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2016 Dodge Journey Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2016 Dodge Journey was new.


Performance: 6.8

Critics report that the base engine in the 2016 Dodge Journey is noisy and weak. Most prefer the available V6 engine, though some argue that it also fails to impress. Many test drivers say the Journey’s handling is controlled, with good maneuverability, but some think it feels unbalanced around corners. The Journey offers below-average fuel economy for the class.

  • "Those accustomed to older, truck-based SUVs will be quite pleased with the way Dodge's Journey crossover SUV for 2016 rides and drives. A unit body and advanced suspension setup help the Journey return car-like driving characteristics similar to a tall-riding station wagon, which is essentially what the Journey is." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Along with this lack of power comes a disappointing driving experience." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Underneath, the Journey is related to the Dodge Avenger sedan, and it shares that car's soft, quiet ride on the highway." -- AutoTrader (2015)

Acceleration and Power

The 2016 Dodge Journey comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 173 horsepower and it's mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. A 283-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission is available. The Journey earns an EPA-estimated 19/26 mpg city/highway, which is among the worst ratings in the class.

The Journey’s base engine provides insufficient power and makes too much noise, according to test drivers. They note that the optional V6 engine provides more power, but they still consider it unremarkable. Both engines underwhelm reviewers when trying to pass at highway speeds, and the fuel economy also disappoints, due in part to the outdated four-speed transmission.

  • "Although we found the 173-horsepower 4-cylinder engine adequate with two people aboard, any additional bodies or cargo demands the Pentastar V6, which delivers an additional 100 horsepower and nearly the same fuel economy." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Even though there are two available engines, neither is exceptional. The standard four-cylinder comes paired to an archaic four-speed automatic transmission and doesn't get the kind of fuel economy we've come to expect from class-leading crossovers, and it is lackluster at best for providing passing power." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "… the base powertrain is a 2.4-liter inline-4 that generates unpleasant noises and lackluster acceleration, especially as it is paired with an unrefined, efficiency-sapping 4-speed automatic transmission." -- AutoTrader (2015)

Handling and Braking

Front-wheel drive is standard on the 2016 Journey, and all-wheel drive is available. Most test drivers agree that the Journey provides decent handling, although some feel that it can be unstable when cornering. They add that it provides a smooth, composed ride, even over bumpy roads. Some critics note that rival midsize SUVs offer more engaging performance.

  • "Confident on highway runs and surprisingly agile over narrow, twisting roads, the Journey is devoid of the bobbing and weaving one might experience in a truck-based SUV." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Journey's high driving position and angled steering column may bring school buses to mind. Fortunately, the Journey's dynamics are much better, as this car-based crossover has no trouble navigating rutted roads and tight streets." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "Driven around turns at a decent clip, the Journey suffers from quite a bit of body roll that saps driver confidence. All of our favorites in this class provide more engagement and stability." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Also part of the recent update were a number of chassis enhancements that equate to quicker transient responses and a more controlled ride." -- Left Lane News (2015)

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