Jones Ford Wickenburg Compares 2012 Ford Escape VS 2012 Dodge Journey Near Wickenburg, AZ

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2012 Ford Escape

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2012 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 turn-by-turn 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, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

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

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Escape has a standard 550-amp battery. The Journey’s 525-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Ford Escape 2WD 4 cyl.’s reliability will be 48% better than the Journey and the Ford Escape 2WD Hybrid will be 112% better than the Journey.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 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 23rd in initial quality. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 32nd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 66 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 31st.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Escape V6 is faster than the Journey SXT/Crew/R/T 3.6 DOHC V6 (automatics tested):



Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.9 sec

8.1 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.2 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.1 sec

16.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.3 MPH

85.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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





34 city/31 hwy

19 city/26 hwy



30 city/27 hwy

16 city/24 hwy

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




4 cyl./Auto

21 city/28 hwy

19 city/26 hwy


19 city/25 hwy

17 city/25 hwy


4 cyl./Auto

20 city/27 hwy



18 city/23 hwy

16 city/24 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the Escape Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Journey doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Escape Hybrid’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Journey doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Escape has a standard cap-less 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, which causes pollution. The Journey doesn’t offer a cap-less 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.

The Escape’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Journey doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the Escape’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the Journey’s (36.7 feet vs. 38.5 feet). The Escape’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Journey Crew/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 450 to 600 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 standard 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.

The Escape Limited’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

Insurance will cost less for the Escape owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Escape will cost $570 less than the Journey over a five-year period.

The Escape will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Escape will retain 46.93% to 49.84% of its original price after five years, while the Journey only retains 39.4% to 43.67%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the Journey because typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the Journey, including $264 less for an alternator, $28 less for front brake pads, $108 less for a fuel pump, $86 less for front struts and $260 less for a timing belt/chain.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Escape will be $5330 to $10650 less than for the Dodge Journey.

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