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2018 Dodge Journey Review

A poor predicted reliability rating and unimpressive engines, combined with the higher safety scores and greater all-around appeal of rivals, leave the 2018 Dodge Journey near the bottom of the midsize SUV class.

Pros & Cons

  • Low ownership costs for the class
  • More affordable average purchase price than many rivals
  • Below-average cargo space
  • Subpar safety scores for the class
  • Poor predicted reliability rating
  • Uninspiring engines
  • Heavy body lean

Rankings & Research

The 2018 Dodge Journey ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Dodge Journey has a score of 6.9 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 57 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

6.9

Overall

Scorecard

Overall: 6.9
Critics' Rating: 6.9
Performance: 6.5
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 8.4
Reliability:
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Is the 2018 Dodge Journey a Good Used SUV?

The 2018 Dodge Journey is not a great midsize SUV. While it has a few appealing traits, its negatives outweigh its positives.

The 2018 Journey does have a few strengths:

  • Uconnect infotainment system is easy to use
  • Rides gently over most surfaces
  • Lower ownership costs than some class rivals

But it has several drawbacks:

  • Less cargo room than many rivals
  • Lower safety scores and fewer safety features than most rivals
  • Lowest possible predicted reliability rating
  • Excessive body lean makes this vehicle feel unwieldy at times
  • Lethargic engines
Why You Can Trust Us

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about this vehicle in our comprehensive Dodge Journey review. It combines concrete data (like predicted reliability ratings, crash test results, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 57 automotive sources.

We’ve been reviewing cars since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive experience. We also award the Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands on an annual basis. To ensure our impartiality, a third party handles our advertising, and we don't accept expensive gifts from automakers.

How Much Is the 2018 Dodge Journey?

Based on listings for the 2018 Dodge Journey on our site, the average price is $19,100, which is one of the least expensive averages in the class. Prices range from $16,700 to $22,900 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Dodge Journey Cost to Own?

The 2018 Journey’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $24,730, or $4,946 per year. That’s below average for the midsize SUV class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Journey?

Dodge made no major changes to Journey for 2019. Because of that, you could likely spend less money and get a virtually identical vehicle with a used 2018 model.

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Dodge redesigned the Journey for the 2009 model year, and this SUV hasn’t seen any major changes since 2011. Many of the updates since then have consisted of reshuffling trims. For example, Dodge cut the AVP and Limited trims for 2016 and introduced the Crossroad Plus. For 2017, the GT replaced the R/T, and for 2018, Dodge narrowed the lineup to four trim levels and made a third-row seat standard.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Journey?

The 2018 Journey has a poor predicted reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power. Two is the lowest rating a car can receive.

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2018 Dodge Journey Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are four recalls for the 2018 Journey.

  • Cruise control cannot be disabled in some models
  • The rearview camera may fail to display properly
  • Insufficient coating on some brake calipers can reduce braking ability
  • A voltage regulator may fail and cause the vehicle to stall

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Dodge Journey Trim Is Right for Me?

The Journey is available in four trim levels: SE, SXT, Crossroad, and GT. A four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive come standard in the three lower trims. A more capable V6 engine and all-wheel drive are available in every trim except the top-of-the-line GT, where they come standard.

The base Journey SE is sparsely equipped for a midsize SUV. Not even Bluetooth comes standard. The SXT doesn’t add much in the way of features. The Crossroad adds a larger infotainment screen and a little more interior versatility. In addition to the V6 engine and all-wheel drive mentioned above, the GT trim has a sport-tuned suspension and several of the comfort features available in the Crossroad trim.

The Crossroad is the best bet for most shoppers because it's the lowest trim available with several comfort, convenience, and active safety features. Just be aware that you'll need to shop for the specific features you want.

  • Dodge Journey SE: The entry-level Journey SE has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, a four-speed automatic transmission, the Uconnect infotainment system, a 4.3-inch touch screen, a USB port, a six-speaker stereo, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start. Available options include Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
  • Dodge Journey SXT: The Dodge Journey SXT adds no standard features to the SE’s equipment list, but you may find SXTs with features that weren't offered in the base trim, such as a power-adjustable driver’s seat and a fold-flat front passenger seat.
  • Dodge Journey Crossroad: The Dodge Journey Crossroad has an 8.4-inch touch screen, dual-zone automatic climate control, and all the options listed above. You may also find Crossroad models equipped with tri-zone automatic climate control, remote start, heated front seats, leather seats, a heated steering wheel, a navigation system, a rear-seat entertainment system with a 9-inch screen, a sunroof, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. When new, the Crossroad was the lowest trim to offer these options.
  • Dodge Journey GT: The Journey GT features a V6 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, a high-performance suspension, remote start, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a six-speaker premium stereo. Many of the same options from the Crossroad are available in the GT.

