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2009 Dodge Journey

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2009 Dodge Journey Review

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Based on the same D-segment platform as the Avenger, the 2009 Dodge Journey is a new crossover utility vehicle that fits in between the compact Caliber and family-hauling Grand Caravan. The Journey provides the utility of an SUV, the passenger capacity of a minivan, the driving characteristics of a car and has a multitude of storage bins and spaces. Making its debut into the crossover marketplace, the Journey compares favorably with the Chevy Equinox, Ford Escape, Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota RAV4, and it's especially ideal for those with families, or those looking to start new families, as it offers different trim levels with a choice of seating configurations and amenities that should suit a variety of needs and budgets.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for minivan utility and storage space, without the minivan look, the Journey is a viable option. With its available third-row seating, it offers more room than the Ford Escape and Chevy Equinox.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Dodge Journey lacks in interior quality compared to other cars in its class. The dashboard and paneling and available leather seating are not the Journey's strong points.

What's Significant About This Car?

According to Dodge, the all-new Journey is a "right-sized" crossover, which fills the needs of young singles or families with children with its available seven-passenger capacity and many storage solutions for numerous types of cargo, big or small.

Driving the Journey

Driving Impressions The 2009 Dodge Journey indeed drives like a car, but with the comfort and space of an SUV. On our test drive its tall ride height didn't affect stability much...

as the suspension had a good amount of firmness to handle corners but was still comfortable, as compared to the rugged stiffness of the Ford Escape. The four-cylinder engine was peppy and had enough power to get us up moderate inclines, but the V6 seemed to be a better fit, although not as powerful as the V6 in the Toyota RAV4. We also appreciated all the convenient storage spaces. The Chill Zone beverage cooler above the glove box kept drinks cold surprisingly well, and the second-row in-floor bins, that were holding snacks, didn't leak a single drop of melted ice-water during a two-hour drive along bumpy back roads.

Flip 'n Stow Storage
The front passenger-seat cushion flips forward to expose a big storage bin that can hide valuables from prying eyes, or just keep things in place.

In-Floor Storage Bins
Behind the front seats are two bins in the floor that can accommodate up to twelve 12-ounce cans and ice -- or whatever else you can put in there. The bins have locking lids and are removable for easy cleaning.

2009 Dodge Journey Details
Interior

The spacious cabin of the Dodge Journey is lined with soft-skin paneling and chrome trim accents, is available with cloth, YES essentials stain-resistant fabric or two-toned leather seating and can accommodate up to seven occupants, depending upon the trim level. The front passenger seat, second and third rows fold flat for nine feet of load capacity, and in-floor storage bins are located in the second row and rear cargo areas. Other convenient features include the available Flip 'n Stow compartment in the front passenger seat and the Tilt 'n Slide feature, with which the second-row seats fold upward and slide forward to allow third-row access.

Exterior

For a crossover, the Dodge Journey is fairly large, with a wheelbase almost ten inches longer than those of the Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape, which allows for more cargo and third-row room. The Journey has an aggressive look, with its sculpted wheel arches and angled beltline giving it a sportier, SUV-like appearance. The front of the Journey exudes muscularity, with a signature Dodge crosshair chrome grille and Ram's-head stamp in between quad-halogen headlamps and available fog lamps. To finish off the look, the composite lightweight rear liftgate has an integrated spoiler that provides form and function, improving the Journey's aerodynamics.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base 2009 Dodge Journey comes with a 2.4-liter four cylinder engine with a four-speed automatic transmission, four wheel anti-lock disc brakes, power steering, power windows, power locks, air conditioning, Chill Zone beverage storage, AM/FM radio with a six-disc CD changer and six speakers, second-row in-floor storage and a rear-cargo area covered storage bin. Standard safety features include dual front and side airbags, side-curtain airbags in all rows, Electronic Stability Program and Electronic Roll Mitigation.

Optional Equipment

Available options for the Dodge Journey are a MyGIG infotainment system, UConnect Hands-free Communication, ParkView rear back-up camera, navigation, rear-seat eight-inch screen, wireless headphones and video remote control, six premium speakers with subwoofer and 368-watt amplifier, third-row seating, Tilt 'n Slide second-row seats, Flip 'n Stow compartment, automatic temperature control and heated front seats. These options are made available by opting for certain packages.

Under the Hood

Engineered for commuting and good gas mileage, the 2.4-liter, four-cylinder provides a sufficient amount of power for the weight of this crossover, but the potent 3.5-liter V6 does the job even better. The 2.4-liter is fit outfitted with a four-speed automatic transmission, while the 3.5-liter has a six-speed.

