The Dodge Journey is one of those vehicles that doesn’t court controversy or headlines. It is comfortable in its own skin and content to continue doing its thing while all others receive the attention. After spending a few hours with an 2018 Dodge Journey yesterday, I think I like it.
The crossover market is huge but it is also very competitive. Every automaker of every type has a crossover or three in their lineup and we seem to be buying them all. It may be easy to overlook the 2018 Dodge Journey but I think that could be a mistake.
2018 Dodge Journey design
The design of the 2018 Dodge Journey is handsome rather than attractive. Some interesting design cues and some sharp edges give it a unique look among the soft roaders currently available. The rather blunt front end is very endearing and has the look of an SUV without the bulk. A sloped hood and raked windshield offer aero advantages while a curved roof draws the eye down the profile.
In profile, the 2018 Dodge Journey looks quite long. Small wheel arches and lower sill detailing draw the eye along its length while those doors and rear quarterlight do make you follow the lines from front to back.
Inside, there is a definite element of the Chrysler Pacifica to the dashboard and layout. Materials quality and finishing is good quality, trim is attractive and the space is a nice place to be. Driving is simple thanks to good visibility all round, logically placed controls and comfortable seating.
2018 Dodge Journey mechanicals
There are two engine options available for the 2018 Dodge Journey. The first is a 2.4-litre four cylinder that produces 173 hp and 166 lb-ft of torque and has a four speed automatic. There is also a 3.6-litre V6 in the GT that produces a healthy 283 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. It has a six speed automatic. The 2.4 is front wheel drive only while the V6 has the option of FWD or AWD.
The chassis and suspension are quite accomplished and offer a smooth, confident ride. There is little body roll in corners and the Journey is reasonably quiet at highway speeds. Despite being a decent size, it is quite nimble around town, for a crossover anyway.
Available in SE, SXT, Crossroad and GT trims, there is something here for everyone. Features and options are plentiful and the vehicle itself offers excellent value for money.