2020 Dodge Journey Vs. 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander

By Justin Cupler | August 12th, 2020

Three-row crossovers often come with high price tags, but the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander and 2020 Dodge Journey offer all the room you need at great values. But which of these economical three-row family haulers is the better option for your Jacksonville area family? Continue reading to find out.

Exterior

The Dodge Journey is an oldie but a goodie, as it debuted in 2009 and has remained mostly the same since. This marks its 12th year in the same skin, making it a little long in the tooth, but it boasts that bold Dodge look that has always aged well. Plus, in a world of overstyled crossovers, this simplicity is a breath of fresh air to some buyers.

 

 

The Mitsubishi Outlander is a little fresher than the Journey, as its last redesign came in 2014. This rework brought in a more traditional look to better compete in this hot class. Like the Journey, the Outlander’s design is far from bold, but it is more modern. Plus, its SE and SP trims bring in some extra features to enhance the Outlander’s sportiness.

 

 

On the outside, the 2020 Dodge Journey’s standard features include 17-inch steel wheels with hubcaps, body-color door handles, automatic on/off headlights, daytime running lights, black, heated, power mirrors, black roof-rack side rails, variable-intermittent windshield wipers, and a rear wiper.

 

The Mitsubishi Outlander offers lots of value inside and out. On the outside, its standard features include 18-inch two-tone aluminum wheels, halogen headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, silver front and rear bumper accents, body-color door handles, chrome grille accents, black, heated mirrors, variable-intermittent windshield wipers, intermittent rear wiper, tinted rear glass, and wheel arch moldings.

 

In terms of size, the 2020 Dodge Journey is over 7 inches longer than the Outlander and just under an inch wider. This extra bulk can make it a touch harder to zip through traffic in and park in tight spaces, but it helps with interior roominess.

 

Measurement 2020 Dodge Journey 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander
Length (in.) 192.4 184.8
Width (in.) 72.2 71.3
Height (in.) 66.6 67.3
Wheelbase (in.) 113.8 105.1
Ground Clearance (in.) N/A 8.5
Curb weight (lbs.) 3,329 to 3,582

 

Advantage: 2020 Dodge Journey

  •       Classic Dodge design
  •       Simple looks will appeal to more conservative buyers

Advantage: 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander

  •       More modern design
  •       Surprisingly upscale standard features

Interior

Inside, the Dodge Journey is a little more modern than its exterior, as it received a massive refresh in 2011 that replaced virtually every key component inside. It is still a 10-year-old cabin, but it is a ton more refined than the first few years and manages to give buyers looks that are similar to some of its rivals. That said, it is still very simple, which will appeal to plenty of shoppers who feel cars too complicated.

 

 

The Outlander’s interior is a touch more modern than the Journey’s, but not by much. What the Outlander does have is lots of gloss-black trim to give it a sharper look, a recent dash design, and up-to-date tech features, including available Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, and more. None of these advanced tech and safety features are available on the Journey.

 

 

Speaking of features, the 2020 Journey’s standard interior equipment includes dual-zone manual climate control, cargo tie-down loops, a full-length floor console, power door locks, front and rear floor mats, footwell LED lights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, steering-wheel-mounted controls, power windows with driver’s one-touch down, cloth seating, a six-speaker AM/FM audio system with a remote USB port and 4.3-inch touchscreen, keyless entry and ignition, and more. The Journey has a few advanced options, including an 8.4-inch touchscreen and a rear-seat entertainment system, but it lacks much of today’s most desirable tech.

 

The 2020 Outlander’s standard interior features are more up to date and include things like a 7-inch touchscreen, HD Radio™, Bluetooth®, and more. But where it really gets a leg up are the options we spoke of above that the Journey lacks.

 

In terms of in-cabin space, the Journey and Outlander are similar in their front seats. In the second and third rows, though, the Outlander gets a 1.2- and 4.8-inch advantage in legroom, respectively. The Journey makes up for this with an extra 0.4 inches of cargo room with all the seats upright, 2.8 cubes with the third-row seats folded, and 4.5 cubes with all the rear seat folded.

 

Measurement 2020 Dodge Journey 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander
Front headroom (in.) 40.8 (w/o sunroof)/39.2 (w/ sunroof) 40.6 (w/o sunroof)/39.9 (w/ sunroof)
Front legroom (in.) 40.8 40.9
Front shoulder room (in.) 57.5 56.4
Front hip room (in.) 53.8 52.6
Second-row headroom (in.) 39.9 (w/o sunroof)/39.2 (w/ sunroof) 38.4 (w/o sunroof)/37.2 (w/ sunroof)
Second-row legroom (in.) 36.1 37.3
Second-row shoulder room (in.) 56.9 56
Second-row hip room (in.) 54.4 51.9
Third-row headroom (in.) 37.7 35.7
Third-row legroom (in.) 23.4 28.2
Third-row shoulder room (in.) 43.5 50.4
Third-row hip room (in.) 40 39.4
Cargo room (cu. ft.) (behind the third row) 10.7 10.3
Cargo room (cu. ft.) (behind the second row) 37 34.2 (w/o sunroof)/33 (w/ sunroof)
Cargo room (cu. ft.) (behind the first row) 67.6 63.1 (w/o sunroof)/61 (w/ sunroof)

