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2009 Dodge Journey Review

Let’s you enjoy minivan convenience without the stigma.

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A versatile and spacious minivan, the 2009 Dodge Journey is known for its interior conveniences and attractive features. Its price is one of its major strengths. The fun-to-drive Journey boasts versatility, weather driving capability, child-friendly features, seating flexibility, and safety features. It meets the changing demands of car lovers who are seeking quality features, attractive looks, and flexibility. There are three models available in the Journey: Base SE, SXT, and R/T. Designed using innovative technology, it has several entertainment features and is more fuel-efficient with power train options. The new safety features include Electronic Stability Program, passenger air bags, side curtain air bags (three-row), Electronic Roll Mitigation, front-seat-mounted air bags, back-up camera, and all-wheel drive. It's perhaps the right vehicle for those buyers who desire to have the status of an SUV but require the quality, utility, and functionality of a minivan. With the rear doors opening 90 degrees, it makes entry and exit of passengers out of the second row easy. This also ensures it can easily access the third-row seat. Moreover, this is the safest feature for a child, making the entry and exit from a child safety seat more easy and convenient.

The Range

Body Styles: crossover SUV
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, six-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Journey SE, Dodge Journey, SXT, Dodge Journey R/T

What's New

The 2009 Dodge Journey is an all-new midsize crossover SUV that was introduced. The model is derived from the Dodge Avenger sedan and seats seven passengers.


The 2009 Dodge Journey is equipped with modern-looking headlamps that strengthen the look with excellent fog lamps are very useful during bad weather conditions. It also features 19-inch tires and wheels and horizontal aluminum hood. It is available in many colors, such as, Stone White Clear Coat, Red Crystal Pearl Coat, Black Crystal Pearl Coat, Melbourne Green Pearl Coat, and Light Sandstone Metallic Clear Coat.


The 2009 Dodge Journey offers a spacious interior room with seating for seven. It features a child presenter seat and integrated child booster seats. Each model is equipped with a capacity of five seats. The Base SE model has full power accessories, a six-speaker stereo, telescoping steering wheel, a six-disc MP3 changer, air-conditioning, and 16-inch steel wheels. Other trim model SXT features satellite radio, 17-inch alloy wheels, a 115-volt outlet and a trip computer. Besides this, it comes with cloth upholstery, automatic headlamps, rearview mirror, a six-way driver seat, enhanced interior storage, heated side mirrors and keyless entry. Finally, the Dodge Journey R/T model has roof rails, integrated audio controls of leather-wrapped steering wheel, engine-start system with remote control, leather upholstery, 19-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, climate control with automatic dual zone. Its optional features include Bluetooth, air-conditioning, backup camera, navigation with MYGIG hard drive based, a rear-seat entertainment system, and a chrome appearance package. In terms of safety, it includes traction control and anti-lock disc brakes.

Performance & Handling

The 2009 Dodge Journey SE has a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine. On the other hand, the R/T and SXT models come with 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that produce 235 horsepower. In these two models, customers have a choice between all-wheel drive and front drive. The hefty curb weight impacts its ability to really deliver in terms of on-road performance. Opting for SXT or R/T models with its V-6 engine gives the Journey more power. Ride quality on the highway is generally good, but there is body roll and handling that feels somewhat insubstantial.


The 2009 Dodge Journey's safety features that come standard include booster seats, trailer sway control, rear backup camera theater seating, rollover sensing, passenger air bags, front seated mounted air bags, side curtain air bags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, traction control, electronic stability program, brake assist, tire pressure monitor, and electronic roll mitigation.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Journey: 19/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Interior conveniences
  • Numerous modern entertainment and communications options
  • Quiet comfortable ride on the highway

You Won't Like

  • Interior utilizes some low grade trim and materials
  • Lacks driving dynamics

Sum Up

Let’s you enjoy minivan convenience without the stigma.

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