2.4-liter in-line 4
173 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
166 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/25

3.5-liter V6
235 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
232 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23 (FWD), 16/22 (AWD)

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2009 Dodge Journey Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
6.9
Out of 10

Based on 391 Ratings for the 2009 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.2/10
    Quality
    6.9/10
  • Reliability
    7.3/10
    Performance
    7.2/10
  • Comfort
    7.7/10
    Styling
    7.8/10

Dodge Journey is a great value for less

By on Friday, January 08, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "comfortable, easy to drive and versatile."

Cons: "four cylinder is adequate but needs a little more"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I leased my Journey over two years ago and it has never ceased to impress me with it's comfort,versatility and spacious interior. My four cylinder is adequate but could use a few more horses,but it gets the job done. If you need a new vehicle that has plenty of room for passengers or family cargo this is very affordable,try out a Journey and see for yourself."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Like the car in general.

By on Monday, December 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"4 cylinder with 4 speed trans is terrible, especially with air conditioner on. Needs the 6 speed trans like the V6 has and I think it would improve it tremendously. Other than that it has been a nice vehicle overall. To get that trans the cost is 8 to 10 thousand dollars to upgrade to the model with the V6 package. An additional 1000 wouldn't be so bad to get a better transmission but not 8000."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Good road trip Vehicle

By on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "It is a nice vehicle for the money."

Cons: "Transmission is due for an upgrade."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"It is a nice vehicle for the money - avoid the four cylinder engine and opt for the 3.6L V6. It offers a smoother and quieter ride. Vehicle is a bit heavier and lower to the ground than some other SUV/Crossovers in its class-we recently drove in high wind conditions and did not get knocked around like some lighter SUV/Crossovers."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Good basic transportation for people and cargo

By on Friday, November 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 510

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Inexpensive, good looks, handles well, ample power"

Cons: "I have to pay for it."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

2015 Dodge Journey AVP

"I only had this car a few days. The day after I brought it home I made a 450 mile round trip run to my home in the mountains with a full load of cargo. The 4 Cylinder engine was more than up to the task of hauling the load, had plenty of get up and go on the highway when needed and averaged 28 MPG. The interior is roomy, quiet, comfortable. The ride quality is good and feels solid. The handling on twisting mountain roads was very good. In the total darkness the headlights/high beams were super bright."

12 people out of 19 found this review helpful

2015 Dodge Journey AVP

Lots of problems, all correctable

By on Monday, October 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "MPG OK, comfortable"

Cons: "Poor visibility,tire pressure indicator defective"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"We bought this car used with 50,000+ 4 years ago from a well known car rental company; I was originally looking at a new Caliber with a stick. I feel a manual transmission is an extra bit of theft insurance. This vehicle has been driven by two adults, going to and coming from work, and was used for several short trips totaling no more than 2,000 miles each. After discussing my needs, I was convinced by the salesman that I needed a bigger car, the Journey, which had a bigger cargo area. I had explained that the vehicle would be used for my family and our pets, one of which is a 240 lb mastiff. Turns out the car is too high off the ground- he is unable to climb up into or jump down from the cargo area. We have found that our over-sized puppy clearly enjoys riding on the soft, padded middle seat - he occupies the whole seat. With regard to the third seat, it is rarely used, but is not really suited for use by adults - it has too little leg/foot room. The small area works great for families with three kids- two kids get their own seat and the third gets to ride "up-front" with the driver. Some significant problems with visibility, which I understand has been addressed in later editions. I'm glad I bought the extended warranty - transmission problems at about 75,000 miles. Big issue with the pressure sensitive valve incorporated into the dash-board problem indicator. My husband got so upset with taking this car to the shop 2-3 times a month that after finding out this was a common and re-occuring problem with this model he had the repair shop replace the this piece of standard equipment on all four tires. We now check the tire pressure manually with a gauge. Although I am sure your engineers added this feature with safety in mind, this equipment does not achieve this purpose. The design is not only poor, but the it is built into an innovative standard design requiring expensive and overpriced tires. I would not recommend this vehicle to my friends until the previously noted issues have been identified, addressed and corrected. The issues noted have caused our family to experience the significant discomfort and inconvenience,"

12 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Excelent vehicle

By on Sunday, October 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great price"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Excelent vehicle, the price is very good. The 2.4l engine is enough for normal use. Inside is huge, comfortable, well made."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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