 

Advantage: 2020 Dodge Journey

  •       Simple interior design
  •       Large optional touchscreen
  •       Available rear-seat entertainment system
  •       More cargo room

Advantage: 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander

  •       Much more rear leg room
  •       Available Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
  •       Great optional safety equipment

Performance

These inexpensive three-row crossovers are anything but performance models, as the Journey and Outlander focus on two things: low cost and fuel efficiency.

 

The 2020 Journey comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 172 horsepower and 165 pound-feet of torque. This power routes through a four-speed automatic transmission on its way to the front wheels for a 25 mpg highway rating.

 

 

The 2020 Outlander’s standard engine is also a 2.4-liter, but it has less power at 166 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. This power flows through a continuously variable transmission and out to the front or all four wheels. This results in fuel-economy ratings of 30 mpg highway with front-wheel drive and 29 mpg highway with all-wheel drive.

 

 

The 2020 Outlander has an extra powertrain wrinkle with its optional 3.0-liter V-6 that cranks out 224 horsepower and 215 pound-feet of torque. This power flows through a six-speed automatic transmission and out to all four wheels. This cuts into fuel economy a bit, driving it down to 27 mpg highway.

 

As for towing, neither model is great with their respective four-cylinder engine, as the Journey is rated at just 1,000 pounds to the Outlanders 1,500 pounds. With its V-6 engine, the Outlander’s towing jumps to 3,500 pounds.

 

2020 Dodge Journey 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander
Standard engine 2.4-liter 4-cyl 2.4-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower 172 hp at 6,000 rpm 166 hp at 6,000 rpm
Torque 165 lb-ft at 4,400 rpm 162 lb-ft at 4,200 rpm
Transmission 4-spd automatic CVT
Driveline FWD FWD (std)/AWD (opt)
0-60 time N/A 10 seconds
Towing capacity 1,000 pounds 1,500 pounds
MPG City 19 25 (FWD)/24 (AWD)
MPG Highway 25 30 (FWD)/29 (AWD)
MPG Combined 21 27 (FWD)/26 (AWD)
Optional engine N/A 3.0-liter V-6
Horsepower N/A 224 hp at 6,250 rpm
Torque N/A 215 lb-ft at 3,750 rpm
Transmission N/A 6-spd automatic
Driveline N/A AWD
0-60 time N/A 9.6 seconds
Towing capacity N/A 3,500 pounds
MPG City N/A 20
MPG Highway N/A 27
MPG Combined N/A 22

 

Advantage: 2020 Dodge Journey

  •       Traditional base transmission

Advantage: 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander

  •       Big fuel economy advantage
  •       Optional V-6
  •       Huge towing advantage with V-6 engine

Pricing and Features

Pricing is not available yet on the 2020 Dodge Journey, which will offer only the SE Value Edition and Crossroad trims. In 2019, though, these trim levels cost $23,245 and 28,345, respectively.

The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander has six trim levels – ES, SE, LE, SP, SEL, and GT – and their starting prices range from $24,895 to $33,745.

2020 Dodge Journey Key Features and Pricing by Trim

SE Value: $TBD

  •       2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  •       Front-wheel drive
  •       Four-speed automatic transmission
  •       Normal-duty suspension
  •       17-inch steel wheels with hubcaps
  •       Body-color door handles
  •       Automatic on/off headlights
  •       Daytime running lights
  •       Black, heated, power mirrors
  •       Black roof-rack side rails
  •       Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  •       Rear wiper
  •       Dual-zone manual climate control
  •       Cargo tie-down loops
  •       Full-length floor console
  •       Power door locks
  •       Front and rear floor mats
  •       Footwell LED lights
  •       Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  •       Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  •       Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  •       Power windows with driver’s one-touch down
  •       Cloth seating
  •       40/60 Tilt ‘n Slide second-row seats with recline
  •       50/50 split-fold third-row seats with recline
  •       Six-speaker AM/FM audio system
  •       Remote USB port
  •       4.3-inch touchscreen
  •       Keyless entry and ignition
  •       Remote proximity key
  •       Rear parking sensors
  •       Rearview camera

