Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2010 Ford Escape VS 2010 Dodge Journey Near Phoenix, AZ

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2010 Ford Escape

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2010 Dodge Journey

Safety Comparison

The Escape’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver's blind spots. The Journey doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver's blind spots.

The Escape offers optional SYNC, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Journey doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies.

Both the Escape and the Journey have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, 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 all-wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The Escape comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years 60,000 miles. Ford will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Dodge doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Journey.

The Escape’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Journey runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 33 percent more Ford dealers than there are Dodge dealers, which makes it easier to get service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2009 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in initial quality. With 32 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 28th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 22nd.

Engine Comparison

The Escape has more powerful engines than the Journey:

Horsepower

Torque

Escape 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

171 HP

171 lbs.-ft.

Escape Hybrid 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

177 HP

239 lbs.-ft.

Escape 3.0 DOHC V6

240 HP

223 lbs.-ft.

Journey SE 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

173 HP

166 lbs.-ft.

Journey SXT/RT 3.5 SOHC V6

235 HP

232 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Escape V6 is faster than the Journey SXT/RT 3.5 SOHC V6 (automatics tested):

Escape

Journey

Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.9 sec

8.8 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.2 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16.1 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.3 MPH

83.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Escape Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Journey:

Escape

Journey

FWD

2.5 4 cyl./CVT

34 city/31 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

AWD

2.5 4 cyl./CVT

30 city/27 hwy

15 city/23 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

On the EPA test cycle the Escape gets better fuel mileage than the Journey:

Escape

Journey

2WD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/28 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

3.0 V6/Auto

19 city/25 hwy

16 city/24 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

4WD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

20 city/26 hwy

n/a

3.0 V6/Auto

18 city/23 hwy

15 city/23 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Escape uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Journey SXT/RT requires mid-grade for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 15 cents more per gallon.

The Escape has a standard capless fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation that causes pollution. The Journey doesn’t offer a capless fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escape’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Journey (235/70R16 vs. 225/70R16).

The Escape XLT/Limited offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Journey, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Journey doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better maneuverability, the Escape’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the Journey SE/SXT’s (36.7 feet vs. 38.5 feet). The Escape’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Journey R/T’s (36.7 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Escape may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 pounds less than the Dodge Journey.

The Escape is 1 foot, 5.7 inches shorter than the Journey, making the Escape easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has .8 inches more front legroom and 2 inches more rear legroom than the Journey.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape has a much larger cargo area than the Journey with its rear seat up (31.4 vs. 10.7 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Escape easier. The Escape’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29.4 inches, while the Journey’s liftover is 30.8 inches.

The Escape’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Journey’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Escape’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Journey’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the available exterior keypad (not available on Escape XLS). The Journey doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Escape has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Journey only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Escape has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Journey SE doesn’t offer rear vents.

The Escape’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Journey doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Escape will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that the Escape will retain 31.69% to 39.02% of its original price after five years, while the Journey only retains 25.43% to 30.73%.

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