2009 Dodge Journey vs. Its Competition

2009 Dodge Journey SE
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Journey has many competitors in the crossover segment, including the substantially heavier Ford Edge, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Chevrolet Equinox.

TheCarConnection.com’s favorite vehicles in the class include the new Honda CR-V, which got a controversial new look in its recent restyling; the Toyota RAV4, which now offers a third-row rear seat; and the Saturn Vue, a far more handsome vehicle than it used to be, and one coming in a hybrid version this fall.

Subaru’s Forester is also a worth a look, particularly in its base trim.

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Quick Specs
8.4
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.
8.0
With its available V-6 engine, the 2009 Saturn Vue is a bit more fun to drive than other compact SUVs; otherwise it’s not a standout.
8.0
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.
7.8
The 2008 Honda CR-V doesn't have hip style or performance on tap, but it has the security, utility, and frugality that many sensible moms want.
7.6
The 2008 Toyota RAV4 brings a little more space than most compact SUVs without a mid-size price.
MSRP From    
$20,925$23,280$19,995$20,700$21,500
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4-CylGas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
FWD 4-Door SEFWD 4-Door I4 XE4-Door Manual X2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4dr SUV4 Door SUV4 Door5 Door4 Door
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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