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Dodge Journey Towing Capacity: Can It Tow A Trailer, Boat, Or Jet Ski?

The Dodge Journey was discontinued in 2020 because of its low user ratings. These have mainly been due to its below-average engine performance and reliability. The towing performance of this car is still unknown. We have created this article to answer all of your questions regarding the towing capacity of this car.

The 2020 2.4L AT Dodge Journey has a towing capacity of 1,000 pounds with up to 5 passengers & luggage. The previous 2.4L models have a similar towing capacity. However, the 3.6L and 3.5L variants have a higher towing capacity, between 2,500 pounds and 3,000 pounds, with maximum payload capacity.

Below we’ll find out what you can tow with a 1,000 pounds towing capacity. We’ll match it against the weight of several types of small, medium, and large-sized trailers and find if it’s enough to tow them or not. Lastly, we’ll take a look at its competition and analyze its performance.

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Maximum Towing Capacity By Year

The following table mentions the towing capacities of this car since its inception. We can note that there hasn’t been any improvement in the towing capacity of the 2.4L variants of this car, and this will continue to be the case in the future because of its discontinuation. The 3.6L and 3.5L variants have also shown little to no improvement in over 10 years.

YearEngineTowing Capacity Braked (lbs)Note
20202.4L Automatic1,000With up to 5 passengers & luggage
20192.4L Automatic1,000With up to 5 passengers & luggage
 3.6L Automatic2,500With 1-2 passengers & luggage
  2,000With 3-4 passengers & luggage
  1,500With 6-7 passengers & luggage
20182.4L Automatic1,000With up to 5 passengers & luggage
 3.6L Automatic2,500With 1-2 passengers & luggage
  2,000With 3-4 passengers & luggage
  1,500With 6-7 passengers & luggage
20172.4L Automatic1,000With up to 5 passengers & luggage
 3.6L Automatic2,500With 1-2 passengers & luggage
  2,000With 3-4 passengers & luggage
  1,500With 6-7 passengers & luggage
20162.4L Automatic1,000With up to 5 passengers & luggage
 3.6L Automatic2,500With 1-2 passengers & luggage
  2,000With 3-4 passengers & luggage
  1,500With 6-7 passengers & luggage
20152.4L Automatic1,000With up to 5 passengers & luggage
 3.6L Automatic2,500With 1-2 passengers & luggage
  2,000With 3-4 passengers & luggage
  1,500With 6-7 passengers & luggage
20142.4L Automatic1,000With up to 5 passengers & luggage
 3.6L Automatic2,500With 1-2 passengers & luggage
  2,000With 3-4 passengers & luggage
  1,500With 6-7 passengers & luggage
20132.4L Automatic1,000With up to 5 passengers & luggage
 3.6L Automatic2,500With 1-2 passengers & luggage
  2,000With 3-4 passengers & luggage
  1,500With 6-7 passengers & luggage
20122.4L Automatic1,000With up to 5 passengers & luggage
 3.6L (without Trailer Towing Package).2,000With 1-2 passengers & luggage
  1,500With 3-4 passengers & luggage
  1,000With 6-7 passengers & luggage
 3.6L (with Trailer Towing Package)3,500With 1-2 passengers & luggage
  3,000With 3-4 passengers & luggage
  2,500With 6-7 passengers & luggage
20112.4L Automatic1,000With up to 5 passengers & luggage
 3.6L Automatic2,500With 1-2 passengers & luggage
  2,000With 3-4 passengers & luggage
  1,500With 6-7 passengers & luggage
20102.4L Automatic1,000With up to 5 passengers & luggage
 3.5L (without Trailer Towing Package).2,000With 1-2 passengers & luggage
  1,500With 3-4 passengers & luggage
  1,000With 6-7 passengers & luggage
 3.5L (with Trailer Towing Package)3,500With 1-2 passengers & luggage
  3,000With 3-4 passengers & luggage
  2,500With 6-7 passengers & luggage
20092.4L Automatic1,000With up to 5 passengers & luggage
 2.7L/3.5L (without Trailer Towing Package).2,000With 1-2 passengers & luggage
  1,500With 3-4 passengers & luggage
  1,000With 6-7 passengers & luggage
 2.7L (with Trailer Towing Package)3,000With up to 5 passengers & luggage
  1,000With 6-7 passengers & luggage
 3.5L (with Trailer Towing Package)  3,500With 1-2 passengers & luggage
  3,000With 3-4 passengers & luggage
  2,500With 6-7 passengers & luggage

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Can It Tow a Trailer, Boat, or Jet Ski?

