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2017 Dodge Journey Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2017 Dodge Journey was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 6.4

The 2017 Dodge Journey’s overall performance is a mixed bag with a disappointing base engine that has too little power and operates noisily. An optional V6 engine is more capable. The Journey has a poised and calm ride quality, though there is a split opinion among critics on its driving and handling dynamics.

  • "Overall, the Journey feels heavier than many other crossovers and doesn't inspire much driver confidence." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2016)
  • “Big enough to be useful yet not too big to be unmanageable, the Journey should strike many families as perfectly sized. If you want to spruce up the Journey's performance, the R/T model's more responsive suspension and powerful standard V6 make shuttling the kids to school quite enjoyable." -- AutoTrader (2015)

Acceleration and Power

The 2017 Journey comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 173 horsepower and a four-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive and a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 283 horsepower, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, are optional.

According to the EPA, the Journey gets 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway with its base engine – about average for the class. The optional V6 knocks fuel efficiency down to 17 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway, and choosing all-wheel drive on top of that leaves you at 16/24 mpg city/highway.

The base engine in the Journey is weak on power and acceleration, though it could be enough if it’s just carrying two people. Along with an inefficient and outdated transmission, the engine is loud at speed. The available V6 engine provides more useful power and gets fuel economy estimates similar to the base engine.

  • "Its advancing age is most apparent in the engine bay, where the Journey's base engine is getting on in years and lacks the efficiency, refinement and oomph of its more modern counterparts. It also comes paired with an outdated four-speed automatic transmission; smooth-shifting six-speed automatics are now the norm." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2016)
  • "Demerits? Just two, really, though we admit that they're pretty significant. First, 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

The Journey offers a stable ride quality and remains comfortable and smooth over uneven terrain. Some test drivers think the Journey has agile handling through turns, though others say it rolls too much and has unresponsive steering.

  • "Around town, the Journey rides smoothly over rough pavement and bumps. However, the steering is on the slow side, and you might find yourself having to make more hand movements than you'd like. When driven harder through turns, the Journey's body leans noticeably." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2016)
  • "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)

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