Compare 2009 Dodge Journey vs 2009 Saturn VUE vs 2009 Subaru Forester

2009 Dodge Journey
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2009 Saturn VUE
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2009 Subaru Forester
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AWD 4-Door R/T
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Journey AWD 4-Door R/T 15 21 $27,170 $29,335
Journey AWD 4-Door SXT 15 21 $24,563 $26,470
Journey FWD 4-Door R/T 16 21 $25,577 $27,585
Journey FWD 4-Door SE 19 25 $19,517 $20,925
Journey FWD 4-Door SXT 16 21 $22,247 $23,925
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AWD 4-Door V6 Red Line
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
VUE AWD 4-Door V6 Red Line 16 23 $28,924 $30,935
VUE AWD 4-Door V6 XE 16 23 $24,657 $25,955
VUE AWD 4-Door V6 XR 16 23 $26,586 $28,435
VUE FWD 4-Door I4 XE 19 26 $22,116 $23,280
VUE FWD 4-Door I4 XR 19 26 $23,744 $25,395
VUE FWD 4-Door V6 Red Line 17 24 $27,054 $28,935
VUE FWD 4-Door V6 XR 17 24 $24,716 $26,435
VUE Hybrid FWD 4-Door I4 25 32 $26,329 $28,160
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4-Door Automatic X
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic X 20 26 $20,028 $21,195
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic X L.L. Bean Ed 20 26 $24,330 $25,995
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic X L.L. Bean Ed PZEV 20 26 $24,541 $26,195
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic X L.L. Bean w/Nav 20 26 $25,977 $27,795
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic X L.L. Bean w/Nav PZEV 20 26 $26,188 $27,995
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic X Limited 20 26 $24,355 $25,995
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic X Limited PZEV 20 26 $24,566 $26,195
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic X Limited w/Nav 20 26 $26,002 $27,795
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic X Limited w/Nav PZEV 20 26 $26,213 $27,995
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic X PZEV 20 26 $20,239 $21,395
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 26 $22,471 $23,895
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic X w/Prem/All-Weather PZEV 20 26 $22,682 $24,095
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic X w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $22,104 $23,495
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic X w/Premium Pkg PZEV 20 26 $22,315 $23,695
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic XT 19 24 $24,582 $26,195
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic XT Ltd 19 24 $26,409 $28,195
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Automatic XT Ltd w/Nav 19 24 $28,059 $29,995
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Manual X 20 27 $18,938 $19,995
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Manual X PZEV 20 27 $19,149 $20,195
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Manual X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 27 $21,563 $22,895
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Manual X w/Prem/All-Weather PZEV 20 27 $21,774 $23,095
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Manual X w/Premium Pkg 20 27 $21,196 $22,495
Forester (Natl) 4-Door Manual X w/Premium Pkg PZEV 20 27 $21,407 $22,695
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,170
$28,924
$20,028
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,335
$30,935
$21,195
Monthly Payment Estimate
$489 / month
$516 / month
$353 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.0
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. The 2009 Saturn Vue Hybrid isn't fun to drive, but it will ease your reliance on fossil fuels. 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
15 mpg 16 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
21 mpg 23 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
54.4 52.9 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.5 56.0 56.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Third Leg Room (in)
NA - -
Second Head Room (in)
39.9 39.3 40.4
Third Hip Room (in)
NA - -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 55.9 55.6
Front Leg Room (in)
40.8 40.7 43.1
Third Head Room (in)
NA - -
Front Hip Room (in)
53.8 52.6 52.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
125.6 - TBD - 107.6
Third Shoulder Room (in)
NA - -
Second Leg Room (in)
33.6 36.9 38.0
Front Head Room (in)
40.8 40.2 41.6
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.3 61.8 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
113.8 106.6 103
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 32.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.2 72.8 70.1
Track Width, Front (in)
61.8 61.4 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 7.8 8.7
Length, Overall (in)
192.4 180.1 179.5
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 38.4
Height, Overall (in)
66.6 66.2 65.9
Liftover Height (in)
30.8 - TBD - 27.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
37.1 29.2 33.5
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 53.25
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
33.1 - TBD - 33.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 61.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
67.6 56.4 68.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
41.4 - TBD - 42.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 37.5
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
Yes 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.0 x 0.47 11.9 x .78 11.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 x 1.1 11.7 x 1.14 11.7 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 17 16.9
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.6 15.5 Variable
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 40.0 34.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.3 2.7 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - 37.4
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
TWV QDP NA
Front Tire Size
P225/55R19 P235/55R18 P215/65HR16
Spare Tire Size
T145/80D16 T155/90D16 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
TWV QDP NA
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC - TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/55R19 P235/55R18 P215/65HR16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA 2400
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA 2400
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA 200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4119 4093 3300
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x 7.0 18 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16.0 x 4.0 16 x 4.0 NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 7.0 18 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.8 11.5 7.2
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 - TBD - 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 - TBD - 520
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
235 @ 6400 257 @ 6500 170 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas Flat 4-Cyl
Fuel System
SMPI SFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
232 @ 4000 248 @ 2100 170 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
EGF LY7 NA
Displacement
3.5L/215 3.6L/217 2.5L/150
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 16 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
17 18 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
21 23 26
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
w/Autostick NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.21 2.88 2.27
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.84 2.87 1.55
Trans Order Code
DG2 MX0-6 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.43 2.77 4.44
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.57 1.41 0.69
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 0.74 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.13 4.48 2.79
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.28 1.84 1.00
Trans Type
6 6 4
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00 NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - NA
Summary
Body Style
4dr SUV 4 Door SUV 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Dodge Journey Saturn VUE Subaru Forester (Natl)
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - 32
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 0.83
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent 3-Link Double wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
multi-link w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - 32
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent Strut MacPherson-type
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 0.67
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 4 6

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