2020 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2020 Dodge Journey

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Safety

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The 4Runner has a standard Pre-Collision System, which uses 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 4Runner 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 4Runner 4WD’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Journey doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The 4Runner’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 4Runner Limited/Nightshade has standard Parking Assist Sonar to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Journey doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

The 4Runner’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 4Runner has standard Safety Connect™, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to 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 4Runner 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 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 Toyota 4Runner is safer than the Dodge Journey:

4Runner

Journey

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

41

97

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

89

156

Spine Acceleration

36 G’s

42 G’s

Hip Force

381 lbs.

972 lbs.

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

The Toyota 4Runner has a better fatality history. The 4Runner was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 6.9% lower per vehicle registered than the Journey, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty

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The 4Runner’s 5-year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Journey runs out after 60,000 miles.

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the 4Runner for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Dodge doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Journey.

Reliability

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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 4Runner’s reliability 59 points higher than the Journey.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 70 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Dodge is ranked 21st.

Engine

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The 4Runner’s 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 98 more horsepower (270 vs. 172) and 113 lbs.-ft. more torque (278 vs. 165) than the Journey’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The 4Runner has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Journey (23 vs. 20.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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For more complete vehicle control the 4Runner 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.

A five-speed automatic is standard on the Toyota 4Runner, 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 4Runner’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Journey:

4Runner

Journey

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

13 inches

The 4Runner’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 4Runner has larger standard tires than the Journey (245/60R20 vs. 225/65R17). The 4Runner’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Journey (265/70R17 vs. 225/65R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 4Runner Limited/Nightshade has standard 20-inch wheels. The Journey’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Toyota 4Runner’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Dodge Journey only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The 4Runner has a standard 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 4Runner TRD Off-Road/Venture offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Journey doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The 4Runner has engine 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 4Runner is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Journey.

For better maneuverability, the 4Runner’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Journey SE Value’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.5 feet). The 4Runner’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Journey Crossroad’s (37.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

Passenger Space

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The 4Runner has 6.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Journey (128 vs. 121.7).

The 4Runner has .9 inches more front legroom, 2.7 inches more front hip room, .3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear hip room, .9 inches more rear shoulder room, 5.9 inches more third row legroom, 3.3 inches more third row hip room and 14.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the Journey.

Cargo Capacity

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The 4Runner’s cargo area provides more volume than the Journey.

4Runner

Journey

Third Seat Folded

46.3 cubic feet

37 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

47.2 cubic feet

39.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

89.7 cubic feet

67.6 cubic feet

The 4Runner 5-Passenger’s optional sliding cargo floor is capable of supporting 440 pounds, to make loading and unloading cargo easier and safer. The Journey doesn’t offer a sliding load floor.

The 4Runner’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Journey’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Payload and Towing

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The 4Runner’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Journey’s (5000 vs. 1000 pounds).

The 4Runner has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Journey (1625 vs. 1187 lbs.).

The 4Runner has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the Journey (1700 vs. 1362 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

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The 4Runner 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 4Runner 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 different drivers share the 4Runner Limited/Nightshade, the memory seats make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Journey doesn’t offer memory seats.

The 4Runner’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 4Runner the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Journey can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Consumer Reports rated the 4Runner’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Journey’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the 4Runner detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Journey doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the 4Runner Limited/Nightshade 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 4Runner has a standard Dynamic Radar 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 4Runner, 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.

Economic Advantages

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The 4Runner will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the 4Runner will retain 61.48% to 71.13% 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 4Runner is less expensive to operate than the Journey because it costs $27 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the 4Runner than the Journey, including $902 less for a muffler, $76 less for front brake pads, $134 less for a fuel pump and $198 less for front struts.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota 4Runner will be $1254 to $5680 less than for the Dodge Journey.

Recommendations

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The TRD Pro was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2015 4x4 of the Year. The Journey has never been chosen.

The Toyota 4Runner outsold the Dodge Journey by 68% during the 2019 model year.

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