Has the 2018 Dodge Journey Come Full-Circle?

When you get down to it, the 2018 Dodge Journey deserves both credit and attention.

Considering that the Journey now has ten model years under its belt, it’s worth recognizing the fact that the exterior design has gone relatively unchanged since its introduction. This is where the credit comes in since it could be argued that Dodge’s offering was ahead of its time in terms of aesthetics. With several updates to the interior and a natural evolution of infotainment technologies, Dodge has enabled the Journey to endure within a segment where every other automaker seems to be playing ‘me too’ in attempting to one-up one another.

Here’s a close look at the Dodge Journey, courtesy of CarBuzz’ YouTube unboxing videos. Although focused on the 2017 model year, it brings us neatly to the 2018 offering.

This is where the attention comes into play. While we give Dodge credit, they also deserve a kick in the tail. We can only hope that the current 2018 model brings the Journey full-circle, allowing for a 2019 refresh. After all, we like the Journey (you should too) but anyone considering one should know what to expect. While capable, confident and accessibly priced, the Journey will never blow your mind. If that’s what you’re looking for, you might want to look elsewhere. But, spend-conscious customers might find it hard to argue with a three-row crossover priced at $22,495 MSRP.

That said, it’s important that we don’t miss the point here. There are plenty of things to like about the Dodge Journey, but don’t be afraid to explore the trim levels. Whatever criticisms the Journey received for being a little bit ‘vanilla’ are minimized once you get to the Crossroad trim and above. Not only does this narrow any gap between the Journey and its competitors, but configured with all-wheel drive and the optional 3.6-liter V6 makes it far more compelling. There resulting 283 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, is nothing to shake a stick at.

Long story short, drivers looking for an affordable three-row crossover should consider the 2018 Dodge Journey. More importantly, Dodge needs to recognize the need for a full overhaul if they intend for the Journey to continue in one of the most competitive segments.