2019 Ford Edge vs 2019 Dodge Journey – Cincinnati, OH

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  • 2019 Ford Edge

    A burgundy 2019 Ford Edge is facing left.

    Starting at

    $29,995

    2019 Dodge Journey

    A red 2019 Dodge Journey is facing right.

    Starting at

    $23,645

    250-335 HPHorsepower173-283 HP
    22/29 MPGOptimal Fuel Economy19/25 MPG
    73.4 cu.ftCargo Space67.6 cu.ft.

    If you’re considering purchasing a new midsize SUV, you may be researching popular options for this class, including the 2019 Ford Edge vs 2019 Dodge Journey. Both of these SUVs have plenty to offer, but the Edge is by far the more superior vehicle.

    The 2019 Ford Edge is exceptionally versatile. It is powerful, efficient, modern, and advanced. The interior of the Edge is packed with advanced entertainment technology and upscale features, while also offering more than enough space for passengers and extremely comfortable seating. In terms of performance, the Edge offers two powerful engine options with above-average horsepower and fuel economy specs. The Edge is also an excellent choice for drivers looking for plenty of safety tech, thanks to Ford’s standard Co-Pilot 360 suite. 

    Meanwhile, the 2019 Dodge Journey is simply disappointing in nearly every category. The Journey offers its strongest performance in terms of entertainment technology, but still lacks modern features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. When it comes to performance, the Journey fails to offer any power, making it a poor choice even for everyday driving. This midsize SUV also offers only a couple of standard and available safety features and earned low scores from the IIHS and J.D. Power.

    While the Edge clearly has the overall advantage, the Journey is incredibly affordable and offers a distinct design. To take a close look at these two vehicles, let’s see how they compare in terms of performance, entertainment, and safety. 

  • Performance

    A blue 2019 Ford Edge, which wins when comparing the  2019 Ford Edge vs 2019 Dodge Journey, is driving along a tree-lined road.

    The 2019 Dodge Journey sits in the bottom ratings of the midsize SUV class, largely due to its poor performance specs and disappointing handling. Meanwhile, the 2019 Ford Edge outshines many of its competitors in terms of power, efficiency, and handling, making it one of the more versatile vehicles in this category. Drivers looking for a high level of performance will want to pass on the new Journey.

    2019 Ford Edge

    Drivers of the Edge can enjoy two engine options, including the standard turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder engine and the available twin-turbocharged 2.7L V6 engine. The standard engine is the most fuel-efficient choice, offering up to 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. However, this engine still offers plenty of power for everyday driving with up to 250 hp. Drivers looking for even more power will enjoy the 2.7L V6 engine which is standard on the ST trim and offers up to 335 hp and 380 lb-ft torque. This engine offers lower fuel economy ratings than the base engine, but still offers average efficiency for its class with up to 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. 

    When it comes to handling and ride quality, the Edge is both comfortable and agile. Tough terrain and sharp turns are no problem for this easy-to-maneuver midsize SUV, and a comfortable interior makes every ride enjoyable. Drivers and critics also note that even rides at high speeds are quiet for passengers onboard the Edge, making it easy to enjoy its upscale interior. 

    2019 Dodge Journey

    Like the Edge, the Journey offers two engine options, including a 4-cylinder base engine and an available V6 engine. However, neither option can live up to the power or efficiency of the Edge. The standard engine is a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine capable of producing up to 173 hp, which is exceptionally low for a vehicle in this class. The available engine is a 3.6L V6 engine which offers up to 283 hp and 260 lb-ft torque, which is much improved but just barely exceeds the Edge’s base engine. The Journey’s 4-cylinder engine struggles at high speeds and is quite noisy, so you’ll want to upgrade to the V6 even if you’re planning on using the vehicle for daily commutes. 

    When it comes to fuel economy, the Journey offers average ratings at up to 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway when equipped with its base engine. The V6 engine offers slightly lower fuel economy ratings at up to 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. While the ratings for both engines are considered average, many of the more popular vehicles in the midsize SUV class offer better specs, including the 2019 Ford Edge. 

  • Entertainment

    A woman is using the touchscreen in her 2019 Ford Edge to get around Cincinnati, OH.

