2019 GMC Terrain vs. 2018 Dodge Journey

                        Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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                        In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Terrain are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Journey doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

                        The Terrain SLT/Denali offers optional Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Journey doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

                        When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Terrain’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Journey doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

                        The Terrain SLT/Denali’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Journey doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

                        The Terrain Denali offers an optional Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Journey only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

                        The Terrain (except SL)’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Journey doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

                        To help make backing safer, the Terrain (except SL)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Journey doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

                        The Terrain has standard OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Journey doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

                        Both the Terrain and the Journey have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and available all-wheel drive.

                        A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the GMC Terrain is safer than the Journey:




                        Overall Evaluation






                        Head Neck Evaluation



                        Head injury index



                        Peak Head Forces

                        0 G’s

                        0 G’s

                        Steering Column Movement Rearward

                        0 cm

                        12 cm

                        Chest Evaluation



                        Max Chest Compression

                        22 cm

                        24 cm

                        Hip & Thigh Evaluation



                        Femur Force R/L

                        .7/.1 kN

                        6.3/2.9 kN

                        Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L



                        Lower Leg Evaluation



                        Tibia index R/L



                        For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Terrain the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 149 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Journey was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.


                        The Terrain’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and 40,000 miles longer than the Journey’s (6/100,000 vs. 5/60,000).

                        GMC pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Terrain. GMC will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Dodge doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Journey.


                        To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Terrain has a standard 700-amp battery. The Journey’s 525-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

                        J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that GMC vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks GMC 18th in reliability. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 23rd.


                        The Terrain’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (203 vs. 166) than the Journey’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

                        The Terrain’s 1.6 turbo diesel produces 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 166) than the Journey’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

                        As tested in Motor Trend the GMC Terrain 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Dodge Journey V6:




                        Zero to 60 MPH

                        6.8 sec

                        7.7 sec

                        Quarter Mile

                        15.4 sec

                        16 sec

                        Speed in 1/4 Mile

                        89 MPH

                        87.2 MPH

                        Fuel Economy and Range

                        On the EPA test cycle the Terrain diesel gets better fuel mileage than the Journey:







                        1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

                        28 city/39 hwy

                        19 city/25 hwy

                        2.4 4 cyl./Auto


                        1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

                        28 city/38 hwy

                        16 city/24 hwy

                        3.6 V6/Auto

                        On the EPA test cycle the Terrain gets better fuel mileage than the Journey:








                        19 city/25 hwy

                        2.4 4 cyl./Auto


                        1.5 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

                        26 city/30 hwy

                        17 city/25 hwy

                        3.6 V6/Auto


                        2.0 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

                        22 city/28 hwy




                        1.5 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

                        24 city/28 hwy

                        16 city/24 hwy

                        3.6 V6/Auto


                        2.0 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

                        21 city/26 hwy



                        In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Terrain’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Journey doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

                        The Terrain has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Journey doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.


                        A nine-speed automatic is standard on the GMC Terrain, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Journey.

                        Tires and Wheels

                        For better traction, the Terrain’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Journey (235/50R19 vs. 225/65R17).

                        The Terrain’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Journey Crossroad/GT’s 55 series tires.

                        The Terrain has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Journey doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

                        Suspension and Handling

                        The Terrain Denali AWD handles at .79 G’s, while the Journey AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

                        The Terrain Denali AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Journey AWD (27.5 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

                        For better maneuverability, the Terrain w/17” wheels’ turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Journey w/17” wheels’ (37.4 feet vs. 38.5 feet).


                        The GMC Terrain may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 400 pounds less than the Dodge Journey.

                        The Terrain is 10.1 inches shorter than the Journey, making the Terrain easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

                        The front grille of the Terrain uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Journey doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

                        The Terrain uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Journey doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

                        Passenger Space

                        The Terrain has .1 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more front hip room and 3.6 inches more rear legroom than the Journey.

                        Cargo Capacity

                        The Terrain has a much larger cargo area than the Journey with its rear seat up (29.6 vs. 10.7 cubic feet).

                        Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Terrain SLE/SLT/Denali’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Journey doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

                        To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Terrain (except SL) offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Journey doesn’t offer a power liftgate.


                        The Terrain’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Journey’s (1500 vs. 1000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Dodge Journey is only 2500 pounds. The Terrain offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.


                        When two different drivers share the Terrain (except SL/SLE), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Journey doesn’t offer a memory system.

                        The Terrain (except SL/SLE)’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Journey doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

                        The Terrain’s front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Journey’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically. The Journey GT’s rear windows don’t open automatically.

                        To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Terrain has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Journey only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

                        While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Terrain SLT/Denali detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Journey doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

                        When the Terrain with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Journey’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

                        The Terrain SLT/Denali has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Journey offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

                        Both the Terrain and the Journey offer available heated front seats. The Terrain Denali also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Journey.

                        Optional air-conditioned seats in the Terrain Denali keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Journey doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

                        To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Terrain SLT/Denali offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Journey doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

                        Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Terrain, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Journey.

                        The Terrain Denali’s optional Automatic Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Journey doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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