2009 Dodge Journey Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2009 Dodge Journey - Road Test Specs

2009 Dodge Journey SUV

(3.5L V6 AWD 6-speed Automatic)


Model year2009
StyleR/T 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Base MSRP$27,585
Options on test vehicle5+2 Flexible Seating Group ($1,220 -- includes sliding 60/40 second-row bench, 50/50-split third-row seat, rear air-conditioning, three-zone climate controls, larger alternator); Rear Seat Video Group I ($1,195 -- includes second-row roof-mounted video screen, video remote control, two wireless headphones six-speaker Infinity sound system, subwoofer, 368-watt amplifier); Sunroof ($795); Convenience Group II ($695 -- includes adjustable roof rail crossbars, cabin air filtration, cargo cover, ambient lighting, upgraded instrument cluster, trip computer, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth); Safe and Sound Group ($695 -- includes rear parking camera, touchscreen stereo controls, hard-drive digital music storage); 19-Inch Chrome-Clad Alloy Wheels ($625); Family Value Group ($295 -- includes second-row child booster seats, daytime running lights); Trailer Tow Group ($130 -- includes engine oil cooler, four-pin connector wiring); Engine Block Heater ($40); Smoker's Group ($30 -- includes removable ashtray).
As-tested MSRP$33,355


Drive typeAll-wheel drive
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,518cc (215 cu-in)
ValvetrainSingle overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.0:1
Redline (rpm)6,800
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)235 @ 6,400
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)232 @ 4,000
Transmission type6-speed automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I: 4.127; II: 2.842; III: 2.283; IV: 1.452 (Upshift) 1.570 (WOT kickdown); V: 1.00; VI: 0.690; R: 3.214; Final: 3.43


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typePower steering
Steering ratio (x:1)18.6:1
Tire brandKumho
Tire modelSolus KH16
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, front225/55R19
Tire size, rear225/55R19
Wheel size19-by-7.0 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.8
0-60 mph (sec.)9.2
0-75 mph (sec.)14.0
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.8 @ 81.3
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)33
60-0 mph (ft.)132
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)62.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.75
Sound level @ idle (dB)42.1
@ Full throttle (dB)73.4
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)64.8

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsNotably short gearing. Transmission keeps engine high in rev range in gears 2 to 4 at wide-open throttle. Makes a LOT of racket at this rpm.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsBrake effectiveness comes quite a ways into travel. ABS operation quite loud. LOTS of green fade.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsNot as tall and cumbersome as some CUVs, the Journey nonetheless lacks control feel and, of course, understeers like mad. In the slalom, the Journey manages to heave through the cones with some bit of grace for a car/truck this big. Stability control can't be disabled but is only marginally intrusive.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (°F)76.6

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)15 city/22 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)18.3
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)21.1

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,233
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,213
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)56.3/43.7
Length (in.)192.4
Width (in.)72.2
Wheelbase (in.)113.8
Track, front (in.)61.8
Track, rear (in.)62.3
Turning circle (ft.)39.0
Legroom, front (in.)40.8
Legroom, rear (in.)39.9
Legroom, 3rd row (in.)23.4
Headroom, front (in.)40.8
Headroom, rear (in.)39.9
Shoulder room, front (in.)57.5
Shoulder room, rear (in.)56.9
Shoulder room, 3rd row (in.)51.1
Seating capacity7
Cargo volume (cu-ft)37.0
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)67.6


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front, rear, and third row
Knee airbagsDriver only
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driver5 Stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger5 Stars
NHTSA crash test, side front5 Stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear5 Stars
NHTSA rollover resistance4 Stars

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