2010 Dodge Journey

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Key Specs

of the 2010 Dodge Journey. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Stylish shape
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard stability system
  • Available remote start

The Bad

  • AWD only available with V-6
2010 Dodge Journey exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2010 Dodge Journey

  • Standard ABS
  • Seating for five or seven
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • FWD or AWD
  • Available integrated booster seats

2010 Dodge Journey Road Test

Bill Jackson
The Dodge Journey is the epitome of the term "mixed bag." It does some things pretty well and some not so well. I found the Journey to be weakest in the city — running short errands, ferrying one person or driving narrow streets. By comparison, it's at its best making grocery runs and cruising on the highway. But that's not to say it's a slam-dunk winner in either role.

City & Highway Acceleration
If you're considering buying this car, the most important thing you need to do is take it on a highway and pass someone. The Journey isn't great at accelerating at any speed, but going from 40 to 60 mph really took more time than I thought it should, including waiting for the engine to rev up and the transmission to kick down.

I tested the top-of-the-line R/T with a 235-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6, a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Dodge also sells a base Journey with a 173-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder that's paired with a four-speed automatic.

You can get the Journey with either front- or all-wheel drive, and it's possible that the approximately 200 pounds of extra weight that all-wheel-drive models carry contributed to the lackluster acceleration.

The Journey moved decently in the city. It took off from stoplights well for something this big, but that was the lone bright spot in terms of acceleration. The city was also where the Journey's mixed bag of attributes really became evident.

Visibility & Ride
Don't ask me ...

The Dodge Journey is the epitome of the term "mixed bag." It does some things pretty well and some not so well. I found the Journey to be weakest in the city — running short errands, ferrying one person or driving narrow streets. By comparison, it's at its best making grocery runs and cruising on the highway. But that's not to say it's a slam-dunk winner in either role.

City & Highway Acceleration
If you're considering buying this car, the most important thing you need to do is take it on a highway and pass someone. The Journey isn't great at accelerating at any speed, but going from 40 to 60 mph really took more time than I thought it should, including waiting for the engine to rev up and the transmission to kick down.

I tested the top-of-the-line R/T with a 235-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6, a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Dodge also sells a base Journey with a 173-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder that's paired with a four-speed automatic.

You can get the Journey with either front- or all-wheel drive, and it's possible that the approximately 200 pounds of extra weight that all-wheel-drive models carry contributed to the lackluster acceleration.

The Journey moved decently in the city. It took off from stoplights well for something this big, but that was the lone bright spot in terms of acceleration. The city was also where the Journey's mixed bag of attributes really became evident.

Visibility & Ride
Don't ask me where the Journey's front bumper is — I still don't know. And that's after driving it for a week. In other words, visibility out the front wasn't very good. I was always misjudging how far into a parking space I was.

The Journey also feels bigger than it is. No matter where I drove, it felt like the Journey was as wide as whatever lane I was in. In reality, it's smaller than the Audi Q7 I tested recently, though it feels much bigger. (And before you say, "The Journey doesn't compete with the Q7!" I'm merely pointing out the difference in how the cars feel.)

The Journey's ride is also mixed. Cruising on the highway, it's comfortable. There's some floaty sensation when going over hills and the like, but overall I liked it. Tooling around town, however — especially in Chicago, where the roads stink and the traffic is stop-and-go — the Journey feels like an older SUV. There's a lot of jiggle — almost like the chassis was shuddering, but not severely — and a lot more of that floaty sensation when traveling over rough spots. I wasn't a fan.

Utility & Interior
Our Journey came with an optional third-row seat that must have been designed for small children, because it's tiny. Fold the seat, though, and you're treated to a very large cargo area. I was almost able to fit a large ironing board in back without folding the second row. I've also used the Journey for ski trips and tested it as a Weekend Athlete vehicle, and it's fairly handy.

The Journey's interior makes it one of a couple cars I've driven lately that I actually prefer to drive at night. The version we tested came with an option package that included LEDs for the driver and front passenger, but Dodge really nailed the lighting for the buttons and controls — things not touched by the LEDs. It's not too bright and distracting, but it's also not so dark you can't see what you need to see. It's very well done.

The steering wheel is the right size, and the leather you can get it wrapped in feels good. As you spend most your driving time with your hands on the wheel (hopefully), a little effort in this area goes a long way.

