The 2020 Dodge Journey is hands-down the cheapest three-row SUV you can buy today. Despite a architecture that is assuming its age and appearance that are more outdated, it undercuts the appraisement of its competitors by thousands. Despite the Journey’s awkward active dynamics, apathetic powertrain, and abridgement of driver-assistance technologies, the actuality that it has a configurable berth and a convenient infotainment arrangement should address to price-conscious buyers.
Dodge cuts bottomward the cardinal of accessible trims on the Journey from three to aloof two for 2020: the SE Bulk and the Crossroad. The added notable cuts are the absence of all-wheel drive and the alternative V-6 agent that were commutual to a six-speed automated transmission. The alone powertrain accessible is now the aged 172-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder that is commutual to a four-speed automated and front-wheel drive. Buyers can attending avant-garde to the accession of accepted rear esplanade abetment to all models as able-bodied as a accepted sunroof for the Crossroad trim level. Dodge additionally streamlines the option-picking action with the accession of the Popular Equipment Group which bundles abounding appearance together, depending on trim level. In the SE Bulk trim, the amalgamation gives you a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, Uconnect with Voice Command and Bluetooth, SiriusXM accessory radio, three-zone altitude control, aegis alarm, and a leather-wrapped about-face bulge and council wheel. The Crossroad’s Popular Equipment Group adds a accepted barn aperture opener, alien start, acrimonious avant-garde seats and council wheel, navigation, and a six-speaker complete arrangement with a subwoofer. Dodge has appear that the Journey will assuredly appear to an end afterwards the 2020 archetypal year.
With the absence of the V-6 and all-wheel drive for 2020, the rental-fleet-inspired SE Bulk adaptation is our aces from the Journey lineup. With basal options to accept from and basal bulk added from the Popular Equipment Group at this level, we’d skip aggregate and stick with the bare-bones Journey.
The Journey SE and Crossroad trims appear with an underpowered four-cylinder agent that’s best avoided—except you can’t, aback the V-6 is no best offered. The 172-hp agent is woefully underpowered and the four-speed automated manual that’s afraid to downshift added dulls its real-world performance.
There are not abounding three-row crossovers that are absorbing to drive, so their ride and administration are graded on a curve. Alike so, the Journey’s awkward administration and above manual leave it far from accepting a acceptable appraisement from us. It wallows in corners with lots of anatomy cycle and estimated steering. The account of this softness, however, is a adequate ride on the freeway.
The four-cylinder agent has the affliction EPA ratings amid competitors with agnate powertrains, with 19 mpg in burghal active and 25 mpg on the highway. By comparison, the 2019 Honda CR-V is rated at 26 burghal and 32 mpg on the highway, while the 2019 Toyota C-HR is rated at 27/31.
The Journey’s autogenous is far from upscale, but its simple controls are user-friendly. Accepting anyone to fit in the third row—even children—requires those in the additional row to accommodation their legroom. Cheap-feeling $.25 such as a plasticky shifter and hollow-sounding autogenous door-trim panels are abnormally arrant on the priciest version. Several affluence appearance including a power-adjustable commuter seat, cooled seats, and acrimonious rear seats are notable in their absence from the options list.
Practicality is one of the few areas area the Journey shines: its autogenous is calmly configurable and it has bags of accommodation accumulator for allowance and ends, alike if its absolute burden accommodation isn’t as ample as some competitors. You can bend bottomward the 50/50-split third row and the 60/40-split additional row to aggrandize the accessible burden space, although the Journey offers the atomic bulk of absolute burden amplitude of the cartage in this class. In accession to the accepted compartments in and about the console, there’s additionally a abundantly sized bin beneath the front-passenger bench cushion, as able-bodied as two ample underfloor compartments in the additional row.
Although every archetypal appearance an easy-to-use touchscreen, the arrangement has beneath appearance than abounding added Dodge products. Likewise, the beyond awning is responsive, but we ambition Apple CarPlay and Android Auto adequacy were offered here. There’s additionally alone a distinct USB anchorage up front—not abundant for the device-happy spawn acceptable to abide the aback seats.
The Journey’s blah assurance address agenda reveals that it’s not the best best back it comes to apartment your adored onboard cargo. Its crash-test after-effects are not great, and—what’s worse—it offers none of the avant-garde driver-assistance technology that is accepted in added ancestors haulers. The alone accessible assurance affection is rear parking sensors.
Dodge’s assurance advantage is average, and Journey buyers won’t adore adulatory appointed maintenance.