2009 Dodge Journey Review

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director
May 7, 2008

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.

TheCarConnection.com’s editors read all the competitive reviews of this new 2009 Dodge Journey crossover to produce this conclusive review and to steer you through the shopping process. TheCarConnection.com also drove the Journey, and we’ve added our expert opinion on the car where it helps you make a better purchasing decision.

The 2009 Dodge Journey is a crossover vehicle, which means it marries a wagon body to available all-wheel drive, and has some sport-utility styling cues, though it’s largely based on car components. It also features gear you’d expect to find in the company’s Dodge Grand Caravan minivans.

The Journey comes in SE, SXT, and R/T trims; offers front- or all-wheel drive; can be ordered with either a 2.4-liter, 173-horsepower four-cylinder (SE versions) or a 3.5-liter, 235-hp V-6 (SXT and R/T models); and has seating for five or seven.

Dodge's first shot at the crossover market competes well with small and mid-size crossovers, from the Saturn Vue and Subaru Forester up to the Chevrolet Equinox, mainly on the strengths of its exterior styling, good ride quality, braking, and excellent blend of features and functionality.

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But the Journey’s interior styling is below par, and its handling can be sluggish. And if you're shopping for the next larger class of crossovers--Highlander, Edge, Murano, and Pilot--the Journey will seem tighter and somewhat pricey when equipped with all the bling.

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2009 Dodge Journey FWD 4-Door R/T

I will not buy an other Journey.

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