2018 Dodge Journey vs. 2017 Lincoln MKX

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Dodge Journey are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Lincoln MKX has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The Dodge Journey offers optional built in child booster seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat. Lincoln doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the Lincoln MKX. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; Journey owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

The Journey has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Journey and the Lincoln MKX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rearview cameras.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Dodge Journey is safer than the Lincoln MKX:



Lincoln MKX


Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

270 lbs.

281 lbs.


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

45 G’s


Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

16 inches

18 inches




Spine Acceleration

51 G’s

53 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.


There are almost 3 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Journey’s warranty.


The battery on the Journey is in the front fender, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Journey’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Lincoln MKX’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Journey AWD V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Lincoln MKX AWD with its standard V6 (16 city/24 hwy vs. 16 city/23 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Dodge Journey uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Lincoln MKX with the 2.7 turbo V6 engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Journey FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Lincoln MKX (20.5 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Journey AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Lincoln MKX (21.1 vs. 18 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Dodge Journey as a “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle” (PZEV). The Lincoln MKX is only certified to “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) standards.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Journey’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Lincoln MKX:




Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.9 inches

11.6 inches

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Journey’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the Lincoln MKX (113.8 inches vs. 112.2 inches).


The Dodge Journey may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 450 pounds less than the Lincoln MKX.

Passenger Space

The Journey offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Lincoln MKX can only carry 5.

The Journey has 13.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Lincoln MKX (121.7 vs. 108.3).

The Journey has .9 inches more front headroom and .7 inches more rear headroom than the Lincoln MKX.

Cargo Capacity

The Journey’s cargo area provides more volume than the Lincoln MKX.




Third Seat Removed

39.6 cubic feet

37.2 cubic feet


The Journey has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Lincoln MKX (1187 vs. 900 lbs.).

The Journey has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the Lincoln MKX (1362 vs. 900 lbs.).


The Journey’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Lincoln MKX does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Journey owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Journey will cost $585 less than the Lincoln MKX over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Dodge Journey will be $12421 to $17852 less than for the Lincoln MKX.


The Dodge Journey outsold the Lincoln MKX by over three to one during the 2016 model year.

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