2019 Dodge Journey vs. 2019 Toyota Rav4

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 Toyota Rav4 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. Toyota doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the Rav4. 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 Rav4 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Journey and the Rav4 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 almost 2 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Journey’s warranty.

Engine

The Journey’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 80 more horsepower (283 vs. 203) and 76 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 184) than the Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Dodge Journey V6 is faster than the Toyota Rav4:

 

Journey

Rav4

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

8.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.2 MPH

83.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The Journey FWD’s standard fuel tank has 6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rav4 (20.5 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Journey AWD’s standard fuel tank has 6.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rav4 (21.1 vs. 14.5 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Journey’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Rav4:

 

Journey

Rav4

Front Rotors

13 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

12.9 inches

11.1 inches

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Journey’s wheelbase is 7.9 inches longer than on the Rav4 (113.8 inches vs. 105.9 inches).

The Journey AWD handles at .76 G’s, while the Rav4 Limited pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Journey AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Rav4 Limited (28.3 seconds @ .56 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Passenger Space

The Journey offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Rav4 can only carry 5.

The Journey has 22.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rav4 (121.7 vs. 98.9).

The Journey has 1.3 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more rear headroom, 6.7 inches more rear hip room and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Rav4.

Cargo Capacity

The Journey’s cargo area provides more volume than the Rav4.

 

Journey

Rav4

Third Seat Removed

39.6 cubic feet

37.6 cubic feet

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Journey. The Rav4 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

The Journey’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Rav4’s swing out door blocks loading from the driver’s side.

Payload

The Journey has a higher standard payload capacity than the Rav4 (1187 vs. 1120 lbs.).

The Journey has a higher maximum payload capacity than the Rav4 (1362 vs. 1240 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 Rav4 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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 Rav4 LE’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 Rav4 has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the XLE/XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited.

The Journey’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Toyota charges extra for heated mirrors on the Rav4.

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 Rav4 XLE/XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited.

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