2018 Dodge Journey vs. Toyota Highlander Houston TX


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Front-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive


513 miles highway

461 miles highway

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113.8 in.

109.8 in.

2018 Dodge Journey vs 2018 Toyota Highlander near Spring, TX

Finding a three-row crossover SUV that checks all of the boxes sounds like it could be a challenge, especially with the many amazing options to choose from. That’s why we are here to help! We have searched through the crossover SUV segment and found the top two choices that we think offer the best of the best. These two options are the 2018 Dodge Journey and the 2018 Toyota Highlander. Both give you a wide variety of choices, especially when it comes to entertainment. The 2018 Journey has made three-rows of seating standard on every model, which previously was only an option. That means that the Journey is ready to fight with the rest of its three-row crossover SUV competition. The 2018 Highlander has made no changes this model year, leaving it feeling slightly stagnant, with the lack of anything new or special to provide an extra draw. To learn more about these two SUVs, and to find out which one of them is the victor, continue reading!

2018 Dodge Journey Power & Handling

The 2018 Dodge Journey comes with two powerful engine options. The first engine is available on the SE, SXT, and Crossroad. That engine is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that can crank out 166 pound-feet of torque and 173 horsepower. You’ll also be getting front-wheel drive as standard, which will give you a fuel economy of around 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. The drivetrain is a four-speed automatic transmission. The second engine, which comes with the GT and AWD trims, is the 3.6-liter V6. This engine puts out 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Paired with this engine are either front-wheel or four-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission. You can tow up to 1,000 pounds with the 4-cylinder option, or 2,500 pounds with the V6 engine.

2018 Toyota Highlander Power & Handling

The 2018 Highlander comes in two engine options. Many are not a fan of the base engine, the 2.7-liter 4-cylinder that creates 184 lb-ft of torque and 185 horsepower. It comes paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that powers the front wheels. The second option, which comes with the rest of the trims, is a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 163 lb-ft of torque and 295 horsepower. You’ll find this engine offered in front-wheel or all-wheel drive, along with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

2018 Dodge Journey Features & Design

The Journey continues to give you options by offering four model options for you to choose from. The first of these is the SE, which–along with the Connectivity, Popular Equipment, and Comfort/Convenience package options–comes with dual-zone climate control, 17-inch steel wheels, a six-speaker sound system, a 4.3-inch touchscreen interface, keyless ignition and entry, a height-adjustable driver seat, and a 60/40-split second-row seats that slide and recline. Another option is the SXT, which comes with all of the contents of the Popular Equipment and Connectivity packages. You can also add the Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen package that comes with overhead console storage, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, three-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and aimable interior lamps. One of the highest options is the Crossroad, which adds all of the Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen package features, along with 19-inch black-painted alloy wheels. More features that you can add include a premium six-speaker stereo system, heated front seats, and leather upholstery.

2018 Toyota Highlander Features & Design

Six trim levels make up the Highlander lineup. The base trim is the LE, which comes with five USB ports, rear privacy glass, heated mirrors, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a six-speaker sound system, lane departure intervention, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, forward collision detection with automatic emergency braking, and a windshield wiper de-icer. Another option is the XLE, which comes with a navigation system, a 110-volt power outlet, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats, leather upholstery, an upgraded instrument panel, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems, keyless entry and ignition, roof rails, and a sunroof. One of the highest options, the Limited, features a 12-speaker JBL audio system, heated second-row captain’s chairs, driver-seat memory settings, heated and ventilated front seats, a rear cargo cover, rear parking sensors, 19-inch wheels, and LED running lights.


The Dodge Journey provides you with powerful engine options, and four decked out trim levels that are perfect for the whole family. The Highlander lacks package options which help to make the Journey that much more exciting. Interested in learning more? Give us a call today to learn more information about the 2018 Dodge Journey!

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