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2009 Dodge Journey Review

Although the Dodge Journey was new for 2009, reviewers were unsatisfield with the base engine’s performance and the crossover’s cheap-feeling interior. They appreciated the Journey's spacious cabin and good fuel economy, however.

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy cabin
  • Good fuel economy from base engine
  • Cheap-feeling interior
  • Sluggish base engine

Rankings & Research

The 2009 Dodge Journey's #25 ranking is based on its score within the 2009 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Dodge Journey has a score of 7.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 45 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 8.9
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2009 Dodge Journey Overview

The 2009 Journey was Dodge’s first attempt at a crossover, and when it was new, test drivers said Dodge got a few things right. They thought the SUV’s interior was roomy and pleasant, with lots of family-friendly features. They also praised the base four-cylinder engine for getting good gas mileage. However, the available V6 engine has a big appetite at the pump, and all-wheel drive isn’t available with the base engine. Additionally, the available third-row seats aren’t very comfortable. Reviewers also wrote that the Journey’s interior felt cheap and low-quality when compared with most other 2009 compact SUVs. Overall, the Journey isn’t a bad crossover for families, but rivals offer better performance.

The base Dodge Journey comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive, but was available with a more-powerful 3.5-liter V6 paired with either front- or all-wheel drive. The base Journey SE is fairly well-equipped, with seating for five, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel and a six-speaker, six-disc CD audio system with an auxiliary input jack. Higher SXT and R/T trims offer an available third row, and can come with more upscale features like a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather-trimmed seats and a universal garage door opener.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re let down by the Journey’s performance and can make do without a third-row seat, consider the 2009 Mazda CX-7. Reviewers agreed that the CX-7 is one of the best-handling SUVs in its class, noting that the available turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes the CX-7 particularly fun to drive. The CX-7’s safety scores aren’t as impressive as the Journey’s.

The 2009 Ford Escape outshines the Journey with better performance and good fuel economy. Like the CX-7, the Escape won’t meet your needs if you’re considering the Journey for its available third row. However, the Escape comes close to matching the Journey’s safety score.

Compare the Journey to the CX-7 and Escape »

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