2017 Dodge Journey
- Sporty handling instills confidence in any situation
- Standard all-wheel drive gives it all-weather capability
- Performance doesn't sacrifice fuel economy
- Innovative technology that delivers useful information
- Weak acceleration from the base four-cylinder engine
- Four-cylinder's outdated four-speed automatic transmission
- Below-average fuel economy
- Missing some of the latest safety technologies
2017 Dodge Journey pricingin Ashburn, VA
Edmunds' Expert Review
The 2017 Dodge Journey soldiers on as a relic of the past in many ways. This affordable crossover with available three-row seating debuted back in 2009, and it hasn't received a full redesign since. Its advancing age is most apparent in the engine bay, where the Journey's base engine is getting on in years and lacks the efficiency, refinement and oomph of its more modern counterparts. It also comes paired with an outdated four-speed automatic transmission; smooth-shifting six-speed automatics are now the norm. You can also find fault in the way the Journey drives, as the Journey feels soft and ponderous around turns that most rivals would handle deftly.
One bright spot is the optional V6 engine. So equipped, the Journey accelerates more assertively than most budget-priced crossovers, and fuel economy is barely affected. Throw in the available 8.4-inch touchscreen — a longtime favorite of ours — and the optional third-row seat and rear entertainment system, and you've got a pretty satisfying family vehicle that should still cost less than you expect.
Overall, though, the Journey remains a decidedly mixed bag, so we recommend taking a close look at other models. Our top pick among similar vehicles would be the Kia Sorento. Although it can get rather pricey, it also comes in two- or three-row specification and offers superior handling, features and interior refinement. If you don't need three rows, we'd point you to just about any other roomy small crossover SUV, including perennial favorites such as the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4.
Every 2017 Dodge Journey comes standard with antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, active front head restraints, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag. Integrated second-row child booster seats are optional. A rearview camera and rear parking sensors are also available, but common safety technologies such as blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning are not offered.
In Edmunds brake testing, a front-wheel-drive, V6-equipped Journey came to a stop from 60 mph in 124 feet, an average performance for this class.
In government crash testing, the Journey received four out of five stars for overall crash protection, with four stars for front-impact crash protection and five stars for side-crash protection. In crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Journey received the top score of Good in the moderate-overlap front-impact, side-impact, roof strength and head restraint (whiplash protection) tests. In the agency's small-overlap front-impact test, however, the Journey received the lowest rating of Poor.
2017 Dodge Journey configurations
The 2017 Dodge Journey is available in five- and seven-passenger configurations. It is available in five trim levels: base SE, SXT, Crossroad, Crossroad Plus and GT.
The SE comes standard with 17-inch steel wheels, roof rails, heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, cruise control, dual-zone manual climate control, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a sliding and reclining second-row seat, a 4.3-inch touchscreen, and a six-speaker sound system with a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack.
Optional for the SE (standard with AWD) is the Flexible Seating package, which adds a 50/50-split third row and tri-zone manual climate control.
Moving up to the SXT adds 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a unique front fascia, LED taillights (also standard on the SE AWD), body-colored exterior mirrors and the Flexible Seating package.
The Crossroad adds 19-inch wheels, gloss black and chrome exterior trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth and satellite radio.
The Crossroad Plus expands upon the Crossroad's feature content with tri-zone automatic climate control, LED interior lighting, leather upholstery with mesh inserts, a six-way power driver seat (with four-way power lumbar adjustment), a fold-flat front passenger seat with a hidden storage bin, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, an in-dash DVD player, an SD card slot and a cargo net.
The GT adds the V6 engine as standard, plus different 19-inch wheels, remote engine start, a body-color grille, a sport-tuned suspension, automatic headlights, perforated leather upholstery with red stitching, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an interior observation mirror, a premium audio system with a subwoofer and a 115-volt power outlet.
Many features on the upper trim levels are available on lower trims via option packages. Other available features (depending on trim) include the Blacktop package (gloss black 19-inch wheels, grille and exterior trim), a sunroof, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, integrated second-row child booster seats, a rear-seat entertainment system and a navigation system.
By default, the 2017 Dodge Journey SE, SXT, Crossroad and Crossroad Plus come with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 173 hp and 166 pound-feet of torque. It drives the front wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 21 mpg combined (19 city/25 highway), a decidedly subpar rating for a four-cylinder crosstour.
Optional on those trims and standard on the GT is a 3.6-liter V6. It's good for 283 hp and 260 lb-ft and is matched to a six-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is standard with the V6 unless you get the GT, which offers either FWD or AWD. The front-wheel-drive GT returns 19 mpg combined (17 city/25 highway), while the AWD V6 models get a similar 19 mpg combined (16 city/24 highway).
We recorded a 7.8-second 0-60-mph time in a front-drive, V6-equipped Journey, which is a sluggish showing given this engine's output ratings. Still, the V6 gives you plenty of punch in most situations.
The 2017 Dodge Journey has two personalities, depending on which engine you choose. The four-cylinder engine is noisy and really doesn't have enough power to get this crossover moving with any sense of urgency, especially when loaded up with passengers. The outdated four-speed automatic transmission can be clunky in normal operation, and it does the Journey no favors in the fuel economy department, either. Accordingly, we'd avoid the four-cylinder entirely and step up to the 3.6-liter V6, which gives you the power you're going to want. Unfortunately, the V6's six-speed automatic transmission can be slow to respond when a downshift is needed.
