic performance vehicles. However, if you are looking for a new Journey, don't worry – there are still plenty of 2020 models in stock.