2020 Dodge Journey vs. 2020 Ford Edge

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Safety

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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 Edge 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 Edge. 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 Edge doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Journey and the Edge 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, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

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 Edge:

Journey

Edge

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

27%

27%

Neck Compression

14 lbs.

23 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 Edge:

Journey

Edge

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

190 lbs.

281 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

45 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

16 inches

18 inches

HIC

250

297

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

53 G’s

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

Reliability

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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 Edge’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Dodge vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Dodge 8 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Journey has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank (20.5 vs. 18.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Journey has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank (20.5 vs. 18.5 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

Journey

Edge

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.9 inches

12.4 inches

Suspension and Handling

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

For better maneuverability, the Journey SE Value’s turning circle is 3.5 feet tighter than the Edge ST with 22” wheels’ (38.5 feet vs. 42 feet).

Passenger Space

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The Journey has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Edge can only carry 5.

The Journey has 7.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Edge (121.7 vs. 113.9).

Cargo Capacity

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

Journey

Edge

Third Seat Removed

39.6 cubic feet

39.2 cubic feet

Ergonomics

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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 Edge does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Journey’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ford only offers heated mirrors on the Edge SEL/Titanium/ST.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Journey owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Journey with a number “8” insurance rate while the Edge is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Journey is less expensive to operate than the Edge because it costs $273 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Journey than the Edge, including $79 less for a timing belt/chain and $752 less for a power steering pump.

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