2020 Dodge Journey: speck and features


The 2020 Dodge Journey is the cheapest three-row SUV you can buy today. Its design may be old, and its features outdated, but it undercuts competitor pricing by thousands. The Journey's driving dynamics are poor, the powertrain sluggish, and there are no driver-assistance technologies--but it does have a configurable cabin and user-friendly infotainment system which will appeal to price-conscious buyers.

Dodge Journey

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The Journey SE and Crossroad trims come with an underpowered four-cylinder engine—you're better off avoiding it if you can. Unfortunately, the V-6 isn't offered as an option anymore. The 172 horsepower doesn't get you very far, and the four-speed automatic transmission is hesitant to downshift, further diminishing its performance in practical use.

Although most three-row crossovers handle quite badly, the Journey's worse-than-average handling and unresponsive transmission earn it a poor rating from us. With its excessive body roll and imprecise steering, it wallows in corners. However, this softness does result in a more comfortable ride on the freeway.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The four-cylinder engine has the poorest EPA ratings when compared to similar engines from other companies, namely 19 mpg in city driving and 25 mpg on highways. The 2019 Honda CR-V is rated at 26 city and 32 highway, for example, while the 2019 Toyota C-HR rates 27/31.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

While the inside of Journey isn't luxurious, its controls are easy to use. It's a tight fit for anyone in the back row—even kids—which means those in the middle have to sacrifice their legroom. On the most expensive version, there are several tacky details such as a plastic-feeling shifter and hollow-sounding door panels that stand out. There are also several luxury features like cooled seats and heated rear seats that aren't available as options.

If you're looking for a car with plenty of storage space, the Journey is a great option. Its interior is easily configurable and it has tons of cubby storage for odds and ends. You can fold down the 50/50-split third row and the 60/40-split second row to expand the available cargo space. Although its total cargo capacity isn't as large as some competitors,

Is the Dodge Journey a reliable car?

Overall, Dodge ranks 3.5 out of 5 for reliability according to research performed by RepairPal, and that above average rating extends to the Dodge Journey—the Journey scored 4/5 for reliability!

What is the life expectancy of a Dodge Journey?

On average, the Dodge Journey can last for 150,000 to 200,000 miles, subject to regular maintenance. A couple of users even reported having 200,000+ miles on their Journeys. If you drive 15,000 miles every year, you may be able to get 10 to 15 years out of your Dodge Journey.

Why did Dodge quit making the journey?

However, for the Dodge Journey, 2020 marks the end of the road. First introduced back in 2009, this long-running midsize SUV will not be returning for 2021. The Journey's discontinuation is part of Dodge's efforts to update and revitalize its lineup, focusing more on its iconic performance vehicles.

Do Dodge journeys have transmission issues?

They're often easy to notice. Dodge Journey transmission problems can present themselves as shifting delays, grinding when accelerating, the car shaking on the road, or whistling noises or a burning smell coming from beneath the hood.