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2015 Dodge Journey

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2015 Dodge Journey Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.2

Value and versatility are two key factors that have contributed to the Dodge Journey's success in the crowded crossover SUV segment. With its sub-$21,000 starting price, the Journey stands apart from midsize SUV competitors such as the Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander as the value leader, yet still offers nifty cargo features and seating for up to seven. When dressed in pricier, high-end forms with a V6 engine, the 2015 Journey competes especially well with those rivals yet still boasts a solid value proposition. In lower-end trims it offers a lot of vehicle for the money, but trade-offs include a rather meager 4-cylinder engine, an outdated transmission and lack of standard features such as Bluetooth connectivity.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a new SUV that seats up to seven but you don't want to spend a lot of money, the Dodge Journey could be for you. If you can swing a few thousand more for a higher trim, a V6 Journey with Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system is especially appealing.

You May Not Like This Car If...

A 3-row Journey seats up to seven, but not as comfortably as something larger like a Chevy Traverse. And while a base Journey's price is appealing, its 4-cylinder engine and 4-speed transmission are not. The Sorento features a fresher base powertrain, while it and the Mitsubishi Outlander have longer warranties.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 6.2
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  • 6.2
  • 6.0
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How It Ranks

#18

out of 18

Fuel Economy

#3

out of 17

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Consumer Rating

6.9 out of 10
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2015 Dodge Journey Low/wide front photo What's New for 2015

2015 brings only minor changes for the Dodge Journey. Among them are two new exterior colors (Billet Silver Metallic and Blue Streak Pearl), and the available SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link now include five years of free service.

Driving the Journey
2015 Dodge Journey Front angle view photo
Driving Impressions

If you're moving up from an older, truck-based SUV, you'll be pleased to know that modern crossover SUVs such as the Journey are more comfortable and refined on the road,...

... much like a tall-riding station wagon. Essentially, that's what the Journey is. Its suspension has the compliance to deal with all sorts of bumps and bad pavement, yet on mountain roads it has a level of firmness and control that keeps the Journey cornering securely with a minimum of bobbing and weaving. The standard, 173-horsepower 4-cylinder engine is only adequate to power the 2015 Journey. A far better option is the Pentastar V6, which has over 100 additional horsepower and nearly the same highway fuel economy. That bigger and better engine is also linked to a newer 6-speed automatic transmission. The Journey's driver seating position is comfortable, and the standard push-button ignition is a nice touch – no more turning keys!

CARGO FLEXIBILITY
The Dodge Journey has special ways of holding and swallowing cargo. Yes, the rear seats flip and fold flat as in other SUVs, but unique to this crossover SUV is its available fold-flat front-passenger seat that accommodates larger items. Additionally, it has a hidden storage compartment under the seat cushion.

3.6-LITER PENTASTAR V6 ENGINE
Smooth and responsive, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine cranks out 283 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque and is its own best reason for choosing it for the Journey. It’s matched with a 6-speed automatic transmission that shifts smoothly and doesn’t “hunt” for gears in uneven terrain.

2015 Dodge Journey Details
2015 Dodge Journey Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

The Journey's cabin is available in a 2-row, 5-passenger layout or as a 3-row, 7-passenger configuration. We've mentioned some of the appealing cargo-carrying functions of Dodge's crossover SUV (see Favorite Features). Passenger space for adults is commendable up front and good in the second row, but legroom is very tight in the third row, which is best left for kids or occasional use. One of the best features of the Journey is its available Uconnect infotainment system. In addition to a large and easy-to-use 8.4-inch touch screen centered in the dash, there are supplementary buttons for climate and audio that are simple to see and use.

