The Ford Explorer has gotten a lot of limelight over the last few years. Many midsize SUVs are around on the market, but a substantial number of people have chosen to stick with the Explorer. However, the 2018 Dodge Journey, available at Bloomington Dodge dealerships, has been recently upgraded and features many notable improvements. The question arises then: Is the Dodge Journey or the Ford Explorer the better buy for you this year?
The Journey Is Considerably Cheaper
Dodge’s 2018 Journey is much more accessible than the 2018 Ford Explorer. Those who are shopping for a midsize SUV for their family aren’t looking to shell out more than what they need to get the job done.
The 2018 Journey’s MSRP price point is a very reasonable $27,895, while the 2018 Explorer is at $34,140. That’s nearly a $6.000 difference before additional features. Furthermore, the Journey also gives optional trims that go as low as $22,495 if you’re trying to get the most bang for your buck.
Let’s take a look at the average trims for each one. The mid-range priced Journey, the Crossroad, has a comparable engine to the Explorer with a price tag of nearly 20% less. The 2018 Journey Crossroad’s AWD 3.6-liter V6 engine sports 283 HP and 260 ft-lb of torque, which is only slightly different from that of the Explorer.
The fuel economy for both vehicles is mostly the same, though the Journey holds an additional two gallons in the tank to give it a little more range. Neither car is genuinely built for off-roading, but this year’s Journey’s stature gives it an edge over the Explorer in this regard.
Features and Interior
Both SUVs have plenty of additional features options available, but the Journey has some advantages. First, there are fewer models available for the Journey, but there are many more optional features available for each one.
It also comes with more standard features than the Explorer does. What’s even better is many of these are security features, which means the mid-range Explorer has fewer high-tech safety functionality than the Journey Crossroad. These standard security features include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, active head restraints, electronic roll mitigation & brake assist, trailer-sway control, and navigation aid, to name a few.
Three-row seating is typically an extra cost for midsize SUVs, but not with the Journey. Every model for it has three-row seating as standard, so you don’t need to pay extra for more accommodation.
It is true that the Explorer has a bit more cargo and passenger room than the Journey does, but it’s also more clunky and difficult to maneuver than the Journey. The Journey’s seating is high-quality and comfortable to sit in for long periods of time, which can make a difference when using it every day commuting or driving the kids around. There’s no reason you and your family won’t be satisfied on a long road trip in a Dodge Journey.
The Dodge Journey is a fantastic choice for a new midsize SUV this year. Give your family and you the space you need without paying more than you have to. See for yourself and come down for a test drive. Call your local Dodge Indianapolis dealership today, Community Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Bloomington at 812-331-3200 and set an appointment to see how convenient it is for yourself!