North Georgia Ford Compares 2012 Ford Edge VS 2012 Honda CR-V Near Jasper, GA

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2012 Ford Edge

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2012 Honda CR-V

Safety Comparison

The Edge Limited offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The system also pre-charges the brakes to begin deceleration more quickly. The Honda CR-V doesn't offer a collision warning system.

To help make backing safer, the Edge SEL/Limited/Sport’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Honda CR-V doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Edge 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 Honda CR-V 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 Edge and the Honda CR-V 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.

The Ford Edge weighs 453 to 1168 pounds more than the Honda CR-V. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

The Edge 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. Honda doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the CR-V.

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Edge has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Honda CR-V doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Edge has a standard 600 amp battery. The Honda CR-V’s 410 amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Edge’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 55 more horsepower (240 vs. 185) and 107 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 163) than the Honda CR-V’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Edge’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 100 more horsepower (285 vs. 185) and 90 lbs.-ft. more torque (253 vs. 163) than the Honda CR-V’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Edge Sport’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 120 more horsepower (305 vs. 185) and 117 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 163) than the Honda CR-V’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Edge V6 is faster than the Honda CR-V:



Zero to 60 MPH

7.1 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

16.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

83 MPH

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the Edge’s engines produce their peak torque and horsepower at lower RPM’s than the Honda CR-V:



Edge 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

5500 RPM

1750 RPM

Edge 3.5 DOHC V6

6500 RPM

4000 RPM

Edge Sport 3.7 DOHC V6

6500 RPM

4000 RPM

Honda CR-V 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

7000 RPM

4400 RPM

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Honda CR-V (18 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Honda CR-V (19 vs. 15.3 gallons).

The Edge 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 Honda CR-V doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Edge AWD’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Honda CR-V:

Edge AWD


Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

The Edge’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Honda CR-V are solid, not vented.

The Edge stops shorter than the Honda CR-V:


Honda CR-V

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the Honda CR-V (235/65R17 vs. 215/70R16). The Edge Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Honda CR-V (265/40R22 vs. 225/65R17).

The Edge’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Honda CR-V LX’s standard 70 series tires. The Edge Sport’s tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Honda CR-V EX/EX-L’s 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge has standard 17 inch wheels. Smaller 16 inch wheels are standard on the Honda CR-V LX. The Edge Sport’s 22 inch wheels are larger than the 17 inch wheels on the Honda CR-V EX/EX-L.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 8.1 inches longer than on the Honda CR-V (111.2 inches vs. 103.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 3.9 inches wider in the front and 3.7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Honda CR-V.

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Honda CR-V EX-L AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Edge Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the Honda CR-V EX-L AWD (27 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Edge has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Honda CR-V (7.9 vs. 6.7 inches), allowing the Edge to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Edge offers available electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Honda CR-V doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 4.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Honda CR-V (108.4 vs. 104.1).

The Edge has .1 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front hip room, .3 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear legroom, 3 inches more rear hip room and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Honda CR-V.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Edge SEL/Limited/Sport offers an optional power rear liftgate, which opens and closes completely automatically by pressing a button on the key fob. The Honda CR-V doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

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