SONS Automotive Group Compares 2015 Dodge Journey VS 2015 Jeep Cherokee Near Tucker, GA

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2015 Dodge Journey

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2015 Dodge Journey

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2015 Jeep Cherokee

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Dodge Journey are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Jeep Cherokee has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The Dodge Journey offers optional built in child booster seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat. Jeep doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the Cherokee. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; Journey owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

Both the Journey and the Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Dodge Journey is safer than the Jeep Cherokee:

Journey

Cherokee

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

158

163

Neck Injury Risk

27%

43%

Neck Stress

250 lbs.

430 lbs.

Neck Compression

14 lbs.

37 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

502/600 lbs.

822/607 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

52%

57%

Neck Stress

164 lbs.

344 lbs.

Neck Compression

49 lbs.

166 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Dodge Journey is safer than the Jeep Cherokee:

Journey

Cherokee

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

68

70

Abdominal Force

128 G’s

176 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Reliability Comparison

The battery on the Journey is in the front fender, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures, which can degrade battery life. By keeping the Journey’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Cherokee’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Dodge vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Dodge 21st in initial quality. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 31st.

Engine Comparison

The Journey’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 12 more horsepower (283 vs. 271) and 21 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 239) than the Cherokee’s optional 3.2 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Dodge Journey V6 is faster than the Jeep Cherokee V6:

Journey

Cherokee

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

7.6 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Journey FWD’s standard fuel tank has 4.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cherokee (20.5 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Journey AWD’s standard fuel tank has 5.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cherokee (21.1 vs. 15.8 gallons).

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Journey offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Cherokee’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Journey has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Cherokee’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Journey’s wheelbase is 7.5 inches longer than on the Cherokee (113.8 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

The Journey Limited AWD handles at .76 G’s, while the Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Journey offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Cherokee can only carry 5.

The Journey has 18.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cherokee (121.7 vs. 103.5).

The Journey has 1.4 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, 4.5 inches more rear hip room and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cherokee.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Journey’s cargo area provides more volume than the Cherokee.

Journey

Cherokee

Third Seat Folded

37 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

39.6 cubic feet

24.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

67.6 cubic feet

54.9 cubic feet

The Journey’s cargo area is larger than the Cherokee’s in every dimension:

Journey

Cherokee

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

16”/41.5”/75”

n.a./33.9”/67.6”

Max Width

55.5”

49.2”

Min Width

41.4”

39.4”

Height

33.1”

28.8”

Ergonomics Comparison

The Journey’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Cherokee does not have an oil pressure gauge.

On a hot day the Journey’s driver can lower the front windows using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Cherokee can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Consumer Reports rated the Journey’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Cherokee’s headlights, which were rated “Poor” to “Fair” (depending on model and options).

The Journey’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Jeep charges extra for heated mirrors on the Cherokee.

The Journey has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Cherokee and isn’t available on the Cherokee Sport.

Recommendations Comparison

The Dodge Journey outsold the Jeep Cherokee by over three to one during 2013.

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