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2020 Dodge Journey
Select a Different Model (2 Available): Crossroad FWD
Fair Market Price $ 31524
MPG (EPA) 19 CTY /25 HWY
Cargo (Std/Max) 40/68 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 7/7
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2020 Dodge Journey MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Least-expensive seven-seat SUV on sale
  • Clever interior storage solutions
  • Comfortable front-row seats

Cons

  • Noisy, unsettled ride
  • Cramped second and third rows
  • Dreary I-4 engine/four-speed automatic drivetrain

What's New

  • Now offered in only two trim levels
  • I-4 engine only; V-6 option dropped
  • Standard rear parking sensors

2020 Dodge Journey Overview

The Dodge Journey is a crossover that fits seven seats as standard into its midsize proportions. The Journey first went on sale in 2008 as a 2009 model, making it the oldest vehicle in its segment. It attempts to appeal as a value-oriented option that offers seven seats in a footprint smaller than other three-row SUVs on the market today.

What We Think

Our first drive of the Dodge Journey came way back in 2008, when the concept of a crossover vehicle was still somewhat new and novel. We concluded that the Journey placed towards the top of its segment, despite a plasticky interior, rough idle, and imprecise steering. Balanced against factors like a roomy front row, quiet ride, and clever storage compartments, we said "It'll neither excite nor offend anyone."

Thing is, crossovers are no longer new or novel in 2020, and they have progressed significantly in driveability and practicality since 2008. In many ways, the Journey still seems stuck in the first decade of the millennium. A refresh for 2011 helped alleviate the Journey's button-riddled center console by way of a large infotainment screen, and it improved dynamics with a stiffened suspension and recalibrated steering. Nonetheless, its second row was tight for adults and third row even more so.

The Journey competed in our 2012 SUV of the Year competition, where we noted its improved interior and comfortable front seats, but we were otherwise uninspired by its styling and dynamics. Back then, we advised readers to avoid the four-cylinder engine with four-speed automatic drivetrain, which is the only available setup for 2020.

Most recently we reviewed the Journey in 2017, behind the wheel of the performance-oriented GT trim powered by a V-6 engine—neither of which are now available. We appreciated the Journey's good outward visibility, comfortable front seats, and handy storage cubbies. However, its lackluster acceleration, noisy cabin, unsettled ride, and unrefined driving dynamics led us to call the Journey "a crossover with more groan than grace." We deemed its cramped third row better used for storage than shuttling passengers. Its starting price was at least cheap, which seemed to be the best thing the Journey had going for it.

That continues to be the case today. With a base price of around $25,000, the Journey is the least-expensive seven-seat SUV on the market. Yet every vehicle in the Journey's class is newer, with better comfort, dynamic, and technology attributes. If you need the least-expensive new SUV with seven seats, the Journey is it. But if your budget allows for anything else, or if you hope to enjoy your vehicle for years to come, it's better to look elsewhere.

Performance and Fuel Economy

For 2020, the Dodge Journey is powered solely by a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter I-4 engine, which produces 172 hp and 165 lb-ft of torque; the V-6 engine upgrade is no longer available. That I-4 is joined to a four-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is no longer an option.

MotorTrend has never tested a Journey with the now-mandatory I-4, four-speed automatic, front-wheel drive drivetrain configuration. However, our most recent test of a 2017 Journey with the V-6, six-speed automatic, and all-wheel drive yielded a 7.9-second 0-60 mph acceleration run. Expect the 2020 model to fall a second or two behind.

The EPA rates fuel economy for the 2020 Dodge Journey at 19/25 mpg city/highway.

Safety

The Dodge Journey earns a four-star (out of five) overall safety rating from the NHTSA, comprised of four-star frontal crash and rollover scores, and a five-star side crash score. The IIHS doesn't favor it as well, giving it the lowest overall evaluation score of Poor, although individual crashworthiness tests for the side and roof strength earned top Good scores. Its headlights also earned the lowest Poor score.

