2019 Dodge Journey vs. 2019 Honda CR-V

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Honda CR-V 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. Honda doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the CR-V. 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.

The Journey has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The CR-V doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Journey and the CR-V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

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 Honda CR-V:

 

Journey

CR-V

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

158

220

Neck Compression

14 lbs.

66 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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Dodge Journey is safer than the Honda CR-V:

 

Journey

CR-V

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

97

137

Hip Force

190 lbs.

354 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

53 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

250

390

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

43 G’s

Hip Force

712 lbs.

743 lbs.

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

Warranty

There are over 2 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Journey’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Journey has a standard 525-amp battery. The CR-V’s 410-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Dodge vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Dodge 19th in initial quality. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd.

Engine

The Journey’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 93 more horsepower (283 vs. 190) and 81 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 179) than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Dodge Journey V6 is faster than the CR-V 1.5 Turbo:

 

Journey

CR-V

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

8.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.2 MPH

84.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The Journey FWD’s standard fuel tank has 6.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the CR-V (20.5 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Journey AWD’s standard fuel tank has 7.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the CR-V (21.1 vs. 14 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Journey’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CR-V:

 

Journey

CR-V

Front Rotors

13 inches

11.1 inches

Rear Rotors

12.9 inches

10.2 inches

Tires and Wheels

The Journey Crossroad/GT’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Journey Crossroad/GT has standard 19-inch wheels. The CR-V’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Journey’s wheelbase is 9.1 inches longer than on the CR-V (113.8 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

Passenger Space

The Journey offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the CR-V can only carry 5.

The Journey has 15.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CR-V (121.7 vs. 105.9).

The Journey has .7 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more rear headroom, 4.9 inches more rear hip room and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the CR-V.

Cargo Capacity

The Journey’s cargo area provides more volume than the CR-V.

 

Journey

CR-V

Third Seat Removed

39.6 cubic feet

39.2 cubic feet

The Journey’s cargo area is larger than the CR-V’s in almost every dimension:

 

Journey

CR-V

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

16”/41.5”/75”

n.a./37.5”/71”

Max Width

55.5”

54”

Min Width

41.4”

41.5”

Height

33.1”

41”

Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Honda CR-V is limited to 1500 pounds. The Journey offers up to a 2500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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 CR-V does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The power windows standard on both the Journey and the CR-V have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Journey is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The CR-V prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Journey’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The CR-V LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

The Journey has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The CR-V has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L/Touring.

The Journey’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

On extremely cold winter days, the Journey’s optional (except SE) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The CR-V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 is only available on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

The Journey GT has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The CR-V doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Journey owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Journey with a number “8” insurance rate while the CR-V is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Journey is less expensive to operate than the CR-V because typical repairs cost much less on the Journey than the CR-V, including $196 less for a starter, $108 less for fuel injection and $438 less for a power steering pump.

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