2020 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2020 Dodge Journey

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The Tucson has standard Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, 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 Tucson offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Journey doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Tucson’s standard Downhill Brake Control allows you to creep down safely. The Journey doesn’t offer Downhill Brake Control.

The Tucson’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 Tucson Limited/Ultimate has a standard Surround 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 Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’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 Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’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 Tucson’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 Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate has a standard Blue Link, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or 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 Tucson 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, rearview cameras and available daytime running lights.

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

Tucson

Journey

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

21%

27%

Neck Stress

219 lbs.

250 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

64/54 lbs.

502/600 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

226

321

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

37%

52%

Neck Stress

162 lbs.

164 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

45/43 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 Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Journey:

Tucson

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

2 cm

12 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

23 cm

24 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Femur Force R/L

2.4/.1 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/.68

.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, results indicate that the Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Dodge Journey:

Tucson

Journey

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

94

97

Chest Movement

.8 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

131 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

482 lbs.

972 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 Tucson the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Journey was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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The Tucson comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Journey’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Tucson 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Dodge covers the Journey. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Journey ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Tucson’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the Journey’s (7/unlimited vs. 5/60,000).

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Tucson has a standard 600-amp battery. The Journey’s 525-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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 Tucson’s reliability 20 points higher than the Journey.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson second among small suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Journey isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 8th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 54 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 11 places higher in reliability than Dodge.

Engine

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The Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 9 more horsepower (181 vs. 172) and 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 165) than the Journey’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Tucson SE/Value FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Journey (23 city/28 hwy vs. 19 city/25 hwy).

Transmission

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For more complete vehicle control the Tucson offers optional Shiftronic™, with the available convenience of an automatic transmission and the complete gear control of a manual transmission without the inconvenience of a clutch. Shiftronic™ allows the driver to eliminate unwanted shifts and maximize engine braking by down shifting while cornering. The Journey doesn’t offer a transmission that allows complete gear control.

A six-speed automatic (SMG) is standard on the Hyundai Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a four-speed automatic is available for the Journey.

The Tucson offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Journey doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Tucson Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Journey (245/45R19 vs. 225/65R17).

The Tucson SE/Value’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 Value’s standard 65 series tires. The Tucson Sport’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Journey Crossroad’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Tucson has vehicle speed sensitive 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 better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Tucson is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Journey.

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

The Tucson Limited AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the Journey AWD (27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Tucson’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the Journey SE Value’s (34.9 feet vs. 38.5 feet). The Tucson’s turning circle is 4.1 feet tighter than the Journey Crossroad’s (34.9 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

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The Hyundai Tucson may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 600 pounds less than the Dodge Journey.

The Tucson is 1 foot, 4.2 inches shorter than the Journey, making the Tucson easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Hyundai Tucson amounts to more than styling. The Tucson has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Journey (.366) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Tucson get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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The Tucson has .7 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front hip room, 2.1 inches more rear legroom and .1 inches more rear hip room than the Journey.

Cargo Capacity

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The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume than the Journey with its rear seat up (31 vs. 10.7 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Tucson easier. The Tucson’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29.3 inches, while the Journey’s liftover is 30.8 inches.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Tucson Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s power liftgate can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Tucson’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The Journey doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Towing

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

Ergonomics

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The Tucson’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Journey’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control. The Journey’s driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The Tucson’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Journey’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Tucson 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 Tucson Ultimate’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 Tucson 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 Tucson’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 Tucson Ultimate 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 Tucson Limited offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Journey doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Both the Tucson and the Journey offer available heated front seats. The Tucson Ultimate also has standard heated rear 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 Tucson Ultimate 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 Tucson Ultimate has a standard Smart 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.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Tucson, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Journey.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Hyundai Tucson Sport/Limited/Ultimate has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Journey doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Tucson owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tucson will cost $175 less than the Journey over a five-year period.

The Tucson will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Tucson will retain 44.13% to 45.94% of its original price after five years, while the Journey only retains 39.45% to 41.24%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tucson is less expensive to operate than the Journey because typical repairs cost much less on the Tucson than the Journey, including $87 less for a water pump, $870 less for a muffler, $66 less for front brake pads, $58 less for a starter, $421 less for a fuel pump, $141 less for front struts and $628 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Tucson will be $4572 to $8019 less than for the Dodge Journey.

Recommendations

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The Hyundai Tucson outsold the Dodge Journey by 51% during 2018.

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