Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s Dodge brand offers several people-movers, from the brawny Durango SUV to the ultra-family-friendly Grand Caravan minivan, but its Journey SUV is the most affordable in the lineup. It’s optional third row and available integrated second-row boosters are likely to impress families, but a lack of top tether anchors in the third row is a big miss.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two, but three narrow seats could fit.
How many car seats fit in the third row? Two, but only if they’re boosters.
What We Like
- We appreciate the Journey’s optional integrated booster seats. They’re easy to operate, though they only work for older children since kids have to weigh at least 48 pounds to use them.
- In both rear- and forward-facing positions, the convertible fit well in the Journey. We did not have to move the front passenger seat forward to accommodate it in rear-facing mode.
- In the second row, the booster fit well on the seat and the buckles have elastic bands around the bases to keep them from being too floppy.
- The second row reclines and slides, which is good because there’s not much legroom in the third row.
- Third-row access is easy thanks to seats that fold and slide forward to create a decent-sized pathway.
What We Don’t
- While we appreciate the extra Latch anchor in the middle position of the second row, accessing all the anchors was complicated because they sit tight against the back cushion. Once you muscle past the cushion, connection isn’t a problem, however.
- There are no lower Latch anchors or top tether anchors in the third row, which limits the car seats that can be used back there to boosters only.
- We had to move the front passenger seat forward to make room for the infant car seat.
- The booster installed easily and fit well in the third row thanks to a flat seat bottom cushion, but the buckles are on floppy bases, so kids might have trouble buckling up independently.