All Journey models are equipped with seven airbags. Modern active safety and driver-assist technology like lane-keep assist, blind spot monitors, automatic emergency braking, or adaptive cruise control are not available.

Utility (Cargo Space and Interior Room)

Cargo volume for the Journey measures 10.7 cubic feet behind the third row. With the 50/50 split-folding third row down, that expands to 37.0 cubic feet behind the second row. With the 60/40 split second row folded as well, there are 67.6 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the first-row seats. Additional space can be found in the underfloor storage bin beneath the rear cargo area, and removable watertight cubbies on the floor behind the first row are available.

Front-row headroom measures 40.8 inches on models without a sunroof and 39.4 inches on models with a sunroof, while legroom measures 40.8 inches. In the second row, standard headroom measures 39.9 inches, or 39.2 inches with a sunroof, with 36.1 inches of legroom. There are 37.7 inches of headroom and 23.4 inches of legroom in the third row.

Technology

Entry-level Journey SE Value models are equipped with a 4.3-inch infotainment display, which includes AM/FM radio, an auxiliary audio input jack, and a USB port. It can be upgraded to include SiriusXM satellite radio, a CD player, and MP3 compatibility.

The Journey Crossroad model receives an 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen that includes AM/FM and SiriusXM radio, a CD/DVD player, MP3 compatibility, plus an auxiliary audio input jack and USB port. It can be upgraded to include GPS navigation, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not available.

A six-speaker sound system is standard on all trim levels, but a premium speaker system is available. An optional rear-seat entertainment package adds a 9.0-inch display that folds down from the roof behind the first-row seats. It includes a remote control and wireless headphones.

Trim Levels

2020 Dodge Journey SE Value: The entry-level Dodge Journey rolls on 17-inch steel wheels with plastic covers. Door handles are painted in body color, but the roof rails and caps for the heated side mirrors are black. Headlights are automatic with halogen reflector bulbs, with incandescent bulbs in the taillights. Inside, the seats are covered in cloth trim and manually adjustable. The smaller 4.3-inch infotainment screen is mounted in the dashboard. Convenience features include rear parking sensors, power windows with one-touch down for the driver, dual-zone climate control, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

2020 Dodge Journey Crossroad: Stepping up to Crossroad trim brings 19-inch black-painted aluminum wheels, body-color side mirror caps, chrome roof rails, more comfortable suspension tuning, and LED taillights. Its interior is upgraded with leather seating surfaces, power-adjustable driver's seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a sunroof. The infotainment system runs on the larger 8.4-inch touchscreen. Crossroad trim adds convenience features like in-floor storage bins behind the first row, illuminated sun visor vanity mirrors, three-zone climate control, and LED reading lamps.

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2020 DODGE JOURNEY SPECIFICATIONS
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FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl 2.4 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, AutoStick 4 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (40TES)
Trim
Crossroad FWD
Class
Mid-Size Utility
Horsepower
173@6000
Standard MPG
19/25
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
7/7
Package Invoice Retail

MOPAR All Weather Group

INCLUDES: Floor Mats, Plastic/Rubber; MOPAR Door Sill Guards; MOPAR Front Air Deflector; Mud Flaps
$312 $350

MOPAR Chrome Accent Package

INCLUDES: Chrome Bodyside Molding; Exhaust Tip, MOPAR Chrome; Mirror, Chrome Driver; Mirror, Chrome Passenger; MOPAR Chrome Fuel Filler Door; MOPAR Chrome Mirror Covers
$610 $685

Popular Equipment Group

INCLUDES: 368 Watt Amplifier; 5-Year SiriusXM Traffic Service; 5-Year SiriusXM Travel Link Service; Amplifier; Coming Home Device; Driver Seat, Heated; Entertainment Display, 8-inch Screen with DVD; Garage Door Opener; Passenger Seat, Heated; Remote Engine Starter; Speakers, 6 Upgraded with Subwoofer; Steering Wheel, Heated; Theft Deterrent System; Uconnect Touch 8.4; Voice Activating System, Uconnect NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [AV1] Rear Seat Video Group I
$1420 $1595

Rear Seat Video Group I

INCLUDES: 368 Watt Amplifier; Amplifier; Audio System, with Wireless Headphones; Entertainment Display, 9-inch Screen; Remote Audio Controls; Remote Control; Speakers, 6 Upgraded with Subwoofer NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [ALW] Popular Equipment Group
$886 $995

Engine: 4-Cyl 2.4 Liter

Std Std

Transmission, AutoStick 4 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (40TES)

Std Std

Exterior Color, Billet Clear Coat

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Contusion Blue Pearl Coat

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Destroyer Grey Clear Coat

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Granite Pearl Coat

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Pitch Black Clear Coat

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Redline 2 Coat Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Vice White

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

5-Year SiriusXM Traffic Service

CONTAINED IN: [ALW] Popular Equipment Group
Pkg Pkg

5-Year SiriusXM Travel Link Service

CONTAINED IN: [ALW] Popular Equipment Group
Pkg Pkg

Air Conditioning: Three-Zone Climate Control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Coming Home Device

CONTAINED IN: [ALW] Popular Equipment Group
Pkg Pkg

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front, Rear and 3rd Row

Std Std

Engine Start Button

Std Std

Entertainment Display, 8-inch Screen with DVD

CONTAINED IN: [ALW] Popular Equipment Group
Pkg Pkg

Entertainment Display, 9-inch Screen

CONTAINED IN: [AV1] Rear Seat Video Group I
Pkg Pkg

Garage Door Opener

CONTAINED IN: [ALW] Popular Equipment Group
Pkg Pkg

Media Control with Touch Screen

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen, 8.4-Inch

Std Std

Power Locks, With Passive Access (Card Key)

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v: Cargo Area(1), Rear(1), Front(2)

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Remote Control

CONTAINED IN: [AV1] Rear Seat Video Group I
Pkg Pkg

Remote Engine Starter

CONTAINED IN: [ALW] Popular Equipment Group
Pkg Pkg

Secondary Ventilation Controls

Std Std

Smart Card/Key

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Uconnect Touch 8.4

CONTAINED IN: [ALW] Popular Equipment Group
Pkg Pkg

Ventilation System With Micro Filter

Std Std

Voice Activating System, Uconnect

CONTAINED IN: [ALW] Popular Equipment Group
Pkg Pkg

Voice Activating System, Uconnect, with Radio Settings, Phone

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 4.280

Std Std

Compass

Std Std

Electrical System, 12v

Std Std

Engine Block Heater

$85 $95

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 20.5 Gallon

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Front-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Bumpers, Front and Rear Body-Colored

Std Std

Chrome Bodyside Molding

CONTAINED IN: [AFE] MOPAR Chrome Accent Package
Pkg Pkg

Chrome/Bright Trim, Bumpers

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), Body Color

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

Exhaust Tip, MOPAR Chrome

CONTAINED IN: [AFE] MOPAR Chrome Accent Package
Pkg Pkg

Front License Plate Attachment Screws

N/C N/C

MOPAR Chrome Fuel Filler Door

CONTAINED IN: [AFE] MOPAR Chrome Accent Package
Pkg Pkg

MOPAR Chrome Mirror Covers

CONTAINED IN: [AFE] MOPAR Chrome Accent Package
Pkg Pkg

MOPAR Front Air Deflector

CONTAINED IN: [AD9] MOPAR All Weather Group
Pkg Pkg

Mud Flaps

CONTAINED IN: [AD9] MOPAR All Weather Group
Pkg Pkg

Privacy Glass

Std Std

Rear Door, Lifting Gate

Std Std

Roof Rails

Std Std

Spoiler, Roof

Std Std

Window, Rear

Std Std

Windows, 3rd Row

Std Std

Windows, Rear Side

Std Std

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Console

Std Std

Floor Covering, Carpet In Passenger And Load Area

Std Std

Floor Mats

Std Std

Floor Mats, Plastic/Rubber

CONTAINED IN: [AD9] MOPAR All Weather Group
Pkg Pkg

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Alloy Look On Doors And Instrument Panel Alloy & Leather On Shift Knob

Std Std

Main Dashboard Display

Std Std

MOPAR Door Sill Guards

CONTAINED IN: [AD9] MOPAR All Weather Group
Pkg Pkg

Steering Wheel, Heated

CONTAINED IN: [ALW] Popular Equipment Group
Pkg Pkg

Steering Wheel: Leather-Trimmed, Tilt Telescoping Steering Wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated Driver And Passenger Vanity Mirror

Std Std

LED Lights: Rear Lights, Brake Lights

Std Std

Reading Lights, Front and Rear

Std Std

Body-Color Heated Driver And Passenger Power Door Mirrors

Std Std

Mirror, Chrome Driver

CONTAINED IN: [AFE] MOPAR Chrome Accent Package
Pkg Pkg

Mirror, Chrome Passenger

CONTAINED IN: [AFE] MOPAR Chrome Accent Package
Pkg Pkg

Rear View Mirror, Automatic

Std Std

Manufacturer Statement of Origin

N/C N/C

Paint, Pearl

Std Std

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbags, 7

Std Std

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Std Std

Front Fog Lights

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control

Std Std

Headlights, Halogen

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Parking Assistance

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera

Std Std

Roll Stability Control

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

CONTAINED IN: [ALW] Popular Equipment Group
Pkg Pkg

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Driver Seat, 12-Way Power Bucket; Passenger Seat, Bucket

Std Std

Driver Seat, Heated

CONTAINED IN: [ALW] Popular Equipment Group
Pkg Pkg

Passenger Seat, Heated

CONTAINED IN: [ALW] Popular Equipment Group
Pkg Pkg

Rear Seats, Split Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Leather

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Leather Seats with Sport Mesh Inserts with Cloth

N/C N/C

Seat, Third Row Split Bench

Std Std

Seating, 7

Std Std

368 Watt Amplifier

CONTAINED IN: [ALW] Popular Equipment Group; [AV1] Rear Seat Video Group I
Pkg Pkg

Amplifier

CONTAINED IN: [ALW] Popular Equipment Group; [AV1] Rear Seat Video Group I
Pkg Pkg

Audio System, Uconnect® 3 AM/FM Radio, MP3/CD Player, Satellite Radio with Color Touch Screen

Std Std

Audio System, with Wireless Headphones

CONTAINED IN: [AV1] Rear Seat Video Group I
Pkg Pkg

Remote Audio Controls

CONTAINED IN: [AV1] Rear Seat Video Group I
Std Std

Six Speakers

Std Std

Speakers, 6 Upgraded with Subwoofer

CONTAINED IN: [ALW] Popular Equipment Group; [AV1] Rear Seat Video Group I
Pkg Pkg

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Front Strut/Rear Multi-Link w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Spare Tire, Limited Use w/Steel Rim

Std Std

Tires, P225/55HR19 All Season BSW

Std Std

Wheels, 19" Alloy

Std Std

Wheels, Single Rear

Std Std
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
36
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60000
Full Warranty Miles
36000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
60000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
none
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 0% Financing for a maximum term of 36 Months - Dodge announces APR rates on select models. 03-02-2020
$0 0.9% Financing for a maximum term of 48 Months - Dodge announces APR rates on select models. 03-02-2020
$0 1.9% Financing for a maximum term of 60 Months - Dodge announces APR rates on select models. 03-02-2020
$0 2.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Dodge announces APR rates on select models. 03-02-2020
$1750 Dodge announces Customer Cash on select models. 03-02-2020
$500 Dodge announces a Bonus Cash offer on select models for eligible Military personnel. 01-04-2021
$1000 Dodge announces a Bonus Cash offer on select models when financing or leasing through Chrysler Capital. 03-02-2020