2012 Dodge Journey vs. Its Competition

2012 Dodge Journey
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Journey's substantial revamp in 2011 puts it right back in one of the hottest sales segments today.

While the related Mitsu Outlander doesn't quite make the cut, the latest Kia Sorento is the Journey's toughest competitor, with seven seats, a choice of four- and six-cylinder engines, and this year, better fuel economy with direct-injection technology and UVO voice controls for audio and phone.

The Toyota RAV4 has options for six cylinders and seven seats, too, though it's generally more expensive than the Journey and Sorento.

If you're able to get by with five seats, the Subaru Outback is a perennial favorite with Vermonters and anyone using an #Occupy hashtag without irony, while the Honda CR-V's lightly revamped this year, staying relatively compact and, well, slow.

One of the best new entries to come along recently is the Chevy Equinox, with its base four-cylinder delivering up to 32 mpg on the highway and its interior delivering great passenger space.

2012 Dodge Journey2012 Dodge Journey
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2012 Chevrolet Equinox FWD 4-door LT w/1LT Angular Front Exterior View2012 Chevrolet Equinox
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2012 Honda CR-V2012 Honda CR-V
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2012 Kia Sorento 2WD 4-door V6 EX Angular Front Exterior View2012 Kia Sorento
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2012 Subaru Outback 4-door Wagon H4 Auto 2.5i Limited Angular Front Exterior View2012 Subaru Outback
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2011 Toyota RAV4 FWD 4-door 4-cyl 4-Spd AT (GS) Angular Front Exterior View2012 Toyota RAV4
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Quick Specs
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Practical without being too prim, the 2012 Dodge Journey cuts an interesting figure and spans the gulf between compact crossovers and family-grade SUVs.
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A versatile layout, impressive performance, good ride comfort, and reasonable pricing all add up to make the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox a strong value—and a good pick for small families.
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The 2012 Honda CR-V is a great family vehicle, with a thoughtfully designed and comfortable interior, and improved refinement, but it lacks the confident, sprightly feel present in past CR-Vs.
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With the right size, the right gas-mileage numbers, and the right standard features, the 2012 Kia Sorento is an easy recommendation in the crossover class.
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Like any all-around athlete, the 2012 Subaru Outback blends capable performance and rewarding handling, surprising interior volume and great versatility, with versatility and enough high-end options to keep most buyers quite happy.
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The 2012 Toyota RAV4 remains a strong, refined choice for families, even though some of its design might be a blast from the past.
MSRP From     
$18,995$23,530$22,495$21,250$23,295$22,650
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas/Ethanol I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle - 2WDSport Utility Vehicle - 4WDSport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door SEFWD 4-Door LS2WD 5-Door LX2WD 4-Door I4 Base4-Door Wagon H4 Manual 2.5iFWD 4-Door I4 (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport Utility Vehicle4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 DoorWagon4 Door
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManualManualAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2012 Dodge Journey vs. 2012 Chevrolet Equinox2012 Dodge Journey vs. 2012 Honda CR-V2012 Dodge Journey vs. 2012 Kia Sorento2012 Dodge Journey vs. 2012 Subaru Outback2012 Dodge Journey vs. 2012 Toyota RAV4