KBB Editors' Overview
By Matt Degen
- Updated Date: 9/9/2014
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lower-end trims it offers a lot of vehicle for the money, but trade-offs include a rather meager 4-cylinder engine, an outdated transmission and lack of standard features such as Bluetooth connectivity.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.
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.
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!
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.
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