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2015 Dodge Journey Review

The 2015 Dodge Journey's underpowered base engine, poor reliability rating, and limited cargo space earn it a spot near the bottom of our midsize SUV rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Intuitive infotainment system
  • Underwhelming base engine
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Low reliability rating
  • Below-average cargo space for the class

Rankings & Research

The 2015 Dodge Journey ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Dodge Journey has a score of 7.1 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 45 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 8.4
Reliability:
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2015 Dodge Journey Overview

Is the 2015 Dodge Journey a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 Dodge Journey is an OK midsize SUV, but most of its classmates are better. Aside from its relatively low selling price and its user-friendly infotainment system, the Journey offers few benefits over its rivals. Most competing SUVs offer stronger engines, better gas mileage, more cargo room, and a higher reliability rating. Unless you are on an extremely tight budget, you're better off with another SUV.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 45 Dodge Journey reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Dodge Journey?

Based on listings for the 2015 Dodge Journey on our site, the average price is $16,000. Prices range from $11,900 to $21,000 and vary depending on the trim, mileage, location, condition, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 Dodge Journey Cost to Own?

The 2015 Dodge Journey’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs come to about $24,200, which is a little below average for the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Dodge Journey?

The Dodge Journey is one of the least expensive midsize SUVs you can buy – new or used. A 2019 Journey starts at $23,645, considerably more than the 2015 model’s average list price of $16,000. The 2019 model is the first Journey to offer the 283-horsepower V6 engine in other than the top trim levels. Also, the 2019 Journey comes standard with three rows, while the third row is an option in the 2015 model. Otherwise, the 2019 Journey offers few notable advantages over the 2015 Journey.

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Which Model Year of the Dodge Journey Is Best?

The 2015 Journey is part of a generation that launched for 2009 and includes and the 2019 Journey. Dodge refreshed the Journey for 2011 and other than some shuffling of trims, there have been few major changes to the Journey over the years. The 2018 model was the first with standard third-row seating, and for 2019, Dodge discontinued the SXT trim and made the V6 engine available with the base engine. If you’re committed to buying a used Journey, there are few reasons to select a more-recent model, other than getting a vehicle with fewer miles on it. However, if you can stretch your budget just a little, you'll find better options in the midsize SUV class.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Dodge Journey?

J.D. Power gives the 2015 Journey a reliability rating of two out of five, which is the worst rating possible.

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2015 Dodge Journey Recalls

As of this writing, the 2015 Dodge Journey has six recalls. They address potential issues involving the inability to cancel cruise control, the accidental deployment of the driver’s air bag, the loss of power steering assist, the engine cover contacting the exhaust manifold, water entering the anti-lock braking system module, and an incorrectly labeled tire placard. Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Dodge Journey Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Dodge Journey comes in seven trims: AVP, SE, SXT, SXT Plus, Crossroad, Limited, and R/T. The base Journey AVP trim comes standard with a 173-horsepower four-cylinder engine, push-button start, and the Uconnect infotainment system with a 4.3-inch touch screen, six speakers, two 12-volt power outlets, and a USB port. The SE trim adds some minor cosmetic upgrades, and the SXT trim features an MP3 CD player and satellite radio.

While the three lower trims include a good amount of appealing technology, we recommend the Dodge Journey SXT Plus, as it has the best combination of features and value. It comes with a larger touch screen (8.4 inches), a fold-flat passenger seat with in-cushion storage, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat.

The Journey Crossroad trim mostly features cosmetic enhancements. The Journey Limited gets heated seats, a DVD player, Uconnect Voice Command with Bluetooth, and a 115-volt auxiliary power outlet. It also comes with the 283-horsepower V6 engine. The Journey R/T adds six premium speakers with a subwoofer and a 368-watt amplifier, as well as leather-trimmed seats that have perforated inserts with red accent stitching. Its sport-tuned suspension enhances the Journey’s handling.

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Certified Pre-Owned Dodge Journey Warranty

Dodge offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Dodge extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. There are restrictions related to mileage and models, so read the Dodge carefully.

Our analysis shows that Dodge’s CPO program isn’t as robust as those of many other affordable brands. Check out superior CPO programs from competitors like Chevrolet and Kia.

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How Safe Is the Journey?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Journey four out of five stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Journey the top rating of Good in four out of five crashworthiness tests. The Journey received the lowest rating of Poor in the small overlap front driver side test.