There is a wide variety of trailers used for different purposes and have different weights and sizes.  We have done an extensive research to identify the weighing limits of different types of trailers. We have then matched these weight limits against the towing capacity Hyundai Kona.

All models of the Dodge Journey AT 2.4L can tow small-sized trailers with a maximum weight limit of 1,000 pounds. This means that this car can easily tow a loaded Kayak Trailer, which has a low weightage. It can also tow numerous trailer types in their empty form. These include jet skis, motorcycles, fishing boat trailers, and a few more.

Trailer TypeAverage Empty Weight (lbs.)Average Total Loaded Weight (lbs.)Can A Dodge Journey AT 2.4L Tow It?[SK1]
Canoe / Kayak Trailer200 400Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
Jet Ski Trailer3001,800It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
Motorcycle Trailer5002,400It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
Teardrop Trailer1,7002,400No.
Small Open Utility Trailer7002,500It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
A-Frame Camper1,7002,900No.
Small Enclosed Utility Trailer1,0003,200It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
Fishing Boat Trailer6003,300It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
Pop Up Camper2,3003,400No.
Small Travel Trailer2,8003,600No.
Tow Dolly6004,000It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
Large Enclosed Utility Trailer2,7007,100No.
Small Horse Trailer2,9007,200No.
Large Travel Trailer6,7008,300No.
Car Trailer1,9009,000No.
Large Flatbed Trailer3,00010,400No.
Large Boat Trailer2,20013,600No.
Dump Trailer4,50016,900No.
Toy Hauler7,60017,900No.
Large Livestock Trailer7,30018,700No.
5th Wheel Camper12,70018,700No
Gooseneck Flatbed Trailer7,20023,200No

