2020 Dodge Journey vs. 2021 Volkswagen Atlas

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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 Volkswagen Atlas doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle 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. Volkswagen doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the Atlas. 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 Atlas doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Journey and the Atlas have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Dodge Journey is safer than the Volkswagen Atlas:

Journey

Atlas

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

158

232

Neck Injury Risk

27%

34%

Neck Stress

250 lbs.

441 lbs.

Neck Compression

14 lbs.

51 lbs.

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

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 Dodge Journey is safer than the Volkswagen Atlas:

Journey

Atlas

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

190 lbs.

345 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

250

279

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

51 G’s

Hip Force

712 lbs.

800 lbs.

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

Warranty

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Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Journey 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volkswagen covers the Atlas. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Atlas ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

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

There are almost 4 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Journey’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 Atlas’ battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Dodge vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Dodge 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Dodge vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Dodge 19 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Dodge Journey uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Atlas requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Journey has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Atlas (20.5 vs. 18.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Suspension and Handling

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

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

Chassis

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The Dodge Journey may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 900 pounds less than the Volkswagen Atlas.

The Journey is 8.6 inches shorter than the Atlas, making the Journey easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Journey is 6.1 inches narrower than the Atlas, making the Journey easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Passenger Space

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

Cargo Capacity

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The Journey has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Atlas doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Payload

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The Journey has a higher maximum payload capacity than the Atlas (1362 vs. 1213 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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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 Atlas does not have an oil pressure gauge.

On a hot day the Journey’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Atlas can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

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 Atlas SE/SEL/SEL Premium.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Journey owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Journey will cost $120 to $2590 less than the Atlas over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Journey is less expensive to operate than the Atlas because it costs $500 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Journey than the Atlas, including $351 less for a water pump, $8 less for front brake pads, $334 less for a starter, $291 less for fuel injection, $152 less for front struts, $474 less for a timing belt/chain and $1018 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Dodge Journey will be $3200 to $7139 less than for the Volkswagen Atlas.

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