2020 Dodge Journey vs. 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

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Safety

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

Both the Journey and the Trailblazer 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 and rearview cameras.

The Dodge Journey weighs 529 to 822 pounds more than the Chevrolet Trailblazer. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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The Journey’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Trailblazer’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Journey’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the Trailblazer’s camshafts. If the Trailblazer’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Dodge vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Dodge 17 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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The Journey’s 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 35 more horsepower (172 vs. 137) and 3 lbs.-ft. more torque (165 vs. 162) than the Trailblazer’s standard 1.2 turbo 3-cylinder. The Journey’s 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 17 more horsepower (172 vs. 155) than the Trailblazer’s optional 1.3 turbo 3-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Journey has 7.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Trailblazer (20.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Journey

Trailblazer

Front Rotors

13 inches

11.81 inches

Rear Rotors

12.9 inches

10.39 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Journey has larger tires than the Trailblazer (225/65R17 vs. 215/65R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Journey SE Value has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Trailblazer L. The Journey Crossroad’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Trailblazer RS.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Dodge Journey has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chevrolet Trailblazer has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Journey has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Journey flat and controlled during cornering. The Trailblazer’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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

Passenger Space

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The Journey has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Trailblazer can only carry 5.

The Journey has .8 inches more front headroom, 1.5 inches more front hip room, 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.5 inches more rear headroom, 8.7 inches more rear hip room and 3.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Trailblazer.

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Journey

Trailblazer

Third Seat Folded

37 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

39.6 cubic feet

25.3 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

67.6 cubic feet

54.4 cubic feet

The Journey’s cargo area is larger than the Trailblazer’s in every dimension:

Journey

Trailblazer

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

16”/41.5”/75”

n.a./32”/64.5”

Max Width

55.5”

54”

Min Width

41.4”

41”

Height

33.1”

28.2”

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

Ergonomics

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On a hot day the Journey’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Trailblazer can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Journey’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Chevrolet only offers heated mirrors on the Trailblazer LT/ACTIV/RS.

On extremely cold winter days, the Journey Crossroad’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Journey has a standard center folding armrest for the middle row passengers. A center armrest helps make middle row passengers more comfortable and it can provide a boundary between children. The Trailblazer L/LS doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Journey’s 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. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Journey and the Trailblazer offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Journey offers optional rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The Journey Crossroad’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Trailblazer’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

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