The Dodge Journey is a nice little car or crossover SUV, whatever you want to call it but I was actually surprised when I came across them have any type of tow capacity whatsoever and to be honest was shocked to see some of the numbers that I saw when I was doing the research.
In this article I look into how much they can actually tow and included model years 2009 - 2020 so I can encompass all of the vehicles possible in one (easy-to-read) post. I hope this article helps somebody out there who may be wondering about their specific capacity specs for their Journey. Let's Dive In!
Overview of the Data For the Dodge Journeys:
Engine Choices: Over the years, from 2009 - 2020, the Dodge Journey had four different engines to choose from and the engine you had equipped affected the capacity numbers somewhat but not as much as some other factors like: the number of people that were in the vehicle and/or whether or not you had the trailer tow prep package installed.
The engines I came across were: the 2.4 liter engine, the 2.7 liter engine, the 3.5 liter engine and the 3.6 liter engine.
The Number Of People In The Vehicle: Another major factor that affected the ratings for these CUVs was how many passengers you were carrying in the vehicle. This seemed to affect the capacity quite a bit.
In fact, I noticed that 1,000 pounds (or more in some cases) was the “average” difference between having one to two people in the car and six or seven people in the car.
Towing Capacity: When you look at the models that were made from 2009 - 2020 you'll see that the overall capacity didn't really range all that much and stayed pretty consistent over the years.
If you had a Journey made between these years you can expect to tow between 1,000 lbs., all the way up to 3,500 lbs., depending on the model year, the engine equipped, how many people you had riding in the vehicle with you and whether or not you had the trailer tow prep package installed on the vehicle.
Remember to always read through the owner's manuals completely before you tow anything, as there might be additional information that I did not post in this article that may be helpful to you.
For example, most manufacturers recommend having a trailer equipped with a braking system if the trailer exceeds 1,000 lbs.
In this post you might see one tow chart for many different model years and this is because the chart is exactly the same or very similar (with minor discrepancies) but the information was close enough to only post that one chart that will apply to all model years listed.
The 2020 models only had one weight specification for the maximum trailer weight capacity and that was at 1,000 pounds but it included five people in the vehicle and any luggage and cargo they had, which was a predetermined weight for each person I assume.
Even though the towing chart stated a 1,000 lb. capacity in the maximum trailer weight capacity, remember that this included five people in the vehicle, taken away from that 6000 lb gross combined weight rating.
If you only had one or two people in the vehicle you would probably have slightly higher ratings, I assume. Using the gross combined weight rating is a good way to get an idea of how much more you would actually be able to tow.
The Dodge Journeys made from 2011-2019 had a towing capacity that ranged from 1,000 lb and went all the way up to 2,500 pounds, depending on which engine you had equipped and how many people were in the vehicle.
If you look at the chart below you can see that the 2.4L engine had the lowest rating in the chart of 1000 lbs., which includes up to five passengers in the vehicle with additional cargo weight included in that capacity.
The 3.6L engine had a tow capacity that ranged from 1,500 lbs. and went all the way up to 2,500 lbs. and the number of people in the vehicle was the determining factor in the weight range numbers.
The 2010 models had their own unique table, mainly due to the fact that they had two different engine configurations: the 2.4L engine and the 3.5L engine.
The towing capacity for the 2010 models ranged from 1,000 lbs. and went all the way up to 3,500 lbs., depending on the engine equipped and if you had the 3.5L engine, whether or not you had a trailer tow prep package installed.
As you can see from the 2010 tow chart below, the 2.4L engine had the lowest capacity rating, coming in right at 1,000 pounds and the 3.5L engine (without the trailer tow prep package) had a range of 1,000 pounds to 2000 pounds.
If you had the 3.5L engine with the trailer tow prep package installed then the weight limits were much higher, ranging from 2,500 pounds, going all the way up to 3,500 pounds, which is nearly double the overall capacity.
The 2009 models had three different engine configurations to choose from: the 2.4 liter engine, the 2.7 liter engine and the 3.5 liter engine, which made the table a little bit harder to understand than the other model years we looked at already.
The towing capacity for the 2009 Dodge Journey's ranged from 1,000 lbs. - 3,500 lbs., depending on the engine you had equipped, how many people were in the vehicle and whether or not your vehicle had a trailer tow prep package installed.
If you look at the chart below you'll notice that without the trailer tow prep package installed AND no matter which engine you had equipped, the trailer weight ratings is significantly decreased, ranging from 1,000 lbs. and only going up to 2,000 pounds.
In contrast, if you compare those specs with the specs of the 2.7L engine and 3.5L engine with a trailer tow prep package equipped then you can see the range is a lot higher, starting at 1,000 lbs. and going all the way up to 3,500 lbs., dependent upon how many people you had in the vehicle.
Do I Have A Trailer Tow Prep Package Installed?
When researching the trailer tow prep package for these CUVs, I wasn't able to come across any definitive articles or documents on Dodge's website. At this point, if you're curious whether or not your Journey has a tow package installed, then I would recommend taking it to a dealership to see if they can check for you as there is no indicators I found that would allow you to check yourself.
If this changes in the future I will be sure to update this article to make everything as easy as possible.
Resources I Used For This Article:
I gathered all of my information from the owner's manuals that I found on the Dodge website and I posted the links for the specific model years below just in case anybody wants to do a little bit more in-depth research into their specific model or read up on some of the other very helpful tow related information that is included in the owner's manuals.
Last updated on May 1st, 2021 at 04:35 am