2009 Dodge Journey vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin 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
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.
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.
The 2008 Toyota RAV4 brings a little more space than most compact SUVs without a mid-size price.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas Flat 4-CylGas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
FWD 4-Door SE4-Door Manual X2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)
Front Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4dr SUV4 Door5 Door4 Door
AutomaticManual w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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