Exterior
2015 Dodge Journey photo

Is it a sport-utility vehicle or the reincarnation of a station wagon? With the 2015 Dodge Journey, its 192.4-inch length exceeds much of the competition, but Dodge's designers have given it exterior treatments such as the chrome-trimmed cross-hair grille and eye-catching aluminum-alloy wheel choices that keep it from being merely bland. If a more stylish look is important, opt for the R/T version, with its 19-inch wheels, monochromatic treatment and distinctive R/T labels. For a tougher-looking version, there's the Dodge Journey Crossroad, which features a faux skidplate, standard roof rails and blacked-out wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2015 Dodge Journey is available in a half-dozen trims, from the base American Value Package (AVP) to the top-line R/T. At its most basic, the 2015 Journey includes dual-zone climate control, 4.3-inch touch-screen media center, keyless entry and push-button start, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and power windows and door locks. Entertainment is provided by a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD system with auxiliary and USB inputs, but no Bluetooth streaming as standard. Safety features include electronic traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes, front-seat side airbags and side-curtain airbags for all rows.

Optional Equipment

Plenty of options can be had on the 2015 Journey. Among the more popular are 3-row seating (Flexible Seating Group), traction-enhancing all-wheel drive in lieu of the standard front-drive setup, an 8.4-inch touch-screen Uconnect infotainment system and navigation. Amenities that bring an upscale feel include leather seating, Infinity speakers, rear-seat video entertainment system with 9-inch screen and two wireless headphones, in-car Wi-Fi hot spot, and heated front seats and heated steering wheel. A Driver Convenience Group adds a rearview camera and distance-alert function when in reverse, but more advanced safety functions like blind-spot monitoring and automatic braking are not available.

Under the Hood
2015 Dodge Journey Engine photo

Two engines are available for the 2015 Dodge Journey. Standard on lower trims is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that makes an only-adequate 173 horsepower. The engine we recommend is the 283-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 that is optional on all but base Dodge Journeys and standard in higher trims. The V6 is also your only choice if you require all-wheel drive (AWD) instead of the standard front-wheel drive (FWD) to deal with inclement weather and slippery roads. Both engines run on regular unleaded gasoline. All Dodge Journeys use automatic transmissions, with the 4-cylinder stuck with an older-style 4-speed and the 6-cylinder using a newer 6-speed. The Journey's towing capacity is on the light end, limited to 1,000 pounds with the 4-cylinder and 2,500 with the V6.

2.4-liter inline-4
173 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
166 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 mpg

3.6-liter V6
283 horsepower @ 6,350 rpm
260 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 mpg (FWD), 16/24 mpg (AWD)

The 2015 Dodge Journey has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just under $21,000, including destination charge. Better-equipped mid-level versions of the Journey such as the SXT and Crossroad are in the mid-$20,000 range, while a top-line R/T version with options reaches the mid-$30,000 level. At its base price, the Dodge Journey AVP remains the lowest-priced midsize SUV, and even after climbing trims is a good value among midsize SUVs such as the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, Mazda CX-9 and Kia Sorento. The Mitsubishi Outlander, which comes standard with seating for seven, is also a value leader among 3-row SUVs, but is smaller than the Journey. Before buying, be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new Journey SUV. In the years ahead, the Journey's residual value is expected to be average, still lagging the Toyota Highlander.

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2015 Dodge Journey Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
6.9
Out of 10

Based on 397 Ratings for the 2009 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    7.2/10
    Quality
    6.9/10
  • Reliability
    7.3/10
    Performance
    7.2/10
  • Comfort
    7.7/10
    Styling
    7.8/10

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By on Tuesday, June 7, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Inside is nice.."

Cons: "horrible MPG. VERY unrealiable!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

