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2018 Dodge Journey KBB Expert Review

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By Joe Tralongo, Contributing Editor

When the topic of 7-passenger SUVs arises, the 2018 Dodge Journey often gets overlooked. That’s a shame because the Journey has some very appealing qualities. The 4-cylinder SE is the lowest-priced 3-row SUV on the market, undercutting the Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento and Ford Flex by thousands. Granted, the 4-cylinder isn’t very powerful, but you can upgrade to a 283-horsepower V6, as well as all-wheel drive and numerous features ranging from an excellent 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system to a heated steering wheel. The Crossroad trim offers light off-road possibilities, and hefty leasing rebates from Chrysler further sweeten the Journey’s appeal. However, if you’re looking for superior reliability, advanced driver-assist systems or high resale figures, the Journey may not be the best choice.

You'll Like This Car If...

Thanks to generous lease deals this year, consumers can get into a nicely equipped V6 Journey for well under $30,000. Stay with the 4-cylinder SE and the price drops to around $23,600. Standard 7-passenger seating and a roomy cargo area further the Journey’s appeal, as does Chrysler’s excellent UConnect infotainment system.

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The Journey’s 3rd-row seat is rather small, especially when compared with the Chevrolet Traverse or Honda Pilot. The Kia Sorrento offers a better warranty while the Toyota Highlander comes with standard driver-assist features unavailable on the Journey. And all of these models have better reliability and resale numbers.

What's New for 2018

For 2018, the number of Journey trims drops to four: SE, SXT, Crossroad and GT. All Journey trims now come standard with a 3rd-row seat. The Crossroad gains new “Black Noise” 19-inch wheels, while the Blacktop Package is now offered on the SE.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Dimensionally, the 2018 Dodge Journey reminds us more of a big wagon than it does an SUV, but no matter how you see it, Dodge’s 7-passenger crossover SUV is as versatile as it is affordable. Dodge has done a good job with the Journey’s suspension, allowing it to deliver a comfortable ride with good cornering abilities. The nicely weighted steering feels good in the turns, but the Journey will lean when pushed hard. We appreciate the Journey’s upright seating position and found the front seats to be supportive and comfortable, even after driving long distances. As for power, while the 4-cylinder’s 173 horsepower can pull a fully loaded Journey, we think most people will be much happier with the 283-horsepower V6 and 6-speed transmission. Not only is the engine better suited to the Journey’s size, it actually manages fuel-economy figures nearly identical to the smaller 4-cylinder.

Favorite Features

From the built-in 2nd-row floor storage bins to the compartment beneath the front-passenger seat, there’s no shortage of places to hide belongings from prying eyes. A flat-folding passenger seat creates a level load floor from the rear hatch right up to the glove compartment.

Powerful, refined and fuel-efficient, the Journey’s optional 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is one of the best in the business. Available on the SE, SXT and Crossroad, and standard on the GT and all-wheel-drive models, this engine is one of the Journey’s most appealing features.

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