There are no standard driver assistance features in the Journey, but a rearview camera and rear parking sensors are available.

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2015 Dodge Journey Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Dodge Journey or 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe?

The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe, like the Journey, is available with two or three rows of seats. In either configuration, the Santa Fe is superior to the Journey. This Hyundai offers just about everything you could ask for from a midsize SUV. Its base engine delivers plenty of power for everyday use, while it's two available engines provide livelier acceleration. Both two- and three-row Santa Fe models have a good amount of cargo room and a user-friendly infotainment system. The Hyundai Santa Fe also boasts better crash test ratings and a better reliability rating than the Journey. Its ride can be a bit firm, but the Santa Fe is the one to choose.

Which Is Better: 2015 Dodge Journey or 2015 Dodge Durango?

You might think that two midsize SUVs made by the same brand would be very similar. That’s not the case with the 2015 Dodge Durango, which is a cut above its smaller and less capable sibling. With the Durango, you get a standard third-row seat, better safety scores, a higher reliability rating, and stronger engines. It comes with the same user-friendly infotainment system as the Journey (though its screen is slightly smaller), and its cabin is more upscale overall. However, you’ll have to decide if the Durango’s benefits are worth its price tag, as its average list price is nearly $11,500 more than the Journey’s.

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2015 Dodge Journey Performance

How Does the 2015 Dodge Journey Drive?

The 2015 Dodge Journey’s base powertrain consists of a 173-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a four-speed automatic transmission. The base engine is underpowered and noisy, while the transmission is unrefined. For better power delivery on the highway, look for a model that comes with the available 283-horsepower V6 engine, which is paired with a smoother-shifting six-speed automatic transmission.

This Dodge has a fairly cushioned ride over imperfect surfaces, and it handles well around corners, especially if you’re driving the sport-tuned R/T trim. Front-wheel drive is standard, and V6-powered models are available with all-wheel drive.

Does the 2015 Dodge Journey Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base 2015 Journey has some of the worst fuel economy estimates in the class, earning just 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Gas mileage with the available V6 engine drops to 17/25 mpg city/highway, and all-wheel-drive models shave another 1 mpg off those numbers.

2015 Dodge Journey Towing Capacity

The Journey can tow up to 2,500 pounds when properly equipped.

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2015 Dodge Journey Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Dodge Journey Seat?

The 2015 Dodge Journey seats five, and an available third row increases seating capacity to seven. Cloth upholstery and reclining second-row seats come standard. Available seating amenities include genuine leather upholstery, a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, tilting and sliding second-row seats, reclining third-row seats, and heated front seats. Second-row built-in child booster seats are also available.

The Journey has plenty of in-cabin storage space, and it's available with a fold-flat front passenger seat with a storage compartment beneath the cushion. The front seats are relatively comfortable and supportive, and the second row is adult-friendly. However, the third row feels cramped. It can accommodate a couple of small-sized children, at best.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Dodge Journey?

For installing child safety seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the second row's outboard seats and a tether connection with one lower anchor for the middle seat. There are no third-row LATCH connectors. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for its ease of use.

2015 Dodge Journey Features

The 2015 Dodge Journey comes with the Uconnect infotainment system, which features a 4.3-inch touch screen, six speakers, and a USB port. Heated mirrors, dual-zone manual climate control, and push-button start are also standard.

Available features include tri-zone automatic climate control, remote start, an 8.4-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, satellite radio, hands-free text messaging, navigation, and a rear-seat entertainment system with a 9-inch screen.

Dodge’s Uconnect infotainment system is one of the Journey’s best features. It includes a large, easily readable display with crisp graphics. The menu structure is straightforward and works similarly to that of a smartphone. Plus, the Journey includes physical buttons for adjusting audio and climate settings, making it easier to operate these features while keeping your eyes on the road.

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2015 Dodge Journey Dimensions

Dodge Journey Cargo Space

The two-row Dodge Journey has 39.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row. The three-row Journey has 10.7 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 37 cubic feet behind the second row, and a total cargo capacity of 67.6 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. These dimensions are smaller than what most midsize SUVs provide.

2015 Journey Length and Weight

The 2015 Journey is 16 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,818 to 4,238 pounds. The Journey’s gross vehicle weight rating ranges from 5,005 to 5,600 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Dodge Journey Built?

Dodge assembled the 2015 Journey in Mexico.

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