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"I purchased this car new in 2012. I traded in a Ford Explorer with 87k that NEVER ONCE gave me a problem. But it was a V8 and I wanted to save on gas but still seat 6(4 children)I got the SXT V6 AWD. Loaded with everything but leather and a moon roof. And at first I loved the car. It was stylish and the interior quality was outstanding. This car has been the absolute WORST vehicle I have ever owned. And I have owned many new cars. The car just passed 80k. And in that time. These are the things that have gone wrong with the car. The rear view camera stopped working at 36,150 miles... Was it covered under the warranty? NO! 150 miles past.. And "Sorry...That will be $500 to fix" I left it... Then a wheel bearing.. Then the front sway bar... Then the Transmission... 4 days after I get the car back... BAM... Starter goes out while I'm at Costco... That will be $600 please.. Then the torque converter... The Power Transfer unit( Sends power to wheels for All wheel drive... That's a $3500 fix by the way... NOW... Dodge fixed several of these issues under warranty. And I gave me a nice loaner while it was being serviced. But my 100k Powertrain warranty is almost up. And with the way things have been breaking on this car. And the cost involved in fixing them should they be out of warranty. I simply wont be able to afford to fix it should it break again. So.. I take the car to my dealer in a attempt to trade out of it. Now remember.. This is a 2012.. And I keep my vehicles in VERY CLEAN and well maintained condition. The car still looks and smells new.. What is the car worth on trade????? $$$$5800.00 and not a penny more... ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING???? I still owe 15k on it!!!So... I'm stuck with this pile of garbage until the final payment. SOOOO!!!! STAY AWAY FROM THIS CAR AT ALL COSTS!!! DON"T DO IT!!!! Unless you spend the 3k extra and buy Chryslers lifetime bumper to bumper warranty. And don't mind breaking down a lot... Oh.. And one last tidbit.. The original reason I traded into this car was to save on gas. My Explorer got 16 mpg average city with the V8... My Journey?? I average about 15 on a good day.. most of the time I'm at 14.5... So their mileage data was total B.S Can you say P>O>S!!!"

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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For a brand new vehical under 25K, This has got to

By on Monday, June 6, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fantastic Price and handels easily."

Cons: "No tow package or auto-start"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought the Dodge Journey SXT because of the 7 person seating. It turns out it is one of the best "Compact" SUVs out there. Handling is a dream and seats are comfortable. With the satellite radio, makes the long drives effortless.Pulled an 1100 mile drive and did not hurt afterwards. Mileage is extremely under-rated. With the fuel economy center on the dash, I was easily making 28-32 mpg. Quick response and breaking. Down Side, No tow package available, Did not come with auto start package, No heated seats. All minor considering this is a "Under 25K" Vehicle."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Cheapest 7 seater SUV with a lot of cargo space

By on Thursday, June 2, 2016

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Upgrade to Journey Crossroad PLUS

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great price. Fun to drive"

Cons: "Gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love my 2013 Dodge Journey SE 2.4L engine with 3rd row seat + bluetooth option. Original MSRP was 25k+. But dealer discounts and rebates brought the price down to $18k. This was the only 7seater SUV that was under $20k at that time. AS my annual driving distance was 6500miles, the poor gas mileage was not a huge problem for me. When I was in the Hwy, average mpg was 29-30. When I drove in the city, average mpg was very poor (16-19). However, the ride was very smooth and I love the huge cargo space. Whenever I need to buy stuff from IKEA or HOMEDEPOT, I didn't rent big trucks. For Journey SE model, LCD screen was 4.3inch. It didn't have navigation or backup camera. Recently, I thought of upgrading the screen to 8.4inch to include navigation. That upgrade would cost $2k+. So I went to the same dealer to look for a Dodge Journey with a navigation and back up camera. At that time, I traded in 2013 Journey SE for $12.5k. So for three years my basic cost for 2013 Journey SE was $5.5k($18k-$12.5k) + sales tax. It is better than leasing. This time, I purchased 2016 Dodge Journey CROSSROAD PLUS. It came with 3.6 VVT engine and 8.4 screen with navigation, backup camera and backup sensors. In addition, it has leather heated seats, heated steering wheel, 5year subscription to SIRIUS and hands free phone option. The MRSP of the vehicle was $33k. After dealer discount and manufacturer rebates, I paid $23k+sales tax (May 2016). As this model has a 3.6VVT engine, I feel the difference. I wish I had purchased SE or SXT with 3.6 engine before. Anyways, I didn't see a significant mpg drop for this big engine. In my 200mile long trip I got 29mpg in Hwy and 16-18mpg in city roads. If your annual driving distance is less than $10000 miles, buy a Dodge Journey and save money."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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