Not Really a Spectacular Update for the 2018 Dodge Journey

2018 Dodge Journey review

Updates for the 2018 Dodge Journey are now out. If you are not really sure if you need an SUV or a minivan you can opt for a Dodge Journey as it splits it right in between. Perhaps an underrated model which the shoppers have overlooked for a time, the Journey is a model which is a safe bet for a family car and provides you with all the necessities one is going to need when acquiring one.

The Dodge Journey has a very strong value among SUVs on the current market. It is perhaps the cheapest way for shoppers to get a third row out of your vehicle but it does come with a few flaws. It is not as technologically proficient as you would expect a modern vehicle to be and it also does not offer such a great safety treatment.

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For the 2018 model year, the Journey will be carried over almost unchanged. It still managed to sell well even with the fact that it did not have so much under its belt to offer. But speaking of dimensions it is the largest model in its respective segment and does offer more space than all the other vehicles on the market. The newest car will be hitting the market soon so it was only fitting to make a review about this upcoming model and its release date.

What About the Release Date for the 2018 Dodge Journey?

The release date for the newest and updated 2018 Dodge Journey is expected for the later part of 2017. The development of this vehicle is almost complete and since they are not changing a whole lot about the car it will not take them too long to release the model.

What is the Price of the Car?

The price of the 2018 Dodge Journey will not differ too much compared to the outgoing model. It will still stand at 22,000 dollars for the base trim. The prices will go up for the upper ones and it is expected that the highest price reaches 35,000 dollars if you want a Dodge Journey with all the trimmings.

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Still a Unique Exterior Design for the 2018 Dodge Journey

The 2018 Dodge Journey will follow the footsteps of its predecessor. The previous Journey cars had a unique kind of a design which saw them not looking like anything else on the market, even the cars that they were copying off. If we were to describe it the best way to go is to say that it looks like something between a wagon and an SUV. It manages to blend minivan practicality and manages to squeeze it into a shape which is somewhat more pleasing for the eye than an actual minivan.

The new 2018 Journey will follow the basis of the previous model and only add a few changes for the new car. So this one looks a bit slab-sided, but adds chiseled sheet metal and some flared wheel wells and square shoulders. There is also a degree of sheet metal creasing and helps it be much more than a curvaceous crossover and in a way makes it more anonymous and conservative. Thus the bottom line is that the look is a bit dated but one that manages to hold up even to this day.

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Interior Changes and Appearance

The interior of the 2018 Dodge Journey is meant to be comfortable and to provide lots of spacing. It is smooth and swoopy but it does not have the over the top organic design that some of the current Dodge products came with. The layout is pretty simple and very easy to use and we see an advantage in it. Larger dials and knobs which come framed with quality materials are a good look for the cabin. The majority of the inside is dark, but they did manage to add a bit of brightwork to make the place a bit easier on the eyes.

The center stack adds a metallic trim which directs you through a deeply sculptured dash. There are round cut-tube gauges and a blocky steering wheel and it all mixes together pretty well. The large infotainment screen and the easy to use climate controls are at the very center of it all. It does not go up with the times as one would expect it but it is still a good choice and a very workable interior for the Journey model.

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Something under the Hood

The newest 2018 Dodge Journey will offer us three options under the hood. We will be able to use between an inline-4 with front-wheel drive, or a V-6 with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The 2.4-liter inline-4 is not a good choice for those who want fuel-economy and responsiveness from their engine but it does manage to make 173-horsepower. The 3.6-liter “Pentastar” V-6 is offered optionally for the SXT, Crossroad, and Crossroad Plus models and is standard for the R/T and is capable of making 283 hp and comes combined with a 6-speed automatic.

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0-60 mph Acceleration and Top Speed

This new 2018 Dodge Journey will not be able to expand so much upon its specs but it still is capable of making a decent run for its money. The model can speed up to 0-60 mph in just 7.8 seconds and is still capable of developing a top speed of 118 mph.

What is the Fuel Economy Like?

Well the fuel economy of the 2018 Dodge Journey is nothing spectacular but we can still call it acceptable. With the base inline-4 and 4-speed automatic transmission the EPA stats stand at 19 mpg city, 26 highway, 21 combined. While the consumption is rated to 17/25/19 mpg for the V-6 front-wheel-drive models while the all-wheel-drive version consume 16/24/19 mpg.

Size and Dimensions

We already said that the 2018 Dodge Journey is the biggest model in the segment. This is thanks to the enormous size that this minivan SUV crossover has and they aim to keep it that way. The model will not change the size this time and it is the same size that the car has averaged for quite some time now and they do not want to change it. The overall length is 192.4 in, the height is 69.5 in, and width is 72.2 in while the wheelbase remains at 113.8 in. The inside offers spacing of 122 cu ft for the passengers and 11 cu ft in the trunk.

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Dated Safety

One of the flaws of the 2018 Dodge Journey is the safety technology that this model has. With the aging structure of the car the crash tests are no longer that great. This model has not been able to change the structure of the car and they are still working with the old or actually the first one with which they started. But they do manage to add some decent safety equipment dual front, side, and curtain airbags; stability and traction control; active head restraints; and four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock control, but they skipped the latest and most advanced ones. The safety will still remain a problem for the 2018 Dodge Journey.

More Cars in the Segment

Although the 2018 Dodge Journey is perhaps the largest and the cheapest model you will find in the current market, there are other ones which provide a better offer for more money. The more popular choices for now are the Chevrolet Equinox, Honda CR-V and the Kia Sorento models.

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