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2017 Dodge Journey Review

The 2017 Dodge Journey has a low average list price, a smooth ride, and a user-friendly infotainment system. However, it ranks near the bottom of the midsize SUV class due to its poor predicted reliability rating, lackluster base engine, limited cargo space, and low safety scores.

Pros & Cons

  • Below-average list price
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Comfortable ride
  • Below-average cargo space
  • Low predicted reliability and safety ratings
  • Underpowered base engine

Rankings & Research

The 2017 Dodge Journey's #18 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Dodge Journey has a score of 7.1 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 50 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.0
Performance: 6.4
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 8.4
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2017 Dodge Journey Overview

Is the 2017 Dodge Journey a Good Used SUV?

Be good to yourself – don’t get the 2017 Dodge Journey. It has a comfortable ride, an easy-to-use infotainment system, and a lower average price than most other midsize SUVs. However, this is one Journey you won't want to take with open arms. It has an underpowered base engine, noticeable body roll in corners, and poor predicted reliability and safety ratings. It also has below-average cargo space for the class.

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To give you a complete overview of the 2017 Journey – and make your car-shopping experience easier – we analyzed 50 Dodge Journey reviews alongside reliability ratings, safety scores, and more.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our crew has more than 75 years of combined experience in the auto industry. To ensure our objectivity, we do not accept expensive gifts from carmakers, and an external company manages the ads on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Dodge Journey?

Based on roughly 3,200 listings for the 2017 Dodge Journey, prices range from roughly $15,000 and $22,300. The average list price for the Journey is $18,300. The price you pay depends on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Dodge Journey Cost to Own?

The 2017 Dodge Journey's five-year estimated costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are projected to be about $25,160 – or $5,030 per year. By comparison, five-year costs for the 2017 Kia Sorento and 2017 Dodge Durango are about $24,250 and $26,880, respectively.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Journey?

Unlike previous model years, the 2018 Dodge Journey comes standard with a third row of seats. Also, Dodge reduced the lineup to four trims for 2018. Other than that, the 2017 Journey is relatively similar and costs less than the 2018 model.

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You'll be hard pressed to find a comparable 2018 midsize SUV that costs nearly the same as the 2017 Dodge Journey. But don’t stop believing that you can do better than the Journey. If you're willing to pay a bit more, consider the 2018 Kia Sorento. Like the Journey, the Sorento features a user-friendly infotainment system and offers a comfortable ride. Beyond that, the Kia and the Journey are worlds apart. The Sorento has a higher fuel economy rating, more passenger room, and a little more overall cargo space. The Kia's cabin is also more upscale than the Journey's.

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Which Model Year of the Dodge Journey Is Best?

The 2017 Dodge Journey is part of a generation that debuted for the 2009 model year. Besides some trim level reshuffling through the years, the 2017 is relatively similar to older model years. After all these years, you can shop for models as far back as 2013 and get it almost any way you want it for a lower price. 

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Dodge Journey?

The 2017 Dodge Journey has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Dodge Journey Recalls

At the time of this writing, the 2017 Journey has one safety recall. The cruise control system may not be able to be cancelled, which could increase the risk of a crash. Make sure this recall is resolved before purchasing the Journey.

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Which Used Dodge Journey Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Dodge Journey comes in five trims: SE, SXT, Crossroad, Crossroad Plus, and the top-of-the-line GT. Since the base trim's features are scarce, we recommend the Crossroad Plus, which has leather bucket seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat, an 8.4-inch touch screen, voice command, Bluetooth, and satellite radio.

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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 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 Dodge Journey the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the lowest rating of Poor in the driver-side small overlap front crash test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Journey four out of five stars overall, along with four stars in frontal and rollover crash tests and five stars in the side crash test.

Available advanced safety features include a rearview camera and rear parking sensors.

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2017 Dodge Journey Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Dodge Journey or 2017 Kia Sorento?

The 2017 Kia Sorento is one of the highest-ranked midsize crossovers in the class. Unlike the Journey, it has top-notch predicted reliability, high safety scores, and an upscale cabin. Additionally, it has better gas mileage estimates and more overall passenger and cargo space than the Journey. Besides the Journey's lower average list price, there's really no reason to go on this Journey.

Which Is Better: 2017 Dodge Journey or 2017 Dodge Durango?

If you still want to stay in the Dodge family, the 2017 Dodge Durango also sits in the midsize SUV class. Though both vehicles have low predicted reliability, the Durango is the better SUV of the two. Inside, the Durango has a larger cargo bay and more passenger space. Performance-wise, the Durango has a powerful base engine and nimble handling – things you can't say about the Journey.

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2017 Journey Performance

How Does the 2017 Dodge Journey Drive?

The Journey has a comfortable ride, but it exhibits excessive body roll around corners. A sluggish 173-horsepower four-cylinder engine powers the 2017 Dodge Journey. However, some models come with a stronger 283-horsepower V6. The standard four-speed automatic transmission is outdated and unrefined. The V6 comes with a six-speed automatic that is slow to downshift. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

Does the 2017 Dodge Journey Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Dodge Journey delivers 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. With the V6 engine, efficiency drops to 17/25 mpg city/highway. The 2017 Kia Sorento delivers 21/28 mpg city/highway, and the 2017 Dodge Durango gets 19/26 mpg city/highway.

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2017 Journey Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Journey Seat?

The base 2-row 2017 Dodge Journey seats five. Some higher trims add a third row that increases capacity to seven. The first two rows are adult friendly, but only the young can fit in the optional third row. Cloth upholstery is standard, but some models come with leather upholstery and heated front seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Dodge Journey?

There are two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the 2017 Journey's second-row outboard seats. There’s also an upper tether and a right lower anchor on the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Journey the second-lowest rating of Marginal for its ease of use. Some upper tethers are hard to find and can be confused with other hardware. Also, some lower anchors are too deep in the seats and difficult to maneuver around.

2017 Dodge Journey Features

Standard features include a USB port, a 4.3-inch touch screen, and a six-speaker audio system. Some models come with voice command, Bluetooth, an 8.4-inch touch screen, a premium audio system, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

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2017 Dodge Journey Dimensions

Dodge Journey Cargo Space

The 2017 Dodge Journey has 10.7 cubic feet cargo space with the available third row in use. It has 37 cubic feet of space behind the second row (39.6 in 2-row models). With all rear seats folded down, the Journey has 67.6 cubic feet of space overall. These numbers are below average for the class. However, there is a good amount of small-item storage and an available fold-flat front passenger seat.

2017 Journey Length and Weight

The 2017 Journey is roughly 16 feet long, and its curb weight is between 3,800 to 4,240 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Dodge Journey Built?

The 2017 Dodge Journey was built in Toluca, Mexico.

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