2017 Dodge Journey vs Toyota Highlander

For families, few vehicles are more appealing than a small crossover SUV. They offer the space and convenience of a minivan, but with more style and a carlike drive. In 2017, two of the top choices in this class are the Dodge Journey and the Toyota Highlander.

Despite their similarities, there are a few differences between these two three-row crossovers. To help out drivers in Richmond, New Baltimore, and the Detroit area with this decision, we’ve placed the 2017 Dodge Journey and the 2017 Toyota Highlander side by side, so you can compare the key differences between the two. Read more here, then learn where you can go to take a test drive.

To read more about the Dodge Journey, check out our complete vehicle review.


The Highlander offers three engine choices: the 2.7L four-cylinder paired to a six-speed automatic transmission, the 3.5L V-6 paired to a six-speed transmission, and a 3.5L V-6 hybrid. All-wheel drive is available with the V-6, but front-wheel drive is standard with the four-cylinder.

The Journey is equipped with a 2.4L four-cylinder paired to a four-speed transmission, and a 3.6L V-6 paired to a six-speed transmission. The four-cylinder is front-wheel drive, while the V-6 is all-wheel drive.

Both vehicles run better with the V-6 engines, but the Journey handles itself better with either configuration. The Highlander isn’t very powerful, exhibits significant body roll around turns, and is a bit wobbly. Uneven road surfaces are also painfully evident in the Highlander.

The Journey is exceptionally controlled for a vehicle of its size, without any unnecessary movement over rough roads. There’s also minimal body roll, which makes a huge difference in a vehicle of this height. Overall, the Journey rides more like a car, whereas the Highlander still feels like an early SUV.

Comfort and Quality

The Highlander has an interior filled with high-quality materials, but there’s a cluttered assortment of trim and material combinations that don’t quite create a cohesive look. The seats are relatively comfortable, though power-adjustment options are only available for the top trim, and there’s only a bench seat in the second row, unless you’re willing to spring for the captain’s chairs. There’s not enough headroom or legroom for an adult to sit comfortably in the second row, especially with the sunroof option, and the third row can only seat children.

The Journey has a practical interior, with high-quality, durable materials, contoured bucket seats, and rear seats designed to maximize head- and legroom. There’s an airy feeling in the cabin, and plenty of adjustability throughout. The Journey also has a completely flat cargo area, and plenty of small bins, cubbies, and pockets.

Test Drive the 2017 Dodge Journey at Dick Huvaere’s Richmond Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Though the Toyota Highlander has the utility capability and seating to accommodate a family, it doesn’t compare to the storage space, passenger comfort, and practicality of the Dodge Journey.

Drivers in Richmond, New Baltimore, and the Detroit area can experience the difference for themselves by visiting Dick Huvaere’s Richmond Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to schedule a test drive of the 2017 Dodge Journey. Contact us today!