The 2022 Dodge Journey, which was absent from the market in the 2020 production year, is back and facing fierce competition. The midsize SUV market is incredibly saturated right now, and the 2022 Journey will have at least 10 other competitors challenging its re-entry into the market.
The car is powered by a 1.5-liter turbo engine capable of reaching 169 horsepower, 195 lb-ft of torque, and it uses a six-speed automatic transmission. The car also relies on independent front and rear suspensions. It also has an eight-inch central infotainment screen and some trims have an optional digital instrument cluster. The car has a combined fuel economy of around 25 MPG. Starting at around $27,000, the Dodge Journey is a respectable machine, but how does it compare to its direct competitors?
9 Chevy Equinox
The Equinox also relies on a 1.5-liter engine capable of 28 MPG and 170 horsepower, so any difference between the two cars’ engines, if any, is negligible. The Chevy also starts at $25,000, two thousand dollars less than the Journey.
The Journey is available in 3 versions, the SXT (which is the standard model), the Sport and the GT. The Equinox is available in 4 different versions, each with at least two different style choices available.
8 Kia Sorento
The Sorento beats both the Equinox and the Dodge Journey in fuel economy, recording a combined fuel economy of 35 MPG when opting for the upgraded 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The higher level engine option can also help the car achieve over 280 horsepower.
The car is more expensive than the Equinox or Journey, starting at $29,000, though, keep in mind the expense comes with Kia’s incredibly valuable 10-year warranty.
seven Ford Explorer
The mileage of the Ford Explorers is comparable to that of the Journey, reaching 27.5 MPG combined and starting at a higher price than any of the previous models mentioned here, $33,000 just for the standard model.
But what sets this one apart is that higher-end versions, like the King-Ranch or Platinum models, can hit over 400 horsepower, more than twice as fast as the Dodge Journey.
6 Nissan Pathfinder
This car has lower fuel economy, only 24 MPG combined, but it has a towing capacity of up to 6000 lbs.
It’s also relatively expensive, starting at the same price as the Ford Explorer at $33,000 for standard, but it’s nearly 100 more horsepower than the Dodge Journey, with over 280 horsepower under the hood.
5 Jeep Compass
The Jeep Compass starts at $24,000, but keep in mind that with upgrades you’ll likely be paying close to $30,000. But price aside, the car’s 2.4-liter engine is only capable of 177 horsepower, which is slightly more than the 164 hp Journeys but significantly lower than models like the Ford Explorer or Nissan. Pathfinder.
The Compass only has a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds and only a combined fuel economy of 26 MPG. Despite the differences in engine displacement, the Compass is one of the most comparable to the Dodge Journey.
4 GMC Acadie
The GMC Acadia gets one of the lowest gas mileage on this list, just 24 MPG combined. But one of the advantages of this car is its impressive 9-speed automatic transmission, which is much more efficient than the Dodge Journey’s 6-speed.
The car also has more power than most of the Journey’s competitors and can reach 310 hp.
3 Subaru Outback
The Subaru Outback offers buyers the choice of either a flat-4 engine capable of 180 horsepower or a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine capable of 260 horsepower.
The car is available in eight different versions and its turbo engine can achieve a respectable combined fuel economy of almost 30 MPG. Outbacks start at around $26,000.
2 Hyundai Santa Fe
The car has fuel economy close to the Dodge Journey, with a combined mileage of 26 MPG, but higher horsepower with a peak of 277 hp. The Sante Fe is available in 5 versions, the cheapest starting at $27,000.
Consumers should also be aware that while no issues were reported with the 2022 model, previous generations of the Santa Fe (2016-2018) were recently recalled by the manufacturer for fire hazards.
1 volkswagen atlas
The 2022 Atlas has a relatively poor fuel economy of just 24 MPG, but it offers some of the best tech features available, like digitally controlled safety features. However, the more technological features are only available in upgraded trim options, and the price increases over the base model, which starts at $33,000.
However, the car has respectable power, registering up to 277 hp. Other than power and some pricey tech features, few differences this car from the Dodge Journey.
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