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  • Kayak: All Dodge Journey AT 2.4L models will be able to tow a kayak trailer. On average, an empty kayak trailer will weigh 200 pounds. A loaded kayak trailer will weigh an average of 400 pounds with a maximum of 800 pounds which is well within the range of the Dodge Journey AT 2.4L.
  • Jet Ski Trailer: All Dodge Journey AT 2.4L models will be able to tow an empty jet ski trailer. On average, an empty jet ski trailer will weigh 300 pounds. A loaded jet ski trailer will weigh an average of 1,800 pounds with a maximum of 3,000 pounds, outside of the range of the Dodge Journey AT 2.4L.
  • Motorcycle Trailer: All Dodge Journey AT 2.4L models will be able to tow an empty motorcycle trailer. On average, an empty motorcycle trailer will weigh 500 pounds. A loaded motorcycle trailer will weigh an average of 2,400 pounds with a maximum of 3,500, outside of the range of the Dodge Journey AT 2.4L.
  • Teardrop Trailer: No Dodge Journey AT 2.4L model will be able to tow a teardrop trailer. On average, an empty teardrop trailer will weigh 1,700 pounds. A loaded teardrop trailer will weigh an average of 2,400 pounds, outside of the range of the  Dodge Journey AT 2.4L. Some teardrop trailers will weigh a maximum of 6,000 pounds which is also outside of the limits of the  Dodge Journey AT 2.4L.
  • Small Open Utility Trailer: All Dodge Journey AT 2.4L models will be able to tow an empty small open utility trailer. On average, an empty small open utility trailer will weigh 700 pounds. A loaded small open utility trailer will weigh an average of 2,500 pounds with a maximum of 3,000 pounds, outside of the range of the Dodge Journey AT 2.4L.
  • A-Frame Camper: No Dodge Journey AT 2.4L model will be able to tow an a-frame camper. On average, an empty a-frame camper weighs 1,700 pounds. A loaded a-frame camper will weigh an average of 2,900 pounds with a maximum of 3,600 pounds, outside of the range of the Dodge Journey AT 2.4L.
  • Small Enclosed Utility Trailer: All Dodge Journey AT 2.4L models will be able to tow an empty small enclosed utility trailer. On average, an empty small enclosed utility trailer weighs 1,000 pounds. A loaded small enclosed utility trailer will weigh an average of 3,200 pounds with a maximum of 7,000 pounds, outside of the range of the Dodge Journey AT 2.4L.
  • Fishing Boat Trailer: All Dodge Journey AT 2.4L models will be able to tow an empty fishing boat trailer. On average, an empty fishing boat trailer weighs 600 pounds. A loaded fishing boat trailer will weigh an average of 3,300 pounds with a maximum of 6,000 pounds, outside of the range of the Dodge Journey AT 2.4L.
  • Pop-Up Camper: No Dodge Journey AT 2.4L model will be able to tow a pop-up camper. On average, an empty pop-up camper weighs 2,300 pounds. A loaded pop-up camper will weigh an average of 3,400 pounds with a maximum of 4,000 pounds, outside of the range of the Dodge Journey AT 2.4L.
  • Small Travel Trailer: No Dodge Journey AT 2.4L model will be able to tow a small travel trailer. On average, an empty small travel trailer weighs 2,800 pounds. A loaded small travel trailer will weigh an average of 3,600 pounds with a maximum of 4,500 pounds, outside of the range of the  Dodge Journey AT 2.4L.
  • Tow Dolly: All Dodge Journey AT 2.4L models will be able to tow an empty tow dolly. On average, an empty tow dolly weighs 600 pounds. A loaded tow dolly will weigh an average of 4,000 pounds with a maximum of 5,000 pounds, outside of the range of the Dodge Journey AT 2.4L.
  • Large Enclosed Utility Trailer: No Dodge Journey AT 2.4L model will be able to tow a large enclosed utility trailer. On average, an empty large enclosed utility trailer weighs 2,700 pounds. A loaded large enclosed utility trailer weighs an average of 7,100 pounds with a maximum of 10,000 pounds, outside of the range of the  Dodge Journey AT 2.4L.
  • Small Horse Trailer: No Dodge Journey AT 2.4L model will be able to tow a small horse trailer. On average, an empty small horse trailer weighs 2,900 pounds. A loaded small horse trailer weighs an average of 7,200 pounds with a maximum of 8,000 pounds, outside of the range of the  Dodge Journey AT 2.4L.
  • Car Trailer: No Dodge Journey AT 2.4L model will be able to tow a car trailer. On average, an empty car trailer weighs 1,900 pounds. A loaded car trailer weighs an average of 9,000 pounds with a maximum of 15,000 pounds, outside of the range of the Dodge Journey AT 2.4L.
  • Large Flatbed Trailer: No Dodge Journey AT 2.4L model will be able to tow a large flatbed trailer. On average, an empty large flatbed trailer weighs 3,000 pounds. A loaded large flatbed trailer weighs an average of 10,400 pounds with a maximum of 26,000 pounds, outside of the range of the Dodge Journey AT 2.4L.
  • Large Boat Trailer: No Dodge Journey AT 2.4L model will be able to tow a large boat trailer. On average, an empty large boat trailer weighs 2,200 pounds. A loaded large boat trailer weighs an average of 13,600 pounds with a maximum of 34,000 pounds, outside of the range of the Dodge Journey AT 2.4L.

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How Well Can It Tow Compared to its Competitors?

The following table highlights the towing performance of various cars that compete with the Dodge Journey. We can note that this car is not as good as some of its rivals.  For instance, the 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan provides a towing capacity of 3,600 pounds which is 2,600 pounds more than the towing capacity of the Dodge Journey. The same is the case with the 2020 Kia Sorento and the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander, each having a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan also has a higher towing capacity.

Year / Make / ModelMin. Towing Capacity (lbs.)Max. Towing Capacity (lbs.)
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan3,6003,600
2020 Kia Sorento3,5005,000
2020 Mitsubishi Outlander3,5003,500
2020 Nissan Rogue1,1021,300
2020 Volkswagen Tiguan1,5001,500

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