Poll: Dodge Journey or Hyundai Santa Fe?

Poll: Dodge Journey or Hyundai Santa Fe?

Which crossover would YOU rather own, the value-focused Dodge Journey or Hyundai’s popular Santa Fe? Vote in our latest poll!

Crossovers are all the rage; it seems every manufacturer offers at least half a dozen of these car-based utility vehicles. In any event, two options in this market-dominating segment are the Dodge Journey, an older offering, and the Hyundai Santa Fe. Let’s compare!

Age before beauty, we start with the Dodge. To be polite, this is an older product but it’s still surprisingly popular, probably because of its attractive base price. You can scoop one up for around 21 grand. Still, you probably don’t want the base powertrain, which consists of a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a four-speed automatic transmission.

The available Pentastar V6 is a much better option. Displacing 3.6-liters, it’s good for 283 horses and 260 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired with a self-shifting gearbox that brandishes six forward ratios, a much more acceptable number. Both front- and all-wheel drive is available. The Journey can also be had with three rows of seats.

As for the Hyundai, it’s motivate by just one engine, a 3.3-liter V6 that’s good for 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of peak torque. The only transmission offered is a six-speed automatic.

When it comes to standard features, the Santa Fe comes with goodies like 18-inch wheels, hill-start assist, a driver’s knee air bag, power-operated side-view mirrors and more. All-wheel drive is available at extra cost.

Hyundai has always been about value but the Santa Fe is much more richly appointed than the Dodge in this comparison and it shows on the window sticker. This crossover kicks off around $31,000, A LOT more than the Journey.

So, that’s a quick look at these two versatile vehicles, but which one do you prefer? Make sure to vote in our latest poll, though if you need more information feel free to compare the Santa Fe and Journey right here.

  • yerallnuts

    How about you get your facts right BEFORE you write your articles?

    The Journey has hill start assist and power, heated mirrors as standard, along with the usual roll mitigation and other BCM/ECU niceties and all of the 6 cylinder models above the base SE are available with AWD as well. And the R/T and Crossroad Plus are extremely well appointed with 19″ (as opposed to the Hyundai’s measly 18″) wheels, and those models are priced in the range of the Hyundai’s starting point and even the cheaper models come with 17: wheels as standard.

    Chrysler’s uConnect has been rated as the best (as in most usable) infotainment system available. The 4 cylinder isn’t bad – I’ve owned both the 4 and the 6. The small engine is adequate and reliable.

    So, aside from the fact that you may like the interior better, just what is it that Hyundai offers that doesn’t come in the Journey?

    One item to consider is that the Journey does not maintain it’s value as well as the Hyundai – that, of course implies that you will be tying up almost 50% more money for the duration of your ownership . . . but even if the Journey depreciated 1.5 times as fast, you’d have ‘lost’ the same amount of money – and if you drove them both into the ground you’d have lost 50% more money with the Hyundai than with the Dodge.

  • DMaster Mensionz

    The Dodge Journey has many quality issues that are not fixed even though it has been on the market for a long time. I incidentally got one as a rental car and the passenger seatbelt indicator would show up the dash as not connected while someone was sitting in the seat. Many small nit picky issues even with 3000 miles on the odometer shows that long term quality will be an issue and Consumer Reports reporting shows this. It’s ashame that many people want to like this vehicle due its features but due to reliability, this car will stay back in a crowd of non recommended vehicles.

  • Isend2C

    I had a rental SXT V6 FWD one with the 5″ uConnect and it was a pretty terrible vehicle. It was SO slow for such a powerful engine, and the gearing was so long. 1st to 45 and 2nd to above 75. It felt cramped inside, too.

    The Santa Fe isn’t the newest in the segment but it’s clearly a lot better in almost everyway… better tech, materials, quality and value.

    I’d cross-shop a new journey with a used Santa Fe or other competition because of how rubbish the Journey is when compared to any of it’s competition.

  • Shiratori1

    I think you’re just a dodge fanboy.

    There are plenty of reasons to go with the Santa Fe over the ancient journey.

    – Better crash ratings

    – Good infotainment system (just as good as uconnect)

    – More interior room

    – Better fit and finish

    – higher reliability (reliability for the journey is well below the industry average)

    – Longer warranty

    Oh, and up-voting yourself doesn’t really strengthen your argument.

  • yerallnuts

    My comment only addressed the specifics of what the authors were wrong about and then did the fiscal analysis. For some reason you decided to veer off topic and get into a comparison between the models to somehow ‘prove’ that the Hyundai is ‘better’ than the Dodge.

    It isn’t. But that’s beside the point.

    Since you raised the issue, have you bothered to visit the IIHS web site? I just did. In the 4 tests that the Hyundai Santa Fe was rated, both the Journey and Santa Fe got the exact same ‘G’ rating. The ‘small overlap front’ test was not done for the Hyundai, though the Journey got a ‘P’. Unfortunately you’ll never know how well Hyundai fared, since there’s no data published.

    And with all due respect, Chrysler’s uConnect was inependently rated as the number 1 system, including by this web site. Hyundai didn’t even make it into the top 10 here.

    Interior room. – yes, it seems that there is an additional 13 cu ft of standard storage in the Hyundai, but then the vehicle is wider than the Dodge – though that extra width doesn’t seem to make an appreciable difference in the dimensions for the occupants – my Journey is certainly not pushed for space and I don’t tend to fill it to with enough stuff that I miss the space; then, with the fold flat front passenger seat I CAN stuff longer items into the Journey than a Hyundai, especially if it is long, because the Dodge is a longer vehicle than the Hyundai AND cargo can occupy contiguous space from the dash to the lift gate.

