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2019 Dodge Journey Interior Review

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Interior: 7.5

The Dodge Journey is an aging vehicle, so its interior doesn’t feel as modern or sleek as rivals do. Its cabin is fairly nice considering the price point, though there are some cheap plastics and build quality issues. Higher trims add little in the way of luxury. The first two rows of seats are spacious, though the third is cramped. Cargo room is unimpressive, but one highlight is the Uconnect infotainment system this Dodge shares with Jeep and Chrysler vehicles.

  • "Cheap-feeling bits such as a plasticky shifter and hollow-sounding interior door-trim panels are especially egregious on the priciest version." -- Car and Driver
  • The quality of the cabin’s plastics is actually not as bad as the low pricing might suggest." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • In spite of some questionable construction, material quality is above average with soft touch points and solid switchgear." -- Edmunds (2018)

Seating

The Journey is a three-row vehicle that seats seven on standard cloth upholstery. A power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, leather upholstery, and a heated steering wheel are available.

Adults have enough space to sit in the first two rows comfortably, thanks in part to the second-row seats that slide forward and backward. The third row is tight for adults.

The only LATCH connections are in the second row – two complete sets for the rear outboard seats and a middle seat upper tether and lower anchor. The upper tethers are hard to find and can be confused for other hardware.

  • Space is generous up front, pretty good in the second row (with seats that slide and recline) and cramped in the third. The midsize 2019 Journey could work as a less expensive and all-wheel-drive alternative to a minivan, or act as a wagon. The seats are supportive and comfortable, with quite an upright driving position, and their durable fabric covering has an easy-to-clean quality." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • " … Getting anyone to fit in the third row – even children – requires those in the second row to compromise their legroom." -- Car and Driver
  • "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 (2018)

Interior Features

Standard features include the Uconnect infotainment interface with a 4.3-inch touch screen, a six-speaker sound system, a USB port, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, and a rearview camera.

Options include an 8.4-inch touch screen, a rear-seat entertainment system, a navigation system, a 115-volt outlet, satellite radio, an Alpine sound system, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a sunroof. Rear parking sensors are available as well.

The Uconnect infotainment system earns praise for its ease of use, especially with the larger touch screen. It responds quickly to input, and there are plenty of physical controls. However, the absence of connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto reveal this vehicle’s age.

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  • "The Uconnect infotainment system with the 8.4-inch touch screen … includes physical buttons for the sound and climate systems that are easy to use." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Although every model features an easy-to-use touchscreen, the system has fewer features than many other Dodge products. Likewise, the larger screen is responsive, but we wish Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were also offered here. …" -- Car and Driver
  • "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)

Cargo

The 2019 Journey has 10.7 cubic feet of space with all the seats in use, 37 cubic feet behind the second row, and a maximum cargo capacity of 67.6 cubic feet. Each figure is subpar for a midsize SUV, and the Journey’s high cargo floor makes it tricky to load cargo.

  • "The 2nd- and 3rd-row seats fold down to create a flat load-space floor. Even the front-passenger seat gets in on this folding act, bringing some great cargo-carrying flexibility. In addition, that front-passenger seat has a stowage compartment in its base, while there are plenty of cubby holes around the cabin, including some hidden ones." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • You can fold down the 50/50-split third row and the 60/40-split second row to expand the available cargo space, although the Journey offers the least amount of total cargo space of the vehicles in this class." -- Car and Driver
  • "The rear load floor is high, making it harder to lift and load heavy items." -- Edmunds (2018)
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