The Dodge Journey Cuts Trim Levels for 2020, Still Offers Great Value
Dodge's Journey crossover SUV was introduced for the 2009 model year to replace both the Chrysler Pacifica crossover SUV and the Dodge Magnum full-size wagon. Based on the Chrysler Town & Country/Dodge Grand Caravan/Volkswagen (VW) Routan minivan platform, the Journey was slightly smaller than the Pacifica and Magnum it replaced, but offered third-row seating (something the Magnum didn't offer), and more fuel-efficient powertrains. It last received a full update for the 2011 model year, when Fiat took over the Chrysler Corporation, and brought changes to almost its U.S. lineup. With the 2011 facelift, the Dodge Journey got the new corporate 3.6L "Pentastar" VVT FlexFuel-Capable V6 engine to replace the aging 3.5L V6 unit, new front and rear fascias, "Ring-of-Fire" tail lamps, and a revised interior with a newly-available U Connect 8.4 touchscreen infotainment system. For 2015, the Crossroad trim joined the Journey lineup, offering more aggressive exterior styling and additional interior features. And for 2020, the Journey loses both trim levels and its V6 engine option with All Wheel Drive (AWD) and the six-speed automatic transmission, cutting the lineup to only two trim levels, and a single engine and drivetrain option.
For 2020, the Dodge Journey is available in two trim levels: base SE Value and up-level Crossroad. Mid-level SE and range-topping GT trims have been dropped for the 2020 model year (the mid-level SXT trim was dropped last year for 2019). Also gone from the Journey lineup this year are the 283-horsepower, 3.6L "Pentastar" FlexFuel-Capable V6 engine, the option for All Wheel Drive (AWD), and the six-speed automatic transmission. For 2020, Journey buyers now only have a single engine, transmission, and drivetrain choice: a 173-horsepower 2.4L Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) engine, an antiquated four-speed automatic transmission, and Front Wheel Drive (FWD). The Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) engine and four-speed automatic transmission were previously the "base" engine and transmission options for the Journey, and are now the only options for 2020. The base Dodge Journey SE Value adds rear parking sensors and third-row seating as standard equipment this year, which were previously options on the mid-level SE, and weren't even available on the old SE Value trim. The SE includes a generous amount of standard equipment, such as the aforementioned rear parking sensors and third-row (seven-passenger) seating, as well as body-color door handles, Keyless Enter-'n'-Go (FCA's version of keyless access) with push-button start, keyless entry, a full-color LCD center instrument cluster display screen and Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC), a cruise control, cloth seating surfaces, automatic front headlamps, Daytime Running Lamps (DRL's), power heated black side mirrors, black roof side rails, a compact spare tire and wheel, seventeen-inch (17") black-painted steel wheels with full plastic wheel covers, a 4.3-inch (4.3") LCD touchscreen infotainment system with A/M-F/M radio, single-disc CD/MP3 player, microSD, USB, and auxiliary audio input jack, a six-speaker audio system, steering wheel-mounted audio system and cruise controls, a rearview backup camera system, and a dual-zone climate control system. A newly-available SE Value Popular Equipment Group adds features such as SiriusXM Satellite Radio with a complimentary one-year paid trial subscription, U Connect Bluetooth with voice control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated Bluetooth phone controls, an automatic climate control system, upgraded premium cloth seating surfaces, a power-adjustable front driver's seat, a security system, an interior observation (conversation) mirror, and a leather-wrapped transmission shift lever. SE Value buyers can also add the SE Value Blacktop Package, which adds seventeen-inch black-accented aluminum-alloy wheels and additional black exterior accents. The SE Value trim can also be had with seventeen-inch aluminum-alloy wheels replacing the steel wheels with full wheel covers.
The new "top-of-the-line" Dodge Journey trim level is the popular Crossroad, which adds more appearance and convenience features to the already well-equipped SE Value trim. These options include touring suspension, front fog lamps, body-color power heated side mirrors, Platinum Chrome roof side rails, LED "Ring-of-Fire" tail lamps, nineteen-inch (19") Black Noise-finished aluminum-alloy wheels, a three-zone automatic climate control system with humidity sensor, upgraded interior door panel trim, LED interior lighting, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with Bluetooth phone controls, luxury leather-trimmed seating surfaces with Sport Mesh (Cloth) inserts, a power-adjustable front driver's seat, an 8.4-inch (8.4") touchscreen infotainment system, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with a complimentary one-year paid trial subscription, and U Connect Bluetooth with voice control. Crossroad buyers can choose the Crossroad Popular Equipment Group, which adds features such as a security system, remote start, dual heated front seats, an 8.4-inch (8.4") touchscreen infotainment system with integrated Garmin-based GPS navigation and SiriusXM Travel Link with an included complimentary paid trial subscription, and a six-speaker premium audio system with amplifier and rear-mounted subwoofer. A rear DVD entertainment system is also available as an option on the Crossroad trim level, and also includes dual rear integrated child booster seats. Seven exterior colors are available on the 2020 Dodge Journey: Destroyer Gray (Dark Gray), Redline 2-Coat Pearl (Red), Contusion Blue Pearl Coat (Dark Blue), Granite (Dark Gray), Billet (Silver), Pitch Black (Black), and Vice White (White). Available interior color options are Black for both SE Value and Crossroad trims, or Tan for the SE Value only. Blood Orange (Bright Orange), Ceramic Grey (Light Gray), Verde Oliva (Light Olive Green), and White Noise Tri-Coat (Pearl White) have been discontinued for 2020 (Destroyer Gray replaces Ceramic Grey).
No pricing has been announced for the 2020 Dodge Journey, however, the base 2019 Dodge Journey SE Value starts at $23,245, the mid-level 2019 Dodge Journey SE starts at $23,895, and the adventurous-looking 2019 Dodge Journey Crossroad starts at $28,345. All pricing is base pricing (without options), and includes a mandatory destination fee, but does not include any applicable taxes, title, or any other applicable fees. All three trims include the 2.4L Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) engine, a four-speed automatic transmission, and Front Wheel Drive (FWD). We expect 2020 Dodge Journey pricing to stay about the same with only a small increase. The Dodge Journey is assembled at Fiat-Chrysler Alliance's (FCA's) Toluca, Mexico Assembly Plant. What do you think of the Dodge Journey? Do you own one, or have you rented one? Let us know in the comments down below!