    I disagree with the better fit and finish. When I drove the Hyundai it was good, but the look and feel of interior of the Journey was GREAT. In fact my brother-in-law dumped his Acura SUV and got a Journey R/T solely for the interior. No rattles, no buzzes and everything just works.

    Can’t comment on reliability; The only thing with my Journey has been a recall to replace the power seering hoses, which apparently could leak. I can’t fault Dodge for the flat tire I got 2 winters ago, so that doesn’t count.

    Yes, in the US (I’m in Canada) Hyundai has a longer warranty, but not here. In any case I have an extended warranty on my vehicle simply because of the expensive electronics on board. I’d have purchased one if I’d have bought a Santa Fe.

    Since you chose to raise features and issues not even mentioned, rather than in responding to the point of my post, which was that the author was simply wrong in HIS text, I suggest that you, sir are the fan boy.

  • yerallnuts

    There is no 5″ uConnect. There’s a 4.3″ and there’s an 8.2″. An SXT could have had either. The 4.3 is fairly basic. The 8.2 has won awards.

    My Journey certainly shifts at lower points than your rental did. The transmission is adaptive, however, so you’ll never know if the vehicle was abused. The transmission is set up to roll with the engine at about 2,000rpm, which is not going to drive the vehicle to 45 in 1st or 75 in 2nd.

    I know I’d never buy an ex-fleet vehicle if i was buying used.

    I can lay rubber if I choose – the 3.6 hauls big time, so either you weren’t pressing hard enough on the gas pedal or the vehicle had an issue – did you tell the rental company? Or did you just leave it for the next person?

    As to better materials? No way. Better tech? That was one of the points of my comment – the Journey has the hill hold and other features that the author said it did not. And certainly not the infotainment system if it was the 8.2.

    My backup camera has fixed guide lines – does the Hyundai do the bendy lines? If so, then that’s something they do better.

    But I don’t know what they could have done better (aside from not switching off the backup camera immediately when shifting out of reverse – they should have left the camera on either until shifted to Park or Drive in my opinion).

    I know that the vehicle manuals reference some features that are not available to us in North America;

    – power folding mirrors,
    – headlight washers,
    – rain sense wipers,
    – blind spot alert,
    – auto-dim high beams,
    – steering directed lights,
    – seat position memory.
    – front collision warning

    . . . . I don’t know why, perhaps just to keep the costs down. But then why not offer them on the top tier version of the vehicle?

    As to it being better value? That’s the one thing it certainly isn’t. It costs almost 50% more than a base Journey and pretty much does the same job. That was why I did that quicky financial comparison.

  • Jennifer Adams

    …and you sound like a Hyundai fanboy. Your point? At least the above poster corrected incorrect info. All you’ve added was a snarky argumentative reply. Congrats?

    -Proud Mopar Fangirl

  • Shiratori1

    I’m actually partial to Honda/Subaru, so yeah.

  • DMaster Mensionz

    The Dodge Journey has many quality issues that are not fixed even though it has been on the market for a long time. I incidentally got one as a rental car and the passenger seatbelt indicator would show up the dash as not connected while someone was sitting in the seat. Many small nit picky issues even with 3000 miles on the odometer shows that long term quality will be an issue and Consumer Reports reporting shows this. It’s ashame that many people want to like this vehicle due its features but due to reliability, this car will stay back in a crowd of non recommended vehicles. You must work for a lowly Chrysler dealership. What a shame that you must force people to buy your cars.

  • yerallnuts

    It sounds to me like you are taking a single and minor issue with a rental vehicle that may have been as simple as an unplugged connector and making it sound like murder. That it was delivered to you with this issue says more about the rental company than it does about the vehicle – I suspect they would have had it dealt with at the first oil change, assuming that a customer pointed out the problem to them . . . . . did you?

    I’m on my second Journey. The first was a 2.4 litre 2011 model that I would still be driving if the dealer hadn’t made me a killer deal so they could make their numbers for the quarter. The current one is a well equipped Crossroad with the 3.6 litre engine – the 2.4 is adequate, by the way, unless you are a leadfoot driver – and I get about 20.4 mpg in my combination of highway/city driving with the larger engine – slightly better with the smaller engine, but not significantly so.

    From a qualitative perspective and beyond any recall issues, I have had a single, minor problem with each of my vehicles, one a broken piece of plastic interior trim on the ’11 (I broke it, they replaced it under warranty) and the other that one of the vent controls stopped adjusting the air flow which was repaired (also under warranty) just this week while they were executing the power steering hose recall.

    We don’t want to get into how many times my 2 year old BMW 5 series had to go in for various warranty fixes before I dumped it. Those often ended up in shouting matches because they kept trying to charge me to repair defects until I got the zone manager involved. By comparison, my old 2000 LHS was pretty much flawless once we resolved a tire issue from Goodyear when it was new and after replacing a water pump at 80,000 miles. I got rid of that at 160,000 miles because I wanted to get something new after 13 years and my kids have grown and moved out so I didn’t need to keep it around.

    I don’t work for Chrysler, by the way – but I have had good experiences with Chrysler products, so why mess with what works? Various BMW, Nissan, Lincoln, Pontiac and Honda products that I’ve owned over the past 15 years? Not so much.

  • Isend2C

    it’s funny how frequently you mention the 8″ uconnect winning awards. IT did, but the Journey has never even won a comparison test.

  • yerallnuts

    Sorry, just saw the comment . . . . .

    I’d have thought that the awards are given as THE RESULT of comparisons.

    Have there been any detailed comparison tests published? I’ve not seen any.