Compare the Dodge Journey & Jeep Cherokee to the Subaru Outback

If you weren't already sold on the Jeep Cherokee or Dodge Journey models, consider this: Jeep and Dodge's parent company, Chrysler, is offering a $1000 rebate to anyone who's currently driving a registered Subaru and decides to buy either a new Jeep Cherokee with either the Limited or Trailhawk trim packages, or a new Dodge Journey with the Crossroad trim package.

While these are some enticing offers, it is important to take into consideration what you will be getting in a new Dodge Journey or Jeep Cherokee. So, let's take a look at how each model stacks up against their closest competitor in the Subaru line: The Subaru Outback. Browse through each section below, first on the Dodge Journey and then the Jeep Cherokee, to see how each model compares to the competition.

Comparing the Dodge Journey and the Subaru Outback

The Dodge Journey is a versatile midsize crossover - with seating for up to seven - that packs great convenience and a multitude of features into an affordable package. Of course, there's a lot of competition in this crossover category, including the popular Subaru Outback. Let's take a look at how the Journey and the Outback compare.

Size and Space

As a true midsize, the Dodge Journey has room for up to seven passengers, thanks to available third row seating, while the Outback only seats up to five adults. It's also the only crossover in its class to offer integrated second-row child booster seats, which can be folded away when not needed. The Journey is roomy when it comes to carrying cargo as well - folding the seat backs down creates up to 67.6 cubic feet of space.

Power and Performance

The base engines in the Journey and Outback are pretty comparable - the Journey's standard engine is a 2.4-liter inline-4 that makes 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque, while the Outback has a 2.5-liter boxer-4 that produces 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. But if you choose to go with the all-wheel drive version of the Journey, you'll also get the highly capable 3.6-liter V6 that cranks out 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The V6 is also available as an option on all but the base trim levels of the Journey.


The Dodge Journey is one of the most affordable midsize crossovers, starting at just under $22,000 for the base model, rising to the mid-high $20k range for a better-equipped midrange model and topping out at the mid-$30,000 level for the top-line AWD model. The Subaru Outback, on the other hand, starts at about $26,500 for the base version and climbs to just under $40,000 for a fully-equipped V6 model.

Comparing the Jeep Cherokee and the Subaru Outback

The Jeep Cherokee and the Subaru Outback are two well-designed and rough-and-ready all-wheel drive crossovers that can go from moving groceries, children and luggage to breaking trail and navigating nasty weather conditions. Both models have undeniable merits, and also key differences.

Four-Wheel versus All-Wheel Drive

The Outback's all-wheel drive system is undeniably built for rough road conditions. But the Jeep Cherokee is built for going way off-road when the need arises, and getting through, around and over some of biggest obstacles you'll encounter when driving, thanks to its low-range mode and three different four-wheel drive (4WD) systems.

Creature Comforts

While the Outback's interior is well-appointed and provides comfortable passage in any case, the Jeep Cherokee's interior can be configured from basic and utilitarian to downright luxurious. Seats offer good support across all road conditions and can be draped in either stain-resistant cloth or Nappa leather and the top-line trim includes heated and ventilated seating, along with power adjustments and memory. The second row adjust forward and backward to improve legroom. The Cherokee also benefits from Chrysler's highly-rated Uconnect infotainment system, which includes a 5.0-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, USB, SD and auxiliary ports.


The Jeep Cherokee offers a wealth of safety and security features. These include full-length side-curtain and side-thorax airbags to protect you and your passengers. Lane Departure Warning signals the driver if the car is drifting into another lane. Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go applies braking as needed depending on front and rear proximity of other vehicles, while Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist uses sensors to guide you into place. Blind Spot Monitoring spots cars hidden from view before you change lanes, and Forward Collision Warning and Crash Mitigation alerts the driver and applies the brakes if it senses a collision is about to occur. Rear Cross Path Detection warns you if a vehicle, person or animal is crossing behind you, and the 911 call button will summon emergency services if an accident occurs. The Outback has the available Eyesight system, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, pre-collision braking, and steering responsive fog lights.

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