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2013 Dodge Journey Review

Though it offers the only third-row seat in the class, most reviewers said the 2013 Dodge Journey’s base engine is underpowered, and it doesn’t come with as many standard features as rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Available seating for seven
  • Family-friendly available features
  • Sluggish base engine
  • Tough-to-use standard infotainment system

Rankings & Research

The 2013 Dodge Journey's #18 ranking is based on its score within the 2013 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Dodge Journey has a score of 7.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 38 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.3
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2013 Dodge Journey Overview

A four-cylinder engine and four-speed automatic transmission are standard in the 2013 Dodge Journey. A V6 engine paired with a six-speed automatic is available. Reviewers said the base powertrain is underpowered and most preferred the V6, which they said has ample power. With front-wheel drive and the standard powertrain, the 2013 Dodge Journey gets 19/26 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for the class. Reviewers generally said the Journey has composed handling and a comfortable ride.

The 2013 Dodge Journey can seat up to seven people with its available third row, which is rare for a small SUV. The Journey also has available features like built-in child booster seats, which help boost its family-friendly credibility. However, test drivers said that the third row is best left to children and complained that the base infotainment system can be tricky to use and has a small touch screen. Critics noted that space in the first two rows is fine for adults and that the available infotainment system with the larger touch-screen system works well. Standard features include a 4.3-inch touch-screen infotainment system with USB and auxiliary ports. Features like Bluetooth, a rear-seat entertainment system, leather upholstery, rear parking sensors, navigation, a rearview camera and an infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch screen are available. The Journey’s overall cargo space is typical for the class.

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Other SUVs to Consider

Reviewers said the 2013 Honda CR-V has the livability and practicality that most compact SUV buyers are looking for, and it has among the most overall cargo space in the class. It also comes standard with Bluetooth and a rearview camera, both of which are not standard in the Journey.

The Dodge Journey is large for a compact SUV and so is the 2013 GMC Terrain. The base Terrain gets better fuel economy than the base Journey does, and although it isn’t available with a third row, test drivers were pleased with its spacious, sliding rear seats, and it also has more standard features than the Journey.

Compare the Journey, CR-V and Terrain »

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