2019 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2019 Dodge Journey

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The CX-9 has standard Smart Brake Support, 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 CX-9’s optional 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 CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature has a standard 360° View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Journey only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

The CX-9’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 CX-9’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 CX-9 has standard E911 Automatic Emergency Notification, 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 CX-9 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, 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 Mazda CX-9 is safer than the Dodge Journey:

 

CX-9

Journey

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

40%

52%

Leg Forces (l/r)

376/375 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 Mazda CX-9 is safer than the Journey:

 

CX-9

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

0 cm

12 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Femur Force R/L

1.3/.2 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

.37/.44

.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 Mazda CX-9 is safer than the Dodge Journey:

 

CX-9

Journey

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

88

97

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

98 G’s

131 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

582 lbs.

972 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

15 inches

16 inches

HIC

249

250

Hip Force

553 lbs.

712 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-9 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 62 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Journey was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

The CX-9’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 CX-9’s reliability 52 points higher than the Journey.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 14th in reliability. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda third in reliability. Dodge is ranked 21st.

Engine

The CX-9’s 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 77 more horsepower (250 vs. 173) and 144 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 166) than the Journey’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The CX-9’s 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 50 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 260) than the Journey’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Mazda CX-9 is faster than the Dodge Journey V6:

 

CX-9

Journey

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

16 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CX-9 gets better fuel mileage than the Journey:

 

 

 

MPG

CX-9

 

FWD

2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

 

AWD

2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/26 hwy

Journey

 

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

19 city/25 hwy

 

 

3.6 DOHC V6

17 city/25 hwy

 

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

16 city/24 hwy

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the CX-9 has larger tires than the Journey (255/60R18 vs. 225/65R17).

The CX-9 Sport/Touring’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Journey SE’s standard 65 series tires. The CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Journey Crossroad/GT’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the CX-9 Sport/Touring has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Journey SE. The CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature’s 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Journey Crossroad/GT.

Suspension and Handling

The CX-9 has variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Journey doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the CX-9’s wheelbase is 1.5 inches longer than on the Journey (115.3 inches vs. 113.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the CX-9 is 3.5 inches wider in the front and 2.9 inches wider in the rear than on the Journey.

The CX-9 Signature AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Journey AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The CX-9 Signature AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the Journey AWD (26.7 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Passenger Space

The CX-9 has 13.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Journey (135.1 vs. 121.7).

The CX-9 has .2 inches more front legroom, 2.9 inches more front hip room, .4 inches more front shoulder room, 3.3 inches more rear legroom, 3 inches more rear hip room, 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room, 6.3 inches more third row legroom, .1 inches more third row hip room and 9.6 inches more third row shoulder room than the Journey.

Cargo Capacity

The CX-9’s cargo area provides more volume than the Journey.

 

CX-9

Journey

Behind Third Seat

14.4 cubic feet

10.7 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

38.2 cubic feet

37 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

71.2 cubic feet

67.6 cubic feet

The CX-9’s cargo area is larger than the Journey’s in almost every dimension:

 

CX-9

Journey

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

21.4”/49.7”/84.5”

16”/41.5”/75”

Max Width

57.2”

55.5”

Min Width

40”

41.4”

Height

30.3”

33.1”

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the CX-9 Touring/Grand Touring/Signature has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Journey doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

The CX-9’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Journey’s (3500 vs. 1000 pounds).

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature, 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 CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Journey doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The CX-9’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Journey’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically. With the Journey GT’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

The CX-9 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 CX-9’s optional 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 CX-9 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 CX-9’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 available for the CX-9 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Journey doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Journey doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Both the CX-9 and the Journey offer available heated front seats. The CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature also has standard heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Journey.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the CX-9 Grand Touring/Signature keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Journey doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the CX-9 offers an optional Radar 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 CX-9 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the CX-9 will retain 42.75% to 43.92% 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 CX-9 is less expensive to operate than the Journey because typical repairs cost much less on the CX-9 than the Journey, including $802 less for a muffler, $38 less for front brake pads, $96 less for a starter, $10 less for fuel injection, $160 less for a fuel pump and $17 less for front struts.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Mazda CX-9, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Dodge Journey isn't recommended.

The CX-9 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 4 of the last 12 years. The Journey has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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