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2009 Dodge Journey
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FWD 4-Door SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door SE 19 25 $19,517 $20,925
FWD 4-Door SXT 16 21 $22,247 $23,925
AWD 4-Door SXT 15 21 $24,563 $26,470
FWD 4-Door R/T 16 21 $25,577 $27,585
AWD 4-Door R/T 15 21 $27,170 $29,335
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4-Door Manual X
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual X 20 27 $18,938 $19,995
4-Door Manual PZEV X 20 27 $19,149 $20,195
4-Door Automatic X 20 26 $20,028 $21,195
4-Door Automatic PZEV X 20 26 $20,239 $21,395
4-Door Manual X w/Premium Pkg 20 27 $21,196 $22,495
4-Door Manual PZEV X w/Premium Pkg 20 27 $21,407 $22,695
4-Door Manual X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 27 $21,563 $22,895
4-Door Manual PZEV X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 27 $21,774 $23,095
4-Door Automatic X w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $22,104 $23,495
4-Door AutomaticPZEV X w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $22,315 $23,695
4-Door Automatic X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 26 $22,471 $23,895
4-Door Automatic PZEV X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 26 $22,682 $24,095
4-Door Automatic X L.L. Bean Ed 20 26 $24,330 $25,995
4-Door Automatic X Limited 20 26 $24,355 $25,995
4-Door Automatic PZEV X L.L. Bean Ed 20 26 $24,541 $26,195
4-Door Automatic PZEV X Limited 20 26 $24,566 $26,195
4-Door Automatic XT 19 24 $24,582 $26,195
4-Door Automatic X L.L. Bean w/Nav 20 26 $25,977 $27,795
4-Door Automatic X Limited w/Nav 20 26 $26,002 $27,795
4-Door Automatic PZEV X L.L. Bean w/Nav 20 26 $26,188 $27,995
4-Door Automatic PZEV X Limited w/Nav 20 26 $26,213 $27,995
4-Door Automatic XT Ltd 19 24 $26,409 $28,195
4-Door Automatic XT Ltd w/Nav 19 24 $28,059 $29,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,517
$18,938
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,925
$19,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$349 / month
$333 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
As a smaller crossover, the Journey's a good alternative to the Saturn Vue and Subaru Forester, maybe even to a Dodge Grand Caravan--just don't pile on the expensive options. It’s significantly improved this year, but the 2009 Subaru Forester remains a unique all-wheel-drive crossover with less power and fewer features, but better carlike handling, than its competition.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
54.4 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.5 56.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Third Leg Room (in)
NA -
Second Head Room (in)
39.9 40.4
Third Hip Room (in)
NA -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 55.6
Front Leg Room (in)
40.8 43.1
Third Head Room (in)
NA -
Front Hip Room (in)
53.8 52.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
125.6 107.6
Third Shoulder Room (in)
NA -
Second Leg Room (in)
33.6 38.0
Front Head Room (in)
40.8 41.6
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.3 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
113.8 103
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - 32.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.2 70.1
Track Width, Front (in)
61.8 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 8.7
Length, Overall (in)
192.4 179.5
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - 38.4
Height, Overall (in)
66.6 65.9
Liftover Height (in)
30.8 27.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
37.1 33.5
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - 53.25
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
33.1 33.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - 61.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
67.6 68.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
41.4 42.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 37.5
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
Yes 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.0 x 0.47 11.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 x 1.1 11.7 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.5 16.9
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.6 Variable
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.5 34.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.3 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 37.4
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
TRD NA
Front Tire Size
P225/70R16 P215/65HR16
Spare Tire Size
T145/80D16 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
TRD NA
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/70R16 P215/65HR16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 2400
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 2400
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3692 3250
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16.0 x 4.0 NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9 7.3
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
160 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 356
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
173 @ 6000 170 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas Flat 4-Cyl
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
166 @ 4400 170 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
ED3 NA
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.5L/150
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 27
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.21 3.33
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.57 2.06
Trans Order Code
DFF NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.28 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 1.09
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.84 3.45
Clutch Size (in)
NA 8.86
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.45
Trans Type
4 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 up/1.57 down 0.78
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4dr SUV 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Dodge Journey Subaru Forester (Natl)
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - 32
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.83
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Double wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
multi-link NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - 32
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson-type
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.67
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - 6

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