The Dodge Journey is a time-consuming vehicle. It debuted in 2009 and is pretty much the same vehicle since. Although this longevity is admirable and some of the virtues attached to the Journey concept, it is undeniable that it is behind time in some areas.
As before, the 2018 Dodge Journey has an affordable price and three rows, but it does not offer enough safety features that buyers expect, even for optional. The base engine is a sluggish four-cylinder and paired with an outdated automatic four-speed transmission, and the result is sub-standard fuel savings. A stronger V6 is available, but still can not compete with other three-row SUVs.
But not all bad news. The 2018 Dodge Journey ride quality is good, and the seats are comfortable. The 8.4 inch Uconnect infotainment system on higher trim is also one of the best, though it has not yet been upgraded to the latest version that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.
The 2018 Journey will take you where you go with less money than many competitors. But overall, it would be more fun with vehicles like the new Volkswagen Tiguan, GMC Acadia, or Kia Sorento.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Dodge Journey is a three-row mid-size crossover SUV comes in four trim levels: SE, SXT, Crossroad and GT.
Standard features for the base SE includes keyless ignition and entry, 17-inch steel wheels, dual-zone climate control, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split second-row seats with recline and slide, a 4.3-inch touchscreen interface and a six-speaker sound system.
Options packages include the Connectivity package, which adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, satellite radio, Bluetooth, voice commands and a USB port. The Popular Equipment package adds a conversation mirror, three-zone temperature control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, overhead console storage and rear-seat vents. The Comfort/Convenience package adds a power-adjustable driver seat.
The 2018 Dodge Journey SXT adds 17-inch alloy wheels plus the Connectivity and Popular Equipment packages equipment.
Option for the SXT is the Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen package that adds a rearview camera, three-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, overhead console storage, 8.4-inch touchscreen, and amiable interior lamps. The Premium package adds power-adjustable driver seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, conversation mirror and satellite radio.
The 2018 Dodge Journey Crossroad adds the contents of the Uconnect package plus 19-inch black-painted alloy wheels. Other options include a sunroof, heated front seats, leather upholstery, a rear-seat entertainment system, navigation, a premium six-speaker stereo system with subwoofer. The Driver Convenience package adds a universal garage door opener, rear parking sensors and a rearview camera.
The 2018 Dodge Journey GT trim gets remote start, 19-inch alloys, a security alarm, heated steering wheel, heated front seats, leather upholstery and the premium stereo system. Other options are same as the Crossroad. The Trailer Tow Prep package adds a hitch and four-pin wiring connector, is also available.
The 2018 Dodge Journey SE, SXT and Crossroad are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque. Power sent to the front wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. EPA-estimated fuel economy stand at 21 mpg combined (19 mpg city/25 mpg highway), which is a subpar rating for a four-cylinder crossover.
Standard on the GT and optional on the rest of the trim is a 3.6-liter V6 engine. It generates 283 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque and paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard unless you get the GT, which offers both FWD or AWD. The front-wheel-drive GT returns EPA fuel economy at 19 mpg combined (17 city/25 highway), while the AWD at (19/16/24).
In performance testing, the 2018 Dodge Journey GT with front-drive accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 7.8-second, which is slow given this engine output ratings. Still, it gives you plenty of punch in most situations.
The 2018 Dodge Journey cabin carries generally good materials and textures for its price, with dashboards and gauges having a functional and modern design. Dodge has done a good job keeping the Journey up-to-date despite having old age. In addition, the 8.4-inch Uconnect display infotainment interface is one of the best, thanks to a sensible menu, great typography and icons that are easy to read. Only few systems are more pleasing to the eye and easy to use.
Passengers will love the various smart storage spaces scattered in Journey’s cabin, especially the small hole in the floor. You will find quite a lot of legroom in the rear seats, and an optional integrated child booster seat is great. With a family-oriented mission, the 2018 Dodge Journey third row seats are bundled with separate rear air conditioners. This chair is not adult friendly, but very useful for children.
Fold all the rear seats and Journey provides 67.6 cubic feet of cargo space, which is the average capacity among mid-size crossovers.
Release Date and Price
Dodge has not offered any information regarding a release date for the 2018 Journey. However, with all the information, its expected to release very soon. Pricing will start at $22,495 for the base SE with top out at $34,395 for the GT.