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2019 Dodge Journey Review

The 2019 Dodge Journey brings up the rear in our midsize SUV rankings. It's doomed by low safety and predicted reliability ratings, poor performance, and a dated cabin.

Pros & Cons

  • Intuitive infotainment system
  • Affordable price
  • Leisurely acceleration with base engine
  • Ponderous handling
  • Few available safety features
  • Subpar predicted reliability rating

Rankings & Research

The 2019 Dodge Journey's #23 ranking is based on its score within the Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Dodge Journey has a score of 5.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 57 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

5.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 5.3
Performance: 4.8
Interior: 6.5
Safety: 8.2
Reliability:
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Is the Dodge Journey a Good SUV?

By most measures, no, the Dodge Journey is not a good midsize SUV. Its base engine is weak, though the optional V6 improves things somewhat. There's also little excitement from behind the wheel, due to dull handling and some ponderous body lean around corners. The Journey is short on cargo volume and third-row space. Additionally, it receives an awful predicted reliability rating.

This bottom-feeder offers a few redeeming qualities: It features a user-friendly infotainment system, a smooth ride, and one of the lowest price tags in the class.

Should I Buy the Dodge Journey?

The Dodge Journey is the most affordable model in the class, but even that isn't a good reason to buy it. You'd do well to consider the Kia Sorento or Hyundai Santa Fe instead. They're around $2,500 and $3,000 more expensive than the base Journey, but they're more affordable than most rivals. These SUVs rank well in the class, as they offer plenty of standard safety and infotainment features, more cargo room than the Journey, and above-average predicted reliability ratings.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Dodge Journey?

The current generation of the Dodge Journey launched for the 2009 model year. Dodge refreshed the Journey for 2011, retuning the suspension, adding a new V6 engine, and updating the interior materials. There have been minimal changes since then, save for third-row seating becoming standard for the 2018 model year. For 2019, Dodge discontinued the SXT trim and made the V6 engine available with the base Journey SE. You might consider getting an older model, which could save you money while still getting nearly the same SUV.

To research some other models in this generation, check out our reviews of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Dodge Journey. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 57 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about the Dodge Journey in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 57 automotive sources. This Dodge Journey review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which spans the 2009 through 2019 model years.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve been reviewing cars since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive experience. We also award the Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands on an annual basis. To ensure our impartiality, a third party handles our advertising, and we don't accept expensive gifts from automakers.

How Much Does the Dodge Journey Cost?

The entry-level Dodge Journey SE has a retail price of $23,245. It's the most affordable midsize SUV on the new-car market. The midrange Crossroad trim starts at $28,345, and the top-level GT trim with all-wheel drive comes in at $35,545, which is less than the starting price of rivals like the Buick Enclave.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Dodge dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Dodge deals page.

Dodge Journey Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Dodge Journey or Ford Edge?

The Ford Edge is a good midsize SUV. It lacks the third-row seating offered by the Journey – consider the Ford Explorer for that. Still, the Edge is the better choice in most other respects. Compared to the Journey, the Edge has two potent engine options, a more composed ride, and a larger cargo hold. It also has more standard and available safety features, as well as available smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Ford’s starting price is roughly $7,000 higher than that of the Journey. However, we recommend picking the Ford if it’s in your budget.  

Which Is Better: Dodge Journey or Honda CR-V?

Since the Honda CR-V is a compact SUV, you might expect it to be smaller than the Journey. And while the CR-V lacks a third row of seats, it actually has more legroom in the first and second rows than the Journey. The CR-V provides a serene ride and has more room for cargo and a longer list of available features than the Journey. Its optional turbocharged engine feels more capable too. Go with the Honda.

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Dodge Journey Interior

How Many People Does the Dodge Journey Seat?

The 2019 Dodge Journey seats seven people on standard cloth upholstery. Upgrades include leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. A heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel is also available.

The first two rows of seats are comfortable and spacious, and the second-row seats slide to allow easy access to the third row. Space back there is pretty tight though.

Journey and Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors on the second-row seats. The second-row middle seat has a third tether anchor and a single lower anchor, and it can borrow a lower anchor from the rear seat behind the front passenger. The tether anchors are hard to find and can easily be confused for other hardware.

Journey Interior Quality

Despite its age, the Journey has a nice cabin with some soft-touch surfaces.

Journey Cargo Space

This Dodge has 10.7 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. Folding down the third row opens up 37 cubic feet, and folding down the second row unveils a maximum 67.6 cubic feet of space. Most midsize SUVs have more space, including the Dodge Durango.

Journey Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The base Dodge Journey SE features the Uconnect infotainment system with a 4.3-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, and a USB port. Available upgrades include a larger 8.4-inch touch screen, a navigation system, a rear-seat DVD player, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker Alpine stereo.

The Uconnect infotainment system found in the Journey is shared with other Dodge, Chrysler, and Jeep products. It draws praise for being one of the most user-friendly interfaces on the market. However, this SUV lacks smartphone connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Journey Performance

Journey Engine: Get the V6

Dodge offers two powertrains in the Journey. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine produces 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. An available 3.6-liter V6 engine puts out 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. This engine comes with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The base engine struggles to accelerate with any urgency, and it’s loud. The V6 engine has a little more punch, and it’s a must-have if your journeying includes transporting more than two people or any cargo. Even so, reviewers are divided on how capable the V6 feels in various driving situations.

