2019 Dodge Journey vs. 2019 Infiniti QX30

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 Infiniti QX30 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. Infiniti doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the QX30. 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 QX30 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Compared to metal, the Journey’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Infiniti QX30 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Journey and the QX30 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

Warranty

There are over 11 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Journey’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Journey has a standard 160-amp alternator. The QX30’s 110-amp alternator 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 QX30’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

The Journey’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 75 more horsepower (283 vs. 208) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 258) than the QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Dodge Journey uses regular unleaded gasoline. The QX30 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Journey FWD’s standard fuel tank has 7.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX30 FWD’s standard fuel tank (20.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Journey AWD’s standard fuel tank has 6.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX30 AWD’s standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 14.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Journey’s brake rotors are larger than those on the QX30:

 

Journey

QX30

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.9 inches

11.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

The Journey has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the QX30; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Journey’s wheelbase is 7.5 inches longer than on the QX30 (113.8 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

Passenger Space

The Journey offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the QX30 can only carry 5.

The Journey has 32.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the QX30 (121.7 vs. 88.8).

The Journey has 2.4 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front hip room, 2.7 inches more front shoulder room, 2.4 inches more rear headroom, 2.6 inches more rear legroom, 5.4 inches more rear hip room and 3.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the QX30.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Journey’s middle and third row seats recline. The QX30’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Journey’s cargo area provides more volume than the QX30.

 

Journey

QX30

Third Seat Folded

37 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

39.6 cubic feet

19.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

67.6 cubic feet

34 cubic feet

Towing

The Journey has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The QX30 has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Journey offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The QX30 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 QX30 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The power windows standard on both the Journey and the QX30 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 QX30 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Journey has standard extendable sun visors. The QX30 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 QX30 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 QX30 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Journey owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Journey will cost $1190 to $3125 less than the QX30 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Journey is less expensive to operate than the QX30 because it costs $135 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Journey than the QX30, including $321 less for a water pump, $27 less for a starter, $135 less for fuel injection and $1274 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

The Dodge Journey outsold the Infiniti QX30 by almost 12 to one during 2018.

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