2020 Dodge Journey

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2020 MODEL
$23,495 - $35,295
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2020 Dodge Journey Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: March 29, 2020
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Rishabh Mehra

Automotive Content Writer

The Dodge Journey has been on sale since over a decade now and Dodge has again made some half-hearted efforts in order to keep their mid-size SUV contender in the game. The updates are minor and only keen-eyed buyers would be able to make out the changes in its front and rear fascia. That being said, the USP for Dodge Journey has always been the fact that its the cheapest three-row SUV in its segment by quite a long shot and it gets a decent amount of kit to make it a value for money proposition, and that’s the reason why Dodge is still managing to roll out almost 8000 copies a month. It’s the cheapest and the most outdated car in the segment but somehow it manages to strike a chord with the buyers and Dodge is riding the way till it dies.

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Pros

Aggressive starting price

Seating ability for 7

Easy to use infotainment

Comfortable ride

Decent cargo space

Cons

Mediocre engine performance

Sub-par towing capacity

Third row seats are cramped

Interiors feel dated in design

What's New?

A new Destroyer grey exterior color option

Updated trim lineup

Revised front fascia


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
 2020 Dodge Journey Review video
 2020 Dodge Journey Exterior video
 2020 Dodge Journey Interior video

Styles

 2020 Dodge Journey in Billet Clearcoat color  2020 Dodge Journey in Blood Orange Clearcoat color  2020 Dodge Journey in Destroyer Gray Clearcoat color  2020 Dodge Journey in Vice White color  2020 Dodge Journey in White Noise Tri-Coat color
Billet Clearcoat

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

4.0

5.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Dodge Journey SE Value

SE Value

power
283
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21.7 combined

$23,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE Value 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A) Starting at $23,495 MSRP (19/21.7/25) 283, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
4-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual front wheel drive 7

 2020 Dodge Journey Crossroad

Crossroad

power
283 hp
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21.7 combined

$28,595


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Crossroad 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A) Starting at $28,595 MSRP (19/21.7/25) 283 hp, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
4-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual front wheel drive 7

 2020 Dodge Journey GT

GT

power
283 hp
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$35,295


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GT 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $35,295 MSRP (19/21/26) 283 hp, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
6 Speed Transmission front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

5.7

Overall Rating


Dodge Journey starts from $22,995, which makes it the most affordable midsize SUV on currently.on sale. That being said, the base variant, i.e. the SE trim, is quite bare-bones and doesn’t even get Bluetooth connectivity, for starters. The design seems to be quite uninspiring and it’s showing its age in every aspect. Despite that, it has a practical cabin, extra pair of seats, a lot of cubbies all around the cabin and an easy to use infotainment system.

2020 Dodge Journey SUV Front View
2020 Dodge Journey SUV Side View

4.0/10
Features

 
 

2020 Dodge Journey Features

4.0/10

For the latest update, Dodge has axed one trim from the line up of Journey, which was one above the SE trim. This resulted in some of the features to trickle down to the base variant to increase its value for money quotient. There’s an option of a bigger and more powerful V6 engine, although not very efficient. The range-topping GT comes standard with the bigger engine but its an option for the mid-spec crossroad variant. 

Trims 

SE

Crossroad

GT

MSRP (FWD)

$23,495

$28,595

$35,295

Features

Three-row, seven-passenger seating 

Adds/upgrades to SE

Adds/upgrades to Crossroad

 

Over 500-Mile Highway Driving Range

Uconnect 3 with 8.4-inch Touchscreen infotainment

3.6L Pentastar V6 Engine.

 

Automatic Headlamps

Leather-Trimmed Seats with Sports Mesh Inserts and a Premium Soft Touch Leather-Trim Interior.

High-Performance Suspension

 

Air Conditioning with Dual-Zone Temperature Control

10-Way Power Driver Seat

Player and Sirius Satellite Radio

 

Heated Power Exterior Mirrors.

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Heated Front Seats and Heated Steering Wheel

 

60/40 Split-Folding Second-Row Seats with Tilt and Slide

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What do we recommend?

The crossroad trim with the Driver convenience package seems to hit the right balance between value for money and enough usable kit. The crossroad trim gets an option of the bigger engine and it’s highly recommended for occasional towing duties and full load highway runs. This package makes way for the Uconnect infotainment system which uplifts the appeal of the cabin. It also gets updated 19” rims with touring suspension tuning.

2020 Dodge Journey Engine and Performance

The base Journey SE is offered with a 2.4 L gasoline engine which can be defined as sluggish at best. This engine is good for just 173 HP and is paired with an ancient 4-speed automatic gearbox. This coupled with the fact that it weighs 3500lbs, out on the highway it runs out of steam fairly quickly. Overtaking maneuvers have to be preplanned. The gearbox doesn’t help either. It takes forever to downshift and when it does, the engine has to be pushed really hard to get a move on and as a result, it gets all loud and boomy inside the cabin.

The pick of the pair is the 3.6L V6 engine which churns out 283 HP and 260 lb-ft of maximum torque. On paper, it sits inline with the competition in terms of power and torque figures but in the real world, it's not as punchy as one might expect it to be. With that said, it’s still a good enough engine to have. Dodge offers a much more superior 6-speed automatic transmission with this engine which further enhances drivability. The throttle on the Journey is sensitive so it lunges ahead in a spirited way at low speeds. But out on the highway, the engine has to be on the boil to make a move on.

Models

Dodge Journey GT

GMC Acadia SLT-1

Kia Sorento SX

VW Tiguan S

MSRP

$35,295

$41,100

$39,990

$25,895

Engine

3.6L Pentastar Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6 

3.3L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain FWD AWD FWD FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

8-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

283@6,000

310@5,000

290@6,400

184@4,400

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

260@4,400

271@1,500

252@5,300

221@1,600

On paper, VW Tiguan doesn’t stand a chance. It gets a small 2.0 L 4 cylinder motor with the least amount of power but its the cheapest of the lot too. Among the V6 powered beasts, the Dodge Journey is the least powerful SUV whereas the GMC Acadia exceeds the pack with the most amount of grunt.

2020 Dodge Journey SUV 0-60 MPH In just 7.4 sec

How fast is it off the line?

The Journey is no drag machine and neither is it trying to be. That being said, it’s painfully slow off the line despite having a V6 producing just shy of 300 HP. The weight penalty is massive which eventually makes this mid-size SUV the slowest of the bunch. It’s still a huge improvement over the dud of an engine that the 4 cylinder motor is. The V6 engine being an NA motor is free from the initial lag but the mid-range is quite lacking. It is only when the engine sings to the redline when it comes alive. So the top end of the rev band is where the major action happens.

Models

Dodge Journey GT

GMC Acadia SLT-1

Kia Sorento SX

VW Tiguan S

0-60 MPH (sec