2019 Dodge Journey vs. 2019 Ford Escape

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 Ford Escape 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. Ford doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the Escape. 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 Escape doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Journey and the Escape 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Dodge Journey is safer than the Ford Escape:







5 Stars

5 Stars




Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

250 lbs.

396 lbs.

Neck Compression

14 lbs.

112 lbs.




4 Stars

4 Stars




Neck Stress

164 lbs.

175 lbs.

Neck Compression

49 lbs.

106 lbs.

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

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 Ford Escape:





Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Hip Force

190 lbs.

351 lbs.


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

54 G’s


Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

16 inches

18 inches




Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

44 G’s

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

The Dodge Journey has a better fatality history. The Journey was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 6.2% lower per vehicle registered than the Escape, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.


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 Escape’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.


The Journey has more powerful engines than the Escape:



Journey 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

173 HP

Journey 3.6 DOHC V6

283 HP

Escape 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

168 HP

Escape 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

179 HP

Escape Titanium 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

As tested in Consumer Reports the Dodge Journey V6 is faster than the Ford Escape:



Escape 1.5

Escape Titanium

Zero to 30 MPH

3.2 sec

3.6 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

10.1 sec

8.2 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6 sec

6.3 sec

5.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16.4 sec

17.8 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

85.9 MPH

80 MPH

87.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Dodge Journey uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Escape with the 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Journey FWD’s standard fuel tank has 4.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Escape (20.5 vs. 15.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Journey AWD’s standard fuel tank has 5.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Escape (21.1 vs. 15.7 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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




Escape EcoBoost

Front Rotors

13 inches

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.9 inches

11 inches

11 inches

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Journey’s wheelbase is 7.9 inches longer than on the Escape (113.8 inches vs. 105.9 inches).

Passenger Space

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

The Journey has 23 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Escape (121.7 vs. 98.7).

The Journey has .9 inches more front headroom, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 2 inches more rear hip room and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Escape.

Cargo Capacity

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




Third Seat Folded

37 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed

39.6 cubic feet

34 cubic feet

The Journey’s cargo area is larger than the Escape’s in almost every dimension:




Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width






A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Journey. The Escape doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.


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 Escape does not have an oil pressure gauge.

On a hot day the Journey’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Escape can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Journey’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Escape and aren’t offered on the Escape S.

The Journey has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Escape SE/SEL/Titanium.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Journey is less expensive to operate than the Escape because it costs $270 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Journey than the Escape, including $623 less for a power steering pump.

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