2018 Dodge Journey vs Jeep Cherokee

April 4th, 2018 by

The 2018 Dodge Journey and the Jeep Cherokee are both midsize crossover SUVs with a common price point, which makes them inevitably contenders for the vast numbers of buyers who are looking for a vehicle that is both powerful and flexible enough to handle whatever life throws at them. But which one of them can meet that buyer demand?

2018 Dodge Journey vs Jeep Cherokee

Exterior Styling: Dodge Journey

Neither the Journey or the Cherokee is known for being timid in its styling, which means buyers usually love them or hate them. The Jeep has a savage-looking grille that certainly makes a statement, and that design is a useful distraction from the rest of what’s otherwise a pretty boring crossover design.

The Dodge Journey embraces a retro individuality that’s easy to grow to love. Choose the right color and trim and you’ll have a Journey that also looks macho and aggressive. The adaptability and pure individuality of the Dodge Journey gives it the edge here.

Interior Space: Dodge Journey

There’s no argument here: you get more space for people and cargo for your money with the Dodge Journey. The passenger volume numbers tell the story, with 123.7 cu.-ft. inside the Dodge and just 105.4 cu.-ft. inside the Cherokee.

To be fair, there is more second-row leg room inside the Jeep, but the third-row of the Journey offers far more flexibility than the Cherokee can claim. It’s the same story with cargo space as the Journey beats the Jeep by almost every measure.

Cabin Comfort and Quality: Dodge Journey

The extra interior space gives an inherent advantage to the Journey for passenger comfort, but there’s more here than just empty room to fill. The materials and trim inside the Dodge are not luxury status, but they’re very good considering the price. The interior looks and feels durable as well, important to family buyers. The Journey takes all of that and adds to it storage, including very useful storage bins beneath the second-row seats.

In contrast, the ergonomics of the Jeep Cherokee are not exactly ideal, especially in the front where taller drivers will have trouble finding a comfortable position. The design of the steering wheel, which is tilted slightly away at the top, and the lower windshield can make just driving the Jeep a challenge for taller drivers–and if drivers aren’t even comfortable, that’s not good news.

Affordability: Dodge Journey

There are some great deals to be had on the Dodge Journey, but the costs associated with its powerful V-6 engine will add up over time. At the entry level the Journey costs from just $22,795 before discounts, but the fuel economy at best is rated at 17 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg combined with front-wheel drive.

Front-drive versions of the Cherokee with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine are rated at 21 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg combined. However, the Jeep costs from $24,395–and that $2000 difference will cover quite a bit of extra fuel consumption. Unless you drive a lot, so much that a few miles difference will make a huge difference to your fuel budget, the Dodge Journey is the more affordable and better value overall.

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Depending on your wants and needs, either of these crossovers may work for you and your lifestyle. However, in terms of comfort and value, the 2018 Dodge Journey is our winner here.

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