Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Mazda CX-5 VS 2017 Dodge Journey Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Mazda CX-5

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2017 Dodge Journey

Safety Comparison

The CX-5 Touring/Grand Touring offers optional Smart City Brake Support, 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.

The CX-5 Touring/Grand Touring’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Journey doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The CX-5 Touring/Grand Touring’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 CX-5 Touring/Grand Touring’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 CX-5 offers optional E911 Automatic Emergency Notification, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to 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 CX-5 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and available rearview cameras.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Mazda CX-5 is safer than the Dodge Journey:







5 Stars

5 Stars




Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

232 lbs.

250 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

315/126 lbs.

502/600 lbs.

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

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 Mazda CX-5 is safer than the Journey:




Overall Evaluation






Head Neck Evaluation



Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

12 cm

Chest Evaluation



Max Chest Compression

24 cm

24 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation



Femur Force R/L

1.4/.2 kN

6.3/2.9 kN

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 CX-5 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2016, a rating granted to only 90 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Journey is not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty Comparison

The CX-5’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Journey runs out after 60,000 miles.

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 Mazda CX-5’s reliability will be 115% better than the Journey and the Mazda CX-5 2.5L will be 134% better than the Journey.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 21st in reliability. With 45 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 32nd.

Engine Comparison

The CX-5’s optional 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 11 more horsepower (184 vs. 173) and 19 lbs.-ft. more torque (185 vs. 166) than the Journey’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Mazda CX-5 is faster than the Dodge Journey V6 (automatics tested):




Zero to 30 MPH

2.8 sec

3.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

8.1 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

16.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.2 MPH

85.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the CX-5 gets better fuel mileage than the Journey:







2.0 4 cyl./Manual

26 city/35 hwy




2.5 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/33 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto




17 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto


2.5 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/30 hwy






16 city/24 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The CX-5 has engine 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.

The CX-5 Grand Touring handles at .84 G’s, while the Journey AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The CX-5 Grand Touring AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Journey AWD (28 seconds @ .59 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the CX-5’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the Journey w/17” wheels’ (36.7 feet vs. 38.5 feet). The CX-5’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Journey w/19” wheels’ (36.7 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Mazda CX-5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 650 pounds less than the Dodge Journey.

The CX-5 is 1 foot, 1.7 inches shorter than the Journey, making the CX-5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Mazda CX-5 amounts to more than styling. The CX-5 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Journey (.368) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the CX-5 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

The CX-5 has .2 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more front hip room and 3.2 inches more rear legroom than the Journey.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the CX-5 easier. The CX-5’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29.2 inches, while the Journey’s liftover is 30.8 inches.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CX-5 Touring/Grand Touring’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Journey doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

The CX-5’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Journey’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The CX-5 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Journey doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The CX-5’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Journey’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the CX-5 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 CX-5 Grand Touring detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Journey doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the CX-5 Touring/Grand Touring offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Journey doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the CX-5 Grand Touring offers an optional Radar 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 CX-5, 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

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CX-5 is less expensive to operate than the Journey because typical repairs cost much less on the CX-5 than the Journey, including $31 less for a water pump, $957 less for an alternator, $51 less for front brake pads, $30 less for a starter, $371 less for a fuel pump, $120 less for front struts, $649 less for a timing belt/chain and $29 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Mazda CX-5, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Dodge Journey isn't recommended.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CX-5 third among compact SUVs 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 Mazda CX-5 outsold the Dodge Journey by 8% during the 2016 model year.

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