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Dodge Journey
2009 Dodge Journey
Manufacturer Chrysler
Also called Dodge JC (Japan)
Dodge JCUV (China)
Production 2008-present
Model year(s) 2009-present
Assembly Toluca Car Assembly,
Toluca, Mexico
Predecessor Dodge Caravan (Short wheelbase)
Class Mid-size crossover SUV
Body style(s) 5-door wagon
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive/four-wheel drive
Platform Chrysler JC platform
Engine(s) 2.0 L I4 Diesel
2.4 L (144 cu in) I4
2.7 L LH V6
3.5 L (215 cu in) EGG V6[1]
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
6-speed manual
4-speed automatic
6-speed automatic
Wheelbase 113.8 in (2891 mm)
Length 192.3 in (4884 mm)
Width 75.0 in (1905 mm)
Height 67.5 in (1715 mm)
Related Chrysler Sebring
Dodge Avenger
Designer Ryan Nagode

The Dodge Journey is a mid-size crossover wagon built by the Dodge division of Chrysler.


First generation (JC49, 2008-)

Unveiled first at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show,[2][3] and later appearing at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show,[4] the Journey identified internally as the JC49,[5] has an almost identical wheelbase 113.8 in (2891 mm) to the outgoing shorter-wheelbase Chrysler Pacifica. The Journey shares a modified platform with the Dodge Avenger.[6] Featuring 5 or (5+2) passenger seating with four forward-hinged doors, and as with past models of the Chrysler minivans, the Journey is available with a four-cylinder engine. Similar to the Dodge Avenger, the Journey's exterior was styled by Chrysler's Ryan Nagode.[7] Production versions of 2009 model year vehicles went on sale in March 2008 in North America, and mid-2008 elsewhere.

A version for the Chinese market was unveiled at Auto China in 2008, marketed as the JCUV. Initial model production began in 2009.[8]



The available four-cylinder is a 2,360 cc (2.36 L; 144 cu in), with 173 horsepower (129 kW) and 166 foot-pounds force (225 N·m) of torque; a version of Chrysler's GEMA, "World Engine" class of four-cylinder engines shared with Hyundai and Mitsubishi.[1][9]

The 3,518 cc (3.518 L; 214.7 cu in) V6[1] is only available in North America, with the six-speed automatic transmission. Other markets will have the six-speed automatic transmission with the flex-fuel (E85 compatible) 2.7 liter V6. All wheel drive will only be available with a V6. The powerplant produces 235 horsepower (175 kW) and 232 foot-pounds force (315 N·m) of torque.

A Volkswagen-sourced diesel engine is available outside of North America with an automatically shifted dual clutch transmission. Chrysler performed primary engineering for the dual-clutch transmission with support from long-time partner Getrag, who will ultimately build the transmission in the United States.[10]

During development, Dodge benchmarked the European Ford S-Max, a popular multi-activity minivan.[11]

North American models

The following trims are available in North America as of April 2008:[12]

  • SE - 2.4L 173 hp (129 kW) I4
  • SXT - 3.5L 235 hp (175 kW) V6
  • SXT AWD - 3.5L 235 hp (175 kW) V6
  • R/T - 3.5L 235 hp (175 kW) V6
  • R/T AWD - 3.5L 235 hp (175 kW) V6


  • Aluminum hood.[11]
  • Composite plastic tailgate.[11]
  • One-third of the Journey's body-structure, by weight, made of high-strength steel.[5]
  • Second row H-point is 1.6 inches (40 mm) higher than the first row; third row 0.6 inches (17 mm) higher still.[10]
  • Rear doors open 90 degrees.[10]
  • Markets outside North America in both left-hand and right-hand drive.[10]
  • Under-floor storage lockers behind front seats.
  • Rear climate control vents and optional rear climate control panel.
  • Extra power outlets.
  • Optional hard-drive-based stereo/navigation/phone system.
  • Interior child-view mirror.
  • Rear doors open to a 90 degree angle allowing for easy rear access and helping child-seat installation.
  • Optional booster seats (these are not integrated child seats but are aimed at older children).
  • Theatre seating (second row is substantially higher than the first row).
  • Third row of foldaway "occasional use" seats (with minimal seat height and legroom).
  • Gas mileage: 16-19 city, 23-25 highway (2008 United States Environmental Protection Agency‎ figures).
  • Standard (US & Canada) multi-stage front driver and passenger air bags, front-seat-mounted side air bags, three-row side-curtain air bags, standard four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic stability program (ESP), and electronic roll mitigation, brake assist.[10]
  • Traction control, rollover sensing, trailer sway control, tire pressure monitors, and a rear backup camera.


Chrysler manufactures the Journey at the 220-acre (0.89 km2)[6] Toluca Car Assembly in Toluca, Mexico on the same assembly line as the PT Cruiser.[6]

Total American sales

Calendar Year Sales
2008[13] 47,097
2009[14] 53,826


Dodge Journeys assembled and marketed in Japan are known as Dodge JC.

As part of the vehicle's introductory promotion, Dario Franchitti's No. 40 Dodge Charger carried a "Journey" paint scheme for the 2008 Daytona 500 on February 15, 2008.[15]


  1. ^ a b c "2009 Journey" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  2. ^ 2009 Dodge Journey crossover will debut in Frankfurt
  3. ^ Frankfurt 2007: Dodge Journey drops in Germany
  4. ^ A Walking Tour of Chrysler's Stand at Frankfurt
  5. ^ a b "First Drive: 2009 Dodge Journey". Motor Trend, Todd Lassa. 
  6. ^ a b c "The 2009 Dodge Journey crossover (and dual-clutch automatic)". Chrysler, February 1, 2008. 
  7. ^ "DRIVELINE: Dodge has strong hand in Journey". The London Free Press, Harry Pegg, February 8, 2008. 
  8. ^ Frank de Leeuw van Weenen (2008-04-22). "Dodge Journey Launched in China as JCUV". Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  9. ^ "2009 Dodge Journey Road Test"., Marty Padgett, February 1, 2008. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "The 2009 Dodge Journey crossover (and dual-clutch automatic)". Allpar, LLC. 2007. Retrieved August 27. 
  11. ^ a b c "2009 Dodge Journey Road Test". Car, February 3, 2008, Justin Couture. 
  12. ^ 2009 Dodge Journey - Overview for Dodge Journey - CarGurus
  13. ^ "December 2008 Sales: Chrysler LLC". 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  14. ^ "Chrysler Group LLC December 2009 Sales". 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  15. ^ "Franchitti to Drive "All-New Dodge Journey" Scheme for Daytona 500". Chip Ganassi Racing. 

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