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2016 Dodge Journey Review

The 2016 Dodge Journey seems more affordable than most midsize SUVs, but a thirsty engine and a shaky expected reliability score cancel out much of its savings. Further dampening its appeal (and its standing in our rankings) are low safety ratings, an underpowered base engine, and a small cargo area.

Pros & Cons

  • Sleek, intuitive infotainment system
  • Versatile seating and cargo features
  • Low price for a midsize crossover
  • Poor safety and reliability scores
  • Weak base engine
  • Small cargo area for the class

Rankings & Research

The 2016 Dodge Journey's #16 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Dodge Journey has a score of 7.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 46 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 8.4
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2016 Dodge Journey Overview

Is the 2016 Dodge Journey a Good Used SUV?

Unless you need the absolute cheapest 3-row vehicle you can find, you should look elsewhere. The 2016 Journey is laden with black marks, like a low safety rating, an anemic base engine, and lower-than-average reliability – though a few interior perks attempt to offset these issues.

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How Much Is the 2016 Dodge Journey?

The Journey’s purchase price is its primary strength. Its average price tag of $17,900 is several thousand dollars less than most other used midsize SUVs. Overall, prices range from $14,000 to $22,000 (based on 2,200 listings for the 2016 Journey on our site). The exact price you’ll pay depends on the vehicle's mileage, condition, and trim level.

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How Much Does the 2016 Dodge Journey Cost to Own?

The 2016 Journey's five-year costs for gas, repairs, maintenance, and insurance are $24,300. That’s similar to what you'll spend if you own a Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, or Ford Flex.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Journey?

If you're set on buying a Journey, it's best to buy used. None of the faults that affect the 2016 Journey have been rectified for the 2018 model year. The new Journey still bears a history of subpar safety and reliability scores, uninspiring engines, and little cargo space. In fact, the only advantages of buying a 2018 Journey are its new car warranty and its standard third-row seats (only an option in the 2016 model). The fact that the MSRP for a base 2018 Journey ($22,495) is $4,600 more than the starting price of a 2016 Journey further solidifies the used model as the better buy.  

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You'll be hard-pressed to find a new SUV with more than five seats that costs less than a used Journey. That's because the Journey's price tag is one of the lowest among 3-row SUVs. One option is to step down to a smaller crossover SUV. These cost an extra $1,700 or so, but with the help of a cash back bonus or another new car deal, you might be able to get close to the 2016 Journey's average price. For example, the 2018 Honda HR-V, one of the least expensive 2-row SUVs you can buy new, will run you around $19,670 (before incentives).

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Dodge Journey?

Reliability is one of the 2016 Journey’s red flags. J.D. Power gave it a score of 2.5 out of five. That’s a below-average score for the industry, and one of the worst ratings in its class.

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2016 Dodge Journey Recalls

At the time of this writing, three recalls have been issued on the 2016 Journey. The largest recall addresses a problem with an engine sensor that may work intermittently, causing the engine to stall. Additional recalls relate to the transmission pump and a power steering hose. Not all of these recalls affect every 2016 Journey, but a quick VIN search can reveal which ones are relevant to the vehicle you are considering. Make sure that any applicable recalls are addressed before you buy.

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Which Model Year of the Dodge Journey Is Best?  

Dodge first launched the Journey for the 2009 model year, and the 2018 Journey is included in the same generation. The crossover underwent a major refresh for 2011, but little has been altered in recent years (beyond minor tweaks to the cosmetics and trim levels). Scores are also similar throughout the generation, though the 2014 model scored higher in reliability than any other Journey thus far. For this reason – and its considerably lower price – the 2014 Journey stands out as the best model year to buy.

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Which Used Dodge Journey Is Right for Me?

The Dodge Journey offers a range of options for shoppers. There are five trims to pick from: SE, SXT, Crossroad, Crossroad Plus, and R/T. You can also choose between seating for five or seven, two different engines, and front- or all-wheel drive. You'll find one of the best values with the Dodge Journey SXT. It comes standard with third-row seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and aluminum wheels, and it's available with the V6 engine and AWD.

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What Does Dodge's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

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 date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Dodge extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. Additional benefits are available, including a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, a CarFax vehicle history report, 24-hour towing and roadside assistance, and a car rental allowance. There are mileage and model restrictions, so read the Dodge warranty page carefully.

Dodge has one of the worst CPO warranties among affordable carmakers, according to our analysis. Kia, Hyundai, Chevy, Ford, Honda, and Mazda are all better.

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How Safe Is the Journey?

The 2016 Journey's safety rating is below average for the class. It earned the lowest rating, Poor, in the small overlap front crash test (which mimics the corner of your car hitting an object) administered by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS gave the Journey a Good rating for all other tests, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it four out of five stars overall, which is also below average for the class.

