North Georgia Ford Compares 2012 Ford Edge VS 2012 Honda Pilot Near Chatsworth, GA

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2012 Ford Edge

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2012 Honda Pilot

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 Pilot doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Edge SEL/Limited/Sport’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Pilot doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver's blind spots.

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 Pilot 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 Pilot 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 Pilot 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 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Honda Pilot:



Front Seat


5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Movement

1 inches

1.4 inches

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

157 G’s

Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

41 G’s

Hip Force

567 lbs.

749 lbs.

Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars




New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ( IIHS) performs roof strength tests. In that test the Edge earned the top rating of “Good” because its roof supported over four times the Edge’s weight before being crushed five inches. The Pilot was rated two rankings lower at “Marginal.”

For its top level performance in frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard AdvanceTrac, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Edge as a “Top Pick” for 2011, a rating only granted to 97 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Pilot was not a “Top Pick.”

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 Pilot.

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 Pilot 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 Pilot’s 550-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Edge’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 17 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 253) than the Pilot’s 3.5 SOHC V6. The Edge’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 35 more horsepower (285 vs. 250) than the Pilot’s 3.5 SOHC V6. The Edge Sport’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 55 more horsepower (305 vs. 250) and 27 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 253) than the Pilot’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Edge V6 is faster than the Honda Pilot:



Zero to 60 MPH

7.1 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

84.4 MPH

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


Edge 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

1750 RPM

Edge 3.5 DOHC V6

4000 RPM

Edge Sport 3.7 DOHC V6

4000 RPM

Pilot 3.5 SOHC V6

4800 RPM

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Edge gets better fuel mileage than the Pilot:




4 cyl./Auto

21 city/30 hwy


3.5 V6/6-spd Auto

19 city/27 hwy

18 city/25 hwy


3.7 V6/Auto

19 city/26 hwy



4 cyl./Auto

20 city/28 hwy


3.5 V6/6-spd Auto

18 city/25 hwy

17 city/24 hwy


3.7 V6/Auto

17 city/25 hwy


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 Pilot doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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 Pilot are solid, not vented.

The Edge stops much shorter than the Pilot:



70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

198 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

134 feet

149 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

154 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Pilot (265/40R22 vs. 245/65R17).

The Edge Sport’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Pilot’s 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge Sport has standard 22-inch wheels. The Pilot’s largest wheels are only 17 inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the Pilot (111.2 inches vs. 109.2 inches).

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Pilot EX-L 4WD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Edge Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Pilot Touring 4WD (27 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Edge may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 300 pounds less than the Honda Pilot.

The Edge is 7.2 inches shorter than the Pilot, making the Edge easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Edge (except ) 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 Pilot doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The front step up height for the Edge is 2.3 inches lower than the Pilot (18.1” vs. 20.4”). The Edge’s rear step up height is 1.7 inches lower than the Pilot’s (19” vs. 20.7”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a much larger cargo area than the Pilot with its rear seat up (32.2 vs. 18 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Edge SEL/Limited/Sport’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Pilot doesn’t offer power folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Edge offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The driver can also remotely turn on the heater or air conditioner. The Pilot doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Edge Limited/Sport’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Pilot doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Edge and the Pilot have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Edge is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Pilot prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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. The Pilot doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

Intelligent Access optional on the Edge Limited/Sport allows the driver to unlock the doors, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the car in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Honda Pilot doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Edge’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Pilot’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Edge SEL/Limited/Sport’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

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

The Edge has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Pilot LX doesn’t offer a middle row seat center armrest.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Edge Limited offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Pilot doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Edge owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Edge will cost $690 less than the Pilot over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Edge is less expensive to operate than the Pilot because it costs $196 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Edge than the Pilot, including $4 less for front brake pads, $162 less for a starter, $335 less for fuel injection, $150 less for front struts and $77 less for a power steering pump.

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