When it comes to being long in the tooth, few vehicles can top the Dodge Journey in this regard. First introduced in back in 2009, the Journey was supposed to be Dodge’s first formal entry into the crossover segment, and while it did bring some unique gimmicks and a comprehensive update a few years later that added more muscle under the hood, and new styling to boot. The Journey is still roughly unchanged from its humble 2009 origins. That trend continues for 2020 with the seemingly immortal Journey gaining some revisions for the upcoming model year.
This time around, the incremental changes for the 2020 model year are all centered around shrinking the lineup, with both the SE and the performance oriented GT trims biting the dust. This leaves only two models, the SE Value Edition, and the rugged-ish Crossroad model. The demise of the GT also means that it is the end of the line for the optional 283 horsepower 3.6 liter V6, with the remaining models in the shrunken lineup now only being powered by the 2.4 liter four cylinder that is good for a rather modest 173 horsepower, and is linked to an antiquated four speed automatic. The SE Value edition rides on steel wheels and is front wheel drive, while the Crossroad comes equipped with 19-inch wheels and is mated to an all-wheel drive system.
Thankfully the purge also brings some notable standard equipment to both models with the duo benefitting from Rear Park Assist, while the Crossroad gains a newly optional sunroof. Destroyer Grey and Verde Olivia leave the color choices list for 2020, with the Journey now only offering seven color choices. The SE Value retains its black or tan interior color choices, but the Crossroad sticks with black only for its leather adorned interior.
Another key change is the addition of an all new interior package for both models. Dubbed the Popular Entertainment Group, this package offers a comprehensive suite of equipment, but it is dependent on what trim it is equipped to. For example, the SE Value edition gains a power operated front seat, premium cloth seats, a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, tri-zone climate control, Uconnect Voice Command with bundled Bluetooth, interior observation mirror, security system, and a 12 month subscription to SiriusXM radio. Choose the Crossroad model, and the same package brings you a six speaker premium audio system, navigation, heated steering wheel and seats, remote start, and a universal garage opener.
Pricing for the 2020 Dodge Journey lineup has not been released as of this writing, but considering that the Journey is now 11 years old, we suspect that the figure will not change very much from the $24,740 MSRP of a 2019 SE Value Edition. We also hope that FCA will eventually revamp Dodge’s CUV lineup especially considering just how far behind the Journey is in multiple areas when viewed against its rivals, with roughly half of them being updated multiple times during the Journey’s 11 year production run.