2019 Dodge Journey

Performance


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2019 Dodge Journey Performance Review

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Performance: 6.3

The 2019 Dodge Journey’s sluggish acceleration and cumbersome handling make it one of the least athletic vehicles in its class. The available V6 engine is better, though critics still offer mixed opinions regarding its capability. On the plus side, your journey with this SUV will be smooth.  

  • "Overall, the Journey feels heavier than many other crossovers and doesn't inspire much driver confidence." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "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 base Journey comes with a 173-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a four-speed automatic transmission. A 283-horsepower V6 engine and a six-speed automatic come standard in the GT trim and are available in every other trim. Overall, acceleration is lackluster with both engines. The base engine lacks verve, and while the V6 feels more energetic, it gets mixed reviews. Some critics say it’s capable while others find that it struggles to propel the vehicle loaded with a full complement of cargo and passengers.

While the EPA has not evaluated the 2019 Journey as of this writing, the similar 2018 model is rated at an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway with the four-cylinder engine. SUVs with the V6 lost 2 mpg in the city (3 with AWD). Those figures are about average for the class.

  • Neither of its powertrains are particularly appealing, but the V-6 version is much quicker than the four-cylinder and surprisingly fuel efficient." -- Car and Driver
  • "Not only is the 2019 Journey’s V6 option the preferred choice, it’s actually a well-respected unit that powers several Jeep/Dodge vehicles. It’s refined, fuel-efficient and has some useful muscle. It comes as standard in the GT version." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Journey's competitors are more responsive and refined. Opting for the V6 engine is a must given the weak base four-cylinder. Even with the V6, the Journey's acceleration is still below average." -- Edmunds (2018)

Handling and Braking

The Dodge Journey has a smooth ride, and its suspension does a decent job of soaking up bumps in the road. However, it drives like a bigger vehicle than it is, and there is lots of body roll around turns. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

  • "In the ride and handling department, the Journey has a suspension setup tuned for comfort but generally keeps its composure when there’s a bend in the road. The Dodge Journey is one of the few new vehicles to have hydraulic power steering (virtually everyone else has gone over to electric assistance) and this gives the system a pleasant weight and feel." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The… Journey's ponderous handling and unresponsive transmission leave it far from getting a good rating from us. The last GT model we drove supposedly had stiffer suspension tuning than other trims, but we were unable to detect it. It wallowed 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 feels bigger and heavier than other small SUVs. There's lots of body roll through corners, and it doesn't feel planted or instill much confidence. It's definitely more of a highway hauler." -- Edmunds (2018)
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