    When it comes to entertainment technology, both the 2019 Ford Edge and 2019 Dodge Journey offer excellent standard and available features. However, the Edge simply has more to offer in both departments. Tech-savvy drivers will appreciate the options on the new Journey, but will likely be more pleased by the Edge’s generous entertainment suite. 

    2019 Ford Edge

    Even if you’re planning to stick to the base model of the Edge, you’ll be able to enjoy more than enough entertainment features. Standard entertainment technology onboard the entry trim level of the Edge include a 6-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, and a WiFi hotspot. Ford’s SYNC system is also included as standard, which makes navigating your entertainment features as simple as possible. 

    Drivers looking for an even more advanced selection of entertainment features can also opt for the vehicle’s available options, which include HD radio, navigation, an 8-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, and a rear seat entertainment suite which offers dual screens. Drivers and critics note that the infotainment system onboard the Edge is intuitive and easy-to-navigate, thanks to its responsive interface and modern features. 

    The entertainment features onboard the Edge are complimented by the vehicle’s upscale and spacious interior, which features an updated design and high-quality materials. Drivers looking for plenty of space for their passengers and cargo will also appreciate the Edge’s 73.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded or its 39.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seating. Overall, there’s plenty that can be appreciated on the interior of the Edge, making it an excellent selection for drivers looking for a tech-savvy, comfortable, and family-friendly SUV.

    2019 Dodge Journey

    The 2019 Dodge Journey also offers a nice interior with upscale features and high-quality materials. Unfortunately, the Journey is cramped with its 7-passenger seating capacity, and it lacks cargo space, making it more difficult to enjoy its standard entertainment suite. 

    Onboard the base model of the Journey, drivers will find a nice list of standard features including a 4.3-inch touchscreen display, a 6-speaker sound system, and one USB port. Meanwhile, available entertainment features include a larger touchscreen display, satellite radio, Bluetooth, navigation, and a DVD play for the second row. While these are nice features for the affordable price of the Journey, other competitors offer an even more generous set of features that are more advanced, including the Edge. 

    The Journey also lacks an impressive sound system, with its top option being a 6-speaker Alpine stereo compared to the Edge’s 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also lacking as a standard or available feature, making connectivity for your mobile devices more difficult. The 2019 Dodge Journey shares the Uconnect infotainment system of other Dodge, Chrysler, and Jeep vehicles, which has received positive feedback for its user-friendliness but is quickly becoming outdated compared to other options on the market.

  • Safety

    A tan 2019 Ford Edge is parked under cover near a glass building.

    Unlike the 2019 Ford Edge, the 2019 Dodge Journey does not offer many standard or available safety features, making it a more concerning choice in terms of safety. The Journey also scored an exceptionally low reliability rating from J.D. Power and received mixed safety scores from the IIHS. However, the Edge offers plenty of features and performed well during safety and crash tests with the IIHS. 

    2019 Ford Edge

    The 2019 Ford Edge earned the highest score of ‘Good’ in 6 out of 6 crash test categories with the IIHS, as well as a score of ‘Superior’ for its front crash prevention technology. The Edge also comes standard with the Co-Pilot360 suite, which includes a long list of driver assist features like blind spot monitoring, a rearview camera, automatic high beams, rear cross traffic alert, pedestrian detection, rain-sensing wipers, and post-collision braking. 

    While these are more than enough safety features to please most drivers, the Edge also offers a long list of available safety features including front and rear parking sensors, adaptive headlights, adaptive cruise control, lane centering, evasive steering assist, and parallel park assist. Drivers looking for a vehicle that is known for its safety and reliability will want to opt for the 2019 Ford Edge. With its high-quality construction and long list of standard safety features, the Edge is an excellent family vehicle.                                                                                               

    2019 Dodge Journey

    The 2019 Dodge Journey earned a rating of ‘Good’ in only four out of six crash test ratings with the IIHS, as well as the lowest rating of ‘Poor’ for its performance in the driver-side small overlap test. The only standard feature on the Journey is a rearview camera, and the only available safety features are rear parking sensors. For a midsize SUV, offering so few standard and available safety features is extremely rare. Nearly every other vehicle in the midsize SUV class offers a better selection of safety features, as well as higher safety scores. Drivers looking for a safe family vehicle will certainly want to look elsewhere. 

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