2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Dodge Journey

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has standard Collision Mitigation Braking System, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Journey doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Journey doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Journey doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Journey doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Journey doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has standard HondaLink Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Journey doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the CR-V and the Journey 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 all wheel drive.

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

 

CR-V

Journey

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

23%

27%

Neck Stress

194 lbs.

250 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

58/91 lbs.

502/600 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

283

321

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

29%

52%

Neck Stress

124 lbs.

164 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

183/200 lbs.

631/373 lbs.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Honda CR-V is safer than the Journey:

 

CR-V

Journey

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Restraints

GOOD

MARGINAL

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

1 cm

12 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

23 cm

24 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Femur Force R/L

.3/0 kN

6.3/2.9 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

22%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Tibia index R/L

.52/.69

.8/.83

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 Honda CR-V is safer than the Dodge Journey:

 

CR-V

Journey

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

130 G’s

131 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

156

Hip Force

609 lbs.

972 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

16 inches

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Journey was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2018.

Warranty

The CR-V’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Journey runs out after 60,000 miles.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the CR-V’s reliability 40 points higher than the Journey.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V third among compact suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Journey isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 6 places higher in reliability than Dodge.

Engine

The CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 11 more horsepower (184 vs. 173) and 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 166) than the Journey’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

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

 

CR-V

Journey

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

7.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

87.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the Journey:

 

 

 

MPG

CR-V

 

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/32 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

28 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/31 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

Journey

 

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

19 city/25 hwy

 

 

3.6 DOCH V6

17 city/25 hwy

 

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

16 city/24 hwy

The CR-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Journey doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The CR-V has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Journey doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the Journey (235/65R17 vs. 225/65R17).

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Journey.

The CR-V Touring AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the Journey AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The CR-V LX executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Journey AWD (27.7 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the CR-V’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Journey SE’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.5 feet). The CR-V’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Journey GT/Crossroad’s (37.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

The Honda CR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 750 pounds less than the Dodge Journey.

The CR-V is 11.8 inches shorter than the Journey, making the CR-V easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the CR-V uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Journey doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The CR-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Journey doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The CR-V has .5 inches more front legroom, 1.3 inches more front hip room, .4 inches more front shoulder room and 4.3 inches more rear legroom than the Journey.

Cargo Capacity

The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Journey with all its rear seats folded (75.8 vs. 67.6 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the CR-V easier. The CR-V’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26 inches, while the Journey’s liftover is 30.8 inches.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Journey doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the CR-V EX-L/Touring has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the CR-V Touring, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Journey doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

The CR-V’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Journey’s (1500 vs. 1000 pounds).

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the CR-V EX-L/Touring, the memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Journey doesn’t offer memory seats.

The CR-V EX-L/Touring’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Journey doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The CR-V’s standard driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Journey’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The CR-V has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Journey doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The CR-V Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Journey’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the CR-V has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Journey only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The CR-V’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Journey’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Journey doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Journey doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages

The CR-V will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the CR-V will retain 48.39% to 49.83% of its original price after five years, while the Journey only retains 36.8% to 42.12%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CR-V is less expensive to operate than the Journey because it costs $81 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CR-V than the Journey, including $158 less for a water pump, $1004 less for a muffler, $73 less for front brake pads, $243 less for a fuel pump, $96 less for front struts and $506 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda CR-V will be $3756 to $7552 less than for the Dodge Journey.

Recommendations

The Honda CR-V has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

CR-V

Journey

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V first among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Journey isn’t in the top three.

The CR-V was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 17 years. The Journey has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

Motor Trend selected the CR-V as their 2018 Sport Utility of the Year. The Journey has never been chosen.

The Honda CR-V outsold the Dodge Journey by over four to one during the 2018 model year.

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