Additionally, the Journey doesn't come standard with any advanced safety features. A rearview camera is available, though many rivals offer one as standard. Some used Journeys may also come with rear parking sensors. In comparison, many competitors are available with advanced safety features that the Journey lacks completely, such as lane departure alert and automatic pre-collision braking.

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2016 Dodge Journey Versus the Competition

Unless price is your sole consideration, other vehicles will serve you better in the long run. For example, compact SUV rivals like the Nissan Rogue and Ford Escape may technically be a class below the Journey, but they offer similar features for the money and are almost as spacious. Midsize rivals like the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe cost more, but they are larger and offer better performance.

Which Is Better: 2016 Dodge Journey or 2016 Dodge Durango?

It would be appropriate to label the Journey a Dodge Durango Lite. Both are categorized as midsize SUVs, with the Durango boasting a standard third-row seat, better crash test scores, and more powerful engines. You'll pay thousands of dollars more for these gains, though.

Which Is Better: 2016 Dodge Journey or 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander?

A Mitsubishi Outlander costs about as much as a Journey, but it pulls ahead of the Dodge in one key area: safety. The IIHS named it a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ (its highest safety designation), and its available safety technology includes lane departure warning and forward collision avoidance.

Which Is Better: 2016 Dodge Journey or 2016 Nissan Rogue?

Though it's a compact SUV, the Nissan Rogue has more cargo space than the Journey. It also gets better fuel economy, has higher safety ratings, and is within spitting distance of the Journey's base price. You’ll get a more polished vehicle all-around, proving that you don't have to scrimp on refinement to save money.

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2016 Journey Performance

How Does the 2016 Dodge Journey Drive?

The Journey doesn't quite measure its zero-to-60-mph time with a sundial, but its four-cylinder engine delivers decidedly less power than most of its crossover rivals. It's paired with a four-speed automatic transmission (also trifling, as most competitors use at least a six-speed) that's slow from a stop. If you need to go anywhere quickly or want to take more than two people with you, the V6 engine is a worthwhile upgrade. While it's not the most impressive V6 in the class, the increase in performance is noticeable when climbing hills and passing on the highway, and your gas mileage won't be reduced by much. V6 models have a six-speed automatic.

This Dodge crossover's ride is quite nice, even over potholes and bumps. It leans heavily in corners, diminishing your confidence and comfort in higher-speed turns (on exit ramps, for instance). However, that's not unusual in these tall crossover vehicles, and the Journey's handling is still competent enough that it shouldn’t cause you undue stress.

Does the 2016 Dodge Journey Get Good Gas Mileage?

Unfortunately, the Journey's lackluster acceleration doesn't reward you with decent fuel economy: Its fuel rating of 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway is mediocre for a crossover this size.

2016 Dodge Journey Towing Capacity

You can't tow as much with a Journey as you can with many other midsize SUVs. Journey models equipped with a four-cylinder engine can tow up to 1,000 pounds, while V6-equipped Journeys can tow 2,500 pounds.

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2016 Journey Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Journey Seat?

The Journey's best assets are inside, where you'll find high-quality materials and flexible storage features and seating. The first two rows are comfortable for five adults, and it can accommodate two more children or smaller adults in the available third row.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Dodge Journey?

You can clip child safety seats into upper and lower anchors on any of the three seats in the second row. However, installing a car seat in the Journey using the LATCH hardware takes more time than you’d expect. The system’s faults earn it a Marginal rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for ease of use. Built-in booster seats are available for the second row, which is rare for the class. 

2016 Dodge Journey Features

The Journey comes with a 4.3-inch touch screen, and an extra-large 8.4-inch touch screen is available in higher trims. The larger screen comes with Dodge's Uconnect infotainment system, which is one of the best setups on the market. It has an intuitive and smartphonelike layout, large text and icons, and a responsive screen. There are separate knobs for major settings like volume and temperature.

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2016 Dodge Journey Dimensions

Dodge Journey Cargo Space

There are plenty of storage bins around the cabin and under the floor, which is especially convenient given that the Journey's cargo area is one of the smallest among similarly sized SUVs. Two-row models have 39.6 cubic feet of space behind the seats, and 3-row models have only 10.7. Folding down all the seats nets almost 68 cubic feet of space in total.

Dodge Journey Length and Weight

The Journey is a 16-foot-long SUV. It weighs between 3,818 and 4,238 pounds, depending on how it's equipped.

Where Was the 2016 Dodge Journey Built?

Dodge built the 2016 Journey at its factory in Toluca, Mexico.

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