Dodge Journey Review
The 2015 Dodge Journey ranks 18 out of 22 Affordable Compact SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Dodge Journey, as well as reliability and safety data.
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Although they like the 2015 Dodge Journey’s attractive cabin and intuitive infotainment system, reviewers say it has an underpowered engine and poor fuel economy.
Automotive journalists complain that the 2015 Dodge Journey's base four-cylinder engine is underpowered and unrefined. Its four-speed automatic transmission is also outdated and contributes to the Journey’s lackluster fuel economy, they report. Test drivers agree that the available V6 is the better choice for strong, smooth power, and it’s paired with a more polished six-speed automatic transmission. With an EPA-estimated 19/26 mpg city/highway, the base Journey uses more fuel than most SUVs in the class. Most reviewers agree that the Dodge Journey has confidence-inspiring handling through turns and a cushy ride over rough roads. However, a few critics disagree, saying the Journey feels unwieldy.
According to reviewers, the 2015 Dodge Journey’s cabin features impressive materials. Most test drivers think the Journey's first- and second-row seats are fairly comfortable for adults, though some say the front seats could be more supportive. They agree that its optional third row has adequate room for a couple of children. The 2015 Dodge Journey comes with a 4.3-inch Uconnect touch-screen radio, a USB port, heated mirrors, push-button start and dual-zone air conditioning. Optional features include tri-zone automatic climate control, a Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, satellite radio, hands-free text messaging, navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system with a 9-inch screen, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera and remote start. Reviewers are thrilled with the Journey's straightforward Uconnect infotainment system, which they say is one of the best in the class. The Dodge Journey has 67.6 cubic feet of overall cargo space, which is good for the class. Reviewers are also impressed with the convenient small-item interior storage spaces, which include compartments under the floor in the second row and under the front passenger seat cushion.
- "The 2015 Dodge Journey has an available V6 engine and a third row so it might seem to be a decent pick for families on a budget, but overall it falls short of newer crossovers with more powerful four-cylinder engines and better fuel mileage ratings." -- Edmunds
- “While its crossover styling looks conservative on the outside, the interior design and materials remain top-notch, and the available 8.4-inch touchscreen is arguably one of the best in the business. Clever touches abound, and the price is supremely competitive." -- AutoTrader
- "The Dodge Journey is a mid-size, seven-passenger crossover that's well worth considering for buyers seeking a family-friendly ride with a versatile interior and an affordable price. Just make sure to skip over the lackluster base four-cylinder in favor of the smooth and powerful Pentastar V6 option." -- Left Lane News
- “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." -- Kelley Blue Book
Other SUVs to Consider
The Nissan Rogue has a large cargo hold and earns excellent fuel economy estimates for the class. Reviewers say the Rogue has accurate steering and strong brakes.
Reviewers say the Ford Escape’s powerful available turbocharged engine choices and agile handling make it fun to drive. It also earns notably better fuel economy estimates than the Journey. Test drivers also agree that the Escape has a well-built, handsome cabin.
Details: 2015 Dodge Journey
The 2015 Dodge Journey seats five and comes with front-wheel drive. An optional third-row seat raises the seating capacity to seven. The base Journey comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive, a 3.6-liter V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission are optional. The Journey comes in six trims: American Value Package, SE, SXT, Crossroad, Limited and R/T. Since the Journey saw its last major refresh for the 2011 model year and hasn’t changed much since, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 through 2015 model years.
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