Second-row room is … OK. Bear in mind, I climbed in back with the driver's seat set for me, and I'm 6-foot-1. Two taller people would find it tiresome to share that space on a long drive, but shorter folks probably wouldn't be bothered. Also, the second-row seat is comfortably wide, so as long as you're not tall, the Journey's backseat would be fine on long highway trips.

Outright dislikes
Yes, there were some things I wasn't over the moon about. The good news for people considering the Journey is that almost all those problems are solvable. Basically, whether I was folding the seats, changing the radio station or inputting a destination in the navigation system, nothing worked as I expected it to. Everything required at least two steps, one of which made no sense at all, and the controls for the radio and navigation system felt cheap and responded sluggishly.

These kinds of things are usually a bigger deal for auto critics than auto owners, because if it's your car, you learn the steps, get used to them and it all becomes second nature. But I've driven cars more advanced than the Journey that took only 30 minutes to figure out. This car took my entire week with it to figure out, and I never got used to the controls' hesitation. It could be better.

Also, whoever designed the navigation readout made a mistake, because it's impossible to read street names; they're all lettered in black and edged in white. I gave up even trying to read them two days into my test and was much happier.

Mileage, Safety, Reliability, Compare
The 2010 Dodge Journey is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick. It earned scores of "Good," the highest rating, in frontal-offset, side-impact, roof-strength and rear-impact tests. Check out the Standard Equipment & Specs page for a full list of safety features.

According to Consumer Reports, though, the Journey's predicted reliability is much worse than average. The Journey is dragged down by poor ratings in the squeaks and rattles and power equipment categories.

The V-6 Journey's EPA-estimated mileage is 15/23 mpg city/highway with all-wheel drive, but the crossover is rated as high as 19/25 mpg with front-wheel drive and a four-cylinder.

The Journey was introduced for the 2009 model year, and changes for 2010 are more incremental than major, but judge for yourself here.

Journey in the Market
The Journey is not my favorite three-row crossover, but what really hurts it is that it is a three-row crossover. The fact is, if you want to haul that many people and cargo, a minivan is a superior vehicle. I've tested the Chrysler Town & Country, and it was easier to drive than the Journey. It's more expensive than the Journey, sure, but if you pick the Town & Country's sibling, the Dodge Grand Caravan, you're looking at roughly the same price for a more practical vehicle.

Now, in the real world, I know once people decide on a crossover they won't cross-shop it with a minivan. Fine.

In the field of three-row crossovers, the Journey doesn't offer anything that makes it an outright winner. Yes, the highway ride is good, and the ergonomic things that annoyed me would fade the longer I drove it. Seating room is OK, too, if you're not a giant. So maybe if I lived in the suburbs, had a small family and spent most of my time cruising (but not passing) on highways, I'd like it more. Even at that, though, I'm still not sold on it. The fact is, sooner or later, I'd find myself stuck in a city or stuck trying to pass someone at speed, and I wouldn't be happy.

If I were shopping for this type of car I'd also give a lot of weight to predicted reliability, so the Journey's poor performance in this category would weigh heavily, even though the things that drag it down aren't transmissions or engines. Its safety ratings are excellent, but, sorry, I just don't weigh that as heavily as other factors. That's just me, though.

In the end, I'd recommend giving the Journey a test drive, but I'm betting it will turn out to be the car that sets the baseline for you. Anything I would actually buy would have to perform better than the Journey did.

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2010 Journey Video

Cars.com's Bill Jackson takes a look at the 2010 Dodge Journey. It competes with the Hyundai Santa Fe and Ford Edge.

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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(3.9)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(3.8)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

Latest Reviews

(1.0)

Worst electronic problems

by MarineMom from Dallas,TX on June 13, 2018

This vehicle had more electrical problems and recalls and issues that effected the engine. Constant issues with having to replace the battery. This year and model has us continued problems that are ... Read full review

(5.0)

One of the best cars I had

by Fanboy from York,pa on May 31, 2018

This is one of the best cars I had very comfortable great on gas very spacious comfortable for long distances trips in a lot of storage space. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2010 Dodge Journey currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2010 Dodge Journey SE

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Dodge

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, Carfax vehicle history report, rental car and 24-hour towing, and first day rental

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years/100,000 mile warranty on all certified vehicles
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 125 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Journey received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker