Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 GMC TERRAIN VS 2014 Dodge Journey Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Dodge Journey

Safety Comparison

Both the Terrain and Journey have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Terrain has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Journey’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Terrain offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The Journey doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Terrain’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’s 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 Denali’s 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, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the GMC Terrain is safer than the Dodge Journey:





5 Stars

5 Stars



4 Stars

4 Stars




Chest Compression

.4 inches

.6 inches

Leg Forces (l/r)

520/267 lbs.

631/373 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the GMC Terrain is safer than the Dodge Journey:



Rear Seat


5 Stars

4 Stars

Hip Force

501 lbs.

1028 lbs.

Into Pole


5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

16 inches

Hip Force

684 lbs.

1061 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

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

GMC pays for scheduled maintenance on the Terrain for 2 years and 24,000 miles. GMC will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Dodge doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Journey.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the GMC Terrain 4 cyl.’s reliability will be 58% better than the Journey and the GMC Terrain will be 93% better than the Journey.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that GMC vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks GMC second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 40 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 26th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 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 17th in reliability. With 56 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 31st.

Engine Comparison

The Terrain’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 9 more horsepower (182 vs. 173) and 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (172 vs. 166) than the Journey’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Terrain’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 18 more horsepower (301 vs. 283) and 12 lbs.-ft. more torque (272 vs. 260) than the Journey’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Terrain FWD 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Journey FWD 4 cyl. (22 city/32 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Terrain’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Journey are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Terrain’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Journey (235/55R18 vs. 225/65R17).

The Terrain’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Journey’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Terrain has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Journey doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Terrain is 1.1 inches wider in the front than on the Journey.

Chassis Comparison

The Terrain is 7.1 inches shorter than the Journey, making the Terrain easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Terrain 4 cyl. 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 Comparison

The Terrain has .4 inches more front legroom, 1.3 inches more front hip room and 3.8 inches more rear legroom than the Journey.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Terrain has a much larger cargo area than the Journey with its rear seat up (31.6 vs. 10.7 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Terrain easier. The Terrain’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.8 inches, while the Journey’s liftover is 30.8 inches.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Terrain (except SLE) offers an optional power rear liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Journey doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

When two different drivers share the Terrain (except 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 SLE)’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and 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 power windows lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Journey’s standard power windows’ passenger 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.

The Terrain has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Journey only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

When the Terrain SLT 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.

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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Terrain will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Terrain will retain 40.51% to 47.14% of its original price after five years, while the Journey only retains 33.81% to 41.64%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Terrain is less expensive to operate than the Journey because it costs $105 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Terrain than the Journey, including $121 less for front struts and $222 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the GMC Terrain, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Dodge Journey isn't recommended.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Terrain second among compact CUVS in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Journey isn’t in the top three.

The GMC Terrain outsold the Dodge Journey by 24% during the 2012 model year.

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