If we can rely on the latest reports, Dodge Journey will end its journey by the end of this year. The current model has been around for way too long. It was introduced way back in 2008 and we haven’t seen too many updates since then. There was a facelift in 2011 but even those changes weren’t particularly major. That all leads us to the logical conclusion – that it was about time to see the end of this crossover. So, are we going to see the 2021 Dodge Journey in some new form, it’s hard to tell at this point.
In the past several years, Journey’s key selling point was the price, which was really affordable. Other than that, this crossover didn’t have any strong points. Driving dynamics are poor, handling even worse. Add to this a really outdated design and lack of modern features and you get a really non-appealing vehicle. Is this going to change soon? We don’t know.
2021 Dodge Journey Redesign
The current generation will definitely end its journey this year. The model will be discontinued after full 12 years of production. However, some sources suggest a 2021 Dodge Journey redesign. While the new version may not be ready for the next year, there are solid chances to actually see a successor. Simply, the Durango will return to a BoF platform in the near future, which means plenty of room for a decent crossover in Dodge’s lineup. Allegedly, the new model would come with significant improvement and one of the things that come to mind is the platform. We would see a new Journey riding on the Giorgio platform, which would bring significant improvements in all aspects, particularly in terms of driving experience.
With such a platform, the new model would offer significantly better handling and driving dynamics, as well as significant improvements in terms of efficiency. The new model would probably come with a 2.0-liter turbo-four under the hood, with a max output of 280 horsepower.
However, this platform would also mean a notably smaller in size. So, the new 2021 Dodge Journey would become a two-row crossover and wouldn’t be a family hauler anymore. Does such a vehicle seems appropriate for Dodge’s lineup, it’s hard to say at this point.
2021 Dodge Journey Release Date and Price
When it comes to the 2021 Dodge Journey release date, it’s still early to talk about anything. Still, if the company plans to offer a new crossover under this name, we presume it wouldn’t be ready so soon. We would have to wait for a couple of more years. Also, the price would be notably higher, probably around 30.000 dollars for base models.
Dodge Journey – Meanwhile
While we are waiting for details about the 2021 Dodge Journey redesign, the current generation will remain in the offer until the end of the year. The 2020 model hasn’t brought any particular changes, so you may count on the same design, which has been around for age. To make things even worse, the overall performances are even poorer for this model year, as the V6 has been discontinued. Currently, you can only get a four-cylinder engine, which is subpar is literally every aspect.
First of all, it puts out just 172 horsepower, which is way from enough for decent dynamics. To make things even worse, it comes in pair with ancient 4-speed automatic transmission, which definitely belongs to some other era of the automotive industry. Still, a relatively good thing is that fuel economy is typical for the class, around 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
Things aren’t much better in terms of standard equipment either. Base models come with a small 4.3-inch touchscreen, one USB port and six speakers. Things are notably better in higher trim levels, where you can get goodies like an 8.4-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker premium audio system. The only two safety features we could call modern are rear parking sensors and a rearview camera. Both are part of the standard equipment.
In higher trim levels, you can also count on goodies like leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Journey comes standard with three rows of seats, though the third one is typically tight for the class. In terms of cargo space, you may count on about 10.7 cubic feet of room behind the third-row seats, 37 cubic feet behind the second row, and 67.6 cubic feet with both rows folded down. Most rivals offer more cargo space.
The base 2020 Journey starts around 24.000 dollars.