Around town, the Journey rides smoothly over rough pavement and bumps. However, the steering is on the slow side, and you might find yourself having to make more hand movements than you'd like. When driven harder through turns, the Journey's body leans noticeably. Overall, the Journey feels heavier than many other crossovers and doesn't inspire much driver confidence.
The 2017 Journey's cabin provides generally pleasing materials and textures for the price, while the gauges and dashboard have a functional and contemporary design. In general, Dodge has done a nice job of keeping the Journey's innards up-to-date despite the vehicle's advanced age. Moreover, the available Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment interface is one of the best in the business, thanks to large, easily readable typefaces and icons and sensible menus. Few systems are more straightforward to use or pleasing to the eye.
Families will appreciate the selection of clever storage spaces squirreled throughout the Journey's cabin, particularly the cubby holes in the floor. You'll find a fair amount of legroom behind the front seats, and the optional integrated child booster seats are a nice bonus. Furthering the family-oriented mission is the Journey's widely available third-row seat, which is bundled with a separate rear air-conditioner. This seat is far from adult-friendly, but it's handy if you need to shuttle a couple extra kids to soccer practice.
Lower all the seats and the Journey provides 67.6 cubic feet of total cargo capacity, which is an average capacity among small crossovers.
Most helpful consumer reviews
2017 Dodge Journey video
JOSH SADLIER: This is Edmunds Editor Josh Sadlier, and here's an expert rundown of the 2017 Dodge Journey. [MUSIC PLAYING] The Journey's a tough one to cover for us. It's kind of a crossover, kind of a wagon. You can get a third row seat in it, which is unusual for a vehicle in this price range. And there's a nice V-6 under the hood optionally. But there's also some epic misses with this vehicle including the standard four-cylinder engine. It's wheezy. It's not very fuel efficient, really outdated, and it comes with a four-speed automatic that's even more outdated. So you really have to be careful with the options you select with this vehicle. If you outfit it correctly, it's got a lot going for it. But if you take the dealer special, you might end up with some really undesirable elements by current standards. [MUSIC PLAYING] One thing every Journey has going for it is generous cargo capacity. You can see it's got kind of an elevated wagon body style. Pop the hatch, fold the seats down, plenty of room for your stuff. Inside the Journey, you can see this is a three-row version, a second row slides forward, not much leg room back there. This is more for the kids. But, again, if you're looking for a three-row option in this price range, not too many to choose from, and the Journey has you covered there. Speaking of interesting options on this vehicle, we've got to include the optional entertainment system. You see the flip down screen there, another very unusual feature in this class and at this price point. Up front, the 8.4 inch touch screen is another interesting option, but doesn't come on every Journey. And overall, the materials aren't really up to snuff. You can tell this is a dated vehicle by looking and poking round. Bottom line, the Journey offers three-row family transportation at a reasonable price. But you got to pick those options carefully, and certainly you want to shop around before you plunk your money down at the Dodge dealer. For more Edmunds expert rundowns, click the link to subscribe. [MUSIC PLAYING]
2017 Dodge Journey Expert Rundown Review
Are you looking for an affordable crossover that has three rows of seats? The 2017 Dodge Journey checks both boxes. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.
Features & Specs
2017 Dodge Journey for Sale
2017 Dodge Journey Overview
The 2017 Dodge Journey is offered in the following submodels: Journey SUV. Available styles include SE 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A), SXT 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A), Crossroad 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A), Crossroad Plus 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A), GT 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A), Crossroad Plus 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A), GT 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A), SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A), Crossroad 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A), and SXT 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A).
What do people think of the 2017 Dodge Journey?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Dodge Journey and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 Journey 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 Journey.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2017 Dodge Journey and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2017 Journey featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.
Our Review Process
This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.
What's a good price for a New 2017 Dodge Journey?
2017 Dodge Journey Crossroad Plus 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
The 2017 Dodge Journey Crossroad Plus 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $37,320. The average price paid for a new 2017 Dodge Journey Crossroad Plus 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) is trending $6,385 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $6,385 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$30,935.
The average savings for the 2017 Dodge Journey Crossroad Plus 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) is17.1% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 1 2017 Dodge Journey Crossroad Plus 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
2017 Dodge Journey Crossroad Plus 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
The 2017 Dodge Journey Crossroad Plus 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,285. The average price paid for a new 2017 Dodge Journey Crossroad Plus 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A) is trending $11,186 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $11,186 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$21,099.
The average savings for the 2017 Dodge Journey Crossroad Plus 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A) is34.6% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 2 2017 Dodge Journey Crossroad Plus 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
Which 2017 Dodge Journeys are available in my area?
Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2017 Dodge Journey for sale near. There are currently 3 new 2017 Journeys listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $31,890 and mileage as low as 50 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the Carfax and Autocheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2017 Dodge Journey. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to $11,186 on a used or CPO 2017 Journey available from a dealership near you.
Can't find a new 2017 Dodge Journeys you want in your area? Consider a broader search.
Find a new Dodge Journey for sale - 10 great deals out of 19 listings starting at $11,169.
Find a new Dodge for sale - 6 great deals out of 15 listings starting at $24,473.
Why trust Edmunds?
Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including rich, trim-level features and specs information like: MSRP, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, heated seating, cooled seating, cruise control, parking assistance, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats ,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, wheel tire, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, engine torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy (city, highway, combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (length, width, seating capacity, cargo space), car safety, true cost to own. Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, fuel economy, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds rating, and color.
Should I lease or buy a 2017 Dodge Journey?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.
Check out Dodge lease specials