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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Land Rover Discovery have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Dodge Journey doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.
Both the Discovery and Journey have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Discovery has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Journey’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.
The Discovery has standard Autonomous Emergency Braking that 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 Discovery has 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 Discovery’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Journey doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.
The Discovery’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 Discovery offers an optional Surround Camera System 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 Discovery’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 Discovery’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 Discovery’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 Discovery has standard InControl that uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in 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 Discovery and the Journey have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.
The Land Rover Discovery weighs 917 to 1082 pounds more than the Dodge Journey. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
The Discovery comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty that covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Journey’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.
The Discovery’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Journey’s (6/unlimited vs. 5/60,000).
The Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 168 more horsepower (340 vs. 172) and 167 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 165) than the Journey’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.
The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 82 more horsepower (254 vs. 172) and 278 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 165) than the Journey’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Discovery’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 Discovery Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Journey (22.4 vs. 20.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Discovery Gas’ standard fuel tank has 3.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Journey (23.8 vs. 20.5 gallons).
For more complete vehicle control the Discovery 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 Land Rover Discovery, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a four-speed automatic is available for the Journey.
For better stopping power the Discovery’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Journey:
The Discovery’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.
For better traction, the Discovery has larger standard tires than the Journey (235/65R19 vs. 225/65R17). The Discovery’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Journey (285/40R22 vs. 225/65R17).
The Discovery’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 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 Discovery has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Journey SE Value. The Discovery’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Journey Crossroad.
The Discovery 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 that limits mileage and speed before replacement.
The Discovery 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 a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Discovery’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Journey (115 inches vs. 113.8 inches).
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Discovery is 4.8 inches wider in the front and 4.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Journey.
The front grille of the Discovery uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Journey doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Discovery has 4 inches more front hip room, 2.9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.5 inches more rear legroom, 1.3 inches more rear hip room, 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room, .2 inches more third row headroom, 10.1 inches more third row legroom, 2 inches more third row hip room and 3.7 inches more third row shoulder room than the Journey.
Flexibility is maximized at the game, campground or a drive-in theatre in the Discovery when its optional tailgating rear seats are deployed, allowing people to sit facing out of the liftgate. (Do not use while vehicle is in motion.) The Journey doesn’t offer tailgating seats.
The Discovery’s cargo area provides more volume than the Journey.
Behind Third Seat
11.8 cubic feet
10.7 cubic feet
Third Seat Folded
40.2 cubic feet
37 cubic feet
Third Seat Removed
43.5 cubic feet
39.6 cubic feet
Second Seat Folded
88.3 cubic feet
67.6 cubic feet
The Discovery’s cargo area is larger than the Journey’s in almost every dimension:
Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)
Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Discovery’s optional second and third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Journey doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Discovery has a standard power liftgate that opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Journey doesn’t offer a power liftgate.
The Discovery’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Journey’s (8201 vs. 1000 pounds).
The Discovery 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 Discovery 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.
When three different drivers share the Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury, the memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver and front passenger’s seat positions, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle. The Journey doesn’t offer a memory system.
The Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury’s standard easy entry system 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 Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction 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 Discovery’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 Discovery’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 power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.
If the windows are left open on the Discovery the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. The driver of the Journey can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
The Discovery 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 Discovery’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Journey’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Discovery to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Journey doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Discovery 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.
Consumer Reports rated the Discovery’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Journey’s headlights that were rated “Good.”
In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Discovery 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 standard on the Discovery 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 Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Journey doesn’t offer cornering lights.
When the Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury 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 Discovery 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 Discovery and the Journey offer available heated front seats. The Discovery also offers optional heated second row seats and the Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury offers optional heated third row seats to keep all passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Neither heated second nor third row seats are available in the Journey.
Optional air-conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Discovery’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The Journey doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Discovery offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control that 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 Discovery, 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 Discovery’s 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.
The Discovery will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Discovery will retain 47.79% to 49.86% of its original price after five years, while the Journey only retains 39.45% to 41.24%.
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