Based on the same platform underpinning the Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger, the Dodge Journey blends attributes from a station wagon and a utility vehicle to form this model. Across its 12-year model run, the Journey went from leading-edge to outdated as other manufacturers stepped in with fresh models. The Dodge Journey is one of the most affordable models in its segment, making it attainable for most consumers.
Chronicling the Changes
2020 – Dodge drops the GT grade as well as the optional V6 engine. The SE grade is now the SE Value, underscoring this model’s price point. For its final model year, the Journey is only front-wheel drive.
2019 – Dodge drops the SXT grade. The base SE gains more standard equipment. Models equipped with the V6 engine see updated front and rear fascias.
2018 — The available third-row seat is now standard across the model line.
2017 — An all-new GT grade debuts, replacing the previous R/T. The V6 engine comes with all-wheel-drive only, except on the GT.
2016 — No changes of note.
2015 — No changes of note.
2014 — For its sixth model year, the Dodge Journey continues virtually unchanged.
2013 — An all-new Dodge Journey Crew grade debuts, equipped with leather material and heated front seats.
2012 — Minor changes accompany the Dodge Journey for its fourth model year.
2011 — Dodge replaces the original V6 with a more powerful 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine. Other changes include a retuned suspension, improved steering, better interior materials, and a new infotainment interface.
2010 — Keyless entry becomes standard. A new 9-inch screen highlights the available rear entertainment system. The remaining changes involve safety, including updated front-row head restraints.
2009 — Chrysler took the compact platform underpinning the Dodge Avenger and Chrysler Sebring (later 200) to support the Dodge Journey. More wagon-like than a utility vehicle, the Journey is also one of the few models in this segment with three rows, with seating for as many as seven. Thus, it is often considered a midsize model. For 2009, the Journey features a standard four-cylinder engine paired with a four-speed automatic transmission in the SE trim. A V6 engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission powered upper trim SXT and R/T models. The Journey is available with the same stow ‘n go seating as found in the Dodge Caravan minivan.
First-Generation Dodge Journey
Dodge Journey Considerations
The Dodge Journey is a budget model that’s demonstrably outperformed by nearly every competitor. That said, its spacious interior and available V6 engine make it especially appealing to some shoppers.
Among the Journey’s top competitors are the Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Nissan Rogue, Chevrolet Equinox, and the Honda CR-V. Also consider the Hyundai Tucson, Volkswagen Tiguan, Mazda CX-5, Kia Sportage, Kia Soul, Mitsubishi Outlander, GMC Terrain, and the Subaru Forester.
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