Affordable, attractive, and spacious, the 2018 Dodge Journey is an excellent choice in the crowded and competitive SUV market. This year, the Journey gets some new infotainment upgrades and standard third-row seating to complement its other stellar offerings from 2017. Whether you're a family looking for a budget vehicle or a bachelor looking for adventure, the Journey delivers. Here's a glance at all it has to offer in 2018.
The 2018 Dodge Journey comes in four trim levels: SE, SXT, Crossroad, and GT. The entry-level SE has some fine standard features including 17-inch steel wheels, automatic halogen quad headlamps, power heated side mirrors, and black roof rails. The SXT adds on 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, fog lamps, LED taillamps, and body-colored side mirrors and front fascia, while the Crossroad offers chrome roof rails, a gloss black grille, and 19-inch hyper black aluminum alloy wheels.
The GT rounds out the lineup with unique GT badging, 19-inch painted aluminum alloy wheels, chrome-tipped dual exhaust, and a body-colored grille. Depending on the trim, the Journey has up to 10 paint colors such as Contusion Blue, Pitch Black, Blood Orange, and White Noise.
Under the hood, the 2018 Dodge Journey comes with two engine options. The SE, SXT, and Crossroad all come equipped with a 2.4-liter, inline 4-cylinder engine that supplies 173 horsepower and up to 166 pound-feet of torque. This mates with a four-speed automatic transmission to deliver swift acceleration and your choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
If you crave a bit more oomph, upgrade to the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 that produces 283 horsepower and up to 260 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and either front-wheel or all-wheel drive, the Journey can burst off the line from 0-60 in just 7.8 seconds while topping out at a heart-pounding 118 mph.
With its impressive engines, the Journey has enough power to tow a boat, camper, or trailer. While the SE pulls 1,000 pounds, the other three trims boast a towing capacity of 2,500 pounds, giving you the giddy-up you need for a weekend excursion to the lake or a camping trip.
Even with its power, the Journey also provides above-average fuel economy. Expect 25 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city with the 2.4-liter option, or 25 mpg on the highway and 17 mpg in the city with the 3.6-liter engine. The SXT and Crossroad also have optional Flex Fuel technology which allows them to take ethanol-infused gasoline.
New for 2018, a standard third row allows the Journey to accommodate up to seven passengers. With a full house, the Journey still offers up to 33 cubic feet of space behind the rear seat. When the second-row and third-row seats are folded, the Journey provides an impressive 67.6 cubic feet of room.
Other interior highlights include an optional 8.4-inch touch-screen display, an upgraded Uconnect infotainment system, USB ports, and available heated front seats with leather trimming.
The 2018 Dodge Journey earned a four-star out of five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Standard safety features include advanced multistage front air bags, electronic stability control, traction control, trailer sway control, and a tire pressure monitoring system.