2020 Dodge Journey vs. 2020 Lincoln Nautilus

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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 Lincoln Nautilus 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 Nautilus. 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 Nautilus doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Journey and the Nautilus have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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.

Warranty

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There are over 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.

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 Nautilus’ 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 Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Dodge 7 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

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 Nautilus requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Journey has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Nautilus (20.5 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 Nautilus (113.8 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Journey SE Value’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Nautilus’ (38.5 feet vs. 39.3 feet). The Journey Crossroad’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the Nautilus’ (39 feet vs. 39.3 feet).

Chassis

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The Dodge Journey may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 700 pounds less than the Lincoln Nautilus.

Passenger Space

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

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

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Journey

Nautilus

Third Seat Removed

39.6 cubic feet

37.2 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 Nautilus does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The power windows standard on both the Journey and the Nautilus have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Journey is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Nautilus prevents the driver from operating the rear windows just as it does the other passengers.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Journey owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Journey will cost $730 less than the Nautilus over a five-year period.

The Journey will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Journey will retain 39.45% to 41.24% of its original price after five years, while the Nautilus only retains 38.53% to 39.02%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Journey is less expensive to operate than the Nautilus because it costs $173 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Journey than the Nautilus, including $78 less for a water pump, $70 less for a timing belt/chain and $857 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Dodge Journey will be $11724 to $14562 less than for the Lincoln Nautilus.

Recommendations

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The Dodge Journey outsold the Lincoln MKX/Nautilus by over two to one during 2019.

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