2018 Dodge Journey

Interior


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2018 Dodge Journey Interior Review

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Interior: 7.8

The 2018 Dodge Journey has a mostly well-built cabin that features some soft-touch materials. The seats aren’t the most spacious in the class, but the first two rows comfortably accommodate adults, and the third row is fine for children. A user-friendly infotainment system headlines the tech offerings. Cargo space is a drawback, as the Journey has a smaller maximum capacity than most other midsize SUVs.

  • "In spite of some questionable construction, material quality is above average with soft touch points and solid switchgear." -- Edmunds
  • "In place of the old Rubbermaid interior is a thoroughly improved cabin highlighted by a rich-looking soft-touch touch dashboard and Dodge's three-spoke corporate steering wheel.” -- Left Lane News (2017)
  • "The materials are upscale in look and feel, and the dashboard manages to look sleek and dressy without compromising the Journey's gauge legibility or ergonomics." -- Autotrader (2015)

Seating

The Journey seats seven and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and the second row is reasonably accommodating for adults. The third row is cramped and best used for children, but that’s not uncommon in a 3-row SUV. Though none of the Journey’s seats are terrible, rivals have more legroom.

There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the Journey's outboard second-row seats and a tether-only connection in the middle second-row seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the system as Marginal for ease of use, which is the second-worst designation. On all three seats, the top tether anchor is hard to find and easily confused with other hardware. The middle seat borrows one lower anchor from the passenger side seat, and it’s difficult to maneuver around the anchors. On the second-row driver’s side seat, the lower anchors are too deep in the seat cushion. There are optional integrated child booster seats available for the second row that are easier to manipulate than the standard LATCH tethers and anchors.

  • "Though lacking in other areas, your family should be plenty comfortable in the Dodge Journey. While some competitors offer more rear legroom, the seats' adjustability is a bonus. It's a good road-trip vehicle." -- Edmunds
  • "Journey seats five occupants comfortably, while the third row is useful for carrying children and small adults on short....erm, journeys." -- Left Lane News (2017)
  • "We like the Journey's upright seating position and found the front seats to be remarkably supportive and comfortable, even after driving long distances." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features include a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, push-button start, and the Uconnect infotainment system with a 4.3-inch touch screen.

Available features include a sunroof, dual- or tri-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, Bluetooth with voice command activation, a six-speaker Alpine premium audio system, a DVD player with a 9-inch screen, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, remote start, a 115-volt power outlet, a security alarm, and an upgraded Uconnect system with an 8.4-inch touch screen and navigation.

The Journey doesn’t have as many tech features as most rivals, but the Uconnect infotainment system is about as good as it gets. The touch screen has crisp graphics so it’s easy to see, and the intuitive interface helps you easily navigate menus. It also responds well to inputs.

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  • "Moreover, the available Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment interface is one of the best in the business, thanks to large, easily readable typefaces and icons and sensible menus. Few systems are more straightforward to use or pleasing to the eye." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "One of the best features of the Journey is its available Uconnect infotainment system. In addition to a large and easy-to-use 8.4-inch touch screen centered in the dash, there are supplementary buttons for climate and audio that are simple to see and use." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "The standard 4.3-in touchscreen is unusual in a sub-$20,000 automobile, reminding us of Volkswagen's standard touchscreen stereos -- a premium touch. But the big technology news in the Journey is the 8.4-in touchscreen (optional on the SXT model and standard on the Limited and R/T models), which brings iPad-like crispness and ease of use into your driving experience. It's one of the best infotainment interfaces on the market, and it even includes an SD-card interface to give you more options in portable media. We highly recommend it." -- Autotrader (2015)

Cargo

The Journey provides 10.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 37 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 67.6 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. Those totals are well below average for a midsize SUV, and even some compact SUVs offer more room. It’s also hard to load large or heavy items because the Journey’s cargo hold has a high liftover height. On the bright side, storage compartments under the seats and floor provide additional space, and the front passenger seat folds down – which is rare – to provide space for long items.

  • "The rear load floor is high, making it harder to lift and load heavy items. With all the seats folded down, maximum cargo capacity is average for a small crossover SUV." -- Edmunds
  • "Dodge's Journey SUV for 2016 has numerous clever storage ideas. Not only does the rear seat fold flush, there are additional storage bins beneath the 2nd-row floor and front-passenger seat cushion. The same seat can fold flat to better accommodate long items such as a surfboard and skis." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "Cargo capacity behind the third row is just 10.7 cu ft., i.e., a few grocery bags' worth, but there are 39.6 cu ft. behind the second row and 67.6 cu ft. behind the first row. Those are competitive numbers for this type of vehicle." -- Autotrader (2015)
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