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

Fiat Chrysler – which owns 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 warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, many car manufacturers, such as Chevrolet and Subaru, have more robust CPO programs than the one offered by Dodge.

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How Safe Is the Journey?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this Dodge the highest rating of Good in four crash tests but the lowest rating of Poor in the driver-side small overlap front test and headlight outward visibility tests.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave this crossover a four-star overall rating, with four out of five stars in front crash and rollover tests and five stars in side crash tests.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • none

Available advanced safety features:

  • rear parking sensors
  • rearview camera

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2018 Dodge Journey Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Dodge Journey or 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe?

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe is a great midsize SUV. It’s available in two body types: the two-row Sport and the three-row Santa Fe. Both body styles have more cargo space than the Journey. The Santa Fe also has higher safety scores, a better predicted reliability rating, more standard features, and available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Its available engine options are energetic, and it has a more composed ride. The Hyundai is the superior choice.

Which Is Better: 2018 Dodge Journey or 2018 Kia Sorento?

The 2018 Kia Sorento is another great choice. It has an elegant cabin, good safety and predicted reliability ratings, strong engine options, and a coddling ride. The Sorento has more cargo space than the Dodge too. Compared to the Sorento, the Journey will save you around $3,000 on average, and it has standard third-row seating – an option in the Sorento. Still, if you have a little leeway in your budget, the Kia is the superior choice.

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2018 Journey Performance

How Does the 2018 Journey Drive?

The base engine struggles at highway speeds and when the Journey is loaded with passengers and cargo. It’s also noisy, and the four-speed automatic transmission makes poorly timed shifts. The V6 fares better, but not by much. Models equipped with the V6 engine still deliver sluggish acceleration.

This crossover SUV drives like a larger vehicle, with lots of body lean. It’s capable of handling winding roads, though, and its suspension does a good job smoothing over road flaws.

  • Base engine: 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque
  • Available engines: 3.6-liter V6 with 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard four-speed automatic; available six-speed automatic (with V6)
Does the 2018 Journey Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base four-cylinder engine returns typical fuel economy estimates for the class.

  • 2.4-liter: 19/25 mpg city/highway
  • 3.6-liter, FWD: 17/25 mpg
  • 3.6-liter, AWD: 16/24 mpg
2018 Dodge Journey Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the Journey can tow up to 2,500 pounds.

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2018 Journey Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Journey Seat?

The Journey seats seven people in three rows. The front seats are supportive and comfortable, and the second-row seats have ample head- and legroom for most adults. Space in the third row is tight; these seats are best left for kids. The cabin has an upscale look and feel, with lots of soft-touch surfaces.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth seats

Available seating features:

  • leather seats
  • heated front seats
  • power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • power-folding front passenger seat
  • heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Journey?

For securing child car seats, this SUV has two complete sets of LATCH connectors on the outboard second-row seats. There’s also a third tether anchor and a single lower anchor for the second row's rear middle seat, and another lower anchor can be borrowed from the second-row passenger-side seat. The whole setup received a second-worst Marginal rating for ease of use from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety because the tether anchors are hard to find and can be easily confused for other hardware.

2018 Dodge Journey Features

Prominent in any Fiat, Chrysler, Jeep, or Dodge vehicle, the Uconnect infotainment system draws praise for being exceptionally easy to use. The larger touch screen has crisp graphics and responds quickly to inputs. However, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are unavailable.

  • Standard infotainment features: Uconnect infotainment system with a 4.3-inch touch screen, a USB port, and a six-speaker stereo
  • Available infotainment features: an 8.4-inch touch screen, a navigation system, a rear-seat DVD player with a 9-inch screen, Bluetooth, and satellite radio
  • Additional standard features: push-button start and proximity keyless entry
  • Other available features: dual-zone automatic climate control, tri-zone automatic climate control, remote start, and a sunroof

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2018 Dodge Journey Dimensions

Dodge Journey Cargo Space

The Journey has 10.7 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, 37 cubic feet behind the second row, and 67.6 cubic feet behind the front row.

Most other midsize crossovers, such as the 2018 Dodge Durango, have more cargo room. Even some compact SUVs, like the 2018 Toyota RAV4, have more room. Additionally, the high liftover height makes it difficult to load heavier items. On the plus side, the fold-flat front passenger seat makes it easier to store longer items.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Dodge Journey Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet
  • Curb weight: 3,818 to 4,238 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 5,250 to 5,600 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Dodge Journey Built?

Dodge built the Journey in Mexico.

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