Crossroad: $TBD

  •       All SE Value features, plus
  •       Touring suspension
  •       Fog lights
  •       Body-color mirrors
  •       Platinum chrome roof-rack side rails
  •       LED taillights
  •       19-inch Black Noise wheels
  •       Tri-zone automatic climate control
  •       Overhead console with sunglasses holder
  •       Premium door panel trim with accent stitching
  •       Front and rear swiveling LED lights
  •       Conversation mirror
  •       Leather-wrapped shift knob
  •       Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  •       Second-row in-floor storage bins
  •       Sunroof
  •       Illuminated vanity mirrors
  •       Leather seats with sport mesh-cloth inserts
  •       Six-way power driver’s seat
  •       Four-way power driver’s seat lumbar adjuster
  •       8.4-inch touchscreen
  •       SiriusXM® satellite radio
  •       CD/MP3 player
  •       Uconnect voice command
  •       Bluetooth® connectivity

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Key Features and Pricing by Trim

ES: $24,895

  •       2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  •       CVT
  •       Front-wheel drive
  •       18-inch two-tone aluminum wheels
  •       Halogen headlights
  •       LED daytime running lights
  •       LED taillights
  •       Body-color bumpers
  •       Silver front and rear bumper accents
  •       Body-color door handles
  •       Chrome grille accents
  •       Black, heated mirrors
  •       Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  •       Intermittent rear wiper
  •       Tinted rear glass
  •       Wheel arch moldings
  •       Color multi-information display
  •       Illuminated vanity mirrors
  •       Front map lights
  •       Six-way manual driver’s seat
  •       Four-way manual passenger’s seat
  •       Power driver’s seat lumbar
  •       60/40 split-folding second-row seat with slide and recline
  •       50/50 split-folding third-row seats
  •       Cloth upholstery
  •       Heated front seats
  •       Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  •       Gloss-black floor console
  •       Gloss-black instrument panel accents
  •       Gloss-black audio panel
  •       Gloss-black shifter panel
  •       Soft-touch upper instrument and door panel trim
  •       7-inch Display Audio infotainment system
  •       HD Radio™
  •       AM/FM six-speaker audio system
  •       Bluetooth® connectivity
  •       Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  •       Front USB port
  •       Eco indicator
  •       Cruise control
  •       Dual-zone automatic climate control
  •       Rear-seat air vents
  •       Power windows with one-touch up/down in all positions
  •       Underfloor cargo area storage
  •       Sunglasses holder
  •       Electric parking brake
  •       Rearview camera
  •       Hill-start assist
  •       Auto brake hold

SE: $26,095

  •       All ES features, plus
  •       Automatic on/off headlights
  •       Fog lights
  •       Body-color mirrors with integrated turn signals
  •       Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  •       Eight-way power front seats
  •       Soft-touch seating surfaces
  •       Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  •       8-inch Smartphone-Link Display Audio
  •       Apple CarPlay®
  •       Android Auto™
  •       SiriusXM® satellite radio
  •       Rear charge-only USB ports
  •       Auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink buttons
  •       Keyless entry and ignition
  •       Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  •       Lane-departure warning
  •       Automatic high-beam headlights

LE: $27,295

  •       All SE features, plus
  •       Gloss-black bumper accents
  •       Black door garnishes
  •       Black mirrors
  •       Power-folding mirrors
  •       Power sunroof
  •       Gloss-black roof rails
  •       18-inch black-painted wheels
  •       Gloss-black window-switch bezels
  •       Black headliner and pillars

SP: $28,495

  •       All LE features, plus
  •       Front, side, and rear airdams
  •       Black hood badge
  •       Black door handle covers

SEL: $27,495

  •       All SE features, plus
  •       Chrome window molding
  •       Power-folding side-view mirrors
  •       Silver roof rails
  •       Leather seating
  •       Silver carbo-style instrument panel accents
  •       Power liftgate
  •       Blind-spot monitoring
  •       Lane-change assist
  •       Rear cross-traffic alert

GT: $33,745

  •       All SEL features, plus
  •       3.0-liter V-6 engine
  •       All-wheel drive
  •       Six-speed automatic transmission
  •       LED headlights
  •       LED fog lights
  •       Power sunroof
  •       Front wiper de-icer
  •       Heated steering wheel
  •       Mitsubishi Power Sound System
  •       Multiview camera system
  •       Adaptive cruise control

Who Should Buy the 2020 Dodge Journey

Buyers seeking a simple crossover that requires little fuss will find that in the 2020 Dodge Journey. It is roomy, simple, inexpensive, and its limited trim levels make it easy to find the best model that suits you.

Who Should Buy the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander

Buyers who prefer more options and frills will find this in the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander. It has six trim levels that offer various features to meet all sorts of buyers’ needs. Plus, its optional all-wheel drive and V-6 engine give it even more choices. With its superior fuel economy, the Outlander also suits commuters better.

 

Is the 2020 Dodge Journey the perfect seven-row crossover for you? Stop by the Garber Automall showroom, serving Orange Park, Jacksonville, Fleming Island, and the surrounding areas, today to take it for a spin and see how it fits in person. If you can’t make it by today, you can see all our in-stock Journey models via our online inventory page. Just choose a few that fit your needs and schedule a test drive.