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STYLING | 9 out of 10
“very little 'look at me'”
“interior is less refined”
“lines of sight are good”
The 2009 Dodge Journey’s exterior styling isn’t controversial, but reviewers across the Web came up with varying opinions on its interior.
The Detroit News says the Journey is relatively tame compared with some other Dodge vehicles: “its profile is less polarizing than other Dodge vehicles. Nondescript isn't a bad thing either.” Edmunds.com says that “the overall impression is of a bright, reasonably spacious, straightforward family hauler.”
Step inside, though, and the Journey’s interior takes its blows from a wide range of writers. Edmunds.com says “its interior is less refined than those found in competitors,” while TruckTrend half-praises it as “kind of nice.” They also liked the center stack design but didn’t care for the “brushed-chrome-look plastic on the SXT and SE.” In contrast, Road & Track says “the interior execution, which, while an improvement for Dodge, is still a far cry from being superb. The gauges have a 1980s look with square housings and glass partitions.” In either case, the Detroit News says, “the lines of sight are good, you sit higher than a car and controls are all easily and intuitively within reach,” though it notes the gearshift sits on the center console in a slightly awkward spot.
TheCarConnection.com’s editors think the exterior shape is a reasonably sleek combination of SUV and wagon. But the interior is far below the rich standard set by the Saturn Vue and the Honda CR-V, or even that of the Dodge Grand Caravan. Not only does the instrument package look inexpensive, it vaguely resembles the old Dodge Omni hatchback. And because it’s designed to be built in left- and right-hand drive, the gauges are set slightly askew from the horizon of the dash, all in the name of easier manufacturing. It’s a glaring error.
Good-looking on the outside, the 2009 Dodge Journey needs a styling intervention with its dated dash design.