2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2020 Dodge Journey

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Safety

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The Grand Cherokee offers optional Crash Mitigation, 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 Grand Cherokee 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 Grand Cherokee’s optional Hill-descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Journey doesn’t offer Hill-descent Control.

The Grand Cherokee’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Journey doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Grand Cherokee has standard ParkSense to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, for the Grand Cherokee Summit in front of the vehicle. The Journey doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

The Grand Cherokee’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 Grand Cherokee’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 Grand Cherokee offers optional Uconnect Access, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to 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 Grand Cherokee and the Journey have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 Jeep Grand Cherokee weighs 695 to 1440 pounds more than the Dodge Journey. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

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

Grand Cherokee

Journey

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

107

158

Neck Injury Risk

24%

27%

Neck Stress

189 lbs.

250 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

321/349 lbs.

502/600 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

242

321

Neck Injury Risk

23%

52%

Neck Stress

84 lbs.

164 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

340/145 lbs.

631/373 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 Jeep Grand Cherokee is safer than the Dodge Journey:

Grand Cherokee

Journey

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

59

97

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

121

156

Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

42 G’s

Hip Force

612 lbs.

972 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

182

250

Spine Acceleration

28 G’s

35 G’s

Hip Force

609 lbs.

712 lbs.

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

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has a better fatality history. The Grand Cherokee was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 4.2% lower per vehicle registered than the Journey, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty

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

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Grand Cherokee has a standard 850-amp battery (700 V8 and 800 Diesel). 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 Grand Cherokee’s reliability 11 points higher than the Journey.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Grand Cherokee third among midsize suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Journey isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Jeep vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jeep 24th in reliability. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 28th.

Engine

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The Grand Cherokee’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 123 more horsepower (295 vs. 172) and 95 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 165) than the Journey’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Grand Cherokee’s optional 5.7 V8 produces 188 more horsepower (360 vs. 172) and 225 lbs.-ft. more torque (390 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 Grand Cherokee RWD V6 gets better highway fuel mileage than the Journey (19 city/26 hwy vs. 19 city/25 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Grand Cherokee V8’s fuel efficiency. The Journey doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Grand Cherokee V6’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Journey doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Grand Cherokee has 4.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Journey (24.6 vs. 20.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Grand Cherokee 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

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For more complete vehicle control the Grand Cherokee has a manually controlled automatic, with the available convenience of an automatic transmission and the complete gear control of a manual transmission without the inconvenience of a clutch. A manually controlled automatic 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.

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Jeep Grand Cherokee, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a four-speed automatic is available for the Journey.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Grand Cherokee V8’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Journey:

Grand Cherokee V8

Journey

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.9 inches

The Grand Cherokee V8’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Journey are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Grand Cherokee has larger standard tires than the Journey (245/70R17 vs. 225/65R17). The Grand Cherokee’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Journey (265/50R20 vs. 225/65R17).

The Grand Cherokee’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Journey Crossroad’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Grand Cherokee offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Journey’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Grand Cherokee offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Journey, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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The Grand Cherokee has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Journey doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The Grand Cherokee 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 track (width between the wheels) on the Grand Cherokee is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than on the Journey.

The Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Journey AWD (28.2 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Grand Cherokee’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Journey SE Value’s (37.1 feet vs. 38.5 feet). The Grand Cherokee’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Journey Crossroad’s (37.1 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

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The Grand Cherokee offers available 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

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The Grand Cherokee has 3.2 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, 2.5 inches more rear legroom, 1.8 inches more rear hip room and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Journey.

Cargo Capacity

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The Grand Cherokee has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Journey with its rear seat up (36.3 vs. 10.7 cubic feet). The Grand Cherokee has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Journey with its rear seat folded (68.3 vs. 67.6 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Grand Cherokee offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Journey doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Payload and Towing

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The Grand Cherokee’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Journey’s (6200 vs. 1000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Dodge Journey is only 1000 pounds. The Grand Cherokee 4x4 offers up to a 7200 lbs. towing capacity.

The Grand Cherokee 4WD with optional equipment can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Grand Cherokee can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Journey can’t be towed flat on the ground.

The Grand Cherokee has a higher maximum payload capacity than the Journey (1410 vs. 1362 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

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The Grand Cherokee uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Journey uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

The engine in the Grand Cherokee is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Journey. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the Grand Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk/Overland/Summit, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster), outside mirror angle and radio stations. The Journey doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Grand Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk/Overland/Summit’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and 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 Grand Cherokee’s front power windows 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 power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

The Grand Cherokee’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 Grand Cherokee 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 Grand Cherokee’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 Grand Cherokee 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 Grand Cherokee’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Journey’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Grand Cherokee offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Journey doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Grand Cherokee detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Journey doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

When the Grand Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk/Overland/Summit is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Journey’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Grand Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk/Overland/Summit has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Journey has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Grand Cherokee and the Journey offer available heated front seats. The Grand Cherokee also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Journey.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Grand Cherokee (except Laredo) 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 Grand Cherokee offers an optional Adaptive Speed 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 Grand Cherokee, 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.

The Grand Cherokee’s optional Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Journey doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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The Grand Cherokee will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Grand Cherokee will retain 44.64% to 53.53% 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 Grand Cherokee is less expensive to operate than the Journey because typical repairs cost much less on the Grand Cherokee than the Journey, including $128 less for a water pump, $607 less for a muffler, $4 less for fuel injection, $283 less for a fuel pump and $86 less for front struts.

Recommendations

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee outsold the Dodge Journey by over three to one during the 2019 model year.

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