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in 2009 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $9,242 - $14,111
Original MSRP: $20,925 - $29,335
MPG: 19 City / 25 Hwy
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2009 Dodge Journey Interior

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The 2009 Dodge Journey's interior stands out for its family-friendly features like multiple storage cubbies and integrated booster seats. It's also relatively comfortable, though its third row is very cramped. However, the cabin's good qualities are lessened by cheap-feeling materials.

  • "Judged purely from the standpoint of family usability, the Journey's cabin is hard to fault. Legroom is adequate in all three rows, and there are so many storage slots and cupholders, you'll be able to corral every last cell phone and sippy cup." -- Edmunds
  • "While Journey's cabin is comfortable and handsome for the most part, cheap feeling hard plastics cover most surfaces." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Interiors haven't been a Dodge strong point, but the Journey's quiet cockpit is fairly upscale, with tight panel fits and soft-touch plastics." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "Inside, the Dodge Journey is awash with innovation and first-class appeal. Storage is the theme here, as unique bins hold anything from multiple pop cans to laptops, sunglasses and CD's. There is even a secret compartment located under the passenger seat cushion, the perfect location for hiding valuables from prying eyes." -- Road & Travel

Seating

The base Journey seats five in two rows, though a third row is optional on some trims. The second and third rows are a cramped, even for children.

  • "Supportive (front) seats and ample headroom and legroom make Journey long-trip friendly." -- Consumer Guide
  • "We were left scratching our heads, however, with Dodge's decision to put seven seats in a space that can only comfortably fit five. The third row is so small that my 12-year-old and her friend had their knees up to their chests because there was no leg room. To make room for the ill-fitting third row, Chrysler also had to move the second row forward, which has far from class-leading leg room as it is." -- Autoblog
  • "The seats are flat and will have you wishing for a little more bolster to hold you in place as the car tilts around a corner, but the cabin is a comfortable place overall." -- AutoWeek
  • "Even though you can slide the second row forward and back, I found little relief for my knees in the rearmost setting. There was little thigh support, but the seatbacks do recline. However, since I seemed to have plenty of headroom, I'd gladly give up the reclining seat for more leg- and knee room." -- Cars.com
  • "As this is a Chrysler product, there's almost nothing the rear seats won't do. Both rear rows have reclining seatback cushions, and the second-row seats adjust fore/aft, allowing you to move infants closer to mom and dad. What's more, older children should be able to seat themselves in the third row without help." -- Edmunds
  • "Anyone who has had to lift up a child and strap them into safety seat will appreciate the second-row doors that open out 90 degrees. This gives you that little bit of extra space needed to properly hog tie down even the most wiggly child." -- Detroit News

Interior Features

The Dodge Journey comes with plenty of standard features and optional entertainment gadgets. However, big interior drawbacks are the sub-par materials quality and dated-looking controls.

  • "The Journey has scads of options available: remote start; navigation system; a back-up camera; heated front seats; a Bluetooth connection for your phone; and even child booster seats integrated right into the second row." -- Detroit News
  • "The Journey was also designed to keep the family happy, offering an optional 8.0-in. rear DVD display and, of course, a 110-volt plug for connecting a video game system. They may not notice 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." -- Road and Track
  • "Interior materials are a leap forward from what Chrysler vehicles have offered in the past, but are still a step behind some competitors." -- MSN
  • "The MyGig hard-drive navigation and music storage option in the 2009 Dodge Journey is a top-notch system. A rear-seat entertainment screen, Bluetooth phone compatibility, USB input, and a rearview camera bolster it." -- CNET
  • "The interior is simple and laid out in an intuitive manner. There are plenty of cupholders and cubbies for storage, and everything looks tight and put together well." -- AutoWeek

Cargo

Though reviewers find cargo capacity with all three rows of seats in use disappointing, they rave about the Journey's small storage spaces. The innovative bins and cubbies spread through the cabin make the Journey a unique offering within its class.

  • "Maximum cargo capacity is 67.6 cubic feet -- on par with the Equinox but a few cubic feet short of the Edge and the rest. Although you can't get a power-operated liftgate for your Dodge Journey, the gate itself is composite rather than steel, which means it's relatively lightweight and easy to pull shut." -- Edmunds
  • "With the third-row seats filled, there isn't a lot of room behind them. But the seat backs fold flat at the pull of a strap to dramatically expand cargo space. Second-row seat backs also fold flat, as does the passenger seat, to fit a ladder inside." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "The most unique aspect of the vehicle by far: the standard, removable underfloor cooler/storage bins that can hold a dozen cans of soda-on ice-without leaking. Younger transistites can fill them with baby toys, Cheerios, and baby bottles." -- Car and Driver
  • "The Journey may lead the industry in cubbies per square inch. There are hideaways galore, including double-decker glove boxes (the upper berth is cooled); a covered dashboard bin, where the screen for the optional navigation system goes; and hidden storage under the front-passenger seat." -- New York Times
  • "The Journey is full of ingenious places to stow things, with up to five open storage spaces and eight covered ones." -- MSN

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