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2009 Dodge Journey Sport Utility Crossover

AWD 4dr SXT

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2009 Dodge Journey Sport Utility Crossover

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Dodge Journey Sport Utility Crossover

Interior packaging is the 2009 Dodge Journey's strength; its interior, with space for up to seven and numerous useful storage bins, could prove very useful for growing families. At the same time, its price doesn't break the bank, especially looking at the affordable base model. The SXT and R/T models offer a sophisticated interior arrangement and a fair number of luxury features and conveniences at a very competitive price. Configured for on-road driving, the Journey also promises peppy performance and good roadholding with the V6 and all-wheel drive.

What's new for 2009?

Dodge's 2009 Journey is a new car-based utility vehicle--a so-called crossover vehicle--that offers the ride quality and agile handling of a small sedan, combined with the roomy, versatile interior of a sport utility vehicle. It shares mechanical underpinnings with the Dodge Avenger sedan yet is several inches longer and has third-row seating to accommodate up to seven occupants.

Model Strengths

  • Versatile interior configuration for people and cargo
  • ride quality
  • very affordable base model.

Model Review

Two different powertrains are available on the Journey for 2009, and both offer a distinct choice of price and fuel efficiency versus power and refinement. Three different trim levels are available: SE, SXT, and R/T. The base SE comes with a 173-horsepower, 2.4L four-cylinder engine and four-speed automatic transmission; the well-equipped SXT and sporty, top-of-the-line R/T models come with a 235-horsepower, 3.5L V6 engine and six-speed automatic with AutoStick, which allows manual gear selection if desired. With the four-cylinder engine, the Journey is rated at 19 city, 25 highway in the EPA fuel economy cycle.

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Review: 2009 Dodge Journey

Source: MSN Autos

Whatever you choose to call them — crossover vehicles, tall station wagons — Dodge has a new one in the 2009 Journey. It's an appropriate name because Dodge's first foray into this segment will be a tough one, with nearly 70 models expected to be offered by 2009. Though late entering this fast growing segment, the delay allowed an opportunity to size up the competition. Dodge did its homework, because the new Journey is gifted with noteworthy features at a competitive price.

An impressive fusion of minivan and SUV characteristics, the Journey is based on the stretched bones of the Avenger/Sebring sedans. As expected in the burgeoning crossover class, it's offered in front- or all-wheel drive. To distinguish the Journey from major players such as the Ford Edge, Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Equinox and Hyundai Santa Fe, a third-row seat is optional on all models.

Smoothie V6
There are two powertrain choices for the Journey. Motivation for the base SE trim comes from a 173-horsepower 2.4-liter inline-four. Connected to a four-speed automatic, it earns an EPA city/hwy mpg rating of 19/25. Standard on the SXT and RT trims is a 3.5-liter V6 mated to a six-speed automatic, and both trims are available in either front- or all-wheel drive. The six generates 235 horsepower and provides a 16/23 mpg rating.

After sampling both, my nod goes to the V6. It's quiet, builds revs smoothly and is quick enough to handle most drivers' needs. The six-speed automatic provides smooth shifts and always seems to be in the right gear for conditions. If the Journey is used mainly for running errands and chauffeuring kids, the four-cylinder engine is adequate. But load it up with people and things for a road trip and this engine will be disappointing.

Given the Journey's near 4,000-pound curb weight it's not a corner carver, but the ride is nice and tight and the steering responsive. MacPherson struts in front and a multi-link independent suspension in back give Journey a sedan-like feel.

Did the Minivan Folks Lend a Hand?
Innovative, functional seats have become a hallmark of Chrysler's minivans, and the Journey has some of its own. Up front, the available Flip 'n Stow front passenger seat has a hinged bottom cushion that flips forward to reveal a bin large enough to stow a purse. Choose seven-passenger seating, and the Tip 'n Slide second-row seats allow quick access to the far back with a lever that operates so easily kids can do it.

Whether you choose seating for five or seven, the 60/40 fold-flat second-row seats can move fore and aft 4.7 inches. This can bring a child closer to the front seat, give the second or third row more legroom, or provide more cargo room behind the seats. For those with fast growing toddlers, the Journey can also be ordered with integrated child booster seats, and a flip-down convex mirror provides a rear-view look at who's hitting whom.

Cubbies Everywhere
The Journey is full of ingenious places to stow things, with up to five open storage spaces and eight covered ones. Behind the front seats, two in-floor storage bins with removable liners can each hold a dozen cans of soda, plus ice. In the rear a nifty compartment securely fits grocery bags against a folding tray. All four doors have map pockets and large beverage holders.

Interior materials are a leap forward from what Chrysler vehicles have offered in the past, but are still a step behind some competitors. Overall, the cabin is attractive, the instrument cluster easy to read, and the radio and climate controls operate intuitively. The standard height-adjustable driver's seat and tilt/telescoping steering wheel will help most drivers find a suitable position.

The sheet metal wrapped around the cabin is a modest display of Dodge's "in-your-face" heritage design. While the chrome crosshair grille identifies the Journey as a Dodge, it's presented in a more sophisticated manner. Curves on the pronounced wheel arches are smooth and horizontal lines serve to stretch the profile.

Nice Safety Set
When it comes to standard safety features, the Journey has all the biggies: front, side and curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; electronic stability and traction control; and rollover mitigation. Even with these standard features, the base SE has a starting sticker of $19,985, including destination charges.

The SXT starts at $22,985, the RT at $26,545. All-wheel drive adds $1,750. If the latest electronic gadgets and gizmos are your thing, you can have them: DVD entertainment, a backup camera, a navigation system, a MyGIG music hard drive to store your tunes, and more. But be careful: options add up quickly.

For a late entry into the crossover field, the Journey appears to have succeeded where others have fallen short. It combines the space and best features of a minivan with the drivability of a sedan, and its pricing makes this useful combo a real value.

Larry E. Hall is editor of Northwest Auto News Service and a freelance automotive journalist based in Olympia,Wash. He has an intense interest in future automotive technology.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Opt
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Back-Up Camera Opt
Handsfree Wireless Opt

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain Unlimited Years/Unlimited Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Dodge Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-Years/100,000-Miles (whichever comes first). Powertrain Limited Warranty runs from the date vehicle was sold as new.

3-Month/3,000-Mile Maximum Care Warranty. Starts on the date of the CPOV sale, or at the expiration of the remaining 3/36 Basic New Vehicle Warranty.

A deductible may apply. See dealer for details or call 1-800-677-5782
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 125
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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