2019 Dodge Journey vs. 2019 Lexus UX Series

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 Lexus UX Series 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. Lexus doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the UX Series. 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 UX Series 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

Warranty

There are almost 10 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Journey’s warranty.

Reliability

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 UX Series’ battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

The Journey’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 4 more horsepower (173 vs. 169) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (166 vs. 151) than the UX 200’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Journey’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 102 more horsepower (283 vs. 181) than the UX 250h’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Journey FWD’s standard fuel tank has 9.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (20.5 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Journey AWD’s standard fuel tank has 8.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series’ standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 12.4 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Journey

UX Series

Front Rotors

13 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

12.9 inches

11.1 inches

Tires and Wheels

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

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 UX Series; 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

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Journey’s wheelbase is 9.9 inches longer than on the UX Series (113.8 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Journey is .8 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the UX Series.

Passenger Space

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

The Journey has 31.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the UX Series (121.7 vs. 90.4).

The Journey has 3.6 inches more front headroom, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, 3.6 inches more rear headroom, 3 inches more rear legroom, 2.1 inches more rear hip room and 4 inches more rear shoulder room than the UX Series.

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

Cargo Capacity

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

 

Journey

UX Series

Third Seat Folded

37 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

39.6 cubic feet

21.7 cubic feet

Payload and Towing

The Journey has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The UX Series has no towing capacity.

The Journey has a much higher standard payload capacity than the UX Series (1187 vs. 890 lbs.).

The Journey has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the UX Series (1362 vs. 890 lbs.).

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 UX Series does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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

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 UX Series doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

The Dodge Journey outsold the Lexus UX Series by almost 208 to one during 2018.

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