2017 Dodge Journey vs. Chevy Traverse

Three row crossovers are all the rage. Even as minivans are coming back into style, the large crossover SUV is still filling the preferred role of a family vehicle. It’s not surprising; they offer outstanding space and comfort, and it’s hard to beat the full range of technology features they provide, coupled with power and performance that is hard to beat. They’re the best of all worlds.

When it comes to dependable and powerful vehicles, Dodge and Chevy are two well-respected manufacturers in the sector. Each offers its own affordable three-row crossover: the Dodge Journey and the Chevy Traverse. But which one is the best choice for Detroit area drivers, including those in Richmond and New Baltimore?

Check out a head-to-head comparison of the features, options and technology available in the 2017 Dodge Journey and Chevy Traverse, and where to test the winner.

2017 Dodge Journey vs. Chevy Traverse

Both the 2017 Dodge Journey and Chevy Traverse carry over from the 2016 year largely unchanged. The Traverse has renamed its top trim level from LTZ to Premier. Both are about due for a redesign in the coming years, but still stand as strong representatives of their class. Both remain outstanding performers with great features suites overall.

Trim Levels and Tech

The Dodge Journey comes in five trim levels: the SE base level, the SXT, the Crossroad and Crossroad Plus, and the range-topping GT level. Each has a range of options and add-on packages to further build the precise vehicle you want.

To read a more in-depth look at the Dodge Journey, check out our complete vehicle review.

The Traverse comes in only three trim levels: the LS, the LT and the Premier level. Though the LS is divided between two packages and the LT has two variants, the Journey still offers more customization among its trim levels and packages.

In terms of infotainment systems, it’s hard to beat the Dodge Uconnect with 8.4-inch touchscreen interface. With easy-to-read and intuitive features and menus, it’s straightforward and pleasant to use with great overall features. The Chevy, on the other hand, uses the MyLink infotainment system which is also good, but can be difficult to see and requires taking attention away from the road.

Engines and Performance

The base engine on the new Traverse is a 3.6-liter V6 which gives you 281 horsepower. Upgraded engines are available at higher levels, and all are paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. It comes with standard front wheel drive; all-wheel drive is unavailable at the base level but can be added as an option at higher levels.

The base level engine on the Journey isn’t as powerful, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that gives you 173 horsepower paired to a four-speed automatic transmission and front wheel drive. You can add all-wheel drive at any level, and it comes standard if you upgrade to a 3.6-liter V6 which gives you 283 horsepower. In the end, while the base engine is less powerful, the Journey offers more options, has available AWD at the base level, and the V6 is more powerful than the Traverse’s equivalent engine.

Test Drive the Dodge Journey at Dick Huvaere’s Richmond CDJR

The 2017 Dodge Journey offers a greater range of features and choices than the Chevy Traverse, which unto itself is a great SUV. If you’d like to test drive the new Dodge Journey for yourself, call Dick Huvaere’s Richmond CDJR for more information today!