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On paper, the midsized Journey SUV may sound compelling, but in our tests we found that it has a confining interior, lacks agility, and delivers miserable fuel economy. Added to that, it suffers from poor performance in the IIHS small-overlap frontal crash test.
But the Journey rides well, the cabin is relatively quiet, and it offers a third-row seat, albeit one that is snug and best for children. The Journey is late in its model run, with discounts commonplace. But don't be tempted. This low-rated model is a poor value anywhere--even at the airport rental lot. For 2020, the V6 engine and all-wheel drive have been dropped.
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2011-2019
2011 Redesign Year
The 2011 reworking brought a much nicer interior and a better V6, but the lack of agility and still-mediocre fuel economy keep it out of the top ranks. Plus it was more expensive than many better rivals.
Poor IIHS small overlap crash-test results and below average owner satisfaction add to the long list of demerits. Ultimately, we think you'd be better served looking at something else.
$18,350 - $21,425
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$16,200 - $19,800
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$13,975 - $18,350
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$12,100 - $16,125
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$10,250 - $14,325
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$8,475 - $12,175
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$7,600 - $10,600
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$6,700 - $9,500
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$5,800 - $8,450
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2009-2010
2009 Redesign Year
The Journey, Dodge's first car-based SUV, used the Chrysler Sebring/Dodge Avenger platform. The fairly compact vehicle offers a tiny third-row seat.
A noisy 2.4-liter engine is standard, but the punchier and more refined 3.5-liter V6 engine is a better choice. However, 16 mpg is the tradeoff for the improved performance potential. Ride quality is a bit unsettled and handling lacks agility, but is ultimately secure. Storage bins under the front-passenger seat cushion and in the second row floor are handy. Integrated child booster seats are an option.
$5,425 - $7,350
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$4,675 - $6,300
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