Yhe last 2020 Dodge Journey Review and Specifications
If you're looking for a cheap three-row SUV, the 2020 Dodge Journey is your best bet. It's design might be outdated, but it significantly undercuts the prices of its competitors. Even though the Journey has poor driving dynamics and is slow in acceleration, its configurable cabin and user-friendly infotainment system should appeal to frugal buyers who are more concerned with price than performance.
What's New for 2020?
The SE Value and Crossroad are the only 2020 Dodge Journey trims still available after three were cut. The other significant cuts include all-wheel drive and the optional V-6 engine that used to come with a six-speed automatic transmission. Now, the only powertrain option is an outdated 172-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder paired to a front-wheel drive four-speed automatic.
For all models, buyers can anticipate the addition of standard rear park assist as well as a sunroof for the Crossroad trim level. Also, Dodge simplifies the option-picking process with the introduction of Popular Equipment Groups which bundles many features together depending on trim level. In SE Value trim, for example, this package provides you a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat plus Uconnect with Voice Command and Bluetooth SiriusXM satellite radio three zone climate control security alarm also a leather wrapped shift knob and steering wheel.
Finally, after 2020, the Journey will come to an end. However, up until then, Dodge has announced additional features such as the Crossroad's Popular Equipment Group. This group adds a universal garage door opener, remote start capability , heated front seats and steering wheel, navigation system,, and a six-speaker sound system with subwoofer component.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Avoid the underpowered four-cylinder engine that comes with the Journey SE and Crossroad trims—you can't anyway since the V-6 isn't offered anymore. The 172-hp engine is lackluster and paired with a four-speed automatic transmission that's unwilling to downshift, it results in poor real world performance.
Most three-row crossovers handle like a tank, so their ride and handling are judged more leniently. Even with that being said, the Journey's lackluster handling and unresponsive transmission make it one of the worst in its class. It wallows in corners with lots of body roll and imprecise steering. The benefit of this softness is a comfortable ride on the freeway--but it's not worth sacrifice good handling for.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
In comparison to its competitors with similar powertrains, the four-cylinder engine has drastically worse EPA ratings. Its city driving is only at 19 mpg while 25 mpg on the highway. For example, the 2019 Honda CR-V is rated much higher at 26 city and 32mpg on the highway whereas Toyota's comparable model --the 2019 C-HR--is similarly recommendable at 27/31.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The Journey's interior isn't luxurious, but its controls are easy to use. You have to be willing to sacrifice legroom if you want anyone to sit in the third row; even children. Additionally, some of the lower quality features stand out more on the priciest version than others. A few luxury features that are notably absent from
the options list include a power-adjustable passenger seat, cooled seats and heated rear seats among others.
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 was the journey discontinued?
The Journey's discontinuation is part of Dodge's efforts to update and revitalize its lineup, focusing more on its iconic performance vehicles. However, if you are looking for a new Journey, don't worry – there are still plenty of 2020 models in stock.
Are Dodge Journeys comfortable?
Comfort. 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.