2018 Dodge Journey vs Nissan Rogue

July 27th, 2018 by

2018 Dodge Journey vs Nissan Rogue

The Nissan Rogue is one of the bestselling sport utility vehicles on the road. But is the Rogue’s fame deserved? In this comparison guide we’ll pit the Rogue against the 2018 Dodge Journey to see which merits the champion title.

Technology: Tie

The 2018 Dodge Journey has a lightning-fast Uconnect infotainment system with new screens flashing before your eyes as quickly as you can push buttons. Standard features include USB port, six-speaker audio system, and 4.3-inch touch screen. Extras include tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, satellite radio, six-speaker Alpine premium audio system, DVD player with 9-inch screen, and upgraded Uconnect with 8.4-inch touch screen and navigation. At this point, the Dodge is a shoe-in. But, unfortunately, the Dodge Journey is one of the few hold-outs that still doesn’t offer smartphone connectivity in the form of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. If not for that, the Journey would have our vote. And, of course, if you don’t wish to use apps in the car, you won’t miss it.

The 2018 Nissan Rogue has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard on a 7-inch touchscreen with NissanConnect. But the interface is pretty terrible. On the plus side, there are plenty of physical knobs and buttons, but with one glaring omission. There is no home button, physical or otherwise. The screen is low-res and hard to read, which becomes even harder at night. The whole system is a little buggy and prone to errors. If it weren’t for the lack of of smartphone connectivity in the Journey, the Dodge would easily win this one. As it is, this one’s virtually a toss-up.

Power and Driving: 2018 Dodge Journey

Do yourself a favor and get the 283-horsepower V6 engine on the Dodge Journey. It’s an option on every trim level except the highest where the V6 comes standard. The base 173-horsepower engine is inadequate for a vehicle as large as the Journey. Once you do, you’ll find a fuel-efficient, powerful, and refined engine. Even so, the Journey isn’t sporty and won’t accelerate as fast as some other mid-size SUVs. Then again, the Dodge Journey is a very smooth ride that makes you want to take it on the open road. On top of that, the Journey is nimble and brakes almost as well as the best in its class.

2018 Dodge Journey

By comparison, the 2018 Nissan Rogue is hamstrung by its base 170-horsepower inline-four engine. Because the Rogue is a compact SUV next to the midsize Journey, it gets better acceleration but the advantages stop there. The Rogue’s steering is asleep at the wheel, its ride feels rubbery, and its body rolls around corners. The Nissan even brakes worse than the larger Journey. All in all, we’d rather be behind the wheel of the Dodge Journey even if it’s a hair slower to get going.

Pricing: 2018 Dodge Journey

It’s an interesting matchup, comparing the mid-size Dodge Journey to the compact Nissan Rogue. One would think that buying more SUV would come with a bigger price tag. But the 2018 Dodge Journey starts at just $22,995. That’s right. A seven-seater, three-row, midsize sport utility vehicle for less than a five-seater, two-row compact.

2018 Nissan Rogue

By comparison, the 2018 Nissan Rogue starts at $24,800, almost $2K more. A similarly-priced Journey can add the 283-horsepower V6 engine and go up a trim. Seeing as how the two have comparable technology and the Journey is better on the road, we recommend the Journey overall. The Nissan Rogue might sell better, but the Journey is a better deal all around.

Posted in Dodge Comparison