/>
X

2009 Dodge Journey R/T AWD

The 2009 Dodge Journey is a well-sized seven-passenger crossover with a full raft of cabin tech options to keep occupants entertained, but its thirsty V-6 spells trouble at the pump.

cnet.png
CNET Reviews staff
1 of 21 CNET Networks
The Dodge Journey, announced last year at the 2007 Frankfurt auto show, is a seven passenger crossover vehicle, combining the rugged looks of an SUV with the practicality of a mini-van.
32910871-2-440-FRONT.jpg
2 of 21 CNET Networks
The Journey can be had in three trim levels, SE, SXT, and R/T. The latter two trims can also be had with all-wheel-drive. Our review car was a top-of-the-line R/T AWD.
32910871-2-440-SS01.jpg
3 of 21 CNET Networks
The 3.5-liter V-6 in the Journey R/T isn't technically spectacular, relying on a single overhead cam with no variable valve timing, and it felt just adequate to get the Journey moving.
32910871-2-440-SIDE.jpg
4 of 21 CNET Networks
As a larger crossover, the Journey doesn't look much different than an SUV, but it is built on the Dodge Avenger car platform.
32910871-2-440-SS02.jpg
5 of 21 CNET Networks
For the Journey, the Avenger platform is stretched.
32910871-2-440-SS03.jpg
6 of 21 CNET Networks
With the rear seats folded away, the cargo area is cavernous.
32910871-2-440-SS04.jpg
7 of 21 CNET Networks
The two front rows get individual seats, while the rear folding seat is a bench.
32910871-2-440-SS05.jpg
8 of 21 CNET Networks
Dodge keeps its steering wheel controls simple, with just a few buttons on the front spokes. However, there are more audio control buttons on the back of the steering wheel.
32910871-2-440-INTERIOR.jpg
9 of 21 CNET Networks
We weren't impressed with the interior materials or the fit, but you can get a lot of tech options in the Journey.
32910871-2-440-SS06.jpg
10 of 21 CNET Networks
The six speed automatic offers a manual shift mode. Its sixth gear should help save gas during freeway driving.
32910871-2-440-SS07.jpg
11 of 21 CNET Networks
The MyGig controls and disc slot are set low on the console. This control panel includes a USB port, auxiliary audio input, and a button for the UConnect hands-free phone system.
32910871-2-440-SS09.jpg
12 of 21 CNET Networks
The maps on the Journey's navigation system look very good, and include information on traffic and road construction.
32910871-2-440-SS10.jpg
13 of 21 CNET Networks
Entering destinations can be a little tedious, as you have to use a dial to put in each letter.
32910871-2-440-SS11.jpg
14 of 21 CNET Networks
You can rip music to the MyGig system's hard drive, or transfer it directly from a USB drive.
32910871-2-440-SS12.jpg
15 of 21 CNET Networks
The USB port can be used for a thumb drive or to plug in an iPod, which can be controlled from the MyGig system.
32910871-2-440-SS13.jpg
16 of 21 CNET Networks
The disc player also reads MP3 CDs, giving you many options for digital music.
32910871-2-440-SS14.jpg
17 of 21 CNET Networks
The Journey uses an Infinity audio system.
32910871-2-440-SS15.jpg
18 of 21 CNET Networks
Although this file management screen looks promising, it works best for music, as you can't load very many photos into MyGig.
32910871-2-440-SS16.jpg
19 of 21 CNET Networks
UConnect is a separate option from MyGig. This phone system lets you pair up a Bluetooth-enabled phone and make hands-free calls.
32910871-2-440-SS17.jpg
20 of 21 CNET Networks
A rear seat entertainment system is also an option with the Dodge Journey.
32910871-2-440-SS18.jpg
21 of 21 CNET Networks
As a convenience feature, the console includes clips for two soda cans, plus a cooling mechanism.

More Galleries

Nintendo Switch: The 37 best games to play in 2021

More Galleries

Nintendo Switch: The 37 best games to play in 2021

38 Photos
2022 Genesis G80 Sport sharpens up

More Galleries

2022 Genesis G80 Sport sharpens up

4 Photos
2020 Perseid meteor shower photos shine bright in a dark year

More Galleries

2020 Perseid meteor shower photos shine bright in a dark year

14 Photos
Mazda MX-30 EV has suicide doors and cork interior trim

More Galleries

Mazda MX-30 EV has suicide doors and cork interior trim

46 Photos
2021 BMW 330e: A plug-in powerhouse

More Galleries

2021 BMW 330e: A plug-in powerhouse

51 Photos
Redesigned Kia Sportage: Movin' on up

More Galleries

Redesigned Kia Sportage: Movin' on up

8 Photos
2022 Audi RS E-Tron GT is an EV that slaps

More Galleries

2022 Audi RS E-Tron GT is an EV that slaps

46 Photos