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2020 Dodge Journey Performance

#22 out of 22 in Midsize SUVs

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2020 Dodge Journey Performance Review


Performance: 4.8

The 2020 Dodge Journey has unwieldy handling and slow acceleration. Not only do most competitors perform better, but so does the 2019 Journey, which offered a stronger V6 engine and available all-wheel drive.

  • "Overall, the Journey has been left behind in terms of driving dynamics and handling by the new generation of three-row SUVs." -- Edmunds
  • "The other notable cuts are the absence of all-wheel drive and the optional V-6 engine that were paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The only powertrain available is now the antiquated 172-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder that is paired to a four-speed automatic and front-wheel drive." -- Car and Driver
  • "The nicely weighted steering feels good in the turns, but the Journey will lean when pushed hard." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)

Acceleration and Power

The 2020 Journey comes with a 172-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that isn't very powerful. The Journey is slow to accelerate, which makes it harder to merge and pass on the highway. The engine is mated with a four-speed automatic transmission that has hesitant downshifts.

At the time of writing, fuel economy figures for the 2020 Journey are not available. The very similar 2019 Journey delivers an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, which is average for the midsize SUV class.

  • "The Journey SE and Crossroad trims come with an underpowered four-cylinder engine that's best avoided—except you can't, since the V-6 is no longer offered. The 172-hp engine is woefully underpowered and the four-speed automatic transmission that's reluctant to downshift further dulls its real-world performance." -- Car and Driver
  • "The 4-cylinder engine in the … Journey is merely adequate with 173 horsepower and it links up to an automatic transmission with only four forward gears, which gives some idea of how long this drivetrain has been around." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • "The Journey is lively at low speeds but frequently needs a downshift to accelerate at freeway speeds. On hills, the transmission hunts around, so maintaining a constant speed is a struggle." -- Edmunds (2019)

Handling and Braking

The Journey offers a smooth ride, but its significant body roll and cumbersome handling make this SUV feel larger than it is. Front-wheel drive is standard. All-wheel drive is not available.

  • "There are not many three-row crossovers that are entertaining to drive, so their ride and handling are graded on a curve. Even so, the Journey's ponderous handling and unresponsive transmission leave it far from getting a good rating from us. It wallows in corners with lots of body roll and imprecise steering. The benefit of this softness, however, is a comfortable ride on the freeway." -- Car and Driver
  • "The Journey is downright sloppy, wobbling and bouncing through curves. And it feels light and disconnected right up until it starts to lose traction. Even moving slowly, the Journey is imprecise. It's a vehicle that needs constant managing to stay on course." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "Dodge has done a good job with the Journey's suspension, allowing it to deliver a comfortable ride with good cornering abilities." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
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2020 Dodge Journey

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