Are you ready for a new crossover, but can’t decide between the 2020 Ford Escape and Dodge Journey? We understand your hesitation – especially since both of these small crossovers treat you to such a companionable ride. Keystone Ford’s comparison guide is here, then, to help you more closely examine each model.
Bigger Cabin: 2020 Dodge Journey
If it’s three rows of seating you’re after, you’ll find it in the Dodge Journey, which comes standard with space for up to seven passengers. The Ford Escape is a five-passenger crossover, making it a better choice for smaller families and commuters. Both models offer generous comfort, however, with roomy seating and upscale options, such as leather upholstery and dual-zone automatic climate control.
High-Tech Amenities: 2020 Ford Escape
Both the 2020 Ford Escape and Dodge Journey do a great job of supplying drivers with infotainment options. Ford’s Sync 3 system includes an 8-inch touchscreen and complete smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technology. Dodge’s slightly bigger 8.4-inch touchscreen is equally likeable, with equally all-encompassing smartphone capabilities.
When it comes to high-tech safety features, however, the Escape has more of what you want. Indeed, every Escape trim model comes standard with a range of helpful safety aids, from lane keeping assistance to pre-collision detection with automatic emergency braking.
It may come as a surprise that the 2020 Dodge Journey doesn’t offer quite as many modern safety aids. You will find rear parking sensors and a rearview camera to help you navigate parking lots. However, systems like blind-spot warning and forward collision alert are conspicuously absent from the list of features.
Sporty Performance: 2020 Ford Escape
Not only does the Escape give you plenty of performance options – including two different turbocharged engines and available all-wheel-drive – but it also supplies the quicker, sportier ride. A new eight-speed automatic transmission is quick to supply extra speed as well as to maintain optimal fuel economy on the highway.
Since this new model is lighter than the outgoing one by some 200 pounds, it’s easy to handle just about anywhere. Finally, 2020 Escape drivers can choose from five driving modes: Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery, and Snow and Sand. While the Snow and Sand mode is meant for mucking through deep snow, the Slippery setting will help you master icy, wintery Pennsylvania streets.
While the Escape has a lot going for it in the performance department, the 2020 Dodge Journey can seem dated. Its powertrain, for example, consists of a four-cylinder engine and a four-speed automatic transmission. These days, competitors tend to provide six- or eight-speed transmissions to help improve fuel economy. The Journey isn’t as sporty as the Escape, either, and can even feel somewhat unstable on winding roads.
Efficient Commute: 2020 Ford Escape
If your daily drive is a long one, you’ll appreciate the Escape’s take on efficiency. With its hybrid powertrain, Ford’s new crossover earns up to 41 mpg combined (44 city/37 highway mpg). Powered only by gasoline, the Escape is still pretty thrifty, earning up to 30 mpg combined (27/33 mpg).
When it comes to fuel economy, the 2020 Dodge Journey has more catching up to do. Since every Journey features the same powertrain and front-wheel drive, all models are EPA-rated for 21 mpg combined (19/25 mpg).
The 2020 Dodge Journey is certainly roomy, but the newly redesigned 2020 Ford Escape takes you where you want to go in smooth, modern style. Indeed, the Journey has trouble keeping up with it, both literally and figuratively.
To experience the brand new 2020 Escape, visit us at Keystone Ford. Located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, our friendly Ford dealership will help you discover the Escape trim model and equipment that best serves your needs.