Journey Mileage: Typical for the Class

The 2019 Journey gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway with the base engine. With the V6 engine, it returns 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway (16/24 with all-wheel drive). All those figures are about average for the class.

Journey Ride and Handling: Gentle, not Sprightly

The Journey delivers a gentle ride rather than a sporty one. Few road flaws make their way into the cabin, but handling is ponderous, and this heavy SUV leans a lot around corners. Front-wheel drive comes standard; AWD is optional.

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Journey Reliability

Is the Dodge Journey Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2019 Journey a poor predicted reliability rating of two out of five.

Journey Warranty

Dodge covers the Journey with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. These terms are shared by Dodge’s partners, Jeep and Chrysler.

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Journey Safety

Journey Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 Dodge Journey the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the lowest rating of Poor in the driver-side small overlap front test. The Journey also received a score of Poor for how well its headlights illuminate the road ahead.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Journey an overall rating of four out of five stars. Individual crash-test scores include four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in the side crash test.

Journey Safety Features

A rearview camera comes standard, and rear parking sensors are available. Most rivals offer more advanced safety features.

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Which Dodge Journey Is Right for Me?

Dodge offers the 2019 Journey in four trim levels: SE Value Package, SE, Crossroad, and GT. The SXT trim has been discontinued for the 2019 model year. A four-cylinder engine, a four-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive come standard. A V6 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and AWD are available.

If you're going to buy a Journey, it’s best to skip the sparsely equipped lower trims and jump up to at least the midlevel Crossroad. It’s the first trim available with some convenient tech features and driver aids, and it’s not as budget-busting as the high-end GT.

Dodge Journey SE Value Package

The 2019 Dodge Journey SE Value Package retails for $23,245. Standard features include a 4.3-inch touch screen, a six-speaker sound system, a USB port, cloth seats, dual-zone manual climate control, a rearview camera, push-button start, and proximity keyless entry. There are no notable optional features or available drivetrain upgrades.

Dodge Journey SE

With an MSRP of $23,895, the base Dodge Journey SE features tri-zone climate control, fog lights, and LED taillights. It's also your gateway to adding optional features, the V6 engine, or all-wheel drive.

The Connectivity Group package ($795) is available for the SE trim. It adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, satellite radio, and Bluetooth. The $895 Uconnect 8.4 Touch Screen Radio Group adds the larger infotainment system, rear parking sensors, and satellite radio.

Dodge Journey Crossroad

The Dodge Journey Crossroad has a base price of $28,345. It adds the contents of the Connectivity Group as standard. You’ll also get an 8.4-inch touch screen, a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, fog lights, and alloy wheels.

A navigation system, a 9-inch rear-seat DVD player, a six-speaker Alpine sound system, and ParkSense rear parking sensors are available.

Dodge Journey GT

The Dodge Journey GT retails for $33,645. It builds off the Crossroad with a standard V6 engine features and six-speed automatic, as well as a 115-volt outlet, the Alpine stereo, perforated leather upholstery, heated front seats, remote start, and larger alloy wheels. Many of the same options remain available.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Dodge dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Dodge deals page.

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The Final Call

The only adventure the 2019 Dodge Journey goes on is to the bottom of our midsize SUV rankings. It lacks the modern connectivity and safety features of its rivals, a tradeoff for what otherwise might be an enticingly low base price for the class. The Journey's powertrains are unimpressive, and this Dodge can feel bulky and unwieldy when cornering. Unless you're on the tightest of budgets for a new 3-row SUV, take a hard pass on the Journey.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • Not every new car has the latest technology and contemporary styling, and that includes the Dodge Journey. Too bad all-new vehicles with fresh designs and modern features can be expensive, especially three-row crossovers. … Despite an unspectacular interior and sloppy handling, the Dodge's configurable cabin and user-friendly infotainment are highlights. … Still, the Journey's dearth of driver assists and dull driving experience will entice only those looking for a bargain." -- Car and Driver
  • The 2019 Dodge Journey is a 7-seater SUV/crossover SUV that’s much less expensive than the usual rivals. … Admittedly, this engine is far from a hot-rodder’s dream, but such overall keen pricing might tempt a potential buyer to splash out on the 283-horsepower V6 and a few other useful extras like all-wheel drive, heated steering wheel, and the well-regarded Uconnect infotainment system that brings an 8.4-inch touch screen. Before going down that road, though, it should be noted that the Journey has been around since 2009 and therefore does not offer modern driver-assistance features. Nor are there many positive aspects to be found in its resale values." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • So although the Journey is a perfectly pleasant family vehicle you can likely get a good deal on, most other crossover SUVs will probably be more appealing." -- Autotrader (2017)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: October 4, 2019

Falling Sales: The Dodge Journey currently sits in the middle of the midsize SUV sales rankings. Dealerships have sold 19.2 percent fewer Journeys through the third quarter of this year relative to the same span in 2018. Even so, the class sales leading Jeep Grand Cherokee is outselling the Journey almost 3 to 1.

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