Used Car: 2009 Dodge Journey Review
The first model year for the Dodge Journey was 2009, but reviewers thought its debut was lackluster. They complained about the base engine’s performance and the crossover’s cheap-feeling interior. Though the Journey gets great safety scores, its poor reliability rating is among the worst in the class.
The 2009 Dodge Journey is ranked:
The 2009 Journey was Dodge’s first attempt at a crossover, and when it was new, test drivers said Dodge got a few things right. They thought the SUV’s interior was roomy and pleasant, with lots of family-friendly features. They also praised the base four-cylinder engine for getting good gas mileage. However, the available V6 engine has a big appetite at the pump, and all-wheel drive isn’t available with the base engine. Additionally, the available third-row seats aren’t very comfortable. Reviewers also wrote that the Journey’s interior felt cheap and low-quality when compared with most other 2009 compact SUVs. Overall, the Journey isn’t a bad crossover for families, but rivals offer higher reliability scores and better performance, along with better fuel economy.
The base Dodge Journey comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive, but was available with a more-powerful 3.5-liter V6 paired with either front- or all-wheel drive. The base Journey SE is fairly well-equipped, with seating for five, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel and a six-speaker, six-disc CD audio system with an auxiliary input jack. Higher SXT and R/T trims offer an available third row, and can come with more upscale features like a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather-trimmed seats and a universal garage door opener.
Other Cars to Consider
If you’re let down by the Journey’s performance and can make do without a third-row seat, consider the 2009 Mazda CX-7. Reviewers agreed that the CX-7 is one of the best-handling SUVs in its class, noting that the available turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes the CX-7 particularly fun to drive. The CX-7’s safety scores aren’t as impressive as the Journey’s. However, the CX-7 has a much better reliability score.
The 2009 Ford Escape outshines the Journey with better performance and good fuel economy. Like the CX-7, the Escape won’t meet your needs if you’re considering the Journey for its available third row. However, the Escape has a better reliability rating than the Journey, and it comes close to matching the Journey’s safety score.