The Dodge Journey debuted in 2009, and it seems like Dodge released it and immediately forgot it existed, as has rolled into showrooms ever since with virtually no changes. It looks like Dodge is finally waking up to the fact it practically abandoned this compact crossover, as the 2020 Journey will see a few changes, including cutting its available trim levels and shuffling some features.
Apart from a few special-edition models and a handful of mild updates, the Dodge Journey has remained visually the same since 2009. It’s always been one of the oddest crossovers, as it seems to bridge the minivan and SUV segments rather than SUVs and sedans. Just slap a few sliding doors on the back, and you basically have a baby Grand Caravan. We expect this look to continue unimpeded into he 2020 Journey lineup.
Inside, the Dodge Journey’s 2009 roots show even more with its acres of black plastic and dated technology, including the standard 4.3-inch infotainment center and its lack of standard or optional Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. One of the Journey’s redeeming qualities is that it’s one of the few compact crossovers with a third row.
While its visuals remain, the 2020 Journey lineup will shrink from four trim levels to just two, the SE Value and Crossroad. Both models will also get their own Popular Equipment Group packages. The SE Value’s package will add Uconnect Voice Command with Bluetooth, SiriusXM Radio with a 12-month subscription, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, tri-zone temperature control, a power driver seat, premium cloth seating, security alarm, and interior observation mirror.
The Crossroad model’s Popular Equipment Group package will add navigation, six premium speakers and subwoofer, heated front seats and steering wheel, remote start, and a universal garage door opener.
Under its hood, the 2020 Dodge Journey will drop the optional 3.6-liter V6 engine, leaving only the standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. In 2020, the 2.4-liter will see its power fall by 1 horsepower to 172 hp, but it will continue to ship its power to the front wheels via an ancient four-speed automatic transmission. With the elimination of the 3.6-liter V6, optional all-wheel drive is out the window too.
The current Dodge Journey struggles in IIHS safety tests. It pulled “Good” scores in four of the IIHS’ crash-tests but received a scary “Poor” rating in the driver’s side small-overlap test. It also received a “Poor” headlight rating and has now automatic emergency braking or forward-collision alert. This results in the Journey being nowhere near an IIHS Top Safety Pick. With no changes coming to its safety equipment, we expect the same ratings when the IIHS gets to testing the 2020 Journey.