Dodge was late into the midsize crossover SUV segment, though it eventually entered the market with the Journey. Offering passenger and cargo space like a larger compact SUVs with more substantial shades and third-row seats of full-size, the Journey competes in this tough segment with the desired blend of comfort and utility. Affordable price compared to its competitors is another major appeal.
Overall, the 2018 Dodge Journey is a mixed bag. We like it when equipped with an optional V6 engine, an 8.4-inch touchscreen and third-row seats, all of which make it a more satisfying car for big or growing families. But a weak standard four-cylinder engine, outdated four-speed transmission, poor fuel economy and absent safety tech makes the 2018 Dodge Journey difficulty in the face of roomy small crossover, especially if you do not need a third-row seat.
The 2018 Dodge Journey is available is a three-row seven-passenger midsize crossover SUV. It sold in four trim levels: base SE, SXT, Crossroad, and GT.
The 2018 Dodge Journey SE, SXT and Crossroad come standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque. A four-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. EPA fuel economy stand at 21 mpg combined (19 city/25 highway), a subpar rating for a four-cylinder crossover SUV.
Standard on the GT and optional for the rest of trim is a 3.6-liter V6 engine. It matched to a six-speed automatic transmission and produces 283 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is standard, but the GT offers either FWD or AWD.
In track testing, the 2018 Dodge Journey V6 went from 0 to 60-mph in 7.8 seconds, which is a sluggish showing given this engine’s output ratings. EPA estimated fuel economy stand at 19 mpg combined (17 city/25 highway) with front-wheel-drive, while the AWD V6 at 19 mpg combined (16 city/24 highway).
Properly equipped, the 2018 Dodge Journey maximum towing capacity at 2500 pounds. Most competitors provide more towing capacity.